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The Coffee Bar / Re: Des res for sale
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:19:03 pm »
For some reason the words "elegant solution" keep going round my mind ...

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The Coffee Bar / Des res for sale
« on: April 02, 2014, 04:49:20 pm »
Your chance to own Pierre Boulez' former home. A snip at E800,000.

http://www.emilegarcin.com/vente/Architect-House-Alpes-de-Haute-Provence/FD66BE33-06E6-47D1-B992-0F897C9E8BFA/MEN-6037-SA.html

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Built on a former quarry in the countryside, this architect home with a contemporary feel was owned by Pierre Boulez, famous composer and conductor and conveys this aspect through the white concrete forming the gesture of a leader directing an orchestra without a wand. The concrete blends perfectly with the vertical stones found on site that are assembled into specific modules. Light seeps between volumes. Approximately 230m² spread over four levels as well as a guest house and a garage, the ensemble set on 3,7 ha. Numerous terraces including one with exceptional panoramic views on the last floor. 1h from the TGV train station in Aix en Provence.


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The Coffee Bar / Re: What has made you smile today?
« on: March 14, 2014, 01:14:04 pm »

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:34:36 pm »
Many happy returns, Ollie

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Istvan Kertesz:The London Years
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:43:52 pm »
Coincidentally, I was only yesterday playing Kertesz' recording of the Rossini Stabat Mater - a lovely performance with a fine quartet of soloists - Pilar Lorengar, Yvonne Minton, Hans Sotin and a very young Pavarotti in his glory days - the sheer beauty of the singing is breathtaking but the most remarkable thing is how well these singers work together.  There's some wonderful musicianship here.

And I see they didn't find room for it in the box ...

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:58:49 am »
Damn you, Morpheus. I don't remember giving you the week off ...  :(

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:57:27 am »
Sorry to hear this, Jonathan.  It's happened to me and to almost everyone I know: and it's galling to know that one reason why it continues is that banks find it more cost-effective to take the hit than to implement proper security measures.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Still twitching thread
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:06:31 am »
In my little patch of Sussex we have magpies, collared doves and woodpigeons and numerous small brown birds (inlcuding an, ahem, active group of dunnocks) all living together quite happily.  But then that's the tolerance and diversity of Brighton for you.

http://www.thestalkingdirectory.co.uk/showthread.php/12683-Aggressive-collared-doves!!

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/british-birds/97595-aggressive-collared-dove-and-magpies.html

Interesting.  We have a both magpies and collared doves nesting in the garden - and quite a few other species as well - and I've never seen a stand-off between the doves and the magpies.  The collared doves nest on top of our neighbours' Sky dish which is open to aerial predation and as far as I can tell the magpies leave them alone.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Still twitching thread
« on: March 08, 2014, 09:36:46 am »
In my little patch of Sussex we have magpies, collared doves and woodpigeons and numerous small brown birds (inlcuding an, ahem, active group of dunnocks) all living together quite happily.  But then that's the tolerance and diversity of Brighton for you.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:15:48 pm »
Have had my right ear blocked up with wax to the extent of affecting my hearing to quite a considerable extent. Made social things all the more effortful, if not more than usually pointless. So last week I obtained some drops to put in it (/them) which has made things better. Might try olive oil since the drops have ran out. I thought I'd get an appointment to syringe the ear -a straightforward procedure- quite quickly, but today discovered that I'll have to wait almost three weeks for it.

As a periodic sufferer of this myself, i've always used (on Doctor's recommendation) sodium bicarbonate, which has always worked very quickly indeed, usually within just a few hours. My doc favours this approach over oils, & the results certainly seem to justify it. It's also nice & cheap: sodium bicarbonate is 99p from my local pharmacist - the doc warned me (rightly) that you may need to specifically ask for it, as they don't usually have it out on the shelves.

I'm an occasional sufferer and sodium bicarbonate is a new one on me. Must give it a go next time - I imagine it fizzes and pops in a gratifying manner.  Last time I had my ears syringed at my local surgery, the practice nurse warned me (unnecessarily) about the evils of cotton buds and said that she sends at least two patients a month off to the Royal Sussex with cotton buds embedded in their ears.

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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:11:29 pm »
It's possible. I suppose I should send another polite one ...

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The Coffee Bar / Re: What did you dream last night?
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:24:04 pm »

  Possibly the ultimate radio 3 nightmare- Breakfast went on all night.  ]

The horror.


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The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:11:54 pm »
A week ago, an email from a local voluntary group I'm involved with asking me to do something for them in the next few days involving a camera and couple of hours of my time.  I email back immediately saying yes, and asking where and when.  A week later - no acknowledgment or response.

I'm taking that as a "no thanks" then. And they can take it as a "don't bother asking me again".

 >:(




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The Coffee Bar / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:52:56 pm »
Many happies indeed, Martle.

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