Friday 26 October 2012

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Where I've been

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Wednesday 24 October 2012

Bara brith in action

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Location:Caffi Gwynant, Nant Gwynant


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Location:Portmeirion, Gwynedd

Monday 22 October 2012

land of my father

They even have crisps with our surname. Actually, not so surprising, because every other person round here has our surname and most of the blokes look like my Dad. Great to be in the place where you know you come from.

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Location:Prenteg, Gwynedd

Friday 19 October 2012

Casting aside the nonsense of the last forty years.

When are Fr Tim's talks on Vatican II?

Mm Plenary indulgence too.

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Location:The Eternal City

Monday 15 October 2012

Sunday 14 October 2012


To Stand up for Vatican II for these great You tube clips of the opening of the Council here. in Latin, but with a handy Italian VoiceOver.

The first one has a sound track of Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart Ave Verum.

Great stuff.

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

Time for a break

Too many competing demands for this blogging lark for the moment.

Time to withdraw.

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Monday 8 October 2012

Mahler symphonies

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Saturday 6 October 2012

Brandenburg 3

Having a lot of fun rehearsing this at the mo. Every now and then I listen to a few recordings to check that what I think is OK and see what speeds, gestures might work with my players.

This is quite attractive in many ways, though with teenage boys we will do it faster and with a bit of an edge in places. This lot are very free with the tempo.

It's all about the Trinity of course- three each of violins, violas and cellos and a motif with three notes.

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Location:At work

Another one for the list

Spotted at 7.30am this morning enroute to the IOW.

Won't be going to that production then.

You can see why when I'm teaching OCR A2 Music and the set works that we do are under the heading 'Music for the stage,' I spend almost no time considering staging.

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Location:Waterloo Station

Thursday 4 October 2012

Very late September

Stefan Dohr, horn playing hero.

Monday 1 October 2012

Seeing Snowdon

After frightening everybody by mentioning hymns (AAAAGH!) time for something apparently less scary.

An on-running joke amongst myself and my brothers is my parents' vagueness about important matters like, NAMING MOUNTAINS.

My mother contends that you can't see Snowdon, it's always in cloud. ALWAYS.

My route to their place up there, is along the A5 to Capel Curig, turn left past Plas y Brenin and through the Nant Gwynant Pass, past the famous Pen y Gwryd Hotel, of PYG Track fame and then if the weather is fine, the passing place that is a big viewing point. It has a diagram hewn in the rock outlining the mountains. I can therefore confidently assert that the pointy one is Snowdon.

Last time the weather was fine and so Mr Ice cream man was in attendance too. There is also a handy bus stop there. All mod cons and a magnificent view.

That's not to be confused with the pointy one round the corner which is of course, Cnicht.

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Location:Nant Gwynant, Gwynedd