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Dearest Princess Amelia it has been far too long since I posted on your blog. So as I am currently in America, in New York City (and 5 hours behind you) I thought I would give you some songs about this great city. I believe it might be a city that has more songs about it than most other cities too. I hope that you like the songs and I reckon that one day when you are older you will visit here and I think you will love it! It is definitely one of my favourite cities now. But before the songs how about a few facts about New York City which many locals call the big Apple or Gotham?

  • The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, arrived to the U.S. in 214 crates. It was assembled and then unveiled in New York Harbour in 1886.
  • The name New York originated in 1664 when King Charles II of England, granted the region to his brother who was the Duke of York and Albany.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. It opened in 1883 it cost $15.5 million to build, it measures 5,989 feet long (1825m) and at the time was longest suspension bridge in the world.
  • Native Americans came to the area now called New York about 5,000 years ago. Thousands of years later, their descendants included Native American tribes such as the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, and Seneca.
  • Grand Central Terminal was opened in 1871 and became the busiest train station in the country. It is allegedly the biggest rail terminus in the world, but please don’t call it a station, New Yorkers don’t like that!


It’s that time once again, time for another post to Amelia’s blog. Today we will venture through the square window (Amelia you’d better ask Mummy or Daddy to explain that cultural reference to a very, very old children’s television programme called Play School) into a prehistoric world. A world which existed a very, very, very long time ago, yes even before your Uncle Bill was born! Millions of years before even the great Kingdom of Godderwil existed! This month’s tale is all about Dinosaurs in music. I won’t mention the dinosaurs of rock that the punk movement in the late 70s set out to finish. We’ll save that for another day.

This post will give you songs and groups named after or about dinosaurs. I know it’s often little boys that love dinosaurs, but I’d like my Odd Daughter Amelia Catherine to buck the trend on that one! So where shall we start? Well how about with a little information about those big old beasts the Dinosaurs. The name comes from the old Greek for Terrible Lizard and there were more than 9,000 different species of them. How do we know all this? From all the fossilised bones and coprolites that archeologists have found over the years. I’m sure that Mummy or Daddy will explain what bones are, but let me tell you what coprolite is. Listen carefully because I need to whisper it, are you ready? OK then, coprolite is Dinosaur Poo! I think that one day I’d like a paperweight made of coprolite 🙂

Actually this next video is very educational and may even give us some new clues as to how the dinosaurs disappeared. What do you think?

The dinosaurs died 65 million years ago when a big lump of rock bumped into the earth, or maybe it was a big piece of alien coprolite? Everything went dark and all the animals that survived had a long sleep and then woke up as our ancestors. In simple terms the dinosaurs mostly shrank and became birds. There are still a lot of people who don’t believe dinosaurs existed at all. Well I reckon those same people don’t believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Easter Bunny too. So that just proves that they are quite silly doesn’t it? We know that Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Elves, Fairies, Pixies, Superheroes and Gnomes all exist don’t we? I know that at least Amelia and me will always believe that!

And before the music let’s have a look at a classic nature programme from a few years ago that shows dinosaurs in their natural habitat. It was called ‘Dinosaurs’ and has film of a wonderful little baby dinosaur;

So now let’s enjoy the dinosaur top 10 with Amelia

“Bront0saurus” – The Move. A great British band from the 60s whose key member was Roy Wood. Mr Wood went on to form to other great bands; The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Wizzard. I’m sure that one day they may feature in Amelia’s blog.

Walk The Dinosaur” Was (Not Was). This band was the brainchild of two men who called themselves David and Don Was,but they were not really brothers. They were actually called David Weiss and Don Fagenson.

“Salamanda Palaganda” – Tyrannosaurus Rex. This goes back to the 60s when the band were very hippy and mystical. They later shortened the name to T Rex, who we’ll hear from later

“Dinosaur” – Ke$ha. A lady who spells her name with a dollar sign rather than a letter

Metal Guru” T Rex. The band became much more electric when they shortened their name to T Rex. They also became much more succesful. This song from 1972 was the last of their 4 UK number ones

“Seaside Shuffle” Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs. The band were actually called Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts and they changed their name for this release which became their only hit. The band also featured one Jona Lewie whose “Stop The Cavalry” has become a Christmas standard.

“Dorothy The Dinosaur” – the Wiggles. Dorothy is a “rososaurus”, a “yellow-spotted herbivorous green dinosaur with surprisingly scary teeth. The Wiggles were the highest paid Australian entertainment group for three years in a row.

“Dinosaur” – Hank Williams Junior. Hank is the son of US country music icon Hank Williams!

“First Daze” – Pterodactyl. This wonderfully named band are from Brooklyn in New York.

“Velociraptor” – Kasabian. The band took their name from the surname of Linda Kasabian, one of the infamous Manson Family.

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