Monthly Archives: August 2016

Five star revue for Mirga at the “Proms”

Prom 55: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts the CBSO ★★★★★ “London debuts are seldom such a baptism of fire” – John Allison Perhaps the most newsworthy of all the 2016 Proms, this concert went into the schedule initially tagged “Conductor TBC”. No … Continue reading

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The Road to Hebden Bridge………6 miles, 16 bridges and a lot of water

  As part of my on going project to try and walk as many of the canals as possible in the north of England, today I set off to Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire to walk the 6 miles to … Continue reading

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How Basketball, the Olympics and the Grateful Dead Forever Changed Lithuania

Originally posted on Lost Postcards: The Other Dream Team is a 2012 documentary that illustrates the importance basketball has played in Lithuania’s history and culminates in their participating in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Last week the Lithuanian…

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A little bit of Lietuva comes to the Proms

Over the last 18 months or so I have highlighted the developing career of Mirga Grazynte-Tyla, the young Lithuanian conductor who has built quite a reputation for herself in both Europe and the USA. A few months ago she was … Continue reading

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Grand Pianola Music by John Adams

A good number of years ago I was driving home from work listening to BBC Radio3 the classical music station, when I heard a piece of music that grabbed my attention. It was scored for two pianos, a chamber orchestra … Continue reading

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Oh, the irony…………

At the recent match between Celtic and Israeli football team Hapoel Beer-Sheva one set of sectarian bigots demonstrated in favour of another group of sectarian bigots in the Gaza strip. Someone should point out to these catholics that the muslims … Continue reading

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect ban women from going to university (someone please introduce them to the 21st century!)

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish rabbis have banned women from going to university, The Independent newspaper has learned. The strict Satmar sect issued the decree, seen by The Independent, warning that university education for women is “dangerous”. Written in Yiddish, the decree warns: … Continue reading

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Citizen watches……awful customer service

In mid July I purchased my first ever Citizen watch from the shopping outlet at Gretna in Scotland. After wearing it for a while I noticed that the large second finger seemed to go for a couple of minutes then … Continue reading

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Images from the Brighouse festival 2016

On the 20 and 21 August 2016 the annual Brighouse festival took place in the small West Yorkshire town perhaps best known for the famous Brighouse and Raistrick brass band. The weather this year was very mixed, I visited on … Continue reading

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Canal wives and their Sunday best at the Brighouse Festival 2016

I have visited the Brighouse Festival during the last couple of days and as usual the organisers have done the town proud. The centre of the small town was cordoned off so that market stalls could be set up and … Continue reading

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