Does anyone spot the Russian for 'Kitchen'?
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An unmistakable smell of gas earlier had me picking up the phone to report it. A very nice young chap was there within half an hour checking things out. I was struck by the fact that he spoke to me as though I were a human being, as opposed to a bloomin' nuisance. He then asked to go outside into the garden as that was where the smell was strongest. "Oh wow!", he said as he got to the top of the steps, "this is like a secret garden". He gave a big beam. I could have hugged him after all the negativity and accusations of neglect that my wretched landlord has been dishing out. Instead I gave him 2 peanut butter muffins that I made yesterday
It's the little things innit?
How many of us get invitations to diarise a coming event?
I never know whether to tell you about my forthcoming gigs in Live Concerts thread, or Making Music, or ....
So unambiguously, here are two in Berkshire. I don't know how I managed to take on quite so much which needs a lot of practice at a time when I am also suppose to be training for a bike ride of the 285 miles from London to Paris in 24 hours, but that is the way the cookie has crumbled in the 1780 household....
7.30pm, 22 June, St Paul's Church, Reading Road, Wokingham
Saint-Saens Danse Macabre
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Prelude
Strauss Till Euelenspiegel
Strauss, 5 songs including Morgen and Allerseelen
Berlioz Royal Hunt and Storm
West Forest Sinfonia. Philip Ellis (cond) Louise Turner (sop)
7.30pm, 13 July, Recital Room, South Hill Park, Bracknell
"With Jazz in Mind"
Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale (Suite)
Martinu La Revue De Cuisine
Gershwin Porgy and Bess Pieces (arr. Heifetz for vln and piano)
Members of West Forest Sinfonia.
The Stravinsky is a total roast up. Haven't spent so much effort (or had so much fun) learning something in ages.
Of course I realise not all cyclist are like this but it's the ones like this that give all the others a bad name.