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MUSINGS OF A MEANDERING MIND #34 (article first published : 2007-05-27)

I adore the Oprah show and am absolutely delighted when it returned to our small screens on SABC3 on April 30, at four o’clock, with Tyra Banks (who I think is doing a splendid job of emulating her idol in the talk-show-host stakes) will move to eleven in the morning.

There are several wise Oprah-isms that stick in my mind and, in fact, one of Oprah’s comments was RIGHT on the mark in MY case when she said one day that God has a habit of sending one a few pebbles before dispatching a full brick - or, as a new friend I made down at the local pool this past week referred to it, puts a Boulder in one’s path.

Indeed, I had many a pebble sent my way during my period of living in denial about both my diabetes diagnosis and my hefty (intentional pun!) weight problem. It was only when I encountered my Boulder (in my case, indescribable back pain, which the medical world refused to treat, telling me that The ball was in MY court), that I finally saw the light, shall we say.

I Got with the Programme, as Dr Phil likes to refer to making those lifestyle changes that can turn things right around, and achieved a 30kg weight loss, making an enormous difference to my outlook and restoring my long-lost sense of joie de vivre. In fact, I wrote a short story about my journey in the hopes it might help others who, like me, refused to give up their fondness for all the sweet pleasures of life that are so damaging, calling the little tale A River in Egypt - and you have to get to the last paragraph before discovering the reason for the title, unless you’re crafty enough to figure out for yourself there’s a river one might refer to as De Nile!

Happily, some 15 months or so after penning the tale (and sending it out to the many medicos who were kind enough to embrace my problem with sympathy and understanding, and help me on the difficult road back to better health) it’s finally to be published – albeit only in a wellness magazine, one distributed by Link Pharmacies which I believe is called Life and Family. Let’s hope I touch a core in some other sufferer’s heart and soul before they too feel life is almost TOO unbearable!

But, along with the improvement in health… surprise, surprise, this former extremely shy and reticent person has discovered a wealth of assertiveness and a great deal more self-esteem (WHAT an unexpected bonus!)… thus my own personal BOULDER has wrought a new facet to my character: I have become a great deal BOLDER!)

Speaking of which, I’ve never been terribly infatuated with soapies on TV. However, having become just a tad hooked on The Bold and the Beautiful since it hit SA screens some 18 or so years ago (I’ve read the cast and producers have recently celebrated their 20th anniversary by filming some episodes in Australia), I have to admit having missed VERY few episodes since its inception, even though I’m often to be caught complaining about just how gullible they expect their viewers to be!

Well, one aspect that I always have enjoyed is the appearance of the character, Macy, (and, of course, her RE-appearance on occasion!), particularly when she’s treated us to the charm of her singing voice – and when she’s sometimes been joined in a duet by Thorne. Thus, when I happened upon an album of Bold and Beautiful Duets by this twosome (real names Bobbie Eakes and Jeff Trachia) I decided impulsively to splurge out (it was going at a special price) and indeed have found a handful of the numbers worthy of inclusion in my own collection of medleys that I like to weave – particularly as I’m currently engaged in a series which I’m calling Delightful Duets.

My favourite on this CD is their rendering of You are Everything, which I first heard/saw performed by the delightful youngster, Gareth Gates - he who was runner-up to Will Young in the first British series of Idols, accompanied by that stunner, Rachel Stephens (whose first claim to fame was as part of an all-Girls group – but she later went solo and had quite a big hit with her number L.A. Ex). Watching Gareth gazing into her beautiful eyes, all starry-eyed himself (we were told by the hosts, Ant & Dec, that he had a thing for her, even though she was engaged at the time) made the words all the more evocative. I used to play that particular part of the video over and over again! Ah, the nostalgia of youthful love! Other well-loved oldies to be found on this album are Run to Me, Up Where We Belong, Separate Lives, and a few others that were vaguely familiar. All said, not a bad purchase, for one can’t deny their singing ability. (Blame any shortcomings in the acting category on poor script-writing!)

And while still in the throes of alliteration (this time keeping it to the letter B) one more quick mention of that talented South African trio known as The Bala Brothers, whose album B3 I reviewed just two months ago. I keep coming back to this CD for a repeat playing not only of the two superb duets (one with Judith Sephuma and the other with Angela Kerrison) but because there’s not a single track that isn’t marvellously executed – and here I must make reparation for not having made mention of the fact, in my former review of this album, that they are backed by the superb Johannesburg Festival Orchestra under the baton of the delightfully humble but extremely talented Richard Cock, whose charming wife, Susan, is responsible for several of the orchestrations.

Till next time, remember the mantra (courtesy of ABBA): Thank You For the Music! - Bev Pulé




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