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Possible Impact To Clustering Factor Now ROWIDs Are Updated When Rows Migrate Part II (“Dancing Out In Space”) March 7, 2023

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Attribute Clustering, Autonomous Data Warehouse, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, CBO, Changing ROWID, Clustering Factor, Data Clustering, David Bowie, Full Table Scans, Index Access Path, Index Internals, Index Rebuild, Index statistics, Leaf Blocks, Migrated Rows, Oracle, Oracle 21c, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle Cost Based Optimizer, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle Statistics, Oracle19c, Performance Tuning, Richard's Musings, ROWID.
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In my previous post, I discussed how the clustering of data can be impacted if rows migrate and how this in turn can have a detrimental impact on the efficiency of associated indexes.

In this post, I’ll discuss what you can do (and not do) to remedy things in the relatively unlikely event that you hit this issue with migrated rows.

I’ll just discuss initially the example where the table is defined without ENABLE ROW MOVEMENT enabled in the Transaction Processing Autonomous Database (and so does NOT update ROWIDs on the fly when a row migrates).

I’ll start by again creating and populating a tightly packed table, with the data inserted in ID column order:

SQL> create table bowie(id number, code1 number, code2 number, code3 number, code4 number, code5 number, code6 number, code7 number, code8 number, code9 number, code10 number, code11 number, code12 number, code13 number, code14 number, code15 number, code16 number, code17 number, code18 number, code19 number, code20 number, name varchar2(142)) PCTFREE 0;

Table BOWIE created.

SQL> insert into bowie SELECT rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, rownum, 'BOWIE' FROM dual CONNECT BY LEVEL <= 200000;

200,000 rows inserted.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

I’ll now create an index on this well ordered/clustered ID column:

SQL> create index bowie_id_i on bowie(id);

Index BOWIE_ID_I created.

Next, I’ll update the table, increasing the size of the rows such that I generate a bunch of migrated rows:

SQL> update bowie set name='THE RISE AND FALL OF BOWIE STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS';

200,000 rows updated.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

 

If we check the number of migrated rows:

SQL> analyze table bowie compute statistics;

Table BOWIE analyzed.

SQL> select table_name, num_rows, blocks, empty_blocks, avg_space, avg_row_len, chain_cnt from user_tables

where table_name='BOWIE';

   TABLE_NAME    NUM_ROWS    BLOCKS    EMPTY_BLOCKS    AVG_SPACE    AVG_ROW_LEN    CHAIN_CNT
_____________ ___________ _________ _______________ ____________ ______________ ____________
BOWIE              200000      4906              86          414            170        56186

 

We notice there are indeed 56186 migrated rows.

If we check the current Clustering Factor of the index:

SQL> execute dbms_stats.delete_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE', estimate_percent=> null, no_invalidate=>false);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select table_name, num_rows, blocks from user_tables where table_name='BOWIE';

   TABLE_NAME    NUM_ROWS    BLOCKS
_____________ ___________ _________
BOWIE              200000      4906

SQL> select index_name, blevel, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

   INDEX_NAME    BLEVEL    LEAF_BLOCKS    CLUSTERING_FACTOR
_____________ _________ ______________ ____________________
BOWIE_ID_I            1            473                 3250

 

We notice the index still has an excellent Clustering Factor of just 3250. As the ROWIDs are NOT updated in this example when rows migrate, the index retains the same Clustering Factor as before the Update statement.

If we run the following query that returns 4200 rows (as per my previous post):

SQL> select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200;

4,200 rows selected.

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows | A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2771 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2771 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)


Statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------
          2 CPU used by this session
          2 CPU used when call started
          3 DB time
      24901 RM usage
          3 Requests to/from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
       2762 buffer is not pinned count
       7005 buffer is pinned count
        324 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
     461909 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
          2 calls to get snapshot scn: kcmgss
          2 calls to kcmgcs
       2771 consistent gets
          1 consistent gets examination
          1 consistent gets examination (fastpath)
       2771 consistent gets from cache
       2770 consistent gets pin
       2770 consistent gets pin (fastpath)
          2 execute count
          1 index range scans
   22700032 logical read bytes from cache
       2770 no work - consistent read gets
         73 non-idle wait count
          2 opened cursors cumulative
          1 opened cursors current
          2 parse count (total)
          1 process last non-idle time
          1 session cursor cache count
          1 session cursor cache hits
       2771 session logical reads
          1 sorts (memory)
       2024 sorts (rows)
       4200 table fetch by rowid
       1366 table fetch continued row
          3 user calls

We can see the query currently uses 2771 consistent gets, which is significantly higher than it could be, as Oracle has to visit the original table block and then follow the pointer to the new location for any migrated row that needs to be retrieved.

However, if we look at the cost of the current plan:

SQL> SELECT * FROM TABLE(DBMS_XPLAN.display_cursor(sql_id=>'c376kdhy5b0x9',format=>'ALLSTATS LAST +cost +bytes'));

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0

-------------------------------------

select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows |E-Bytes| Cost (%CPU)| A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |       |    80 (100)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2771 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   684K|      80 (0)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2771 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |       |      11 (0)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)

 

We can see it only has a cost of 80, as Oracle does not consider the additional accesses required now for these migrated rows. With such a perfect Clustering Factor, this cost is not particularly accurate and does not represent the true cost of the 2771 consistent gets now required.

Now there are various ways we can look at fixing this issue with all these migrated rows requiring additional consistent gets to access.

One method is to capture all the ROWIDs of the migrated rows, copy these rows to a temporary holding table, delete these rows and then re-insert them all back into the table from the temporary table.

We can identify the migrated rows by creating the CHAIN_ROWS table as per the Oracle supplied UTLCHAIN.SQL script and then use the ANALYZE command to store their ROWIDs in this CHAIN_ROWS table:

SQL> create table CHAINED_ROWS (
2 owner_name varchar2(128),
3 table_name varchar2(128),
4 cluster_name varchar2(128),
5 partition_name varchar2(128),
6 subpartition_name varchar2(128),
7 head_rowid rowid,
8 analyze_timestamp date
9* );

Table CHAINED_ROWS created.

SQL> analyze table bowie list chained rows;

Table BOWIE analyzed.

SQL> select table_name, head_rowid from chained_rows where table_name='BOWIE' and rownum<=10;

   TABLE_NAME            HEAD_ROWID
_____________ _____________________
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAP
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAR
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAU
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAW
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAZ
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAb
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAe
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAg
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAj
BOWIE         AAAqFjAAAAAE6CzAAl

 

Another method we can now utilise is to simply MOVE ONLINE the table:

SQL> alter table bowie move online;

Table BOWIE altered.

 

If we now look at the number of migrated rows after the table reorg:

SQL> analyze table bowie compute statistics;

Table BOWIE analyzed.

SQL> select table_name, num_rows, blocks, empty_blocks, avg_space, avg_row_len, chain_cnt from user_tables where table_name='BOWIE';

   TABLE_NAME    NUM_ROWS    BLOCKS    EMPTY_BLOCKS    AVG_SPACE    AVG_ROW_LEN    CHAIN_CNT
_____________ ___________ _________ _______________ ____________ ______________ ____________
BOWIE              200000      4936              56          838            169            0

 

We can see we no longer have any migrated rows.

BUT, if we now look at the Clustering Factor of this index:

SQL> execute dbms_stats.delete_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE', estimate_percent=> null, no_invalidate=>false);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select table_name, num_rows, blocks from user_tables where table_name='BOWIE';

   TABLE_NAME    NUM_ROWS    BLOCKS
_____________ ___________ _________
BOWIE              200000      4936

SQL> select index_name, blevel, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

   INDEX_NAME    BLEVEL    LEAF_BLOCKS    CLUSTERING_FACTOR
_____________ _________ ______________ ____________________
BOWIE_ID_I            1            473               114560

 

We can see it has now significantly increased to 114560 (previously it was just 3250).

The problem of course is that if the ROWIDs now represent the correct new physical location of the migrated rows, the previously perfect clustering/ordering of the ID column has been impacted.

If we now re-run the query returning the 4200 rows:

SQL> select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200;

4,200 rows selected.

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1845943507

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                  | Name  | Starts | E-Rows | A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT           |       |      1 |        |   4200 |00:00:00.02 |    4857 |
|* 1 |  TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BOWIE |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.02 |    4857 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   1 - storage(("ID"<=4200 AND "ID">=1))
       filter(("ID"<=4200 AND "ID">=1))

Statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------
          3 CPU used by this session
          3 CPU used when call started
       4849 Cached Commit SCN referenced
          2 DB time
      25870 RM usage
          3 Requests to/from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          2 buffer is not pinned count
        324 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
     461962 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
          2 calls to get snapshot scn: kcmgss
          9 calls to kcmgcs
       4857 consistent gets
       4857 consistent gets from cache
       4857 consistent gets pin
       4857 consistent gets pin (fastpath)
          2 execute count
   39788544 logical read bytes from cache
       4850 no work - consistent read gets
         72 non-idle wait count
          2 opened cursors cumulative
          1 opened cursors current
          2 parse count (total)
          2 process last non-idle time
          1 session cursor cache count
       4857 session logical reads
          1 sorts (memory)
       2024 sorts (rows)
       4850 table scan blocks gotten
     200000 table scan disk non-IMC rows gotten
     200000 table scan rows gotten
          1 table scans (short tables)
          3 user calls

 

Oracle is now performing a Full Table Scan (FTS). The number of consistent gets now at 4857 is actually worse than when we had the migrated rows (previously at 2771)

The Clustering Factor of the ID column is now so bad, that returning 4200 rows via such an index is just too expensive. The FTS is now deemed the cheaper option by the CBO.

If we look at the CBO cost of using this FTS plan:

SQL> SELECT * FROM TABLE(DBMS_XPLAN.display_cursor(sql_id=>'c376kdhy5b0x9',format=>'ALLSTATS LAST +cost +bytes'));

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1845943507

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                  | Name  | Starts | E-Rows |E-Bytes| Cost (%CPU)| A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT           |       |      1 |        |       |  1340 (100)|   4200 |00:00:00.02 |    4857 |
|* 1 |  TABLE ACCESS STORAGE FULL | BOWIE |      1 |   4200 |   684K|    1340 (1)|   4200 |00:00:00.02 |    4857 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   1 - storage(("ID"<=4200 AND "ID">=1))
       filter(("ID"<=4200 AND "ID">=1))

 

We can see the cost of this plan is 1340.

If we compare this with the cost of using the (now deemed) inefficient index:

SQL> select /*+ index (bowie) */ * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200;

4,200 rows selected.

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID 9215hkzd3v1up, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select /*+ index (bowie) */ * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows | A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2784 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2784 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)


Statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------
          2 CPU used by this session
          2 CPU used when call started
       2741 Cached Commit SCN referenced
          2 DB time
      12633 RM usage
          3 Requests to/from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
       2775 buffer is not pinned count
       5626 buffer is pinned count
        345 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
     462170 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
          2 calls to get snapshot scn: kcmgss
          2 calls to kcmgcs
       2784 consistent gets
          1 consistent gets examination
          1 consistent gets examination (fastpath)
       2784 consistent gets from cache
       2783 consistent gets pin
       2783 consistent gets pin (fastpath)
          2 execute count
          1 index range scans
   22806528 logical read bytes from cache
       2783 no work - consistent read gets
         72 non-idle wait count
          2 opened cursors cumulative
          1 opened cursors current
          2 parse count (total)
          4 process last non-idle time
          1 session cursor cache count
          1 session cursor cache hits
       2784 session logical reads
          1 sorts (memory)
       2024 sorts (rows)
       4200 table fetch by rowid
          3 user calls

SQL> SELECT * FROM TABLE(DBMS_XPLAN.display_cursor(sql_id=>'9215hkzd3v1up',format=>'ALLSTATS LAST +cost +bytes'));

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID 9215hkzd3v1up, child number 0

-------------------------------------

select /*+ index (bowie) */ * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows |E-Bytes| Cost (%CPU)| A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |       |  2418 (100)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2784 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   684K|    2418 (1)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |    2784 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |       |      11 (0)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):

---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)

 

We can see the CBO cost of the index is now 2418, more than the 1340 cost of using the FTS.

So in the scenario where by migrating a significant number of rows, we impact the Clustering Factor and so the efficiency of vital indexes in our applications, we need to eliminate the migrated rows in a more thoughtful manner.

An option we have available is to first add an appropriate Clustering Attribute before we perform the table reorg:

SQL> alter table bowie add clustering by linear order (id);

Table BOWIE altered.

SQL> alter table bowie move online;

Table BOWIE altered.

 

If we now look at the Clustering Factor of this important index:

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=>null, tabname=>'BOWIE', estimate_percent=> null, no_invalidate=>false);

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

SQL> select table_name, num_rows, blocks from user_tables where table_name='BOWIE';

   TABLE_NAME    NUM_ROWS    BLOCKS
_____________ ___________ _________
BOWIE              200000      4936

SQL> select index_name, blevel, leaf_blocks, clustering_factor from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE';

   INDEX_NAME    BLEVEL    LEAF_BLOCKS    CLUSTERING_FACTOR
_____________ _________ ______________ ____________________
BOWIE_ID_I            1            473                 4850

 

The Clustering Factor has been reduced down to the almost perfect 4850, down from the previous 114560.

If we now re-run the query:

SQL> select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200;

4,200 rows selected.

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0
-------------------------------------
select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows | A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |     102 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |     102 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):
---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)


Statistics
-----------------------------------------------------------
          1 CPU used by this session
          1 CPU used when call started
         89 Cached Commit SCN referenced
          1 DB time
      11249 RM usage
          3 Requests to/from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
         93 buffer is not pinned count
       8308 buffer is pinned count
        324 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
     462165 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
          2 calls to get snapshot scn: kcmgss
          2 calls to kcmgcs
        102 consistent gets
          1 consistent gets examination
          1 consistent gets examination (fastpath)
        102 consistent gets from cache
        101 consistent gets pin
        101 consistent gets pin (fastpath)
          2 execute count
          1 index range scans
     835584 logical read bytes from cache
        101 no work - consistent read gets
         72 non-idle wait count
          2 opened cursors cumulative
          1 opened cursors current
          2 parse count (total)
          1 process last non-idle time
          1 session cursor cache count
          1 session cursor cache hits
        102 session logical reads
          1 sorts (memory)
       2024 sorts (rows)
       4200 table fetch by rowid
          3 user calls

We can see the query now automatically uses the index and only requires just 102 consistent gets (down from 4857 when it performed the FTS and down from 2771 when we had the migrated rows).

If we look at the cost of this new plan:

SQL> SELECT * FROM TABLE(DBMS_XPLAN.display_cursor(sql_id=>'c376kdhy5b0x9',format=>'ALLSTATS LAST +cost +bytes'));

PLAN_TABLE_OUTPUT
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SQL_ID c376kdhy5b0x9, child number 0

-------------------------------------

select * from bowie where id between 1 and 4200

Plan hash value: 1405654398

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
| Id | Operation                            | Name       | Starts | E-Rows |E-Bytes| Cost (%CPU)| A-Rows | A-Time     | Buffers |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT                     |            |      1 |        |       |   113 (100)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |     102 |
|  1 |  TABLE ACCESS BY INDEX ROWID BATCHED | BOWIE      |      1 |   4200 |   684K|     113 (0)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |     102 |
|* 2 |   INDEX RANGE SCAN                   | BOWIE_ID_I |      1 |   4200 |       |      11 (0)|   4200 |00:00:00.01 |      11 |
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):

---------------------------------------------------

   2 - access("ID">=1 AND "ID"<=4200)

 

We can see the plan has a cost of just 113, which is both much more accurate and close to the 102 consistent gets and much less than the previous cost of 1340 for the FTS plan.

So in specific scenarios where by having migrated rows we significantly impact the Clustering Factor of indexes important to our applications, we have to be a little cleverer in how we address the migrated rows.

This can also the case in the new scenario where Oracle automatically updates the ROWIDs of migrated rows, as I’ll discuss in my next post…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! (“The Jean Genie”) December 22, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in Christmas, David Bowie, Richard's Blog, Richard's Musings, The Jean Genie.
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I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers who celebrate the festive season a very Merry Christmas and a most happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

2023 promises to be a big year for me, in that I’ll be officially retiring from work early in the year, after close to 40 years working in IT. I’ve had an absolute blast and met and worked with some truly amazing people, but it’s time to move on and enjoy other things that life has to offer.

But I’ll hopefully keep my hand in enough to perhaps attend the odd Oracle conference during the year and say my farewells and have a quiet drink with as many of my many Oracle-related friends and colleagues as I can. So you haven’t perhaps heard the last from me quite yet.

My Christmas gift this year is of course David Bowie related. 50 years ago, Bowie had a huge hit in the UK (and elsewhere) with the glam rock classic that is “The Jean Genie”. 50 years ago to the day, it was sitting in the UK 1972 Christmas charts at No. 16, but would reach as far as No. 2 in the coming weeks.

This is the official video, directed by the late, great Mick Rock. Enjoy !!

 

My New David Bowie Blog March 7, 2018

Posted by Richard Foote in David Bowie.
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Just a short note to say I’ve started a new blog that we focus on the one and only David Bowiehttps://davidbowiewordpresscom.wordpress.com/

Those of you that only vaguely know me, know I’m a huge David Bowie fan, so I thought it might be a bit of fun to write about his extraordinary body of work.

I’m starting off with a series that will look at each of his studio albums, where I’ll rank them from worst to best. It was a really tough job, picking out which superb album is better than others, but I think I’ve finally settled on my final order.

Join me in what will no doubt be a controversial journey as I initially discuss and explore his amazing 28 studio albums. I’ll publish my views on the first album, that which I consider to be his worst, very soon.

Merry Christmas (Peace On Earth) December 23, 2009

Posted by Richard Foote in Christmas, David Bowie, Richard's Musings.
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Wow, yet another year almost behind us and what looks like being yet another busy year ahead. Can you believe that The Noughties are nearly all gone, I remember being all excited at the dawn of The Eighties !!

I must say I’m really looking forward to finally saying “Twenty Ten” rather than the more long-winded “Two Thousand and Nine” 🙂

I just want to wish everyone a very very Merry Christmas and a fantastic, fun-filled, index rebuild free, very very happy New Year in 2010.

Hopefully next year, Australia will win the Football World Cup, Crystal Palace will finally get promotion to the Premier League, England will be 4-0 down in The Ashes (again) with just one match to go, David Bowie will release a new album and the world will be just that little bit cooler and less polluted.

Here’s hoping anyways, as I’m sure are all the Polar Bears as well; certainly the Aussie, Crystal Palace supporting ones with good taste in music 😉

As is my custom, no Christmas would be complete without a bit of David Bowie and Bing Crosby to bring some good cheer. This year, a lovely fully restored version of their classic performance for your viewing pleasure:

“Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum” indeed 🙂