Go back to school!

It is Monday and I’m about to hand out homework to my lovely fellow Duran fans.  I think “homework” is probably a good theme to start out the week given that as of tomorrow, all three of my children will finally be back in school.

Yes, I did say “finally”. It has been a long summer…and I am looking forward to my house or even just parts therein staying clean for more than five minutes at a time. I am sure you can understand my point. Even more exciting, my youngest begins her educational journey in our fantastic public school system as she begins Kindergarten. (I am not going to say whether you should read that with sarcasm or not. I’ll let you decide on your own.) Today is going to be a day of getting supplies ready, doing a little bit of school clothes shopping, and for my kids – maybe just a little bit of mourning that the days of sleeping late and relaxing are over for a while. (Me? Oh, I’m doing some teaching, a bit of lesson planning and working on a special Daily Duranie project that I’ll mention later this week…along with just a TEENSY bit of celebrating the kids going back to school!) In any case, we’re about to embark on the time-honored traditions of sleeping past the alarm, running late for school, praying for the weekends and of course: homework.

As you must realize, a certain lead singer’s birthday is coming soon, and a Daily Duranie friend is in the midst of organizing a really nice tribute to Simon. She very kindly asked if we would be willing to spread the word – and of course we are.

Let’s make his 55th a memorable one, by celebrating one of the most important contributions he has made to the band, and indeed our lives: the words.

This is what we need from each one of you:

  • Choose 1 poem/lyric Simon has written that has a special, personal meaning to you, and explain why – what was happening, how those words helped, or were a stepping stone, or a support in your life at that moment;
  • Be concise, keep it under 200 words;
  • Choose a photo of Simon from the period when that lyric was written/released;
  • Optionally include a photo of yourself;
  • Include your name, city, country, and optionally your age (dob);
  • Make sure your file is no larger than 18 x 26 cm (B5, landscape), 75 dpi, preferably with a white background;
  • Send your entry to simonsbirthdaybook2013@gmail.com arranged as per your taste on a collage or as separate items.

Content is paramount – prettiness secondary! If you don’t have computer ‘skills’ you can send the text and photos anyway and we will make a nice frame for it.

Your contributions will be compiled on a dedicated page in WordPress: happybirthdaysimon.wordpress.com/

DEADLINE: Submit your contribution until Sunday 13th October 2013 to simonsbirthdaybook2013@gmail.com.

On the 27th of October, the complete page will go live around the world – and hopefully Simon will see it! We hope we can count on you and the fansites, boards and groups in the Duran Duran world to help out spreading the word around. Just copy and paste this text!

We will be able to re-size your contribution if needed. All submissions will be used solely for this project.
Once you send in your contribution, you will be sent a confirmation e-mail back from us. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours, we did not receive your entry. Please re-send it.

Most important: This is for Simon’s Birthday. Any entries that mention his personal life (family, children etc.) will be returned to you and you will be asked to either edit your contribution or not have it included. BE RESPECTFUL.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. No question is too dumb. Don’t wait until the last minute! Get your submissions in! The more contributions, the better the book! 

Read more: http://duranduranboard.proboards.com/thread/32119/simons-birthday-book-2013#ixzz2ePJVUzv5

This sounds like a really wonderful, heartfelt way to celebrate Simon’s birthday and give tribute to words that have been especially meaningful – we consistently run into people all of the time that have stories to tell us about Simon’s words and what they mean specifically, we really hope people take the time to get involved.

Keep in mind that it is not Amanda and I who are creating this project – we’re just helping spread the word, so if you have questions, please send them to simonsbirthdaybook@gmail.com – not Daily Duranie.  

So with that – go do your homework!


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