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Dearest Princess Amelia, I am sorry for not posting on your blog for quite a while. But I thought that I would give you a special space blog this time. Do you remember that we spoke about the different planets when we met at the charity dog walk, that day that you helped Ziggy through here first ever agility course? I thought about that chat and chose to post about our solar system.

Our solar system has eight planets (there used to be nine, but it was decided that Pluto was too small); Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system and it is also the hottest as it is closest to the sun. It has no natural satellites.

Venus is the second planet from the sun and it is slightly smaller and much drier than Earth. It has no natural satellites

Earth is the third planet from the sun and we live here. As far as we know it is the only planet in the solar system with life. We have one natural satellite which we call the moon.

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and is often called the red planet. It is smaller than Earth and Venus. There is a volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons which is more than twice as tall as Earth’s Mount Everest. Mars has two natural satellites called Deimos and Phobos.

Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun and the largest. It has at least 69 natural satellites the largest of which are Ganymede, Callisto, Io, and Europa. Ganymede is bigger than the planet Venus.

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and has some very distinctive rings which circle it. The rings are made of small ice and rock particles. Saturn has at least 62 natural satellites, these include Titan, the second largest moon in the solar system.

Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and is the lightest of all eight. It has at least 27 natural satellites the largest of which are Titania, Oberon, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda. Uranus unlike any of the other seven planets orbits the sun on its side.

Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and is slightly smaller than Uranus. It has at least 14 natural satellites, the largets of which is Triton. There are geysers of liquid nitrogen on Triton.

Now let’s listen to a few songs that mention many of the planets and the sun! You can even dance to some of them :-). Oh and please say sorry to Mummy and Daddy for the Venga Boys song!

 

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Dearest Princess Amelia, I know that you have been learning about the Great Fire of London and that you have been to a firework display and as Saturday is Bonfire Night. I also want to say very well done for winning the pumpkin competion with your 1666 pumpkin!

I thought I would share some fire related songs with you. Here is a fire top ten, I hope that you enjoy them.

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Dearest Princess Amelia, one day you might find a singer, musician, artist, writer or perhaps a film star that you really, really like. You may never even get to meet them but that person will mean very much to you, not as much as your Mummy, Daddy and brothers and sisters and your friends. But they will mean a lot to you. Not everyone finds someone like that but I did.

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Many years ago in 1972 when I was just 13 I saw David Bowie on television singing a song called “Starman“. From that day I became a fan of Mr Bowie and even after all that time I still am. But on Monday myself and all the thousands of people across the world who like David Bowie had some very bad news. He went to heaven on Monday although he was only 69. Even when you’re old, like me, it’s ok to cry sometimes.

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I hope that you do find an artist that means as much to you as David Bowie does to me. But in the meantime here a few of my favourite David Bowie songs for you to enjoy.

 

 

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Dearest Princess Amelia it’s been a long while since I last posted anything for you. I hope that you and the Royal Family of Godderwil can forgive me.

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I went with your Daddy to see Paul Weller playing a gig in York last night and he told me that you thought it was funny that Mr Weller had been in a band called the Jam and you said that you asked why it wasn’t called marmalade. So I thought I would give you a few bands named after things that you might make a sandwich with. So I hope that you enjoy Bread, the Jam and Marmalade!

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Dearest Princess Amelia, I must apologise for taking so long to post another item on your blog. Anyway as you have now started school I thought that I would choose a few school related songs for you. Some are about being at school, others are about what you might learn and simply about being of school age. I hope that you enjoy them. There are a couple of my favourite songs in there too, especially “Itchycoo Park” and “I Wish”.  Aunty Catherine and I are really looking forward to hearing how you are getting on at school :-). After the videos I have added a few pictures of my old school 🙂

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Dearest Princess Amelia in your journey through the wonderful world of popular music you will come across the beast known as the One Hit Wonder. Some of these are wonderful and others are awful. The original of the song that I am bringing you in this post is excellent, although one of its cover versions is dreadful. but as that cover version raised money for charity, so I think that we can forgive that! What do you think?

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The song is “Spirit In The Sky” and it has been to the top of the UK charts three times; Norman Greenbaum (1970), Doctor and the Medics (1986) and Gareth Gates and the Kumars (2003). If you wish to know more about any of those artists just ask Uncle Bill. But if you ask about Gareth Gates I will be a little disappointed. Norman Greenbaum wrote the song and because he earned so much money from it over the years he has never had to work. I wish that I could write a song like that! I hope that you enjoy singing and dancing to “Spirit In The Sky”.

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Inkwell_Stamps_Away_in_a_MangerDearest princess Amelia as Christmas is not too far away I thought that I would bring you a couple of Christmas songs in this post. The first is one that I know you can sing very well. It is “Away In A Manger” and I think you’ll enjoy singing along to it. It was written more than 100 years ago and in 1996 it was chosen as the joint second favourite Christmas carol in the UK! I suspect that it is the favourite carol in Godderwil. The second song is “When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney” and that one was chosen especially for you by Aunty Catherine. It is quite a funny song, even funnier when Aunty Catherine sings it. As a special Uncle Bill bonus I thought I would add a real rocking Christmas song from a band called the Darkness that I have seen play live three times. That one is called “Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)”. I should warn you that the singer is actually a man and not a girl. I hope that you enjoy all the songs.

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