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Cudzoziemiec

  • Dormant but requires tea
At some point in the ride, you might find yourself in Osaka with Spanish speakers where you had expected Edinburgh talking Greek. This does not mean you are lost, or even off route.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
Colin, our choir's conductor, has asked me to sing a short baritone solo in our summer concert. I'm to be Eugene Onegin from the Tchaikovsky waltz-scene chorus.

The section I'm singing demonstrates how Onegin is bored at the ball that his young friend Vladimir Lensky has invited him to, so to get his own back he decides to dance with Olga, whom Lensky fancies. I think I can make myself more caddish by singing the section an octave lower that written - it's just within my range. Obviously I will take the conductor's advice on this. I will also need to practise wiggling my eyebrows in a dastardly way.  :demon:

In the plot, the whole thing turns to tragedy when Lensky challenged Onegin to a duel and Lensky is killed. Tatyana, Olga's younger sister, fancies Onegin but he spurns her advances. She buggers off and marries (unhappily) a much older bloke and some years later Onegin turns up again but she turns him down. Both are left to ponder their life mistakes.

We are only doing one chorus, the ball scene.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

T42

  • Tea tank
I will also need to practise wiggling my eyebrows in a dastardly way.  :demon:

We'll need a video of that. ;)
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
I will also need to practise wiggling my eyebrows in a dastardly way.  :demon:

We'll need a video of that. ;)

It will be done!
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

Panoramix

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  • Suus cuique crepitus bene olet
    • Some routes
https://youtu.be/_TIKv07IZ9o

I rather like it, probably means that I am truly middle aged!

Elton John on Rocketman is worth a read

My favourite quote:
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This has pleased me no end.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/28/restored-1930s-cinema-walthamstow-to-be-reinvented-as-a-london-comedy-club

I spent many a happy hour at this cinema in my youth and are so glad its finally being put to good use. Its a shame that I now live 140 miles away but visiting again is on the top of my wishlist.

If you have never been, do go when it's re=opened. You are in for a treat!
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

This has pleased me no end.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/28/restored-1930s-cinema-walthamstow-to-be-reinvented-as-a-london-comedy-club

....I spent many a happy hour at this cinema in my youth ....

Not this one up the road, then?  :demon: :demon:

(It was a cinema, for a period in the 70's it became a strip  club, now a block of flats)

This has pleased me no end.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/28/restored-1930s-cinema-walthamstow-to-be-reinvented-as-a-london-comedy-club

....I spent many a happy hour at this cinema in my youth ....

Not this one up the road, then?  :demon: :demon:

(It was a cinema, for a period in the 70's it became a strip  club, now a block of flats)

Yes, I remember it as a sex cinema which then turned into a snooker club and no, I never went in there but did learn to do hill starts on the road next to it.

This is an interesting website....http://www.brind.co.uk/html/CINEMAS/cinemasofwalthamstow.html  as is http://cinematreasures.org/theaters?status=closed
Cats to the left of me, cats to the right of me, cats sitting on my keyboard making far more sense than I do.

Mr Larrington

  • A bit ov a lyv wyr by slof standirds
  • Custard Wallah
    • Mr Larrington's Automatic Diary
This has pleased me no end.

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/may/28/restored-1930s-cinema-walthamstow-to-be-reinvented-as-a-london-comedy-club

I spent many a happy hour at this cinema in my youth and are so glad its finally being put to good use. Its a shame that I now live 140 miles away but visiting again is on the top of my wishlist.

If you have never been, do go when it's re=opened. You are in for a treat!

We did go once, shortly before it closed.  Recommended.  There is a cinema in the new development at the top of the High Street, but I ate'nt been there.

The one opposite The Bell was completely demolished and the site, as Ham notes, is now occupied by Yup-o-Flats.
External Transparent Wall Inspection Operative & Mayor of Mortagne-au-Perche
Satisfying the Bloodlust of the Masses in Peacetime

Wowbagger

  • Dez's butler
    • Musings of a Gentleman Cyclist
My pore brane is frazzled. I spent a couple of hours at our Mus Dir Colin's house, firstly running through the Tchiakovsky I'm singing. I find it rhythmically challenging and it will take a fair bit of work before I'm happy with it. Then we played through the first movement of Beethoven's first concerto, with Colin playing the orchestral reduction on his Clavinova, and me playing the piano solo on his 1923 Steinway grand. We went through the Beethoven twice, then the Tchaikovsky again. I have the kind of mental exhaustion I used to get after a 5-hour chess game.

Colin's small music room also had crammed in it a huge 3-manual electronic organ. Apparently this was bought, or hired, as a stop-gap by Brentford cathedral (I thought he said Brentford, but does that have a cathedral? Maybe I misheard and he said Brentwood - which most certainly does) when their real organ was having a major overhaul. After Colin had started negotiations to purchase it at half its usual price, he found that an old pal had connections with the company, and he got an even bigger discount. It had to be taken apart before it would fit into his house.

Colin is light years ahead of me as a musician. I gave a reasonably good account of myself playing the Beethoven, but it needs a lot more practice. I'm flattered that he has the patience to put up with my blundering, but then I suppose it must be quite hard to find people of his own standard to play with. Since his entire life seems to be dedicated to making music, he is almost always dealing with lesser mortals. He has great patience.
Oh, Bach without any doubt. Bach every time for me.

In a 70's nostalgic mood I've just watched an episode of "Charles Endell Esq" followed by one of "Hazell".  The cars, the clothes , people smoking on screen... :jurek:
Not fast & rarely furious

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I'm currently binge watching Babylon 5, which I've not seen in it's entirety since C4 repeated the entire series way back when.  The special effects are a bit ropey by todays standards, but they were never the most important part of the show, that was the plot & characters.  I'm up to Season 3 and have just watched "Messages From Earth".  This time the bit that's getting me is the increase in paranoia & the encouragement so spy on friends & colleagues as the Earth government stokes up xenophobia as a prelude to declaring martial law & rounding up its enemies.  The horror of people realising what's happening & bring powerless to stop it.


After a slight hiatus I'm approaching the end of this with "The Fall Of Centauri Prime".    Londo sitting on his throne, under the control of dark forces, in the ruins of his world, and I'm thinking "Boris"  :sick:


(not that Boris has a shred of Londo's charm or dignity)
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T42

  • Tea tank
Shit in the extreme.  Poor devil, all keyed up and they jerk the mat out.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

tiermat

  • According to Jane, I'm a Unisex SpaceAdmin
Watching Black Mirror, I noticed that the song in episode three (On a Roll) is sung by the mistress of two line song, Myley Cyrus and it is a straight rip off of Head Like a Hole.

Bah!
I feel like Captain Kirk, on a brand new planet every day, a little like King Kong on top of the Empire State

One for any French speakers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf00HQM7iU8 - an ode to the Mediterranean and its beaches.

(it is entirely in French, sorry)

Steph

  • Fast. Fast and bulbous. But fluffy.
For those fond of the Laundry, who will understand my smile of recognition.

In the Ch5 Hannibal series, the blurb for episode 8 reads:

"A killer turning bodies into musical instruments strikes a nervous chord with Lecter"
Mae angen arnaf i byw, a fe fydda'i

For those fond of the Laundry, who will understand my smile of recognition.

In the Ch5 Hannibal series, the blurb for episode 8 reads:

"A killer turning bodies into musical instruments strikes a nervous chord with Lecter"


 :-D



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Kim

  • Timelord
Exhibit A:  Pointless remake/sequel of Top Gun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqVVswa420
https://youtu.be/qSqVVswa420


Exhibit B:  Disturbing star-studded Uncanny Valley CGI Cats movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq50F-IDXDc
https://youtu.be/gq50F-IDXDc


Suddenly, watching Top Gun Part Deux seems like a pretty reasonable idea...
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

T42

  • Tea tank
One for any French speakers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf00HQM7iU8 - an ode to the Mediterranean and its beaches.

(it is entirely in French, sorry)

The Med's fine if you're lucky, but my god the wind if you're not: heart at 160 bpm for 10 kph on the flat. Seems to get windier every year down there, and if it's blowing from Africa you're looking at > 40°C.  A few years ago I was thinking seriously of selling our place here and moving down there. Not no more.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

spesh

  • It's starting to look a lot like Cthulhumas!
Exhibit A:  Pointless remake/sequel of Top Gun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqVVswa420
https://youtu.be/qSqVVswa420

Quite. Cruise is 57 - in real life, Maverick would be behind a desk by now (assuming he hadn't been quietly cashiered from the Navy after the "Tailhook" scandal).

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#TopGunMaverick is a stupid premise. Mav (Cruise) is now 57. He’d be retired and bitching about “the libs” and “when we had a navy” on a Dan Bongino podcast. Charlie (McGuinness) divorced his ass 10 years ago and got custody of the cats.
https://twitter.com/mrdavidboberesq/status/1152037882326081541

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Exhibit B:  Disturbing star-studded Uncanny Valley CGI Cats movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gq50F-IDXDc
https://youtu.be/gq50F-IDXDc

Suddenly, watching Top Gun Part Deux seems like a pretty reasonable idea...

For a giggle, check out the replies to this tweet:

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You are a Hollywood studio exec. Name a project you would have greenlighted before 'Cats'  GO
https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/1151996080327806977

Or this one: https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1152006516204961792
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Kim

  • Timelord
For a giggle, check out the replies to this tweet:

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You are a Hollywood studio exec. Name a project you would have greenlighted before 'Cats'  GO
https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog/status/1151996080327806977

Excellent stuff.


Part of me is tempted to re-watch the original Top Gun for SCIENCE, on the basis that I've learned an awful lot more about  a) aircraft  and  b) homosexuality  since I last saw it[1], and expect it would be a *very* different movie.  The rest of me remembers the Battlefield Earth experiment.


[1] I estimate that I was about 10 when it was my brother's endless-loop video of choice.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

I can't seem to find a thread for "The Expanse" anywhere.  We must have a few fans.  Season 4 on Amazon in December.  Based on "Cibola Burn".   Trailers below.


https://youtu.be/kNIim3xqsEU


https://youtu.be/uEENk6_XFoA
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Kim

  • Timelord
I really ought to revisit it.  I watched the first season and was mostly left disappointed that it wasn't the modern reboot of Babylon 5 that it superficially resembles.


ION: Just discovered there's a sixth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...