Saturday, 9 December 2017

douglas adams and the internet

People *will* keep saying Douglas Adams predicted the internet with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, but he didn't. If he predicted anything, it was the CD-ROM. Remember them? #thingsthatannoymedisproportionately

Fixed, finite in size, closed system with no external link beyond itself, editions rather than continuous live updating. Encarta Encyclopedia CD-ROM.

(Jon W replied to this note posted on FB that he predicted the kindle, and that's closer to the truth.)

Friday, 8 December 2017

mahalia, christy and bryn

Doing some sorting out this morning. Unearthed some handwritten sheets from university days where I'd worked out words and chords for some songs (back in the days when you had to work out words and chords for songs, unless you had the time and money to track down and buy the sheet music (sometimes the words might be on the tape/lp, but not that often).

I've recycled most of them (because of course you can get everything online these days), but I have held onto my transcribing of Christy Moore's 29-verse version of Little Musgrave (which my flatmate Graeme had on a home tape compilation) - coming not-very-soon to a folk club at a safe distance from most of you (I had worked out an accompaniment involving just C and F, which was slightly different for the two different verse tunes, but I probably won't bother with that if I ever do sing it). Here's that version by Christy Moore.

I also worked out a version of chords (and had a brave go at deciphering all the words) of Mahaliah Jackson's He's My Light, which I haven't heard for years. You can't fault the lad's taste, but you might question the realism of his ambition. I was able to sing it pretty accurately (it turns out) in the kitchen just now, but I can't imagine I'll be singing that in public any time soon, or ever. I've held onto the chords and words all the same (I can probably google the words, and find out the words for that line I never managed to work out). Here's the marvellous Mahaliah.

And I also kept my working out of What Kind Of Love Is This?, a lovely song by Bryn Haworth. It's from Wings Of The Morning, which is a lovely album that I haven't heard for a long time either. Along with Larry Norman, Bryn Haworth was the first Christian music performer I heard albums of that I thought stood up as good music in their own right.

Wings Of The Morning was probably the first Christian album I bought (on cassette); I haven't bought many since (though of course I have plenty Christian songs which are not considered 'Christian music', not least in the folk, bluegrass and country sections of my collection).

The Christian music world remains largely a mystery to me, and seems dominated by 'worship music performed at a gig with a live audience' (performed/played audience/congregation, gig/service - don't get me started) rather than music artists recording actual songs. I don't know where to start, and amn't very motivated to start anyway. Perhaps I should ask my colleagues...

who really wrote the bible

According to Amazon UK, Harry Styles wrote the Bible. Amazon have him listed as the author of 517 books of all kinds.

I was looking at that ESV listing on Amazon for some reason, and there it was... I think someone has supplied a name (perhaps others are used too) for the author field for books without named authors. Perhaps an internal joke that's gone external, perhaps someone's last day...

his girl friday

On Monday evening we all, with granny, watched His Girl Friday - second time for me. It's a great film. So fast talking. Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are great.

Thursday, 7 December 2017


On Saturday afternoon - after a morning at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, and before we went to The Diner for a meal - we all (including granny) went to Odeon Covent Garden to see Wonder, the film of the R J Palacio novel, which Maisie and I had both read and enjoyed. Maisie was keen to see the film, and it was well done - we all enjoyed it.

morley chamber choir - music for advent

On Friday 1st December Maisie and I went to see Bethan and Morley Chamber Choir doing their Music For Advent concert at St Mary Aldermary. Laura and Lientjie were there too, and came back to ours after. It was a range of short seasonal pieces from across the ages, unaccompanied except for a longer Bach cantata at the end. It was good, and I enjoyed the Palestrina (the earliest piece) the most.

morris folk club - november

November's Morris Folk Club was on Tuesday 28th. I sang two Corries songs, Roving Journeyman (which I hadn't done before) and Jamie Raeburn (which I'd done at Sharp's before). They went fine. The full setlist is here.

the suppliant women dressing room reading - five 'single women' novels

I had the idea that we might be spending quite a bit of time hanging about in the dressing room at the Young Vic during the two-week run of The Suppliant Women. In amongst talking and checking social media and watching the monitor, I thought I might (without being too anti-social) get a bit of reading done, of books that wouldn't need too intense concentration and which I could pick up and put down; and I thought it would be interesting to try and read on a 'single women' theme from among the novels I already had. And so it was that I read five novels in two weeks, my most productive reading fortnight for a long time.

On Wednesday 15th November I finished Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner (1926); on Saturday 18th November I finished Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means (1963); on Thursday 23rd November I finished Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey (1947); on Friday 24th I finished Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, by Winifred Watson (1938); and on Sunday 26th November I finished Miss Marple's Final Cases by Agatha Christie (1979).

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

the suppliant women - twitter

Some things I learned from my saved Twitter searches on #thesuppliantwomen, #suppliantwomen and 'suppliant women':

- almost everyone in the results who reviewed or saw The Suppliant Women thought it was very good, unreservedly, and such results (along with results from people in or associated with it) formed 98% of the results;

- some people are ready to undertake and encourage boycott of or protest against something in a way which would have the greatest, negative, impact on those who you would imagine they think they are supporting;

- some people think that theatres' volunteer community projects should weed out anyone who is or wants to be an actor, because letting them work for free is exploitative;

- some people think that theatres' volunteer community projects should weed out anyone who is middle class, because they are not real or proper members of the community;

- it is in many cases better to imagine that Twitter doesn't exist and so you have never heard that opinion from that random person you don't know (and spend no more time thinking about it - and certainly not replying to it);

- it is far too easy to spend time and emotional energy thinking about the 2% of tweets that should be dismissed and not the 98% that should be remembered; this is to be resisted. Here's to the 98%!

the suppliant women - sat 25 november - final day

On Saturday we had the last two performances of The Suppliant Women. They seemed to go well.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

the suppliant women - fri 24 november

Second-last evening performance of The Suppliant Women last night. Seemed to go well. Michelle came, and enjoyed it. We are very aware that the end is nigh; there is a mixture of being sad that this great experience is nearly over, and if not gladness then at least a sense that next week we this massive consumption of time and energy will be over and we will return to friends and things neglected. We awake to find that Christmas Day is a month away...

I finished Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day last night, and will make a start on Miss Marple's Final Cases today.

Friday, 24 November 2017

the suppliant women - thu 23 november

Another performance of The Suppliant Women on Thursday. It seemed to go well again. I have reached the moment where there is nothing to add; I have reached the complete routine; perhaps it would be thus now if this run were two weeks longer, until the final weekend.

Nothing to add, except to have further reports on books completed in the time of waiting; yesterday I started Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, having finished Miss Pym Disposes; the rate I'm rattling through it, I might get started on a fifth 'single woman' book of the run tomorrow.

Of course, we have now in reality reached the final weekend.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

the suppliant women - wed 22 november

Back in the company of The Suppliant Women on Wednesday evening. It seemed to go well again.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

the suppliant women - tue 21 november - in the audience

On Tuesday I went to see The Suppliant Women. It really is as good as they say it is.

the suppliant women - mon 20 november

Monday night was the first night of The Suppliant Women's second week. People seemed to come back very much up for it, and it seemed to go well.

Monday, 20 November 2017

the suppliant women - sat 18 november

Saturday was the first Suppliant Women matinee day. Both performances went pretty well, I think, the evening better than the afternoon.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

the suppliant women - fri 17 november

We had our first post-press-night performance last night. It seemed to go fine.

Friday, 17 November 2017

the suppliant women - cast and creative list

I'm going to type in all the names from the Suppliant Women cast-sheet, so that in five years' time when I'm wondering where I've seen this or that person on stage or name in a programme before, I'll be reminded that it was here. Oh yes, I shall say, I was in a critically-acclaimed production with them a few years ago.

The Suppliant Women: Abigail Glasser, Marni Ibrahim-addo, Anjelica Serra, Jennifer-Jane Benjamin, Hsieh Chiao-Lin, Etta Marcus-Pooley, Hana Oliveira, Hermione Leitch, Iris Hobson-Mazur, Janessa Bobby, Jesse Bateson, Kaysha Woollery, Kristen Barrett-Ralph, Kyra Ansine, Laura Fernandes Sergio, Lois Mulvenna, Malinda Smith, Millie Lynch Bailey, Minne Cunningham, Olumide Olorunfemi, Poppy Holmes, Cilla Lafayette Kwabi, Savanna Ayoade-Greaves, Shayde Sinclair, Taryn Eva, Tizeoa Kistoo-Sancho, Toto Bruin.

The Soldiers/Egyptians/Citizens: Denneil Dunbar, Jack Stacey, JD Hunt, Omari Biriye, Neil Penlington, Adrian David Paul, Nick Dore, Raymond Sichilima.

The Citizens: Amy Wells, Chris McGoldrick, Elaine Parsons, Emma Mee, Fiona White, Helen Bachrich, Iain MacDonald, Jane Stephenson, Joyce Abosi, Louise Norman, Roxceina Hibbert, Ruby Wright, David Gregory, Danny Kodicek, Jo Gemmell, Bryony Comley-Ford, Ruth Cassidy, Emmy Broomfield, Helen Monaghan, Noriko Furukawa, Lara Toovey-Roussel, Vanessa Doidge.

Lead actors: Oscar Batterham, Omar Ebrahim, Gemma May.
Musicians: Callum Armstrong / Barnaby Brown, Ben Burton.

Direction Ramin Gray, Music John Browne, Choreography Sasha Milavic Davies, Design Lizzie Clachan, Light Charles Balfour, Vocal Leade Mary King, Assistant Direction Alice Malin.

the suppliant women - thu 16 november - press/opening night

We had our press night / official opening night last night. It seemed to go well.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

the suppliant women - wed 15th november - third preview

Our third preview of the Suppliant Women last night. Seemed to go well again.