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Subject: The Year 2000
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2000 15:23:31 -0600
From: "Gregory Adams"

As tradition (at least for myself) continues, I would like to extend a great round of thanks to all of the Amarok list for another fun year of Mikey-O. From MO's official sources, on the heels of MB, we got the fine remastering of MO's works by Simon Heyworth (who probably tackled the job much better than others might have). Someone of his quality should have overseen the album photo restoration, particularly on Incantations. Also, to Dark Star (Paul) who indeed has a difficult task to do, yet somehow (I think) does what he can. (We Amarokers are a tough bunch of nuts to crack... bit of Christmas reference here).

This years 'Santas' have been extremely good to us this year... I would like to mention a 'few', not to exclude anyone else, just a few notables...

Rick and Valentin... You guys are just amazing, thanks majorly for your contributions, you set an example of quality...and quantity

Posh! what can I say about one of the most enthusiasic of all MO fans anywhere. I hope all your dreams and endeavors pan out for you.

Martin B. (the rock star) Again, you delight the list with your work on OHR, perhaps you should work alongside Simon some day...

Adam C. You, much like Rick and Valentin, gave us another quality look-see-hear and enjoy. Thanks for taking the trouble.

Wolf and Rob, and even Alex you guys keep us all laughing, even when it hurts to laugh.

Maurice, probably one of the most un-thanked folks, who just keeps it going for all of us, this list.

M-C, another one who deserves thanks, while doing another sometimes thankless job of editing while doing an even harder thing at times (us parents know, eh?)

The Wonderful Stevie B, of whose patience had to be tested, while I found a way to upload my contributions to the list. Thanks good buddy.

Chris L who worked all year on Static 19, and still can't wait to see it..

Allan N. & Gustavo(and many others) who are churning out still great music for my ears.

Cowboy John, Mad, and others who are all good friends..

and a person who shall remain nameless, if you are still on the list, Thanks for giving life another chance, you will not regret your decision. I know this to be so....

And, last but not least to MO, without you, where would this list be!

Happy Holidays to one and all (for those who celebrate, but if you don't....Do it anyway, it was a great year, and be glad that you made it)


Greg A.
Fellow Amarokian
ICQ# 84645381
www.essex1.com\people\greg\index.htm



Subject: Merry Christmas and a happy new (proper) Millennium
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 15:41:37 -0500
From: Rob Miles

I'd just like to add to the sentiments that went with Greg A's list. It's difficult to name everyone- there's so many and if I tried I'd be bound to miss someone out. I've said it countless times- the Internet is the last bastion of altruism left in the universe. If there was a Mike Oldfield Heaven, you folks would go there when you died.


Rob
:-)?



Subject: [Amarok] Seasons greetings from Hungary
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 22:16:09 +0100
From: Lauer Zoltan

Hi Oldfieldians!

I wish a very merry Christmas and a happy new year/century/millenium to all of you. In the next two weeks, I will remove myself from the list temporarily, because I won't get close to the Internet. I will rejoin somewhere in the beginning of the third millenium :-)

I have some information from Santa, that I will get some Oldfield related gifts for Christmas! I will get the video from the TB III premiere at HGP, and a remastered Hergest Ridge CD!!! Great :-)

See you again in January!


Zoli



Subject: [Amarok] Merry Christmas SVR
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 08:21:56 +1100
From: Robert Szucs

G'day everybody,

Merry Christmas to you all.

And Merry Christmas to Mike. (now I'm on-topic)

I've been working my arse off for a while, prior to the holiday period. But this morning I see we have new SVR snippets, just in time for the holiday. I just saw one with some horses.

Have a great Xmas all, and eat lots of chocolate. And play TSODE on new years eve. Loud. Like it's really happening.

cheers,

Robert



Subject: [Amarok] Ha-ha-ha-happy Ho-ho-ho-holidays 2001
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 20:43:48 -0800
From: drew minasian

ok boys and girls, let's all gather 'round the cheery warmth of our monitors and sing together ye olde holidaye favorite~...

Mike Oldfield's Girlfriends' Twelve Days of Christmas!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Three Guitars, Tubular Bells,
and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Seven Incantations, Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Eight QE2s, Seven Incantations,
Six Hergest Ridges, Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Nine Ommadawns, Eight QE2s,
Seven Incantations, Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
TSODE, Nine Ommadawns, Eight QE2s,
Seven Incantations, Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Eleven sampled pipers, TSODE, Nine Ommadawns,
Eight QE2s, Seven Incantations, Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a Sonic Virtual Reality.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Twelve drum machines, Eleven sampled pipers,
TSODE, Nine Ommadawns, Eight QE2s,
Seven Incantations, Six Hergest Ridges,
Five Miles Out...
Four Voyagers, Three Guitars,
Tubular Bells, and a
Son-ic Vir-tual Real-i-ty...

cheers to all,
~drew

Subject: [Amarok] Merry Xmas
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 15:05:42 +0100
From: Martin Bartosik

Greetings from Martin
hope you get everything that you ask for! :)
peace in the light --

Martin

Subject: [Amarok] Yo dudes (and dudettes)!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 22:30:11 -0000
From: "Alex Reid"


Yo yo yo!

Erm no, could I possibly make a mo mo mo, no I mean a do do do....

Ah yes hang on.....

Ho ho ho!

We wish you a Mikey Christmas
We wish you a Mikey Christmas
We wish you a Mikey Christmas
and an Amarok New Year

Glad tidings we bring from
www.mike-oldfield.com
We wish you a Mikey Christmas
and an Amarok New Year

All the best Amarockers!

See you all in 2001 - The (alledged) Year Of SVR!

Alex

*<:0)
(Santa hat)

Subject: [Amarok] Peace on Earth!
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2000 20:38:19 -0600
From: pleiades@nemonet.com

Greetings all!

A Very Happy Solstice (VHS) Time to all, no matter which holiday you celebrate!

Thanks Greg A. and Stevie B. for your kind remarks!

Harald had written:

Yesterday I saw a new CD in a shop called "No stress", vol. 1 and 2. It is a collection of "new age"-style music, Vangelis, etc. Vol 1 opens with 4 min. of Tubular Bells. Vol. 2 includes "Etude" by Mike Oldfield. So now we all know. Tubular Bells is "No stress". hmmmm....

Hmmm indeed........maybe that's why one finds Tubular Bells and all of Mike's other works in the "Easy Listening" section at the local Sam Goody's. I was in that store recently looking for Robbie Robertson's Contact from the Underground World of Redboy. It wasn't to be found (and you thought it was just Mike who is under-represented in the USA. Ha!) Upon not locating Robbie, I asked, as I always do, "Where is your Mike Oldfield?" In response I was once again led to the "Easy Listening" section, whereupon a solitary Oldfield CD was found--the non-remastered Tubular Bells. I repeated my Sam Goody mantra, maybe in a more exasperated fashion this time, "Have you even listened to Mike Oldfield? How can he POSSIBLY be considered 'Easy Listening'???? There is absolutely nothing easy about listening to Oldfield's music." Reply, "Well, he seems to end up here and there..." Ah well, maybe someone who inadvertently buys a so-called "Easy Listening" Oldfield (and someone DID buy The Millennium Bell--it was no longer there!) thinking it is "Easy Listening" will be awaked from their muscial stupor!

Changing the subject...... I have found the last several weeks to be very stressful, as a result of stuff that has happened locally and not so locally (e.g. Bush appointments, Peltier, U of Illinois, friend & son staying with us due to a bad situation), and have been uncharacteristically glum and disheartened. Late last night, I finally went about re-centering myself, and in case anyone else out there feels the need for a de-stressification process (Is that a word? Hmm. Should be!), here is one of many recipes. May it promote peace within you, extend to those around you, and forever expand outward-bound, intersecting and re-combining in synchronistic dances.

I was almost ready to send this before getting ready for the service at our Unitarian Church this evening. I held off thinking that I would be inspired to actually write some words of wisdom instead of the usual stuff. Sorry, no such luck, but tonight's theme seemed to be "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me." What a coincidence. Three persons gave talks--the third was from our philosopher-minister, who focused on gift-giving. You never know how or when he'll work in Kirkegaard or Neitzche, but tonight he didn't. (-: He concluded whatever it was he was talking about (I never quite know) by indicating how no one liked endings. After the service, I wanted to tell him that he was right, and that "we are crying out for new beginnings...and that endings are only beginnings...and that after the first of the year, have I got a CD for you......" but I got talking with some pagan friends and didn't have a chance. Of course, I will lend him Amarok after the first of the year. It should have occured to me to do so long before this! ((-:

Anyhow, without further ado, here is:

An Exercise for Building Peace Within

1. Figure out where you want to perform this exercise: In a warm bath? Bedroom? The woods? It should be someplace free of external distraction (for those of us with kids, it may be late at night or very early in the morning) and comfortable.

2. Light a candle, and some incense, if you'd like. The incense is optional, but the flame of the candle will help you to focus. It doesn't matter what scent, if any, of the candle, or what kind of incense. This is not spellwork, so it just has to be something you really enjoy. If performing indoors, it helps to darken the room except for candlelight. Artificial lighting isn't a good idea.

3. Put on your Oldfield de jour.

4. If you are in the bath, sit up; if you are in a room, sit up--if you lie down, you may go to sleep--not a good idea in the bath. (-;

5. Breathe deeply and slowly: Breathe in through your nose to the count of five-ten; hold for a count of three-five; breathe out through your mouth to a count of five-ten (you don't want to hyperventilate if you're not used to deep breathing--it will come with practice). Repeat 5-10 times.

6. Start with your feet, moving upward. Tense your feet, and relax them. Tense your calf muscles, then relax; your quads, then relax; your butt, then relax; your abdomen, relax; shoulders, relax; arms, relax; scrunch up your facial muscles, then relax. Meanwhile, you are breathing deeply and slowly as you work through all of your muscle groups. Now, take another slow, deep breath and release all tension. Visualize all negative thoughts leaving with the tension, "as the fog from off the water, as the mist from off the meadow ..."

7. Focus on the music, and the candle. Envision the candle's light as expanding into a small ball of light hovering above your forehead. As you continue to breathe slowly, the light expands, and you pull it in through your head, feeling it move down through your body, warming you as it slowly encompasses you, spreading feelings of peace and contentment.

8. Continue to visualize all good things, enjoying the music, the ambiance, the candlelight for as long as you'd like.

9. When you are back, perform one random act of kindness for each member of your household and three random acts of kindness for strangers.

Brightest Blessings to everyone,

Mary-Carol



Hello Dear Amarokans,

My name is Harry, I'm 35 years old, from Germany. Many of you may know me as 'Bluepeter' from DALNet #mike_oldfield Chat. Being a big fan of Mike's Music for about 20 years now, I came along to this list a few years ago, but, to be truthful, I never posted before. Now I felt that the time has come to de-cloak and say Hello and a Merry Christmas to you all. Really enjoyed reading here a lot, giving me lots of interesting details from Mike and his music. Keep up this great work!

Well, enough of me, hope everyone got a tubular gift and enjoyable Christmas.

Looking forward to a Mikey 2001, bye for now folks

bluePeter@oldfield.de



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