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Theatre / Re: An Inspector Calls - Playhouse, London
« on: January 08, 2017, 10:50:51 pm »
I saw it back in, ooh, actually, not sure, 2002-ish (though not with Kenneth Cranham - have a feeling it was the guy who played Bishop Brennan in Father Ted!)... Didn't know the text prior to seeing it, and struggled to hear the dialogue before they opened up the front of the on-stage house.

Seem to remember Bernard Herrmann's score from Vertigo being very prominent in the soundtrack (and played rather too loudly). For my money, it didn't really fit. Quite liked the rest of the production, though, and wouldn't mind seeing it again if I can drag myself into London one weekend.

Theatre / Re: Once in a Lifetime - Young Vic
« on: January 08, 2017, 10:44:41 pm »
Yeah, very minor, HtoHe - I found my script (didn't know I still had it!), and I've got highlighted lines for at least three minor characters; First Chauffeur, Ernest, and Bishop, though it wouldn't surprise me if I found a fourth on close inspection (it wasn't a big group, there was a lot of doubling!).

I would, but alas I've got plans elsewhere... Which is kind of annoying, as it's all of a 20 minute walk from where I now live!!! Ah well.

Theatre / Re: Once in a Lifetime - Young Vic
« on: January 08, 2017, 01:38:18 pm »
I once got roped into an am-dram production, 13 years ago (can't remember which character, other than I was looking in a newspaper for horse racing results after having bet on a horse called Caliente).

I too thought it quite a poor play, if I'm being honest. As it turned out, though, I ended up getting bronchitis about a fortnight before it went on, so I had to pull out (which was actually a bit of a relief!).

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: January 04, 2017, 03:03:55 pm »
After the third alarm, clock's knuckled.


Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: December 30, 2016, 12:27:09 pm »
This morning, I've been having a first listen to a couple of Lyrita discs I got for Christmas - Bernard van Dieren's "Chinese" Symphony (with a couple of shorter orchestral works), and Peter Racine Fricker's "The Vision of Judgement" and the fifth symphony.

All splendid.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Waffle Thread
« on: December 27, 2016, 01:23:26 pm »
I stopped smoking (12 years ago) with the Allen Carr book. I'd tried a couple of times previously with other methods, and had always struggled.

One of the things that he points out as having made other methods so difficult is the language of "quitting", which makes things feel like a sacrifice. Training oneself to use more positive language about it allows one to take a more active sense of control over the process, and makes things significantly easier. I worked through the book in a week, and have never felt remotely tempted to touch a cigarette since.

Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: December 26, 2016, 12:06:16 pm »
Have opened first of my musical Christmas presents, and currently spinning the first disc, Modena, from Keith Jarrett's "A Multitude of Angels" (four discs of his long-form improvisations, recorded over the course of a week in Italy in October 1996 - the last time he played long-form unbroken sets, according to Jarrett's own liner notes).

Only a few minutes in, but enjoying it very much indeed.

Cinema / Re:Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
« on: December 25, 2016, 09:48:30 am »
Funnily enough, Stanley, both Joan and Potemkin have plonked themselves on my watch list too. I haven't watched Potemkin for many years, so I suspect that one'll be sooner rather than later. And as for Dreyer, I think I have a fine looking BFI blu-ray set of his films on the way for Christmas.

Anyway, on that note, have a fine day today, Stanley (and everyone else, of course). ☺️

News and Current Affairs / Heinrich Schiff
« on: December 23, 2016, 11:43:19 am »
A couple of Austrian news sources are reporting that Heinrich Schiff has died, aged 65.  :(

The Coffee Bar / Re: Separated at birth
« on: December 21, 2016, 08:58:13 am »

                        BOB HOSKINS                                                      SIR PHILIP GREEN

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: December 16, 2016, 03:57:46 pm »
The story doesn't reveal that they also sent up some salad with that pie - the cucumber survived the trip, but they had to jettison the rocket in stages.

Getting coat.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:17:09 pm »
Thanks Stanley. Funnily enough, though she wasn't really much inclined to make anything out of "our Saviour's birth", and though she'd had a fairly steep decline through dementia in the last 12 months, she had very recently started recalling (or, at least, trying to) Leigh Hunt's "Abou Ben Adhem". I don't think I'd ever heard her mention it, but according to my mother, she'd taught it to my mother and my aunt in their childhood, and my mother thinks it's got to be more than half a century since she last heard my nan make any reference to it. Amazing what sticks, I guess, and clearly it was offering her some inner peace when her body and mind were otherwise failing.

The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:42:41 am »
Not sure "grumpy old rants" is necessarily the right place for this, but, if you'll indulge me...

Some of you may remember that in March 2015, I posted about my grandmother's 100th birthday in "the happy thread" (I notice the thread hasn't been used since the various comments on that - was that REALLY the last time anyone round here was happy?!).

Well, at about 9:05 yesterday morning, after 101 years, 9 months and 5 days, my nan passed away. It's okay, though, she'd had a horrible battle for the last few weeks, nothing quick, easy, or pain-free, so while we'll all miss her, the family is mostly just relieved that her suffering is over.

Here she is in her early twenties (no later than 1937) and on her hundredth birthday in March last year... Ta-ra, Nan.

News and Current Affairs / Greg Lake RIP
« on: December 08, 2016, 12:44:49 pm »

I know 2016 has been a crappy year all round, but Greg's the second member of E.L.P. to go this year...  :(

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