Who’s the top dog?

Burt Bacharach, the musician, performer and composer died this week, aged 94. His music has been the back drop to many lives, including Sue and I. Also, it’s worth remembering Hal David, long term lyricist who died in 2012. They wrote Alfie, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, This Guy’s in Love with You, I’ll Never Fall in Love Again, Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Walk On By, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I Say a Little Prayer, (There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me, One Less Bell to Answer and Anyone Who Had a Heart. The duo’s film work includes the Oscar-nominated title songs for What’s New Pussycat? and Alfie, The Look of Love, from Casino Royale; and the Oscar-winning Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. In addition, Don’t Make Me Over, (They Long to Be) Close to You and Walk On By have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

We’ve decided to post our top five songs separately, as a tribute to the great man. There are links to Spotify where you can listen to our choices.

A House is not a HomeAlfie
You’ll Never Get to Heaven Do you know the way to San Jose
What the World needs nowWalk on By
Wives and LoversA House is not a Home
Arthur’s ThemeRaindrops Keep Fallin from my Head

Burt Bacharach may have been the Top Dog in the music world, but there can only one top dog in Scotland this week, and that’s Finn Russell, the stand off for Scotland in the rugby international on Saturday at Murrayfield. He orchestrated a magnificent win for Scotland against Wales to win the Doddie Weir Cup. The team plays France a week come Sunday, can we dare to dream?

At Powdermills Bed & Breakfast, there is only one Top Dog. I know what you’re all thinking – no it’s not me! And this time we have photographic evidence. Mabel likes to sit on granny’s chair where the sunlight allows her to doze. However, Boo who loves Mabel and always tries to cuddle her, but there’s no room on this single seat. These photos show how Boo was determined to lie on the chair. In the third photo, Sue intervened by putting a favourite woollen blanket down for Boo and left them for five minutes. But pushy Boo was showing whose boss and poor Mabel was demoted to the floor. As I said, there is only one top dog at Powdermills B&B, and it’s Boo!

Episode 3 of Sue and Johnny – Everything and Anything is out. We had Linda and Andy Henderson, the previous owners of Powdermills as guests on the podcast. We discussed, how and why they moved from Northern Ireland, and how they designed the house and gardens . We discussed their careers and next week’s episode will include a chat on their favourite books and interests.

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