Favourite Song Friday – Same Old Lang Syne

This is my final Favourite Song Friday (have a look at my others here) because it is the second last day of this year, and coincidentally my daughter’s 20th birthday, and I shall start another episodic topic next year (stay tuned for that – pun intended…)

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and people will be celebrating all over the world, in all different ways.  I believe the general consensus is that 2016 has been a pretty rotten year and I would concur, for global and personal reasons.  However, as a species I believe we are very good at accepting and adapting and that is what I intend to do in 2017.

Many people will sing in the new year in with the famous tune, Auld Lang Syne, which is about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.

Dan Fogelberg’s song, Same Old Lang Syne, evokes a beautiful sense of nostalgia about past loves, past lives and memories we hope to cherish forever.

I have celebrated New Year’s Eve in some wonderful places around the world, with huge crowds or with just family and friends.  These include:

sleeping in the rental car by the side of the road in Scotland;

standing in crushing crowds on Tower Bridge in London;

watching Sydney’s famous fireworks from Taronga Zoo;

freezing with the family on Navy Pier in Chicago;

visiting friends in Washington, D.C.;

Life in Camelot, NYE, Washington 2009

sailing around the Caribbean on board QM2;

Life in Camelot, New Year's Eve on Cunard's QM2 2014

or celebrating my dear friend’s birthday, who is none too pleased that her birthday falls on 31st December.

Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday, New Year's Eve, Birthday

So, dear readers, I wish you all a wonderful New Year and an exciting and rewarding 2017.

When you are singing Auld Lang Syne think of the memories you have made, old and new, and look forward to the future with friends, family and lots and lots of favourite songs.




Cruisey Christmas

Christmas day this year is very hot but still spent with family. Two years ago we were on board Queen Mary 2 for Christmas which was incredibly festive and a special way to spend a Christmas.

Here is my blog post from last Christmas as we cruised around the Caribbean from island to island in a different heat.

I took photos of the incredibly festive stateroom door decorations that other QM2 passengers went to the trouble of packing for Christmas:

Life In Camelot

Last year I spent a cruisey Christmas on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 – a rather splendid way of spending Christmas.

Obviously there were a couple of thousand of other travellers spending Christmas on board too and, in my journeys around the decks, I was simply amazed at the lengths some of these people went to in decorating their stateroom doors with festive displays.

Here are some wonderful examples of Christmas at sea:

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas in 2015 and cheers to the New Year – and let’s go cruising.

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Favourite Song Friday – The Snowman

It is Christmas time and whilst I have never been a lover of many of the traditions surrounding this feast that are associated with a cold climate, e.g. plum pudding, mince tarts, eggnog and hot roast dinners on a sweltering summer day (in Australia), there are some things I do love and one of them is this Friday’s favourite song:

Walking in the Air by Howard Blake

The Snowman, Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday

This song is featured in the short film called The Snowman, about a young boy who befriends the Snowman in his yard and together they share a wonderful Christmas adventure before the harsh reality of daylight sets in.  This song plays during their magical journey together.

This delightful and seasonal short film was based upon the children’s book by Raymond Briggs.  In the film the song was performed by a young English choirboy called Peter Auty [1] rather than the famous Welsh Chorister, Aled Jones, to whom it is generally accredited.

I discovered this short film and haunting theme song when I was experiencing my first white Christmas, complete with all those traditional trimmings, in 1986.  I went to stay with my former flatmate and her family in Hull, Yorkshire in England.  They welcomed me and my fiance with open arms, warm hearts and plenty of food.

Life in Camelot with fiance and friend at Christmas in Hull - Favourite Song Friday

Life in Camelot with fiance (and female guest) in Hull on Christmas Day

Christmas in Hull, Life in Camelot 1986

Christmas tree in Hull, Yorkshire

Christmas in Hull with a welcoming family, Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday

Opening gifts on Christmas day with the Harrisons in Hull

I bought the DVD of the movie when my daughter was young and we play it every Christmas eve – it is probably the only Christmas tradition I have imposed upon her.

Two years ago we were in London just before Christmas time and we were delighted to find there was a musical production of The Snowman; so of course we went along to see it (and I took some sneaky photos).

So I will be watching the film tomorrow evening, hopefully sipping on something a little festive and wishing all my readers, and friends and families, a very Merry Christmas whether you be in a cold climate or a stinking hot one like mine will be this year.

There will be one more Favourite Song Friday for this year (stay tuned next week) and then I shall start something new next year.

Merry Christmas from Life in Camelot.

Favourite Song Friday – Cohn

The year is rapidly coming to a close and during this countdown to Christmas everyone seems to be rushing around, driving badly, jumping queues and generally raising my anxiety levels.

So this Friday’s Favourite Song is one of my calming tunes and hopefully it will lower your blood pressure too.

Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn

Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday - Marc Cohn

This song came from his debut, self-titled album in 1991 and there isn’t a single track on it I don’t like.

I had been living in New Zealand in 1991 and returned to Australia in early 1992, after just over a year away.  Marc Cohn’s lyrics refer to boarding a plane, ghosts of the past and the ability to live in the moment and I shared these emotions as I ‘boarded the plane’ home to Sydney.

I bought myself a copy of the CD early on after hearing this song played constantly on the radio and if it had been an LP rather than a CD, I would have worn out the grooves and many a needle by now (but the young readers may not have a clue what I’m referring to…)

So please enjoy this favourite song on this frenzied Friday, a fortnight before Christmas.

And don’t forget to let me know about the songs you listen to again, and again and again.









Next week I thought I should post a Christmas song and the following, and final week, I will have a song appropriate to New Year’s Eve.

Favourite Song Friday – Cross

Today’s Favourite Song is another oldie and a song I have shared with one dear friend for many decades – it makes me laugh and also makes me want to drive very quickly with the wind blowing through my hair.

(click on the link below to hear the song)

Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross (back up vocals by Michael McDonald)

Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday - Christopher Cross, Ride Like the Wind

Today this song is in honour of legendary space pioneer, John Glenn, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. This WWII pilot, astronaut and Senator was the first American to orbit earth and was one of the 7 men involved in Project Mercury, chronicled in the book “The Right Stuff”, followed by a film of the same name.

Like all astronauts he, no doubt, experienced the sensation of riding like the wind – actually much faster than the wind – so I thought this was an apt song for this Friday.

As usual, have a listen and enjoy a quick trip down memory lane.

Don’t forget to tell me about your Favourite Songs this Friday, or any day of the week.

Postscript:  Oddly, I have just discovered (thanks to the internet) that Christopher Cross and Alan Parsons teamed up on a song called So Far Away, about NASA and space travel – spooky.

Favourite Song Friday – Ronstadt

Yesterday I learnt of the deaths of two people – both were elderly gentlemen so had lived long and fairly full lives but both had been a part of my life; one was a wonderful neighbour on the street where I grew up and the other was my first neighbour in Melbourne when I moved here.

This week’s Favourite Song Friday is in honour of them:

Somewhere Out There by James Horner and

performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.



This song is special to me – I taught it to my daughter when she was tiny and we have sung it together ever since (usually in the car).

We have also watched An American Tail, (an animated movie in which this song features), many times and I can recommend that for a bit of fun too.

This song incorporates a love theme and a slightly terrestial theme – it may be a bit spooky but I have requested that my daughter have it played at my funeral – one day.  I am not religious but I would (selfishly) hope that the memory of me lives on, just a little, with my friends and loved ones after I am gone,

so that:

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
That we’ll find one another in that dream somewhere out there

I welcome your thoughts and songs that give you pause for thought, or just make you feel good and please share your Favourite Song this Friday (or any day).



Favourite Song Friday – Gabriel

Today is my wedding anniversary so this is a mushy Favourite Song Friday:

In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Who remembers John Cusack in the very forgettable movie Say Anything, standing with his boom box held high playing this song, wearing his heart on sleeve trying to impress his young love?

Life in Camelot - Favourite Song Friday, Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes

Peter Gabriel’s album SO was released in 1986 and this was the year I travelled overseas as a young backpacker.  I played that cassette over and over until the music became part of my euphoric European experience so this song, in particular, will always be one of my favourites.

I still play this song when I travel, with my husband instead of a backpack, but now it is on an Apple iPod rather than a Sony Walkman.

The lyrics are lovely and the melody is haunting so join me, on my wedding anniversary, in reminiscing with this Favourite Song Friday.



Favourite Song Friday – Braithwaite

This Friday’s Favourite Song is a little bit late because sometimes life gets very busy, so here is the aptly named,

 As the Days Go By, written and performed by Daryl Braithwaite.

When I was young Daryl Braithwaite lead a band called Sherbet.  I was probably the only teenage girl in Australia who didn’t follow this band (and yes, this is what bands wore in the 1970s!)

Life in Camelot, Favourite Song Friday - As the Days Go By

Sherbet, in the 1970s, with Daryl Braithwaite on the far left.

It wasn’t until Daryl released some solo albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s that I really discovered his music and his style.

Now he is another of the artists that I have taken with me on my travels, be it driving around the north island of New Zealand, or running around the deck of any of the Cunard Queens, cruising to all the corners of the globe.

Because I am getting older I do appreciate the life I have lived so far, but also look forward to the life I have yet to live, (and the journeys I shall take), so the words of the first verse of this Favourite Song (not Friday) resonate with me:

My love of life just gets stronger
As the days go by
And some things I wish they would last
Just a little bit long longer
As the days go by.

Do you have any music that makes your travel even more memorable?

Please comment and share your Favourite Songs with me.

Favourite Song Friday – Roger

Wow, what a week, especially in American politics.

With a little of bit of irony (that I hope my American friends and readers will appreciate) this week’s Favourite Song is Get Used To It by Roger Voudouris.

Favourite Song Friday, Roger Voudouris - Get Used to it

I just loved this song when I first heard it and it has been on my favourite list ever since.

I still turn it up very loudly in my car and on my iPod too.

Sadly Roger passed away in 2003, very young, and I confess to not really knowing any of his other songs but I am probably not alone in this.

I couldn’t find a good quality clip of him singing this song, but you’ll get the idea from this video.

Look at that hair, those jeans, those moves…

…what else could you ask for from a favourite song on a Friday (other than a different president, I guess…)

Please let me know if you loved Roger, or share any other Favourite Songs with us here.


Favourite Song Friday – Cat

I love, love, love this song and I always have.  It is my favourite song for everyday, not just a  Friday – Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard by Cat Stevens.

Favourite Song Friday, Cat Stevens, Remember the Days at the Old Schoolyard

Cat Stevens

The artist ‘formerly known as’ Cat Stevens – now Yusuf Islam – (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) has often generated controversy with his religious and political views.

However, my blog is about travel and nostalgia, so please travel back in time and enjoy this simple piece of nostalgia from my youth, and enjoy this Favourite Song Friday with me.

And just for fun here are some photos of my days in the old schoolyard, at St Josephs primary school in Narrabeen, and Mater Maria College in Warriewood.

Life In Camelot at primary school, Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard

Primary school

Life in Camelot, Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard, Genevieve's first year at high school

First day of high school

And please do let me know what songs inspire you, enthuse you, or just make you move.