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The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:55:51 pm »
Straight Ahead 'til Uranus, Right, Neptune


[Stop it, marty babes....  ;)]

So, this is what I have been working towards for more than a year......

I'm the soloist in York Bowen's Viola Concerto, in a little under 2 months.  Please come!


26 June 2016,
7.30pm, The Great Hall, Reading University, London Road, Reading

Bax                 Tintagel
York Bowen   Viola Concerto
Saint-Saëns   Symphony No. 3 "Organ"

West Forest Sinfonia
Philip Ellis - Conductor
Tommo - Viola

Full price                                     £15
Concessions (60+ and retired)   £14
Under 18s and students                £2.50


Preparations are just about on course...  I'm maybe a little behind where I want to be, but OK.  Everything is pretty much under the fingers (except the crazy cadenza, which is near all the same!), and all but a few bits are learnt from memory.

Next step is arranging play throughs with a pianist.

Wish me luck!


Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: May 01, 2016, 09:37:38 pm »
I read "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman.  Almost immediately, I knew it would be one of those where she told you the plot / story, rather than showed you.  Confirmed when I got to the line "He fell i love with here in that instant".  Utter bollocks.

Then I read "Lamentation" by CJ Samson (a Shardlake novel).  Totally gripping.  How can authors be so different?  And how can people get away with publishing rubbish like Hoffman?

Just started "The Master and Margarita" by Bulgarkov. Good, so far.


The Meet Up board / Re: D'you lie?
« on: April 05, 2016, 07:27:53 pm »
I am here.  Indoors charging my phone.  Table 13.


The Meet Up board / Re: D'you lie?
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:17:22 am »
Good - I'm a bit all over the place at the moment, but I think I shall be able to see you there.


The Meet Up board / Re: D'you lie?
« on: March 22, 2016, 08:53:23 pm »
Tuesday 5th or Thursday 7th are fine for me.

7.30??  George??

Pick a Day


The Meet Up board / Re: D'you lie?
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:31:49 pm »
So, if we don't have a meet up again soon, it will be July before we know it, and we can really make sense of "D'you lie?" once more.

Who fancies a pint?

The George?  What day of the week is good for people?  Try for the end of March?  Either just before or just after Easter?


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:24:02 pm »
Tory Rottweilers Utter Senseless Throaty Sounds


The Coffee Bar / Re: What did you dream last night?
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:19:56 pm »
Jim,  please can I borrow your brain one night.  That sounds like 'fun', well at least the penguins do.....

"So Brian, how are you going to do it?"
"Well, Gerald, I thought I'd throw myself off the Rialto, but then I remembered I'm a penguin and we can swim.  So I think it might be St Mark's Campanile....  What about you?"
"Oh I was gonna wait for the Film Festival and then shout that I was George Clooney.  I hope to be stampeded by 6 inch heels......  He wears a tux when he's here, so I should look similar enough to fool his fans."


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: March 09, 2016, 10:06:46 pm »
No One Really Wants Alan Yentob


Television / Re: The Night Manager - BBC1
« on: March 09, 2016, 04:04:33 pm »
Completely agree.  Gripped.  Totally.  I would like to be Tom Hiddlestone.

I haven't read this Le Carre, so can't comment on how well it translates to screen, or how faithful it is.  But beautiful imagery.  And subtle acting, really getting into the person behind the character, rather than an overemphasised caricature.....

The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:04:37 pm »
Ungulates must presumably influence rural education


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: December 06, 2015, 06:10:09 pm »
Your elephant likes lifting everyone's doughnuts


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: December 05, 2015, 07:37:14 pm »
Neurotic Englishmen rarely voice emotional stress.


The Coffee Bar / Re: Six Letter Word Game
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:03:29 am »
Rabbits Are Best Baked In Terracotta


Nuts in Butter Bake Less Easily


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