Category Archives: Romance

The Anniversary Song Platinum Anniversary

It’s 70 years since the film The Jolson Story was released which makes this year (2016) the Platinum Anniversary of it’s release.

The Anniversary Song by from the Jolson Story

Included in the film was a musical score entitled ‘Anniversary Song’ penned by Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin. The original song  was adapted from Losif (aka Ivano or Jovan) Ivanovici’s Romanian Waltz ‘Waves of the Danube’ first published in 1880 (136 years ago.) An accomplished composer which a few nations like to  claim as their own. The tune is also claimed to be at the root of KPop as a Korean recorded a song based on the tune in 1926.

 

The film covers Al Jonson’s life and career although some scenes were pure fiction, the film  contains a number of well know Jolson songs along with new material such as the Anniversary Song, well known songs including ‘My Mammy’ and Swannee, Toot Toot Tootsie, Ma Blushin’ Rosie were some of the highlights.
The film was a tremendous financial success for Columbia Pictures, and won three Academy Awards for
  • Best Music,
  • Scoring of a Musical Picture,
  • Best Sound Recording,
and was nominated for seven in total including
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role for Larry Parks,
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role for William Demarest,
  • Best Cinematography, (Colour)
  • Best Film Editing.
The Anniversary Song music score sheet
The Lyrics are a wonderful tribute for an anniversary.

Lyrics

Oh How we danced on the night we were wed.
We vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said.
The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies.
Except for the few that were there in your eyes.
Dear, as I held you so close in my arms, angels were singing a hymn to your charms .
Two Hearts gently beating were murmuring low “My darling I love you so.”
The Night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn.
The sun shone a new but the dance lingered on.
Could we but relive that sweet moment sublime.
We’d find that our love is unaltered by time.
The Lyrics as sung on the film vary from the sheet music however there are a number of variations available from various international Crooners using the actual penned prose.

Five romantic things to do together in the UK during the month of June

Romantic Ideas to do together in JuneWith thousands of romantic things to do with your partner in the UK during (hopefully) a warm and sunny June, where do you begin deciding where to spend time cuddling, smooching and enjoying each others company?

Here are five suggestions that will give you some ideas and make the month of June a memorable one for you and your favourite person.

1. Dorset–Cerne Abbas Giant

Thought to be an ancient pagan symbol of fertility, the Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset has attracted (and aroused) couples for years because of the giant’s “upstanding” attribute and erotic appearance.  The giant has also been likened to Hercules, a Roman figure usually drawn or sculpted as a well-developed figure entering battle totally naked–except for a lion skin draped over his shoulder.

Located near the charming village of Cerne Abbas, the well-endowed giant of a man has been carved into chalk rock on Giant Hill and may be thousands of years old–or several hundred years old, depending on which historian you believe. Folk beliefs about the Cerne Abbas giant claim that women who sleep on the giant are “blessed” with a strong sex drive. It is also said that infertility can be reversed if a couple make love on top of the giant–or, more precisely, directly on his phallus.

2. Cardiff, Wales–the Llandaff Ghost Walk

What could be more romantic than clutching each other close during a ghost walk and returning to the warm, comfy safety of your bed and breakfast room and the glow of a lovely fireplace? Take this walk through an ancient village alive (or dead!) with abandoned graveyards, dusty ruins, darkly wooded lanes and the possibility of sinister phantoms moaning in you and your lover’s ear.  A guide bearing a torch leads you through the spooky ghost walk while telling tales of past ghost sightings and strange doings in the village.

3. Scottish Highlands

Scenic trails, sparkling streams, impressive visuals of lovely meadows and dramatic mountain peaks will awake the romantic souls in any couple visiting the Scottish Highlands in June. Hold hands while exploring majestic castles, embrace each other while taking boat cruises on Loch Ness or Loch Shiel and stroll through the picturesque villages of Plockton and Loch Carron. Romantic accommodation is also available in the Scottish Highlands that include the Westhaven B&B and the Ryeford B&B, which is less than a mile from downtown Inverness.

4. Stratford-Upon-Avon

Book a room at the luxurious Arden Hotel and let the romantic ambiance of this beautiful boutique hotel warm your hearts (and your bodies) as you snuggle in a big, soft bed and watch Casablanca on a giant, flat-screen television. The Arden also hosts jazz music on Sundays, food and ale evenings and themed holiday weekends. There’s also a champagne bar where you can toast your soul-mate with glasses of bubbly while whispering sweet nothings into his or her ear.

Across from the Arden is the famous Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre where you might catch a showing of “Romeo and Juliet” before heading back to that wonderfully chic Champagne Bar.

5. Belfast, Northern Ireland

Intimate, romantic Darcy’s Restaurant in the heart of Belfast offers delicious British dishes as well as an impressive wine list and candlelight dining. Feed your partner fresh grapes and apply chutney or Darcy’s famous “Pavlova Stack”, a delectable serving of ice cream, chocolate sauce and nuts and fresh cream. After dining, explore Cave Hill Country Park and its walking trails and breathtaking views of quiet, misty Northern Ireland

Inspirational Quotes

Two entwined hearts to represent Love quotesWe’ve just published a collection of, mostly inspirational, quotes we’ve pulled together on our twitter feed celebrating Love and Marriage mainly for St. Valentine’s day, we’ve reproduced them all together below:

  • An anniversary; a celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance & tenacity. The order varies for any year. – Paul Sweeney    http://thinkexist.com/quotes/paul_sweeney/
  • True love stories never have endings. – Richard Bach    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bach
  • The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret. – Henry Youngman    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Youngman
  • Where there is love there is no darkness. – Burundi Proverb
  • Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering. – Cynic
  • Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking. – Chinese Proverb
  • Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. – Maria Lovall translation from Friedrich Halm
  • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.- Martin Luther
  • Love one another and you will be happy. It is as simple and as difficult as that – Michael Leunig    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Leunig
  • On our anniversary, we may not have wealth, but we do have each other and that is worth more than all the money in the world.    http://www.wow4u.com/
  • Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Robert Heinlein
  • Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones
  • The highest happiness on earth is marriage. – William Lyon Phelps
  • You don’t marry someone you can live with. You marry the person who you cannot live without. – Anon.
  • Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together. – Simone Signoret
  • Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. – Friedrich Halm translation by Maria Lovall
  • Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. – Victor Hugo
  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  – Lao Tzu
  • Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.   – Gene Perret
    It’s not where you go or what you do, it’s who you take along with you. – Anon.
  • The secret to a good marriage is understand that marriage must be total, it must be permanent and it must be equal. – F. Pittman
  • Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along. –  Jalal ad-Din Rumi
    The goal of our life should not be to find joy in marriage, but to bring more love and truth into the world. – Leo Tolstoy
  • No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. – Mark Twain
  • Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.  – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. – Mignon McLaughlin
  • Marriage is such that the independence is equal,the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal. – Louis K. Anspacher
  • Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. – Aristotle

If you have any other inspirational quotes relating to marriage, anniversaries of Love we would love to share then here.

 

St Valentine’s Day Thursday 14th February 2013

It’s an expensive time of year for all you Lover’s out there, you just finish paying for the

For all you Lover's out there
St Valentines Day 14th February 2013

romance at Christmas and then you get hit with Valentine’s Day!

Gifts wrapped for St Valentine's DayThis year Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday which we figure is probably one of the best days of the week for Valentines to fall upon simply because it stretches the weekend out by at least a day which at this time of year is great!

Tradition holds that the first Valentine card was sent in 270 A.D. by St. Valentine himself on the eve of his execution for refusing to renounce Christianity. Signed “from your Valentine”, it was a note of appreciation from the young cleric to his jailer’s blind daughter who had brought him food and delivered messages for him.

The Romans celebrated St. Valentine’s Day as the Feast of Lupercalia, dedicated to the pastoral god Lupercus and to the Goddess of Love, Juno. The birds of Italy began mating on February 14, the oracles observed. Roman Maidens placed their names in an urn set up in the public square and courageous bachelors drew from it to obtain their “blind date” for the coming year. The Christian Church denounced these “love lotteries” as pagan rituals. During the Middle Ages, “love lotteries” persisted in France as “chance boxes” that allotted couples one year to get married or part company and, in England, men wore the name of the girl they drew on their sleeve encircled with a heart.

Written Valentines appeared around the year 1400 as quaint love missives and many were anonymous. Church opposition gradually declined and, by the 1700s, the familiar “roses are red, violets are blue…” verses were popular and in France, Valentines grew in size and elegance featuring ribbons, lace, gilt and other intricate effects made by hand.

The first Valentines in America were exchanged during the Revolutionary days and were mostly handmade with sentimental verses written in a flowing script. In 1840, Miss Esther Howland, an imaginative artist and entrepreneur became the first regular publisher of Valentines in the United States. She became a successful businesswoman heading her own publishing firm specialising in Valentine cards.

Around 1850, the first “Vinegar Valentines” were produced. These masterpieces of insult were sent anonymously and were popular along with the usual sentimental Valentines until around 1910 when the strictly sentimental ones gained more popularity. Since that time, Valentine’s Day cards can be found to fit almost any relationship. In fact, teachers receive more Valentine’s Day cards than anyone else.