The Questing Vole: Pats on the back
Passing feather-footed through the plashy fens of life, sniffing out curiosities, amusing trifles and scandals from the worlds of culture, politics, news and sport. Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Pats on the back. It's a tribute to everyone in the department, from the top man down to the hard-working unsung subs who stop us from looking too idiotic every day, and I'm proud to have been part of the team for eight years, even if at times it feels like my role amounts to that of Gary Pratt during the 2005 Ashes.
round the north we go: April 2015
Sunday, 26 April 2015. An Englishman In New York. It's been very quiet round here this month. The first reason for this is I was ill in the first bit of April, meaning a trip to Leeds had to be abandoned. (It was actually the second time circumstances meant I couldn't visit Cross Gates, making me wonder if someone's trying to tell me something). If this sort of thing is of no interest to you, you probably should go away until about mid-May. Sorry. Monday, 6 April 2015. Why, give them a make over! First M...
A year with Bach: March 2013
A year with Bach. A trip through the year looking at a Bach cantata each week. Comments, discussions, musings, wibblings are all welcome. Saturday, 30 March 2013. In my end is my beginning – Wie schön leuchtet den Morgenstern, Cantata for the Annunciation and Palm Sunday. The tail-in-mouth quality of this cantata extends to the catalogue number. Last week, we were listening to one of the very last latecomers, the. It's not immediately obvious. 8221; It's real morning music- enlivening, dancing, light....
A year with Bach: Cantata for the Fourth Sunday after Easter - Es ist euch Gut- I am He and He is Me and We are All Together Goo Goo G'Joob.
A year with Bach. A trip through the year looking at a Bach cantata each week. Comments, discussions, musings, wibblings are all welcome. Sunday, 25 May 2014. Cantata for the Fourth Sunday after Easter - Es ist euch Gut- I am He and He is Me and We are All Together Goo Goo G'Joob. Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe; denn so ich nicht hingehe, kömmt der Tröster nicht zu euch”. 8221; And who can blame them? It's at best a bittersweet promise that somebody- some form of guide, or comforter- will somehow turn ...
A year with Bach: May 2014
A year with Bach. A trip through the year looking at a Bach cantata each week. Comments, discussions, musings, wibblings are all welcome. Saturday, 31 May 2014. Hakuna Matata- Cantata for the fifth Sunday after Easter (Wahrlich, wahrlich ich sage euch). As with last week, we start with the bass giving out a direct quote from St John's account of the Last Supper setting the tone for the whole cantata. And its so uncomplicated: “. Isn't there supposed to be some comforting conditionality here, some. Emphas...
round the north we go: June 2015
Sunday, 21 June 2015. In a normal universe, Carnforth would be just another station. It's got a junction, where the Barrow line splits off from the West Coast Main Line, but the fast trains don't stop there. It's got some Victorian buildings, but so have hundreds of other far more obscure stations. It's not in a big town. It's not interesting. Carnforth has a really major claim to fame, though. This is where they filmed 1945 weepie, Brief Encounter. I watched Brief Encounter. I had no intention of fallin...
July 1987 | Twenty-five years ago today
Twenty-five years ago today. A real-time rummage through my old diaries. Category Archives: July 1987. Wednesday 29 July 1987. 8230;This morning I went out on my bike at 8.00am for a ride through the rain and. It’s the best time to go out because there’s absolutely no-one about. Not even the cat from down the road. People seem to be so lazy during the summer, waking up at 9am each morning. Instead of 6.15am like me…. Yes, I know. And yes, I can hear you shaking your heads. Tuesday 28 July 1987. This post...
A listing of relevant websites. Camden Railway Heritage Trust. 150 Great things about the Underground. Canal and Rivers Trust. Tower Hill to Bermondsey. Elizabethan & Jacobean Southwark. Tim Bertuchi's walking website (UK). Car Free Walks (UK). Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Camden Lock to Canal Museum. Audio Guide 2 Go. And Did Those Feet. Brentford Chiswick and Isleworth. Clerkenwell & Islington Walks. Friends of Richmond Park. Guided London Walks and Tours. Back in the Day. Free Tours by Foot. Friends ...
Quilliam Brothers: November 2012
Monday, 19 November 2012. I hope you have seen our signs in Newcastle above our new hot joint. CLUE- near the Hancock Museum/Civic Centre. Work is progressing. All the big construction has been completed. And we are installing kitchen items this week. Basement graft has still got a long way to go, but that's ok. BUY OUR CHRISTMAS SHIT! Also we picked up some lights from London. Which was a ridiculous mission, but a fun one. They are for our gallery space. FOR TO ILLUMINATE WORKS OF ART. There were 2 thin...