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Al Stewart: Kim's Corner

February 3

Posted on February 3, 2011
Happy Lunar New Year to everyone. Today we welcome in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit/Hare ... which coincides with the Vietnamese Year of the Cat!

-- Kim

January 31

Posted on January 31, 2011
Buyer Beware. Apparently there is a NEW Decca reissue of "The Elf" out there. I've seen several copies on eBay. If you just want to own a copy of "The Elf" on vinyl it's a great deal. I just wanted to alert people so they do not think they are getting a copy of the original for $10.

-- Kim

January 20

Posted on January 20, 2011
In Antarctica Al sings of the "hopeless quest of Shackleton". Well, at least they thought to bring some Scotch along to help pass the time. Long lost on the frozen continent, one case of the Mackinlay whisky is being flown back to Scotland. The distillers who own the brand are anxious to be able to examine it in depth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-12202880
-- Kim

January 18

Posted on January 18, 2011
Are you sick and tired of winter? You can join Peter White on a trip to Costa Rica in February. I didn't win the MegaMillions so I won't be going. I joke. It's not THAT expensive, but I still can't make it this time around. It should be a great time, spent touring a beautiful part of the world with Peter. The trip runs from February 19-26, and they've just added a 4-day "mini-retreat" that runs from February 24-27. For details go to http://www.costaricacelebrityretreats.com/
-- Kim

December 29

Posted on December 29, 2010

One of the best (and worst) things about being an Al Stewart fan is all the places you suddenly find an "Al Reference".  I had only just started reading Bill Bryson's latest book, "At Home", when I came across the  following in a footnote on page 24.  "Pocket boroughs were constituencies that had no inhabitants at all but retrained a seat in Parliament, which could be sold or given away (to an unemployable son, say) by the person who controlled it.  The most celebrated pocket borough was Dunwich, a coastal town in Suffolk that had once been a great port -- the third largest in England -- but was washed into the sea in a storm in1286.  Despite its conspicuous nonexistence, it was represented in Parliament until 1832 by a succession of privileged nonentities."
-- Kim Dyer


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