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Following the score


John Kersey

Dr Gabb tells me that he finds musical score-reading a challenge and would appreciate some pointers in the right direction. I hope I may be of some assistance. I have been reading scores since before I could play the piano – indeed, I owe the fact that I play the piano in no mean part to the fact that I read scores. Let me explain.

My home was not a musical one, and we had but few classical records. Noting my response to these as well as to a number of television signature tunes, my parents thought that I might have some form of musical ability. They bought me a small radio. I cannot remember being encouraged to listen to anything in particular. Radio 4 was the predominant listening elsewhere in the house, with Radio 2 for the football results. For some reason, I tuned in to the “old” Radio 3. It was not only the music that attracted me, but the presentation. The style and content spoke to me in a way that little has done since. I had found a spiritual home, and for some years believed that my future lay as a Radio 3 announcer. Of course, by the time I was old enough to be actively considering career options, that job had effectively disappeared.

This is the sort of thing I heard there:

This is the sound of order. It is at once clear, informative, elegant and humane. It is and remains, to my mind, the approach that is suited to the presentation of Western art music better than any other. I certainly did not find it stuffy or overly formal. By contrast, it opened up similar vistas to me as did Chapman’s Homer to Keats. It absorbed, fascinated and inspired. Read more

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Been to a concert tonight


in which one of your blogging team played 3rd Cello.

David Davis

If you are not careful, footage may be put up. In the meantime, here’s Mike Oldfield:-

Something to share


Michael Winning

I saw hwile over at Obnoxio the Clown’s place that these people, called Counting cats, would like this to be shared.

So, here it is! (Boss man says this stuff if lifted, has to be in red…wonder if I can do that)

BBC Bias (Again)

Feb 28th, 2010

by NickM.

I saw a small bit of a thing on BBC News this morning. OK, this is from memory and I didn’t watch the whole thing because I would have been sedated to prevent me from hurling the cat at the Samsung. And neither Timmy nor the telly deserve that…

I would though chuck an irate ocelot at Harriet Harman’s minge. That is another story though…

It was about “The Rise of Climate Scepticism in Australia”. It described climate sceptics (they’d burn ‘em if that weren’t “polluting”) meetings as being like an “American religious revivalist meetings” (that’s so BBC on so many levels, that’s the sort of thing to get the average Indy reader priapic) and it was just generally horrendous. Despite my inchoate rage I did though clock something which outraged me beyond feline-throwing comprehension.

It opened with a shot of the cracked, dry Australian Desert. You know that thing that Australia has a lot of but also had a lot of when Captain Cook made landfall and even had a lot of during the Dreamtime of the Aboriginals with this soundtrack:


Yup, whilst the BBC now calls us “sceptics” and no longer “deniers” it plays music from a symphony written specifically about the Holocaust.

Where do you think that band is performing? Don’t look much like the Royal Albert Hall to me unless that gaff has really gone downhill very recently.

So the likes of me, PA and Cats wanna disagree with the “consensus” on a scientific issue and we’re ushered to the “naughty-corner” along with that cunt Nick Griffin. Well, some of us, Aunty Beeb actually not only can parse the science but will not fall for cheap tricks like that. Some of us know what an adiabatic lapse rate is and some of us have also been to Auschwitz. Some of us even listen to C20th orchestral music.

Some of us also know what pride comes before.

PS. Fellow bloggers. Take this. I want it known. I want it screamed from the highest parapets.

Posted in: BBC, Climate change, Climate fraud, Jumped the Shark, Propaganda, The Righteous, twats.

Friday Night is Music Night: tomorrow, Dresden…


And “now”, as that not-very-nice-man John Cleese always used to say… “for something completely different.” Tomorrow if I am not mistaken is the 65th anniversary of the raids by RAF Bomber Command and the USAAF on Dresden, for which the poor Western Allies (unlike Stalin who demanded them) got to carry the can, and got to be made to feel really shitty and ruthless and cruel, for six decades and more. We can by now probably all agree that this actual raid was not strictly necessary:  the war was effectively over, apart from clearing up the already-ample rubble, burying the corpses, trying and sentencing the villains, re-connecting up the Mains Services across Europe, and getting a functioning Market Economy running again.

But Stalin, bless the evil little bugger, wanted and demanded a show of “shock and awe”, loosely coupled to a less-than-needful wish of his Armies to have all enemy comms in front of them obliterated. He couldn’t range artillery that far  – be there ever so many Soviet “Artillery Divisions” (which there were) –  and his air force never quite had the heavy-lifting capacity ours did. So he got what he wanted: Roosevelt the scoundrel loved him anyway, and nobody was listening to poor old Churchill by then. The ally that bought the time in the first place, to form a coalition of allies, was by then regarded as the least important, and moribund, with a crumbling Empire to boot.

The result was the consigning down-the-memory-hole of chaps like this one in the video below. There has never even been a campaign medal for RAF Bomber Command, which suffered about 48% fatal casualties, around 56,000 men – a higher percentage even than the Merchant Navy.

The whole sorry episode should be a real object lesson to peoples who have some vestigial abillity to appoint and dismiss their governments.

You people all around and around, including us here, ought to be bloody careful who you vote for – you might get tyrannical psychotic murdering messianinc megalomaniacs, masquerading as caring liberal social democrats. I’m not saying quite out loud that Obama is one of that crowd, but you Americans who come and watch this page should tell your compatriots that they were not really thinking straight when you/they voted for him en masse, now, were you. He’s never been anything in his life except a gauleiter, after all – and look what a society surveilled by gauleiters brought to its people…

There’s not much time left here for us to avoid it.

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