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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.

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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.

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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!

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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...

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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.

Quite!

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".

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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.


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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?!?!?!

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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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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:23:17 pm »
Have had a spin of the Finnissy - much to get one's head round, and I'm looking forward to getting to know it better in time.

But probably not just yet, as the latest purchase has just arrived from Germany; Stockhausen's Samstag aus Licht. Can't wait to find time for a spin of that. :)

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The Opera House / Re: Stilhaus Kitchens Reviews
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:00:01 am »
Has the time come when the mods might want to entertain the notion of pre-modding new members? Even if it's only to the extent of maybe pre-moderating new members' first posts?

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:13:27 pm »
So the Penn is mightier than the pun, yes?...

Maybe the pun is rightly, er, ignored?

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:58:51 pm »
Good to see the contestants on Round Britain Quiz aren’t afraid to make fools of themselves.  Having failed to identify Jimi Hendrix’s sublime The Wind Cries Mary, one of the contestants, when the song was named, asked ‘oh…is that the same as They Call the Wind Maria’?  She had, beforehand, candidly described herself as ‘a Hendrix-free zone’ but I bet she has some friends who will, perhaps for the rest of her life, delight in telling her just how dissimilar those two songs are!

That'll Lerner.

That's a new Loewe for R3OK puns.
Somebody had to say it...

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:06:38 pm »
Not entirely sure when I'll have the time to spin it, but I finally coughed up the readies for Ian Pace's recording of Finnissy's "The History of Photography in Sound" which has just landed on my desk...

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:38:27 am »
I suppose this isn't barking at all if you believe in the Icelandic elves...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27907358
It doesn't get much dottir than that.

OK, I've got me coat...

Would criticising that pun make one a hekla?

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The new pedantry thread
« on: June 17, 2014, 10:18:51 am »
I don't mind the occasional neological portmanteau, but I've just received a rather corporate-speak company-wide email that contains some information about some new branding that's going to be discussed a series of seminars to be conducted via internet-conferencing. They're going to be called webinars:scream: shudder.

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