Monthly Archives: December 2013

Korea appoints its first woman chief conductor……….another step forward!

It is reported that Shi-Yeon Sung, associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named chief conductor of the  Gyeonggi Philharmonic. Shi-Yeon, 38, won the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and was assistant conductor to James Levine at … Continue reading

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Equality is alive and well……………in the R.A.F

Top rank for RAF woman: Officer made Air Vice-Marshal and will be responsible for buying and maintaining all fighters, drones and other aircraft. A woman who joined the RAF after finishing university has been promoted to the highest military rank … Continue reading

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A Grand Day Out (according to Wallace and Gromit)…………….

At very short notice took off for the Yorkshire Dales with the intention of enjoying a 48 hour break and particularly as the weather forecast for the two days in question was pretty good. First stopping off point on the … Continue reading

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Another Female Orchestral Conductor Appointed……………

Missed this back in November 2013 but picked it up courtesy of Norman Lebrechts website. Sao Carlos appoint Joana chief conductor The Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon has named Joana Carneiro as principal conductor of the Portugal National Symphony. Joana, 37, will take … Continue reading

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A Novel Idea in Vilnius……….perhaps the idea will catch on here!

Photo Courtesy of M.S. Guttridge

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Christmas Day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2013)

Beautiful bright morning so decided to go for a walk at the Sculpture Park at Bretton (just off the M1 at J38). Hijacked on the way to the car by the two kids opposite, Jimmy and the infamous Mabel who … Continue reading

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CNN: Vilnius Christmas tree is the world’s most spectacular

CNN has announced the list of top 12 world’s most spectacular Christmas trees, with Vilnius tree named as number one. CNN writes: “The well-preserved old town in the Lithuanian capital looks like just the sort of place that needs a … Continue reading

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The Heart of Industrial Manchester

I had parked my car just outside the old Strangeways Prison and was walking into the centre of Manchester from its poorer relation of Salford (although it aspires to be much more). It was a fine winters morning and I … Continue reading

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Dont Listen to Pop Music says Opera Singer……………..!

Sophie Bevan’s top 10 tips for becoming an opera star Soprano Sophie Bevan was crowned young singer of the year at the 2013 International Opera Awards, aged 29. A graduate of the Benjamin Britten International Opera School, she studied as … Continue reading

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Sighs of Relief in Golcar and Nangreaves this evening…………………!

The global wine drought that never was Recently the world’s media reported the alarming news that demand for wine has outstripped supply. Latest figures indicated a shortfall of 300 million cases in 2012, it was claimed… the world was facing … Continue reading

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