Category Archives: Germany

A canal walk and a hearty “Guten Morgan”

Last Sunday morning I took a walk along the narrow canal in Uppermill, just outside of Oldham and nestling at the foot of the Pennines. The weather was warm and the surrounding countryside a lush green colour as I made … Continue reading

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1940s weekend……in Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall

 For the past 18 years East Lancs Railway has put on a 1940s weekend and each year the event has grown so that now thousands of visitors don silk stockings, Fedora hats and gas masks to step back in time … Continue reading

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution … Continue reading

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Female Orchestral Conductors and the “glass ceiling” (or should that be cast iron ceiling?)

Last week I received my annual free 7-day access ticket for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestral concerts for the 2015/16 season that are broadcast live on the internet. Along with this came a very nice brochure showing the full programmes for … Continue reading

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Anita Lasker-Wallfisch……………musician and Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camp survivor

On Friday 17 July 2015, surrounded by family and music, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch will celebrate her 90th birthday. Anita survived Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She came to London in 1946 and became a focal member of the musical community, a co-founder of … Continue reading

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Excellent beer in Konstanz………………

This is a little reminder for my friend and colleague Mike of time well spent in Konstanz and the consumption of some excellent beers………..not quite up to Svyturys standards I know, but an excellent substitute at the time. Look forward … Continue reading

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Show no fear … Dalia Grybauskaite says she is prepared to ‘take up arms’ in the instance Russia attacks Lithuania.

  A few days after International Women’s Day and with the U.S. abuzz with the prospect that Hillary Rodham Clinton might, possibly, get elected as the first female president, it’s worth remembering that women have already made that political leap … Continue reading

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Sir Simon Rattle to join London Symphony Orchestra

World-renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle is joining the London Symphony Orchestra as music director. Sir Simon will join the LSO in September 2017 from the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has led the orchestra since 2002. Watch now for the armchair … Continue reading

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Music that transcends……………….

There are certain composers whose music transports you to a different world when you hear it. I have been a long standing admirer of the work of Richard Strauss, from the inevitable Also Sprach Zarathustra ((2001, A Space Odyssey anyone?) … Continue reading

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Bletchley Park and the unsung “Codebreakers” of World War 2

  On a recent short holiday break in Oxfordshire I decided to take in a visit to Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) during the Second … Continue reading

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