Monthly Archives: January 2014


As many people will know the viola players in the symphony orchestra are the butt of jokes for many of the other instrumentalists. So when I came across the following I thought I would share it with interested readers. And … Continue reading

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School leavers ‘don’t know how to dress’ and lack literacy and numeracy skills, bosses warn

British students: Business leaders have called for more to be done to close the skills gap with other countries Many school leavers are damaging business because they lack literacy and numeracy skills and do not even know how to dress properly … Continue reading

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You have to laugh………………..

Maestro (to Horns): “Give us the F in tune!”  Violist (to Maestro): “Please can we have the F-in’ tune too?”

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Small strides forward for women in the male dominated “classical” music field

Alan Gilbert student rises in Dallas   The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has named American conductor Karina Canellakis assistant conductor, starting in 2014. She will conduct youth concerts, select DSO on the GO appearances in suburban communities and pops concerts, and … Continue reading

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God or von Karajan?

                  A musician arrived at the pearly gates. “What did you do when you were alive?” asked St. Peter. “I was the principal trombone player of the London Symphony Orchestra”. “Excellent! We … Continue reading

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Wedding Party in the Park (Vilnius)

I took this photo several years ago on one of my early visits to Vilnius, Lithuania. My colleague and I were wandering through the park on a quiet Saturday afternoon when a wedding party came into the park. As the … Continue reading

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Fourteen Budding David Baileys, Two Tutors and a Grey and Wet Day in Roundhay Park, Leeds……..

Having acquired a new DSLR camera about a year ago (Nikon D5100) I decided that it was time to become more aquainted with the technical intricacies of the camera so I enrolled on a one day course for beginners with … Continue reading

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Orchestras ‘still hostile to women’…………

  Although there are hundreds of female musicians, very few orchestras have female directors and conductors Prejudice and hostile attitudes keep the upper echelons of classical music off-limits to many women, arts chief Jude Kelly has said. The top of … Continue reading

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Is Nothing Sacred?………..Women are Taking Over the World!!!!!!!

Beer: The women taking over the world of brewing   The number of professional women brewers is on the rise in the UK and they are becoming increasingly influential, according to leading industry figures. Why? Jane Austen brewed beer when … Continue reading

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Grand Duke Gediminas by Moonlight………………….

  Statue of Grand Duke Gediminas outside Vilniaus Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo arkikatedra bazilika. This photograph was taken at midnight as I wandered back to my hotel after a very convivial evening in Lolas Wine Bar (now sadly closed). … Continue reading

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