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A little bit of fun

July 30, 2007

EDIT: If you are reading this post after it has been transferred to the new WordPress blog then you won’t see the poll in question, bu tthe results can be found in the comments after this post. Waaaay too serious around here lately, so thanks to a nice new feature of the great Blogger software […]

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Divine Interventions

July 29, 2007

I’m not a religous person, not even slightly, but sometimes I get the feeling that someone somewhere is directing me towards certain things. Over the last few days since returning from France and as the weather has been so rotten I’ve worked my way right through the six disc box set of Shostakovich’s String Quartets […]

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Stop raining!

July 26, 2007

Its a bit wet here. Oxfordshire has been hit by floods this last week, not as bad as over in Gloucestershire, but some of the villages closeby have been pretty badly affected. Anyway after receiving a few emails asking if all is OK here I thought I’d post to say all is fine and although […]

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Concert Reviews

Et ainsi au samedi

July 26, 2007

And so to Saturday. The day started with a leisurely meal before we all made our way down into Parthenay’s ancient old town for a solo performance by Angharad Davies that took place at the top of the Tour de la Poudriére, the only remaining and restored tower of a 13th century castle that otherwise […]

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Et maintenant la musique

July 26, 2007

And so to the music at the NPAI festival. (I still have no idea what NPAI stands for by the way, if any French readers should happen to know please tell). The music was a mixed bag. It was always going to be that way simply as so many styles of improvised music could be […]

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Thanks Dan

July 24, 2007

A short note here to say that four brief reviews of mine can be found in the new and possibly the final edition of ParisTransatlantic, which can be read here. Whilst I can totally understand Dan’s need to take a break from writing right now I’ll miss PTA if it doesn’t continue. Down the years […]

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Travel

Return of the stress-free blogger

July 24, 2007

I returned last night from France, where I spent a week in the west of the country enjoying sunshine, great food, a relaxed way of life and some great music all in the company of some wonderful people. The experience was fantastic, and one I would not have been able to do if I hadn’t […]

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Disappearing again

July 12, 2007

Well I’m off wandering again for the next week or so. Fed up with all of the hassle involved with sorting myself out with a new job, Julie and I are heading for the New Forest tomorrow for a few days break away from music and away from the internet (that last break badly needed!) […]

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Listen with your eyes

July 10, 2007

I’ve never made it a secret that one very big reason I have for running my little CD label is so that I can design CD sleeves. Ironically there hasn’t been a Cathnor sleeve yet that I have been completely happy with, but the act of responding to a piece of music with visual images […]

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Bowing at the heartstrings…

July 8, 2007

Whilst in Ireland, after reading some of my posts about my classical music investigations I was asked if I was beginning to recover some of my enjoyment of melody in music. Possibly this is the case, but I’d be more inclined right now to say that I am merely enjoying the passion that emanates from […]

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Home from the Emerald Isle

July 6, 2007

So I got home yesterday after a great few days in Dublin, my third trip there in five months. Only the one gig to go and see on this trip, a quartet of Angharad Davies, David Lacey, Lee Patterson and Paul Vogel, but more than anything I went for the break and good company, spending […]

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