Heads Will Roll

The German Nazis invaded Jersey and the other Channel Islands, and they were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II.  Being cutoff from the mainland, the Channel Islands Jersey and Guernsey started issuing occupational stamps in 1941.  In 1979, 13 pence stamps were made of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, from Lewis Carroll’s book.  One of my favorite characters from this book is the Queen of Hearts and I always loved when she said, “Off with their heads!”

The island of Jersey is the southernmost part of Great Britain and this is where St Helier lived.  St Helier was captured by the Saxons, and he was beheaded.  The Saxons used his head as a ball and kicked it around the island, eventually kicking it into the murky depths of the channel.  Since that day, the ghostly figure of a disheveled old man in tattered clothes has been seen near Castle Elizabeth, but Dudley is believed to be the most haunted castle in England.

Dudley Moore married American actress Tuesday Weld in 1975, and then he moved to the U.S.  He played the horny conductor Stanley Tibbets in the 1978 comedy movie Foul Play that starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.  Dudley Moore died on March 27, 2002 in Plainfield, New Jersey, at the age of 66.

Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven movies married his second wife singer Dorothy Squires in 1952 at a ceremony in New Jersey.

Ham radio operators often say Roger Wilco where Roger means “message received” and Wilco is short for “I will comply.”  These ham operators might follow this up with “over and out” which is a signal that a person is done speaking and does not expect a reply from the other person.  Nikola Tesla invented the induction coil which was essential to sending and receiving radio waves and Guglielmo Marconi relied on this for his work and there was an argument over who built the first radio which Marconi won.  In 1943, Marconi’s company sued the U.S. government for patent infringement, but the case never made it to court, because the U.S. Supreme Court restored Tesla as the inventor of the radio.  Tesla favored alternating current or AC while Edison favored direct current or DC (which flows in one direction) and they started to butt heads over which was the best form of electrical current while he was working in Edison’s lab in New Jersey.  The war of the currents, was won by Tesla because of AC’s greater efficiency.

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk wants to build an ultra-high-speed underground rail system in the Northeast, which he thinks will help travelers stuck in traffic jams on New Jersey Turnpike.  Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car that served as the dummy payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and became an artificial satellite of the Sun.

Written for Paula Light’s 6 Degrees 4 [blogcarnelli].

Six Degrees Round Three

Paula made her connections today starting with the color black in her word game that is loosely based on Carnelli and I will start off with the color red.  This is used in the Grateful Dead song ‘Casey Jones’, where Jerry sings, “Trouble ahead, the lady in red”, which is possibly a reference to John Dillinger being betrayed by a lady wearing a red dress.

I used to live on Hawthorne Court, so I have always been partial to Nathaniel Hawthorne who wrote the romantic historical fiction The Scarlet Letter, and this ties in, since scarlet is a brilliant red color, with a slightly orange tinge to it.  I never read the book, but I saw the movie.  In the movie, Demi Moore has a child and refuses to name the father, so the Puritan community forces her to wear the letter A, for adulteress, as this was considered to be a badge of shame.

On the Cream Goodbye album there was a song named ‘Badge’ which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison and Harrison also played rhythm guitar on this, since Cream had only one guitarist, that being Clapton.  The funny thing about this song is that Clapton saw Harrison’s notes for this song, and he was looking at them upside down and he misread “Bridge” as being “Badge”, but they ended up keeping that name for the title of the song, which became a joke between them.  The song was supposedly written about Patty Boyd Harrison who ended up divorcing George and marrying Eric.

Celebrities are so weird, and as Boyd’s marriage to Harrison began to fail, she had an affair with Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood.  She separated from Harrison in 1974 and they divorced because Harrison was also unfaithful, which culminated in an affair that he had with Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen.  A story about rock and roll infidelity would not be complete with out mentioning Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithfull who was involved in the Mars Bar incident.  Love triangles are one thing, but Anita was in a Rolling Stones rectangle, being involved with Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.  In the Stones song ‘Gimme Shelter’, Anita was the storm that the Stones were seeking shelter from.

In ‘Gimme Shelter’, the Stones reflected on a world that appeared to be going to hell, as Keith saw this storm from his window which made him feel like it could make him fade away.  This makes me think about the Buddy Holly and the Crickets song ‘Not Fade Away’, which was also recorded by the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.  This is a love song and the lyrics say, “You know my love will not fade away”.  This was one of the first pop songs to feature the “Bo Diddley” sound, which is a series of beats (da, da, da, da-da da) which was popularized by Diddley.

If you do something that is worthless, or you don’t do anything at all, it could be said that you did diddly-squat.  During the 1930’s, this phrase was coined due to an observation of someone that was squatting while they were doodling in the sand.  The word doodle became confused with the word diddle, maybe because to dawdle meant to fool around, and this led to the expression diddly-squat, which is exactly what I accomplished here today in this post.

I connected ‘Casey Jones’ to Nathaniel Hawthorne and then to the Cream song ‘Badge’.  Then I used Patty Boyd Harrison to jump to Anita Pallenberg and I got ‘Gimme Shelter’.  I went on rambling about the Buddy Holly song ‘Not Fade Away’, which brought me to Bo Diddley and I ended with diddly-squat.

Written for Paula Light’s 6 Degrees round 3 prompt.

Jerry Garcia to Beyoncé

I was wondering if I could connect these two artists together for Paula’s Six Degrees round 2.  At first glance, I had nothing, but then I thought about Jerry Garcia singing a song called ‘Sugar Magnolia’ which made it into the soundtrack of the movie Runaway Bride.  Richard Gere watches Julia Roberts jumping up and down on a trampoline printed with the Grateful Dead Steal Your Face logo on it with this song playing in the background and then she jumps on a motorcycle.

Julia Roberts won the Best Actress award for her role in the 2001 film Erin Brockovich playing the part of an environmental activist and Jane Goodall the English primatologist and anthropologist was also an environmental activist who wanted to protect chimpanzees.  Tarzan and Jane had a chimp called Cheetah who lived most of his life at a Florida primate sanctuary, till he succumbed to kidney failure on Dec. 24 2011.  Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, most often the liver and kidneys.  Beyoncé revealed that she experienced toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, while she was pregnant with her twins, and this left her swollen to the point where put her on bed rest for more than a month.  There you go, I just connected Jerry Garcia to Beyoncé in six degrees.

Written for Paula Light’s 6 Degrees Round 2 prompt.

6 Degrees of Separation for Man

Just like a cat can get tied in with a dog as both of them are house pets and a dog can be tied to a duck because they both start with the letter D and since duck rhymes with fuck, which is a good way to get exercise and urinary incontinence can be treated by doing Kegels, the cat is within 6 degrees of separation to the Kegel, at least according to Kevin Bacon.  I am going relate John Fogerty to Percy Sledge through this same type of logic.  I am going to assume that John Fogerty’s Old Man was dirty which gets us to the Three Degrees and if this man lived in the South, that would tie him into Neil Young.  If the Southern man is able to keep his head, then he can live in a man’s world and maybe he would get some new clothes to look better, then he might fall in love with a woman.  Well anyway, it makes sense to me and I have some great music for you.

John Fogerty Old Man Down the Road

Three Degrees Dirty Old Man

Neil Young Southern Man

James Brown It’s a Man’s World

ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man

Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman

Written for Paula Light’s new prompt of 6 Degrees which is similar to the game Carnelli that is played by many Mensa members and Paula said that we can use books, movies songs and poems in our grouping.