10 songs that move me

These songs literally move me in some way or another. An emotional charge runs through me, a resonance that puts me in a particular mood. I have been in traffic, in the morning, and if one of these songs comes on the radio, my whole day is made. I sing along, or move, and end up bouncing into the office. It’s undefinable, it’s not about the lyrics, it’s more about the melodies, so it’s primarily an auditory anchor that leads to a kinaesthetic response.

So these are the songs:

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – The ultimate classic.
  2. One – U2 – Wow! This one takes me by surprise every time.
  3. Hotel California – The Eagles – Another classic. I saw them perform this live last month. I prefer the Hell Freezes Over extended version.
  4. Africa – Toto – I have this song on repeat on my iPod.
  5. Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin – Not an easy song to sing, I tried. She makes it seem so easy! She’s just so awesome!
  6. Drops of Jupiter – Train – I love the lyrics, India was a “soul vacation” for me 🙂
  7. I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth – This is The Shrek version – need I say more? If you don’t want to get up and sing and dance to this song then I don’t know…
  8. Angels – Robbie Williams – Makes me wanna cry…
  9. We are the Champions – Queen – Came over the loudspeakers whenever the French national team won a match in World Cup 1998. That’s why they won. An idea of midfielder Emmanuel Petit who scored the 3rd and final goal in the finals.
  10. Losing my Religion – R.E.M. – Another one that takes me by surprise and I end up singing at the top of my voice.
  11. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty – This one almost made me buy a saxophone!
  12. Ten Thousand Angels Cried – Leann Rimes – astoundingly beautiful song!

This time there are 12 🙂

What songs move you? Drop me a comment.


What do you call the future? Interesting question my husband posed this afternoon. His BBM read “Aki talking to David O’ Sullivan, using WiFi from a Mango flight. Will cost R50 for one way and R90 all day.”

He then went on to say “The future is here. So now what do we call the future?”

I must admit that I read the message navigating Rivonia Road traffic. Ok, I know I should not be reading BBMs in the traffic but I can’t resist the tinny ping of a BBM message :-). It also confused me. I mean, the present is the past and the future at the same time because time passes. So why do we have to call the future anything? It is the now isn’t it? There is only the now.

Seen in the context of the Mango message, I realised what he meant.

So, I responded that the future doesn’t end. Nothing does. Everything is infinite. Ok, this is not a philosophical discussion.

My clever husband then settled on a wonderful name for the future – Outfinite! How gorgeous is that? A never-ending cycle of thinking outside the box gives us infinite possibilities. Infinite progress. Infinite opportunities for change.  Outfinite!

So the future is called Outfinite!

How cool is that :-)?

Photos: Sunset in Fisherman’s Wharf

I love sunsets and photograph them whenever I can. This series of pictures shows the subtle gradual changing of light of a winter sunset in San Francisco. The location is that most wonderful of places, Fisherman’s Wharf. I love San Francisco, and I loved the constant bustle of the Wharf. The evening was very still on the water, which belied the activity on the land.

Aliotto's restaurant
Restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf


Boats on the water


Boats and a sunset in San Francisco
Stillness and light


Gradual sunset
Light and stillness on the water

It was a wonderful day which gently merged into a magical evening. The smells, sights and sounds still resonate in my memory.


10 things every woman should know

  1. Sunscreen really does work – don’t wait to see what the effects of not wearing it is – by then it is too late.
  2. When your guy says you look gorgeous – believe him, accept it and say Thank You. That’s all!
  3. Most guys I know really prefer full-bodied women (gobsmacked when I discovered this!)…
  4. Ageing is a belief system – if you buy into this… guess what…?
  5. Steer clear of women’s magazines – you know why.
  6. A size 8 at Woolworths is bigger than a size 8 at Edgars.
  7. Walk into any room as though you own it – because you do.
  8. The first choice you make is usually the right choice.
  9. Women’s intuition really does exist – you know it does, so use it.
  10. Be yourself.
  11. Women actually do run the world – accept it!

So there are 11. So what?

IPad meetings and the like

Yesterday I broke the tea pot. Then I dropped a heavy pyrex dish which bounced on my arm en route to the floor (I was on the floor at the time, don’t ask!). The dish bounced on the floor, and being pyrex, I thought it would survive. Well, it didn’t! And my arm now has a black and blue bruise to prove it. A few hours later I burned the toasts (it happens often).  And also the veggie burgers under the grill. My husband blames the iPad…

I did manage to wash the dishes and wipe the surfaces safely though! And pack the dishes into the cupboards. I think I just get distracted. I fully intend to make toasts but get side-tracked with something else – my email, or BBM, or something. I totally forget about what I started in the kitchen until the smell of burnt stuff wafts into the lounge.  And no one is more surprised than me. I mean, it was just a few minutes ago that I set the toasts going wasn’t it?

So it is not the iPads’s fault. Or the Blackberry.  I can totally get why people get sucked into the virtuality of the web to the exclusion of all else. It’s so easy.

I have a colleague, a good friend, that when we meet for coffee at work, it is with our iPads. I call it an iPad meeting. We sit, and inbetween sips of our cappuccinos, heads buried in our respective iPads, compare the apps we’ve recently bought, check mail and see photos. In all honesty, we actually do get a lot done. And we also catch up on work.

Yesterday morning my husband and I sat in the lounge with our morning coffee and muffins (home-made), in companionable silence, each with our separate devices.  Once in a while we would share something we’d just read, chat about it, and go back to our devices. Before we knew it a few hours had passed, and I can think of worse ways to pass a Sunday morning.

Let me be honest – I would much rather be blogging, or on facebook or chatting with friends on BBM, than making toasts.The world has changed – people now meet their spouses online. Each and every person’s global reach has expanded with the wonderful technology we have, definitely making the world a smaller place. I love it. We are living in exciting times, and instead of resisting, let us just go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

Off course, it does mean that there will be a lot more burnt toasts in this household.

Social Entrepreneur, chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher


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