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News and Current Affairs / Dmitri Hvorostovsky
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:18:59 am »
Dmitri Hvorostovsky's family have announced this morning that he's died at the all too early age of 55... :(

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News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:10:26 am »
Words fail me (not at the removal, but the existence of the thing in the first place!)... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/13/indonesia-museum-removes-hitler-selfie-display-after-protests

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Television / Re: October, Ten Days That Shook The World,BBC4
« on: November 05, 2017, 12:25:13 pm »
Thanks for the heads up Stanley. Might well watch this at some point.

I've only seen it the once, and it was not a comfortable experience - it was one of the first films I studied at university, and our lecturer had a bit of a sadistic streak, and decided to show it at 18 fps, so the running time was about 130 minutes, and because it was shown at the slower speed, it had to be screened mute, which made it very hard work indeed.

I agree about Potemkin being greater than October, but I'd actually put Strike above both of them. :)

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Your latest purchase?
« on: October 19, 2017, 12:40:00 pm »
Way back when (well, last Christmas), I got the Lyrita cd of Peter Racine Fricker's fifth symphony and "The Vision of Judgement". Enjoyed the disc a lot. This morning I spotted that Lyrita have subsequently issued a two disc set of Fricker's first four symphonies. It has been ordered straight away.

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Theatre / Re: The Norman Conquests - Chichester Festival Theatre
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:59:19 pm »
I got very decent seats for £0 all in...

How much? ;-)

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:39:27 am »
Stockhausen, "Outer Space" (the 'greeting' and 'farewell' from "Freitag aus Licht" concatenated as a standalone work).

Not the best of the electronic sections of Licht, I think (Octophonie or the Wednesday Greeting, probably), and without the 'live' layers of Freitag, it's probably not really tight enough to warrant 145 minutes, but there are plenty of beautiful sounds nonetheless.

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 16, 2017, 01:15:23 pm »
Mackie rather grew on me during the last runic Dr Who, so I think she'll be fine as Lulu (though nothing on my fave, Julie Walters in the BBC version from the late 80s, I think).

Waterman probably just thinks McCann is the same Terry McCann he played in Minder!!

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 16, 2017, 10:23:53 am »

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Theatre / Re: Coming up....
« on: September 12, 2017, 12:55:50 pm »
I'm just excited by a Toby Jones Stanley...! :D

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: September 07, 2017, 10:20:53 am »
the people I've dealt with at the DWP have been above and beyond fantastic, and I have nothing but praise for them

Vivaldi bad, DWP good.  Not an opinion you read every day!

:)

Ah, now, don't get me wrong - from the top down I really loathe the DWP. I know quite a few people who need benefits through them, and the inhumane hoop-jumping policies and their policing thereof is really quite ghastly. But thankfully the 'overseas healthcare" team on the ground aren't responsible for the benefits policies, of course, and clearly want to help (indeed, one of the people I've spoken to this week has made a "common sense" judgement call that had she been following the letter of her guidelines would have made for several needless additional hoops to jump through and made the process far more difficult).

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The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:22:23 am »
For various reasons, I've had to spend quite some time on the phone to the DWP this week to sort out some medical cover for a friend currently in a French hospital (oh, that's another rant in itself!!!) - and obviously I've had to spend quite a bit of time on hold. Their on-hold music is the ubiquitous Vivaldi, the opening of "Spring", naturally. Now, there is very little music I despise as much as that, so while I'm sure it's there to keep people calm, it tends to have the very opposite effect on me. But if that in itself is not enough to provoke rage in me, the fact that every time an announcement comes on (thank you for you patience, please hold the line), which happens after about 12 bars, it goes back to the sodding beginning. And if an operator puts you on hold while they do something, it plays out uninterrupted, until it gets to the "dramatic" bit, which is clearly too invigorating, so again it just loops back to the beginning...

And as if that weren't enough, it's only bloody synthesised!!!

Annnnnnd relax......

(but in spite of my rant about the music, the people I've dealt with at the DWP have been above and beyond fantastic, and I have nothing but praise for them)

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Broadcast and Recorded Music / Re: Now spinning ...
« on: September 06, 2017, 01:50:13 pm »
Only listened to it a couple of times when I purchased it a few months back, but I'm finally revisiting Sorabji's 140 minute Symphonic Nocturne, played by Lukas Huisman. Glorious stuff...

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Literature and Poetry / Re: Currently reading
« on: September 03, 2017, 05:14:02 pm »
Not really for a signed first edition! Whereas a normal Oxfam shop would mostly just stock yer Dan Browns, yer Harry Potters and yer Fifty Shades etc, the Oxfam specialised bookshops are really on a par with any other second hand bookshop, and I'd expect to pay that sort of price elsewhere (and a quick look at Abebooks lists unsigned copies of the same book starting at around fourteen quid, so marginally less for a signed one seems pretty good to me).

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