A change of direction

Given that its Thanksgiving Day tomorrow in the US, which relates back to the arrival of the first immigrants to the US from here, its time to throw in a piece of hypothetical thought.

Just over a century ago,  my ancestors left Ireland, and headed to England to look for a better life. What made them choose England over North America, Australia, or other places, well who knows? Maybe they didnt want to follow the larger crowd to North America, maybe my great grandfathers had job offers already, or otherwise, I can only surmise.

But its an interesting thought, how different might I, and my life had been if they had gone west, instead of east, as so many Irish people did. Of course, if one set had headed in one direction, and the other had remained on course, I might not even have been born! If that had happened I might not have been holidaying in Boston this year, but living there!

Would I be different as an American, or Canadian woman? I dont know, I’m sure attitudes have differed over the years, musical tastes certainly have, thats for sure. Top British groups have never made it over there, top US groups have never really made it over here, so I suspect my musical influences would be very different. Politically, work wise and other things, would I have been different going through their system. For example, over here, especially when I was a teen, going to university was a pretty exclusive thing. In the US, pretty much everyone gets to go to college, or so it seems to me from over here. Would I have bettered myself with a college education, who can tell?  I might even have been a cheerleader, but I doubt it!

One thing is for certain, I might be used to colder winters than we get here lol! Though I guess that would ultimately depend on where my ancestors eventually moved to in North America, big difference between Northern Alaska and Southern Florida!

I’ve never as yet been in the US for Thanksgiving, so have no real idea what the day is like over there. Well beyond the fact you fill yourself with food, and then settle down to watch football. Of course thats a different form of football to what you’d get over here. In fact, over here the soccer doesnt get played until Boxing Day! Maybe one day I will, hopefully if I’m still up to it when I retire, I might be able to plan travel that way a bit better. Assuming of course anyone will invite me to Thanksgiving dinner lol!

My best wishes to all my American friends for tomorrow, hope you all have a marvellous day, but do remember your brave ancestors who travelled across the ocean in the past, especially those first few, now unknown pilgrims who first celebrated this day nearly 400 years ago.

Music video, well who knows, I might have ended up as a

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BADZW9tZ1uc

Though not looking like MM I suspect!

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New England

No, sorry Kate, James and anyone else who assumed so, this isnt about my holiday, though the title at least is rather apt. The sentiments are about something else entirely though.

Many  assume these were the lyrics originally written, not true. Lets face it, Billy Bragg would have looked a bit silly if they had been! What is true is that he actually tweaked them for Kirsty though, and what a great job he did of it. These lyrics pretty much sum up the teen/early twenties years of many girls, the whole boyfriends thing, the pill thing (if they are wise), and of course, the sex. And then the jilting by him lol! And yes, I suspect we all went through it, some of us with both sexes lol!

No, I dont want to change the world, and I suspect this England isnt as bad as I portray it sometimes, though some matters do annoy me, but hey, I have to live with it. A new England, not sure if that would be good or bad, I suspect it depends who runs it, lol! New England was very nice, though whether I’d say that living through, and trying to get to work in their winter might be another matter? See, holiday did get mentioned after all! 😛

Thankfully I’m now to old to be a mother, even if I did have such desires, but thats for the best, I would have made a lousy mum! Though who knows how I would have reacted, had it happened?

As some readers at least will know, Kirsty is no longer with us, taken in a tragic accident in Mexico a few years back now, but will never stop me being a great fan of her music, thats for sure. These arent her lyrics, as I said, but they are her style of lyroics all the same, as I will prove in the near future, already got another words/video set to one of her songs all worked out.

For now, enjoy a talent taken from us at far too young an age

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fwtFSEovro