Upside-down and Backwards

upside-down and backwards

If movies looks upside-down when I stand on my head then how come songs don’t sound upside-down when listened to from the same position?

Don’t answer that. I already know.

I can read books whilst holding them upside-down. I expect that you can too. It looks weird to anyone watching, but I soon get so used to it. After a couple of pages, I forget that it’s not right-side-up and get just as immersed in the story. I even automatically turn the pages correctly (or incorrectly, depending on how you see it).

It occurred to me a few minutes ago that if I listened to songs backwards whilst reading books held the wrong way up I wouldn’t be distracted by the lyrics. So I tested my theory.

I downloaded an mp3* from this obliging website: (warning – this is probably illegal so don’t do it other than for entertainment purposes. Oh … wait … that’s what music’s for! Anyway, you know what I mean. Probably.)

Then I uploaded the mp3 to this equally obliging site: When all the processing is done, click on the Download button and, after a short pause, the song will play. Backwards!

I did try to read my book (upside-down) whilst the song was playing (backwards) but I was so fascinated by the phenomenon of a once familiar song turning into some kind of world-music, schwoop-schwoop thang that I forgot all about reading.

Still, it was such a wonderful way to spend a few minutes that I felt that I had to share it with you marvellous people. You’re welcome. *grin*

So, have a great day, folks – whether it be the right way around and forwards, or whether you choose to venture into the shadowy world of upside-down and backwards.

*Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane)

Interesting Light

I was sitting in the kitchen last night watching a movie and when it finished I looked towards the window expecting it to be dark outside, but it wasn’t. Instead of black, I saw the most interesting light I’d seen for a long time. It was past 9pm but I could see the remnants of sunshine in the sky, which had painted the clouds with all manner of lurid shades of orange and pink.

Without a second thought I pulled on my boots, picked up the phone and went outside into the gathering gloom, determined to catch the light before it disappeared.

The camera on my old HTC One doesn’t do justice to the real sky as it appeared to my eyes, but this is the best shot I could find in my Gallery this morning:

Lurid sky

On the way back home I took some shots of the trees and bushes, fascinated by the effects of the flash in the fast fading light. Here’s my favourite:

lurid leaves

I never know what to think when people gawp at me. I was walking along looking at my phone and when I looked up, a teenage boy was staring at me as he went past on his bike. Was he just curious, or was he the lookout for a gang of feral youths determined to set upon the unwary traveller, rob him of his phone and the £13.63 in his pocket, then leave his body, battered and bruised in the gutter!

Anyway, suffice to say I made it safely back home and then went to bed a couple of hours later feeling happier about my evening than if I’d just stayed home.

Yay for interesting light.

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thanks a lot to Himanshi Shukla, who blogs at The Caged Bird Sings for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award – yay! 🙂

Himanshi has been a great supporter of this blog, which has only just had its 6 weeks birthday! In fact – thanks to everyone for your support and love.

I enjoyed reading the answers Himanshi gave to Nel (who nominated her for this award) and I’m thankful for the questions Himanshi has given me (see below for my answers).

So, without further ado, on with the show:

Q1. Faith or religion? Or do you correlate them?
I think that faith and religion are different things. One can have faith in so many different things, e.g. government, ice cream, parents or the internet. God is a better thing for us to have faith in. Religion can be helpful as a structure for worship and for life, but faith in God is something that goes beyond religion. Even when physical structures and systems fail, faith in God is something that can carry us through because it is not subject to physical or material stresses and strains. In fact, it takes us up and sustains us when all the world fails us.

Q2. Do you think that novel reading can be the best hobby? If so, then why? Apart from having faith in God, reading books is definitely the best hobby to have. It can educate us, take us to new worlds and can make long train journeys pass as swiftly as an ice cream on a sunny day.

Q3. What are your views on feminism? I’m all for feminism. I’m also in favour of meninism. In fact – I have a soft spot for all people. I’m also quite keen on animals, plants, microbes, rocks, planets, stars and galaxies. This is universe is quite cool too. 😉

That’s it. 🙂

I’m not going to nominate anyone specifically, but if you want to take up this challenge yourself, then feel free to answer the following three questions, either in the comments or on your own blog under the heading Mystery Blogger Award. 🙂

Questions for you (yep, you):

Q1. Why did you take up blogging?
Q2. What has been your favourite song, movie or food this week?
Q3. If you could have anything in your right hand now (and I really mean anything), what would it be?

Have a great day!

What He Did Next

He went through her site and Liked every single one of her posts simply because he liked all of them. Her creativity and enquiring nature fascinated him and he wanted to know that he liked her, even if she thought he was disgusting. He then watched as she deleted all his comments.

He thought of what had gone wrong and decided that there were some things they would never understand and that there were other things they would never admit. It didn’t matter. Communication had ceased, so they were both freed from any necessity to explain or understand.

He went inside himself and contacted the deep well of silence at the foundation of his being and using this he went up to the truth of all existence and through these connections he gave light and peace into her life and heart. She would feel it and be benefitted on some level.

Then he went out and bought a big bar of chocolate – his only addiction. As he walked back to the office he wondered about her addictions and hoped that they were no more destructive than his.

And then he wrote this.