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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Geography and Fruit Drinks
OK, so I don't just drink beer. For more on this, keep reading.
In the distant past, my wife worked in advertising, and one of the campaigns she was involved in was for Libby's UM BONGO.
This drink is still available, and would make a good idea for a starter for work on tropical ecosystems. It's a catchy little tune.Visit http://www.umbongo.com for downloads of the Quick Time movie, and the original song as an mp3 file. Check out the lyrics:

Way down deep in the middle of the Congo, a hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango. He stuck it with the others, and he danced a dainty tango.

The rhino said, "I know, we'll call it Um Bongo", Um Bongo, Um Bongo, They drink it in the Congo.

The python picked the passion fruit, the marmoset the mandarin. The parrot painted packets, that the whole caboodle landed in.

So when it comes to sun and fun and goodness in the jungle, They all prefer the sunny funny one they call Um Bongo!


Geography and Jazz
ECM: What do those intials mean ? It could be seen on the front of a car transporter, or if you're in education you might think "Every Child Matters".
ECM is also a record label which is famous for its particular aural and visual style, and which is the label used by a lot of my favourite jazz artists.
The main man is Manfred Eicher; a lot of the records are recorded in short 2 day sessions at a recording studio in Oslo, and there is a very apparent 'ECM sound'.
Some of the best concerts I've attended have been by ECM artists, notably the Norwegian saxophone legend Jan Garbarek. A few years ago I had front row seats for a concert in St. Andrews Hall in Norfolk, and have also seen him in Cambridge, Nottingham, Southwark and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
ECM records often have striking cover art, and one particular Garbarek album: "All those born with Wings" has a great cover image of the Northern Lights, something which I hope to see some time soon.
Which other natural phenomona would you most like to see ?
Here are my (off the top of my head) Top 5...
1. An erupting volcano
2. The Northern Lights
3. The calving glaciers of South Georgia and Ernest Shackleton's grave
4. The changing light as the sunsets on Uluru
5. The Midnight sun (again) in Scandinavia

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