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The Concert Hall / Re: Live Concert Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:06:06 pm »
What is the Celine Dion, Jim?  If it's All by Myself that's surely a gross injustice to Eric Carmen who, ahem, wrote the song and had a hit with it 20 years before Ms D did.

Quite - though I didn't actually check the video to confirm, as Dion really does bad things to my blood pressure.

The Concert Hall / Re: Live Concert Thread
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:18:23 am »
In an email from the South Bank Centre this morning, I read the following:

Think you’ve never heard of Rachmaninoff?
If you’re a fan of classic films, Muse, or even Celine Dion, you may find you know more of Rachmaninoff’s music than you think. Watch this short video to find out where you might have heard his music before.

Good grief.  :facepalm:

Announcements / Re: Simon Howard
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:15:31 pm »
Thanks for the announcement, Selva. As soon as I've got a diary for next year, that date will be inked in straight away.

Cinema / Re: Richard Attenborough - RIP
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:51:00 pm »
... and one howler which cast Attenborough in "The Cruel Sea" (1953).

Odd that you should call attention to that one today, Stanley, give that barely half-an-hour ago a clip from the very same film was on the news, this time in connection with the sad newly announced departure of Donald Sinden...

The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: September 10, 2014, 09:21:46 pm »
Flicking around some telly on-demand listings earlier, I spotted that Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" was available for viewing.

In the Comedy & Entertainment section.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:02:53 pm »
Oh, Jim, pray how do you plumb these depths? Washer way of tapping into these resources?

Well, I just try to let my memory relax, no need to faucet.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:06:23 pm »
Drip! Drip! Drip! Its that annoying dripping tap that won’t stop dripping.

Frank Loesser on dripping taps.

Television / Re: New Who
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:53:37 am »
I think the late starting time was probably to make it a bit easier to facilitate the cinema screenings for the first episode (more likely to be able to sell the idea as an evening out if it's finishing after nine o'clock than if it finishes at 8:30!).

Anyway, the episode - I liked Capaldi a lot. A LOT! Eespecially with the look to camera to ask the viewer "well, did I?" over his moral dilemma near the end, which introduced a deeper darker element that I felt was really welcome. I liked the slower pace and slightly more expansive narrative the 80 minute run time allowed. I loved the surprise appearance of... erm... that young chap near the end (spoiler if I reveal more than that, I think). I think the new dynamic between the Doc & Clara worked really well (and I like the way Coleman's developing as an actor - she's an engaging presence, but I think she's had a very limited range to date).

I also really liked the subtle references back to a lot of things from the last few years (particularly the doctor recognising his own face in the mirror and wondering why he'd chosen it!).

Oh, and the more we get of the Paternoster Gang (Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax), the more it seems like Moffat's rejection of his own mooted idea for a spin-off seems like a mistake. Neve Mcintosh as Vastra is growing in stature with every appearance, for my money.

But... oh lord, what HAS Murray Gold done to the theme music this year?! What an absolute mess!

The Concert Hall / Re: Sorabji in Seattle
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:20:50 am »
A Sorabjian mini-Fest is about to take place at the Poncho Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, USA.
No one interested in attending any of this will presumably face the prospect of being anything other than "Sleepless in Seattle"!...

As long as the sleeplessness isn't caused by indigestion from too much tossed salads and scrambled eggs.

Wish I could be there.

You ain't the only one...

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:31:39 pm »
Oh blimey. One of those shws that's made as a floggable franchise through BBC World, like 'Splash' for the 'Cornflake Channel'  as my Dad  used to call it.  The hopeful thing about telly is that it drives people back to pubs and clubs or indeed to the wireless.


I've said it before, and I'm sure this won't be the last time I ever say it, but I'm still holding out for "Celebrity Wicker Man".

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: July 31, 2014, 04:03:52 pm »
Drawn to a piece on the BBC website about a new programme that looks like a new nadir for Saturday night television ("Tumble" - yup, celebrities do gymnastics!), I spotted the following bit of text:

Alex Jones hosts as celebrities take a leap into the world of proffesional gymnastics.

Perhaps Auntie should be concentrating on replacing her amateur copywriters.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:21:06 am »
Spotted a poster on the side of a bus at the weeknd, for a West End revival of The Pajama Game. I've seen the poster before, but never really paid any attention to it, as I can't abide that particular musical! But I noticed the poster featured a review quote... "a pure adrenaline rush of pleasure". But isn't adrenaline the hormone that's secreted through fear/pain/stress?!?!?!

The Concert Hall / Re: Dave Smith playing in April + June
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:51:39 am »
Some lovely Smithy goings on last night down at Schott's.

A fine collection of pieces beautifully played, and, as one has come to expect of young Mr Smith, obvious attention to the order of the pieces to give a good structure to the evening. Hard to pick out a favourite piece, but it would probably be a choice between Quasi Tambura and Frivolous & Vexatious (the latter, particularly, feeling barely a fraction of the 34 minute running time advised up front).

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