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Messages - Jim Penn

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Theatre / Re: The Norman Conquests - Chichester Festival Theatre
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:59:19 pm »
I got very decent seats for £0 all in...

How much? ;-)

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:39:27 am »
Stockhausen, "Outer Space" (the 'greeting' and 'farewell' from "Freitag aus Licht" concatenated as a standalone work).

Not the best of the electronic sections of Licht, I think (Octophonie or the Wednesday Greeting, probably), and without the 'live' layers of Freitag, it's probably not really tight enough to warrant 145 minutes, but there are plenty of beautiful sounds nonetheless.

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:15:23 pm »
Mackie rather grew on me during the last runic Dr Who, so I think she'll be fine as Lulu (though nothing on my fave, Julie Walters in the BBC version from the late 80s, I think).

Waterman probably just thinks McCann is the same Terry McCann he played in Minder!!

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:23:53 am »

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:55:50 pm »
I'm just excited by a Toby Jones Stanley...! :D

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:20:53 am »
the people I've dealt with at the DWP have been above and beyond fantastic, and I have nothing but praise for them

Vivaldi bad, DWP good.  Not an opinion you read every day!

:)

Ah, now, don't get me wrong - from the top down I really loathe the DWP. I know quite a few people who need benefits through them, and the inhumane hoop-jumping policies and their policing thereof is really quite ghastly. But thankfully the 'overseas healthcare" team on the ground aren't responsible for the benefits policies, of course, and clearly want to help (indeed, one of the people I've spoken to this week has made a "common sense" judgement call that had she been following the letter of her guidelines would have made for several needless additional hoops to jump through and made the process far more difficult).

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:22:23 am »
For various reasons, I've had to spend quite some time on the phone to the DWP this week to sort out some medical cover for a friend currently in a French hospital (oh, that's another rant in itself!!!) - and obviously I've had to spend quite a bit of time on hold. Their on-hold music is the ubiquitous Vivaldi, the opening of "Spring", naturally. Now, there is very little music I despise as much as that, so while I'm sure it's there to keep people calm, it tends to have the very opposite effect on me. But if that in itself is not enough to provoke rage in me, the fact that every time an announcement comes on (thank you for you patience, please hold the line), which happens after about 12 bars, it goes back to the sodding beginning. And if an operator puts you on hold while they do something, it plays out uninterrupted, until it gets to the "dramatic" bit, which is clearly too invigorating, so again it just loops back to the beginning...

And as if that weren't enough, it's only bloody synthesised!!!

Annnnnnd relax......

(but in spite of my rant about the music, the people I've dealt with at the DWP have been above and beyond fantastic, and I have nothing but praise for them)

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:50:13 pm »
Only listened to it a couple of times when I purchased it a few months back, but I'm finally revisiting Sorabji's 140 minute Symphonic Nocturne, played by Lukas Huisman. Glorious stuff...

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Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:14:02 pm »
Not really for a signed first edition! Whereas a normal Oxfam shop would mostly just stock yer Dan Browns, yer Harry Potters and yer Fifty Shades etc, the Oxfam specialised bookshops are really on a par with any other second hand bookshop, and I'd expect to pay that sort of price elsewhere (and a quick look at Abebooks lists unsigned copies of the same book starting at around fourteen quid, so marginally less for a signed one seems pretty good to me).

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Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: September 02, 2017, 02:09:54 pm »
Out earlier for a mooch in the local Oxfam book shop, as I'm wont to do now and again, and I came across a fascinating little tome: "The Third Floor Front: A View of Broadcasting in the Sixties", by Sir Hugh Greene. A 1969 first edition (I suspect it's never been reprinted!), in excellent nick, including the dust jacket still only with VERY minor wear-and-tear. The still vaguely active cultural historian in me (my first degree was in Cultural Studies) instantly thought this must be something worth picking up and reading, given that I work for one of Auntie's off-shoots, and I committed to buying it even before I'd looked inside.

When I did look inside, I only found that it's SIGNED!

A bargain at one thousand two hundred and ninety nine of your earth pennies.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: August 30, 2017, 11:36:31 am »
Anyone in these here parts have any trustworthy friends/family in Lille (France, obviously) who could possibly run a small day-time semi-emergency errand in the next day or two? PM me if you can help. Ta MUCHLY in advance.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: August 19, 2017, 10:21:30 pm »
Yes, Forbidden Planet remains compulsive and such an imaginative project despite the lack of CG effects and it was a pleasure to see Walter Pidgeon again with such a natural presence and authority; even chuckled to see Leslie Nielsen, many years before his delicious buffoonery in The Naked Gun series!  :)

Didn't see Forbidden Planet scheduled on the Beeb, but in any case, I have the Blu-ray, which maintains the film's 'scope photography. Haven't watched it for a while - but thanks for the reminder, Stanley, I'll have to stick it up on my projector some time soon. The extras on the Blu-ray are pretty chocka, including a very silly feature film called The Invisible Boy from one year after Forbidden Planet, a (ahem) star vehicle for the earlier film's Robby the Robot.

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: August 18, 2017, 03:15:15 pm »
Bert Harrisonwistle's "Gawain", in the live Barbican performance as was broadcast on R3 a couple of years back. As bloomin' marvellous as it was in the hall...

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