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LITTLE RED CINQUECENTO!
Thanks to Christine Harrison who commented in response to yesterday's post
"My sister and I were fortunate to stay at Villa Angela a couple of years ago and as a bonus run into you on one of your mountain walks. Taormina is beautiful and Sicily is a magical place. How wonderful for you to have this haven."

I love those wilderness walks. Sometimes I like to get out and about on four wheels also.
Ferrrari?
Nah!
Give me the keys to the Cinquecento.
Not much room for hitch-hikers unfortunately.
Not much room for Charlie and his guitar either.

What would I listen to while driving?
Who knows, but I still get a kick out of David Bowie singing Space Oddity in Italian.
I bought a copy of that on my first ever visit to Italy, when I was on a school trip back in 1973.

What would you listen to?

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LITTLE RED CINQUECENTO!
Thanks to Christine Harrison who commented in response to yesterdays post  
My sister and I were fortunate to stay at Villa Angela a couple of years ago and as a bonus run into you on one of your mountain walks. Taormina is beautiful and Sicily is a magical place. How wonderful for you to have this haven.

 I love those wilderness walks. Sometimes I like to get out and about on four wheels also.
 Ferrrari? 
Nah! 
Give me the keys to the Cinquecento.
Not much room for hitch-hikers unfortunately.
Not much room for Charlie and his guitar either.

What would I listen to while driving? 
Who knows, but I still get a kick out of David Bowie singing Space Oddity in Italian. 
I bought a copy of that on my first ever visit to Italy, when I was on a school trip back in 1973.

What would you listen to?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm5prJDXxQk

 

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I can just see you zipping around listening to “I Get Around”. For me, especially with the sunshine it would have to be the The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Do It Again, Sloop John B, but my favourite for the beautiful voice of Carl Wilson.....I Can Hear Music! 😊

Cool ride, great color too. Well, I'd probably zip around listening to I Travel, and Love Song, then Roxy, Out of the Blue.I was listening to them yesterday, and Bowie the day before. I probably would listen to some Italian music. My sister just did our DNA, I have a little Italian in me. Who knew. I just love your stories so much❣️

60's Motown is great driving music. Traveling for fun is about the journey but we always do a dance along with Tighten Up after reaching our destination. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wro3bqi4Eb8

I too have visited that wonderful hotel. And it’s clearly found it’s right owner. Funny how the world works like that. To this day I drive in Como a 500 cabrio abarth.

That is the cutest car I’ve ever seen! David Bowie for sure. Depeche Mode maybe. Wow. You guys across the pond have the most beautiful countries. Places I will probably only see in pictures. I can paint them from a picture, but I can dream of painting it in person.

I visited Sicily three or four years ago and arrived to find the whole hotel car park full of cinquecentos! Turned out it was a convention -but on arrival it looked like Sicilians only drove one kind of very cute car!

Question: What is your favorite scenic view there? I can live vicariously through you guys. I will probably never see such beautiful country much less walk it’s trails.

Reminds me of our holiday in 1998 (where we got engaged!) in Thassos, Greece. We'd already toured the island for several days in a Jeep but one day we woke up and it was drizzly rain. Hired a Cinquecento and had great fun ........ no radio though

I’ve been meaning to ask. The artwork from Fiona of The Leopard? Did that come by way of you talking about the novel in the New Year? Sharing that Radio 4 abridged reading of it? (That was fab, by the way.) You have got me listening to Radio 4 plays again big time. When you get the chance, you must listen to this. It’s on my “must see” the next time I’m in Glasgow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xs4b2

Of course SM. Love great driving music! Brings back memories of a Contiki tour in 1989 touring Europe! Street Fighting Years was the “cassette tape” of choice! We were in Germany on a overnight river cruise in St Goar and could hear a concert playing over the hill. It was of course SM. Nearly 30 years later myself and my husband are about to embark on another wonderful European vacation! Will definitely be pumping out a few tunes while driving around!

Love your song New sunshine morning , Slave to the rhythm from Grace Jones of course very special, also songs from Cat Stevens, love classic Music, but AC/DC too, Love Biko Your Song and hope to see you singing Belfast Child typical italiano? Adriano 😎Celentano hope to see you soon in Mainz Someone somewhere in summertime, my first visit in a diskothek with some friends and my favourite song.

Dear Jim... Sicily si the best place in the world and Villa Angela Too! 👋👋👋

I was taken back a couple of days ago when David Bowie’s let’s dance came on the radio! Brought back happy memories of my dad and off hazy summer holidays!!

Great story, I love it! I would turn the car on put it in drive and push play on In dreams then Walk between worlds, Silent kiss, utopia, Magic, well the whole album. Then hunter and the hunted, > I mean if I'm driving around Italy I'll probably be driving awhile, then I will have to throw in there a rod Stewart song, your in my heart your in my soul. This is to much fun! 😎💕

Ooh Bowie singing in Italian! I gave you a limited record store daycopy as a little present here in Florence, after that magical acoustic gig! Lovely memory to share ❤️

Great to go shopping in a car you can take into the store with you.

It would be Bowie for me as well... Heroes in German surprised me today 😁. I also have a habit of falling in love with a song for a time and playing it on repeat this week it was Dressed to Suppress by Metric

If I was on my own it would be New Order (on a very high volume). But facing a trip to the Baltic Sea with parts of the family in a small car on an overcrowded motorway I hope we can compromise on a bit of Prince music. ☺🎵

5x5 live fear of gods and hunter and the hunted just fantastical

If I were in Italy, stuffed in a tiny Fiat... well, surprisingly, I've never been to Italy, but I collect quite a bit of Italian music... and none of that mobster-bullshit they have playing in every "Olive Garden"... I love Italian film scores... especially the sleazy stuff by Nico Fidenco, and the spooky stuff by Goblin. BUT... if I was cruising around in a bright red and cute Cinquecento (as long as it had a stereo in it), I'd be blasting this one by Ivan Cattaneo (and this guy is from your era, too!) This whole album called "Urlo" is fabulous, and if you don't have it... seek it out, it's totally worth it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP3UT33t37M

Little Black Mini Cooper carrying three of us to our little bolthole in the Lake District - The Joshua Tree, panoramic widescreen music put on as the mountains appear on the horizon; aural & visual pleasure!

Fleetwood Mac the chain, great tune for that great car 🚗 🎶

What? That was my mum’s car when I was little!! ❤️ what do I listen while I drive?? I think you know it a bit...

“Little Red Cinquecento, need to find Taormina love that’s gonna last, eh hey!”

That's a beauty. I used to have a red 126. Sons and Fascination is a good album for the road.

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THROWING GUITARS - PART 2
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So I bought that patch of dusty land, even though I was still not sure what I might do with it?

Initially I thought about building a house and living out the rest of my days on Via Leonardo Da Vinci. Overlooking that coastline, entranced as I was by the nightlights from the often solitary fishing boats as they bobbed up and down on the Ionian sea, under the brooding and cosmic presence that emanates from snow capped Mount Etna.

But there was much more to the dimension of the land, and Antonio kept pointing out that along with the purchase, came permission to build a structure that would suit the creation of a small hotel?

Sounded like a really nice idea to me, but I had doubts. The main ones being. Despite the heavenly view, who would want to go all the way up the hill to spend the night, when many hotels in the jostling town centre already existed? The other reality was the fact that we had no experience of the hotel business?

So I thought about it. And thought about it. And then, bit by bit, a plan was put in place. Until lo and behold, in 2001 I formed an Italian company, and thanks to Sandra Dods finance was finally put in place. Work on the foundations of the building began soon after.

Meanwhile, many people back in the UK thought I had gone completely mad. "Doing what in Sicily?" They were not the only ones. During construction I sometimes thought I had gone mad also.
Unnerving as it was however, this madness felt excitingly familiar.
Reminding me as it did of when I first set out on the initial "mad adventure" of my life some decades before.

That adventure involved starting a rock band in 1977.
And plenty thought we were mad when we first started putting that together.
After all, what did some teenage kids from a housing estate in Toryglen, Glasgow, know about the music industry?
What experience did upstarts like us have in songwriting and making records?
Who the hell did we think we were?
All of those questions came my way when I set my heart on becoming a professional artist.
Something no one in my family had ever done before.
Something very few in my city had ever done before.
Something very few in the world manage to succeed at?

I mean truly?
You would have to be "barking mad" to believe any of that kind of stuff was possible?
Wouldn't you?

Artwork : The Leopard by Fiona Sutherland.
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THROWING GUITARS - PART 2
https://www.facebook.com/simpleminds/posts/2160736270672964?__tn__=K-R

So I bought that patch of dusty land, even though I was still not sure what I might do with it?

Initially I thought about building a house and living out the rest of my days on Via Leonardo Da Vinci. Overlooking that coastline, entranced as I was by the nightlights from the often solitary fishing boats as they bobbed up and down on the Ionian sea, under the brooding and cosmic presence that emanates from snow capped Mount Etna.

But there was much more to the dimension of the land, and Antonio kept pointing out that along with the purchase, came permission to build a structure that would suit the creation of a small hotel? 

Sounded like a really nice idea to me, but I had doubts. The main ones being. Despite the heavenly view, who would want to go all the way up the hill to spend the night, when many hotels in the jostling town centre already existed? The other reality was the fact that we had no experience of the hotel business?

So I thought about it. And thought about it. And then, bit by bit, a plan was put in place. Until lo and behold, in 2001 I formed an Italian company, and thanks to Sandra Dods finance was finally put in place. Work on the foundations of the building began soon after.

Meanwhile, many people back in the UK thought I had gone completely mad. Doing what in Sicily? They were not the only ones. During construction I sometimes thought I had gone mad also.
Unnerving as it was however, this madness felt excitingly familiar. 
Reminding me as it did of when I first set out on the initial mad adventure of my life some decades before. 

That adventure involved starting a rock band in 1977. 
And plenty thought we were mad when we first started putting that together.
After all, what did some teenage kids from a housing estate in Toryglen, Glasgow, know about the music industry? 
What experience did upstarts like us have in songwriting and making records? 
Who the hell did we think we were?
All of those questions came my way when I set my heart on becoming a professional artist. 
Something no one in my family had ever done before. 
Something very few in my city had ever done before. 
Something very few in the world manage to succeed at?

I mean truly? 
You would have to be barking mad to believe any of that kind of stuff was possible?
Wouldnt you?

Artwork : The Leopard by Fiona Sutherland.
https://www.fionasutherlandart.com/about

 

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So wait - you have a hotel in The Sicilian hills? Fantastico! I am planning trip to Italy this year, or next, will put this on my list!

Hi wonderful Jim, want to tell you I'm sorry I posted here around 1am then deleted it, 🙂 I guess I shouldn't post around 1 or 2 am. I say that because I dont like posting this long after your post full of greatness and beautiful information that is priceless to read about, appreciating all you tell, I'm real real real thankful for you. Your an absolutely amazing man I love I adore your faithfulness, fearlessness too. I love people so much as well which makes all you do very special. Super great picture with this post, I must get a lemon know and squeeze it in my diet coke. 🙂😘

Would love to stay in your hotel one day.

You are an inspiration for me Jim! Go for the madness I say. You very successfully turned your dreams into realities. We all reap the rewards every time one of your amazing songs is played. I look forward to seeing your hotel in person, it looks fabulous! I am pursuing my dream as an artist at 54. I am very impressed by Fiona's art work as well!

This is now on my list of places I would love to visit. ❤️ It’s a long list. 😊

Had the pleasure of staying here on my honeymoon (part of the deal of getting married 😜). Fantastic view and it is a hill as well. Walking back up being put to shame by a elderly Scillian lady, who was practically running up it with her shopping. Great memories of a wonderful place, a must visit place for any Minds fan. You also have to try a glass of Etna or a Wee dram, that was funny coming from a Scillian 😂😂

And what a wonderful hotel it is...on 2005 we made our first visit in April and loved the town below and the beautiful little villlage even higher up. We loved the bay with crystal clear waters and the surrounding countryside. We met and made friends and it was suggested we return in July for the concert SM put on down in the ruins far below and what an exciting evening and return week it was. We discovered new countryside to explore,new restaurants and met so many wonderful people. Oh to return again !

Sounds like beautiful country. I would love to be able to embark on such a journey. My passion is painting. When i am painting 6 hours is a minute. But I am just a working woman from Kansas. My dream will remain tucked in my heart.

Love, love, love this painting. Whimsical Art, is one of my favorite types of composition. The lemons, add that pop! It's very dreamy. I do so enjoy your stories. Please don't stop. ♥️ Congratulations on your success.

Well, Jim; considering you did it with no experience and a bit of a dream, what you have created is the most unique, tranquil and perfect getaway, perfect for reflection, relaxation, rest and recuperation. It is a beautifully crafted place, oozing charm and warmth; further supplemented by the amazing staff you have there – each of them in their own right pretty special. And after that, yes – that view is the icing on the cake. It’s been a privilege to stay there a few times, and Marnie and I look forward to being back soon. It certainly is a ‘Different World’ – and a pretty special one at that.

You definitely made the right decision putting the Hotel on that piece of land. One of the best places we have stayed and with all the brilliant staff members that work there make it more special. Trying to to convince our daughter and her friends to visit Taormina.

Good for you! We alone, set our limitations. Life is often a leap into the dark, but that's what makes it exciting and fulfilling. Fortunately, I have always been quite a spontaneous person so haven't been afraid of opportunities. Obviously, you weren't afraid of the challenge and made a great success of it.

"Everything is possible..." with a strong mind, attitude, hope - it is important that you don't give up your plans, dreams, wishes in life, be yourself and you will find you way of happiness!

I love waking up to see another chapter of your story. Every word relates to one before and you paint the scene very well. I hope I can visit one day 😃

Life is all about adventures and exploring different things! Dream in the Dream with Me ⭐️❤️⭐️

Sounds a lovely place jim

Yes, but you, Charlie and all the (former) band members dit it and you can be proud. Love your music. #simpleminds #soundtrackofmylife

Great piece of history. Love it. Have put staying there on my bucket list.

I for one am so grateful for your madness. I actually like that peice of artwork as well. The plans are being put into motion for sept next year . Iv messaged today. I hope the weather is still good then. But who cares i just want to capture that amazing view. You cant get any madder than a few Aussies and a couple of poms . Is the villa ready and up to it lol

Visiting villa Angela is on my 50th birthday bucket list. Looks stunning. Best start saving 😊

An amazing hotel with an incredible view, I’ll return soon. think the best part was driving the Fait 500 up the narrow streets to the hotel.... it was either that or a struggling dander.

Running a hotel ? Yes! Singing? No one would like to hear that 😂

I adore that painting 😍

be awesome to go there and randomly meet you Jim Kerr!

Wish I'd thought of this for our honeymoon in 2 weeks. 😯

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