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    Inspired by our trip last year to South Africa. Thanks, Liz! -Kevin


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    Fanny In The Ganny by Paul Caldwell & The Back Forty Boys

    I live in Port Hope, Ontario. Port Hope is a small town (population 16700) at about the halfway point on the north shore of Lake Ontario. It is photogenic enough that several movies have been shot here, the latest being the two IT movies.
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    The Ganaraska River (The Ganny) bisects the town and on Friday, March 21, 1980, an ice jam caused The Ganny to flood the downtown of Port Hope. This flood was so severe that several buildings on the banks of the river, including the Sears store and the Firehall museum were completely destroyed. A number of cars were washed out into Lake Ontario and the town was left in a shambles.
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    Every year since that time, there is a river race to commemorate The Great Port Hope Flood called Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny.
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    A local doctor, Paul Caldwell, wrote a song about the flood called Fanny In The Ganny to the tune of Turkey In The Straw. Here's my interpretation.

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    Port Hope has a wonderful Waterfront Trail and I try to take a walk down there most days. I used to run into Port Hope's most famous resident the late Farley Mowatt with his wife Claire and their big Newfoundland dog.
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    besides the hands on legs the vocal cords also need exercising 😂🤪

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    Happy Friday night, folks! Oops, already Saturday morning here, just barely. We have two days to finish traveling the world. Show me around! Since last I wrote, there have been six covers and one original added to the thread. A recap: Liz (E San) sings a lovelorn song about East Virginia, Edwin posted a link to a song he did for Ylle’s recent season, upon my request, (Half Man Half Biscuit❤️ and Prague figure in...not Prague, Oklahoma, but the other one), Del does a bang-up rendition of Baker Street, the Baker Street in London, not the one in Baltimore near the Senator Troy Brailey Easterwood Park, just in case you were confused, Jarvo gives us a traditional hornpipe with color commentary called Portsmouth, Alan sings us a tune he wrote about love on the road through Canada, don't miss it, Kevin and Carole H beautifully bring us one inspired by a recent trip to South Africa, no place name in the lyrics, but I'm allowing it, because I'm tickled he's back posting on seasons and because, well, I'm in charge this week, and, finally, Jim Y gives us one about the flood of his town, Port Hope, Ontario, by the Ganaraska River (The Ganny) Whew! I'm off to dream of Marjorie From Calgary and the enchiladas in Sweetwater...

    HOLD EVERYTHING!!! We have a late submission by Rob! From today! Apparently, he belongs to Glasgow, but please check to see if I'm right about that. Thanks, Rob! Thanks, all! See you tomorrow.
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    During the spring of 2002 or 2003 I was a graduate student in the geology department of a medium-sized mid-western state university and was a teaching assistant for a 10 or 11 day Spring Break field course that looped through Albuquerque (sorry Liz, not even "Weird" Al can get me to play an 11 minute song), south through the Rio Grande rift valley and to Big Bend National Park in west Texas. At the end of the trip there were no stops to get home, we left in the morning and drove straight through until we got back to campus. Myself and the other grad TA were responsible for driving the truck with all of the group gear - everyone's bags, tents, stoves, etc., while the faculty drove the vans loaded with students. Returning home from Terlingua was something like a 20 hour drive, and we did it straight, only stopping for gas and other necessities. At some point black coffee can only get you so far so, stopped at some ungodly hour at a gas station in Texarkana, I bought a copy of the Weekly World News and we kept each other awake until the sun came up by reading the articles out loud for the laughs. When we got back my sleep deprived brain thought it was a good idea to subscribe to said publication and I had it delivered to my university mailbox at the department until I finished my degree work and moved on to a different school. We thought we'd get in trouble, but when it started showing up a day or two late because the office staff were reading it before putting it in my mailbox I figured we were in the clear. The stack of back issues that piled up on the grad student cubicle farm coffee table were also pretty popular with the other grad students.

    I kept that subscription going until they stopped printing it in 2006 or 2007. The other grad student I was trapped in that truck with are still good friends to this day - when we are both going to be at the same conference we will split a hotel room, and he was the best man in our wedding. Probably the biggest return I've ever had on an outlay of 2 or 3 bucks. And spent on an impulse! Long Live Bat Boy.
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    I grew up on the Thames, and spent more than a quarter of my life living on a tiny narrowboat, travelling around the rivers and canals of England.

    I looked for songs to do with the Thames, and found this little oddity by Peter Dawson. He was from Adelaide, and from the lyrics I'm not really sure he ever visited the Thames. But I thought I'd do a copy for posterity.

    Apologies for the sound and any rough edges. Trying not to wake up my partner, so playing quietly.

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    So for anyone who has been to Albuquerque (I haven’t - I’m very boring, remember?), you might want to try this one:

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    Kadriorg (Catherine's Valley) is an area and a park in Tallinn, Estonia. The park was commissioned by the Russian Czar Peter the Great, to honor his wife Catherine. Nowadays there are several museums, a swan pond and the Presidential Palace in the park. I've visited many times over the years.

    Raimond Valgre's song "Sunday in Kadriorg" is from year 1946 and the photos are from 2008.

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    Hello, for the last time, Liz ... thanks so much for the week! This is a song from France, where we now live, written by Charles Trenet, that most quintessential of Frenchmen, in which he relates a dream he has had of a Paris full of wonders. (Although I've been to Paris many times, we actually live a long way below it and haven't visited for several years.) I would have done this yesterday if it weren't so damned difficult to learn and if I hadn't had to spend most of the day trying to find a plumber to come and replace our leaking kitchen tap (er ... faucet.)

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