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The Concert Hall / Does anyone take the Sunday Times?
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:30:49 am »
I'm wondering if anyone might be able to scan for me a review from last weekend's (2 February) Sunday Times "Culture" magazine. Or even just post me the page, if it wasn't too much trouble and they didn't need it any more.

It's a review by Paul Driver of the JACK Quartet's concert at Wigmore Hall. An American composer friend of mine had a piece in it and is having trouble getting to read the review. As am I, since I don't have a Times Online subscription ...

The IT Helpdesk. / Internet usage (daily/monthly etc.)
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:17:11 pm »
Can anyone explain to me what is likely to cause high usage? The deal we signed up to in the new flat has a 10GB monthly allowance - I've always had unlimited usage before. I've been keeping an eye on my usage figures on the site of our provider, Plusnet - who I have to say they seem very straightforward and helpful so far in every other respect - but I'm slightly surprised at the figures. I do work from home so use quite a lot but I seem to be averaging around 500MB per day, and on one day got above 1GB. I could probably use less in order to keep within the monthly 10GB but it would be useful to know which of the things I'm doing are causing such high figures in the first place.

I have to download quite large attachments for work two or three times a week but we're talking maybe three or four 2MB files every few days - large by the standards of what most people attach to emails but I don't see how downloading a 2MB file can be tipping me into hundreds of megabytes (-bits?) download figures. Similarly if I forward the same files on to other people - does that make a difference??

I also have Dropbox which automatically every morning downloads anything that shared users have put into it overnight, which is sometimes quite a lot (the main company I work for keeps all its press reviews in a Dropbox folder which I'm shared to). But again, we're talking maybe a few MB of files being downloaded once or twice a week.

Does something like viewing someone's photos on Facebook cause a lot of usage? ???

Edit: today's figure suddenly jumped from 400-and-something MB to 1.17GB shortly after I posted this. I'd uploaded one photo to Facebook around the same time but it's a 3MB file (I might have "viewed" it a few times in response to people liking/commenting on it but still ...). :-\

The IT Helpdesk. / Photobucket
« on: July 20, 2013, 06:59:37 pm »
I'm sure there's an old thread on this but it didn't present itself in a search ... :-\

I've forgotten both username and password for the r3ok photobucket account. Would anyone be kind enough to remind me (perhaps better by PM)?


21st Century / Henri Dutilleux 1916-2013
« on: May 22, 2013, 01:00:05 pm »
... and another one I'm afraid.

Since I hardly ever do this, and have never even used iTunes (for buying or playing music), I was just wondering if people more familiar with the process (and with a range of e-retailers) might explain how it tends to work ...

I presume that most retailers sell:
(a) single tracks
(b) full "CDs" in download format [and presumably this includes 2CD, 3CD etc. sets regarded as one "unit"?]
(c) "works" [like symphonies, sonatas etc., where this might comprise several tracks]?

Is that accurate for the most part? And if so, I'm wondering how they deal with very large works like operas - because the "work" would more often than not be identical to the full 2CD or 3CD set, presumably. So does this just fall into category (b) or do they sell something else in category (c) - e.g. single acts grouped as a grouping of tracks??

Also, what do they sell in the case of something like The Well-Tempered Clavier? Do they sell prelude-and-fugue pairings as "works", or is it the entirety of Book One or Book Two that gets regarded as the "work" (in which case again, it's presumably equivalent to category (b) and there is no separate category (c)??).

Very grateful for any info/thoughts! :)

News and Current Affairs / The price of coffee
« on: February 24, 2013, 12:09:11 am »

Some interesting thoughts on Pret a Manger, the 'motivated worker', Starbucks and the real meaning of tax credits ...

This is interesting:

I'm not quite sure where it ends up. It seems to turn from a trenchant critique into a claim that austerity is more imagined than real, and then to just sort of wind itself up, as if he'd run out of space/time. Still interesting though.

News and Current Affairs / Hans Werner Henze (1926-2012)
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:32:54 pm »,8049.html

(English coming soon, we're told.)

Announcements / Ted
« on: June 10, 2012, 09:04:35 pm »
I'm afraid that Ted Ryder's daughter has been in touch with some sad news: Ted passed away just over a week ago.

I'm sure a few people had noticed that Ted (David) hadn't posted much for a while. I was in touch with him in March and he'd been into hospital two or three times and was a bit fed up and feeling very tired, but I was pleased to hear from his daughter that he'd been able to carry on as normal at home and was pottering in the garden when he died very suddenly. Certainly not the worst way to go.

I've asked Ted's daughter to pass on our sympathies to his wife and family, and she's asked me to thank everyone on the forum for all the banter and musical chat which meant so much to him.

Goodbye Ted.

Television / ITV1 Vera/Lewis mix-up
« on: May 20, 2012, 01:49:15 pm »
I might need a TV detective to solve this one but ...

Are there any other closet Vera fans on here (I've never heard it mentioned ...)? Last Sunday evening was supposed to be the third episode of season 2, but somehow we got Lewis instead. ??? As did my mum up in Oldham, so it wasn't just a London transmission fault apparently ...

Actually I like Lewis too, but was under the impression the new series was starting after Vera finished. Now we've got another Vera advertised for tonight but don't know if it's going to be the one that was supposed to be on last week - and if not, where can one catch up on the lost episode? Online only? ??? Will the Lewis end up being screened twice?! :-\

The Coffee Bar / The Congratulations Thread
« on: April 17, 2012, 06:33:33 pm »
Do we have one?

Excellent news in the Chamber-Scale Composition category :applause: ...

I only found out this week about another Cage event coming up - the Musicircus at ENO in March. I'm waiting with my fingers crossed for more tickets to be released (as promised on their website).

Ditto. That's one of the ones I've got my eye on too.
I've got two timed-entry tickets to enter this event at 2.40pm tomorrow (the first round of admissions is at 1.40, but those tickets sold out long ago; the box office were a bit unclear how long the whole thing would go on for but surely it must be a while longer after 2.40, or else they wouldn't be letting more people in then??).

In any case, the second of my two tickets is currently going spare. Anyone who wants it can PM me tonight or early tomorrow morning - although I'll also advertise this on Facebook, so please do wait for a reply from me to confirm it's not already gone. (I'll be able to receive and reply to messages until at least 1pm tomorrow.)

More info on the event here:

News and Current Affairs / Robert Maycock
« on: January 26, 2012, 06:22:52 pm »
... has died aged 63 in a car crash. (What is it with road accidents this week? :-\)

I didn't know him but had admired his programme notes and composer profiles in BBC programmes (e.g. on Honegger at last summer's Proms). Sad news - RIP.

Cinema / Theo Angelopoulos 1935-2012
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:18:41 am »
Theo Angelopoulos, whose work Jim, Stanley and I have discussed several times recently on the forum, was run down by a motorcycle while filming near Athens (what I think must have been the final part of the trilogy commenced with The Weeping Meadow and The Dust of Time), and died tonight in hospital.

Terrible news.

The Coffee Bar / I go to sleep ...
« on: January 21, 2012, 02:25:45 am »
Just come across this in the course of a discussion on Facebook:

I never knew my sleeping position was so unusual (adopted by only 7% of the population, apparently). But the personality features it supposedly signals are almost diametrically opposite to mine, I'd say!

How do the descriptions fit for others?

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