Monthly Archives: May 2013

Susanna Mälkki named Gulbenkian Orchestra principal guest conductor

Three-year contract with the Lisbon-based orchestra begins in July 2013 Susanna Mälkki has been appointed the Gulbenkian Orchestra’s new principal guest conductor (photo: Simon Fowler) The Lisbon-based Gulbenkian Orchestra has appointed Susanna Mälkki as its new principal guest conductor for three years, … Continue reading

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The Shard…………..after a few beers!

Either the Shard moved or I did………………….

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The Robert Johnson of the Portobello Road………………

Sunday morning on the Portobello Road in London, the weather is good and stalls and shops are open for business. After wandering full length of the road it was then time to walk back. The crowd by this time had … Continue reading

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Climate Change: we really don’t need to waste all this money

Climate Change: we really don’t need to waste all this money By James Delingpole (Daily Telegraph) Yeah, yeah. Whatever “Don’t just do something: stand there!” Ronald Reagan was fond of telling overactive functionaries. The same rules apply to the climate change industry: … Continue reading

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The new suffragettes: Shirin Ebadi – the campaigner who has become an international figurehead for women’s rights

A Nobel peace prize 10 years ago has done little to reduce the threats faced by the most charismatic champion of democratic rights for women in Iran. Death threats that forced her to seek exile in London have failed to … Continue reading

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Long Train Running…………………..

I took this photo at the Railway Museum in York simply because this train is a wonderful piece of British engineering and brings back memories of my childhood when the “age of steam” was in its heyday…………..and yes I am … Continue reading

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Women with first-class degree ‘earn no extra money’

About 60% of the students surveyed got an upper second class degree Women who get a first-class degree earn no more for their extra effort than those with a 2:1, a study suggests. The Centre for Economic Performance researchers say … Continue reading

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