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by Lark Ascending
Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Iranian Holocaust Denial Confab Draws David Duke, Protests
Replies: 17
Views: 1960

Holocaust denial makes me want to vomit. Good on the Iranians courageous enough to show their displeasure of this hate fest - all its attendees deserve a damn good kicking.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: I just went to my first concert yesterday.
Replies: 11
Views: 1829

Ravel's Mother Goose Suite is a favourite of mine, so thank you for sharing your impressions of your first concert.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: your favorite turn of the century composer?
Replies: 23
Views: 2850

I am a recent convert to classical music as a result of hearing some of Vaughan Williams' music last year on a TV documentary - prior to this classical music was a world of which I was in complete ignorance. My CD collection is ever expanding, and includes composers from the Classical, Romantic and ...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Oct 22, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Baroness Warnock Right On Target About Music Education
Replies: 6
Views: 1004

Crossbench peers are not aligned to any political party so are able to vote independntly of any party line.
by Lark Ascending
Tue Oct 17, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: what do u guys think is the most emotionally moving piece?
Replies: 41
Views: 4520

Some of my choices:

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending and Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
Ravel - Mother Goose Suite
Chopin - Prelude in E Minor (arranged for piano, violin & cello)
Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
by Lark Ascending
Sun Oct 15, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Eyesight
Replies: 21
Views: 2010

I am short sighted so have had to wear glasses ever since I was five (the condition wasn't realised until I started school). I have always made sure to have a spare pair of glasses ever since I pulled a pair in half whilst staying with friends (we had to glue them together - as if I'm not geeky enou...
by Lark Ascending
Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: O alter Duft aus Maerchenzeit
Replies: 13
Views: 1829

I sometimes wake up with some tune or other running through my head. Schubert's Marche Militaire is a favourite, and one morning it was the jig from Holst's St Paul Suite - I was practically jigging on the way to work which must have made an alarming sight for passing traffic :).
by Lark Ascending
Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:33 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Stand, uh, a Sitdown Against Conformity
Replies: 21
Views: 2364

Coughing and fidgeting are my dislikes. I attended my first concert at a major British venue (London's Barbican) last July and even though it was hot summer's day the coughing and spluttering of the audience was more in keeping with the depths of winter. I also had the misfortune to be seated behind...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Oct 08, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Appeal of Horror Films
Replies: 10
Views: 1199

In the 1970's I used to watch the Dracula films featuring Christopher Lee that were often shown on British television, on reflection perhaps not ideal viewing for a child just before bedtime. I wouldn't want to watch them now, or any modern horror film either.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:47 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Favorite Poets?
Replies: 35
Views: 3762

Please excuse my ignorance - I don't actually recall learning any poetry at school so its charms have mainly passed me by, although I have made a point of looking up George Meredith's The Lark Ascending :).
by Lark Ascending
Sat Oct 07, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Straw Calls on Muslim Women to Abandon the Veil
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

Mr Straw made a perfectly reasonable request in asking that Muslim females remove their veils when visiting him at his constituency surgery - I for one would not like to be in a room with a stranger whose face was obscured by some sort of covering.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which classical composer are you most like?
Replies: 37
Views: 4916

Another Schubert here.
by Lark Ascending
Tue Sep 19, 2006 1:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Take This Classical Music Quiz
Replies: 12
Views: 1740

My jaw dropped when I learned my score - 45. I consider that pretty good for someone whose knowlege of classical music prior to June 2005 was non existent. I did make quite a few lucky guesses though.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 332948

Stravinsky - The Firebird & Petrushka (Philharmonia Orchestra/Robert Craft)
Holst - The Planets (BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis)
by Lark Ascending
Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Star Trek's 40th anniversary
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Lark Ascending wrote: Trek geek alert! I have just returned from a fantastic weekend at a small UK Star Trek convention held in Coventry. I asume they played the TNG episode in which Deanna and her mother are stripped naked by a Frerengi. No, but the convention was held in the Lady Godiva suite of ...
by Lark Ascending
Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Star Trek's 40th anniversary
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

For Corlyss, and anyone else interested in what us sad sci-fi types get up to on certain weekends, here is a link to the convention website: http://www.sfbevents.com/reunion/index.php There are several reports and photos posted on the forum, fortunately none of them featuring me on the dance floor. ...
by Lark Ascending
Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Star Trek's 40th anniversary
Replies: 37
Views: 4221

Trek geek alert! I have just returned from a fantastic weekend at a small UK Star Trek convention held in Coventry. I've been attending these events for almost 10 years now and have met many of the actors from my favourite Trek shows (I became a fan during the Voyager/DS9 era). They are also a great...
by Lark Ascending
Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:55 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Classical Music and Clubbing-What a Night!
Replies: 2
Views: 748

I favour the sit quietly and listen to the music approach, so this would not suit me (and the thought of an environment of smoke & beer is equally off-putting). However if it helps to interest young people in classical music, good luck to the organisers.
by Lark Ascending
Mon Jul 31, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Vienna City Library - Schubert Collection.
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Thanks for this, Agnes. Schubert is a composer I've been listening to more and more of late so I'll definitely give it a look.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Need help! Composers who wrote works while traveling...
Replies: 35
Views: 4522

The sleeve notes of a CD I have of Schubert's Trout Quintet state that it was composed in 1819 when the composer was on a walking holiday in Upper Austria.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 20753

I am reading Fresh-Air Fiend by Paul Theroux, a collection of his travel writings spanning the years 1985-2000.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 332948

Vaughan Williams - Symphony No.6 (New Philharmonic), Concerto for two pianos & orchestra (London Philharmonic), Job:A Masque for Dancing (London Symphony Orchestra). All conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jul 22, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 2843
Views: 332948

Schubert - Symphonies 5,6, 8 & 9 and Rosamunde Overture (Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Herbert von Karajan)
Delius - various orchestral works (Paris, Brigg Fair, Eventyr, Irmelin and La Calinda)
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: The Local Record Store-Going, Going...
Replies: 16
Views: 3092

I have to admit that I buy my CDs from the big chains (HMV and Virgin) as they very often have sales on. When visiting London yesterday I did buy a couple of CDs from Harold Moores Records, an independent shop just off Oxford Street but a lot of the stock was more expensive than at the majors so the...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 16, 2006 9:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are You Watching and/or Reading?
Replies: 128
Views: 20753

I am reading The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman, his memoirs of how he survived in wartime Warsaw (I haven't seen the film).
by Lark Ascending
Wed Jul 12, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Just wanted to say Hi!
Replies: 9
Views: 1361

Hello, Nashvillebill, welcome to the forum. Which composers do you enjoy listening to?
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:34 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Counter-intuitive, but true
Replies: 15
Views: 1326

Re. distraction while driving and accidents, we should all know about this NHTSA study concluding that drivers on cell phones are twice as dangerous as inebriated ones. In Britain using a mobile phone whilst driving is banned, although I've seen plenty of drivers disregard this virtually impossible...
by Lark Ascending
Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:53 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Your Favourite 'Small-Catalogue' Composer
Replies: 29
Views: 5088

keninottawa, mine are Vaughan Williams and Ravel, who are on your list, and also Gerald Finzi (50) and George Butterworth (a mere 15 as a result of his death during the Battle of the Somme in 1916).
by Lark Ascending
Mon Jul 03, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Watch those vanilla wafers!
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Richard wrote:The extracted vanillin can be used as a fragrance in shampoos and candles. Japan produces about a half billion tons of cow manure every year.
Anyone for a romantic candlelit dinner? :lol:
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: 7th Annual CMG French Fries Survey
Replies: 14
Views: 1708

Chips form one half of the popular British takeaway dish fish and chips. Almost every high street in the U.K. has a fish and chip shop or "chippy" in it. I don't very often eat chips but when I do l have them from the local chip shop with a piece of fish, usually cod, in batter. They are much thick...
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Todays Purchases
Replies: 179
Views: 34169

Vaughan Williams: Film Music (The 49th Parallel, The Dim Little Island and The England of Elizabeth)

I also purchased Ravel Remembered by Roger Nichols, a book of recollections of the composer by those who knew him.
by Lark Ascending
Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:38 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favourite TV show?
Replies: 25
Views: 2593

A friend who's hooked on Lost loaned me the first season. It was pretty addictive as long as I could watch 3 or 4 episodes an evening. To watch it as a weekly thing, I don't think I could do it - it's a fictional reality show. I don't watch reality shows. So, Lark, and anyone else hooked on Lost, w...
by Lark Ascending
Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: What's your favourite TV show?
Replies: 25
Views: 2593

My all time favourite TV show is Star Trek Voyager (yes, I am a Trekkie :lol:, I like DS9 too ). I also like to watch documentaries on a variety of subjects - current affairs, history (especially British history), nature, travel, anything to do with space. The only drama series I'm watching at prese...
by Lark Ascending
Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:15 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Which composer scored the most beautiful music for the piano
Replies: 68
Views: 9624

paulb wrote:Lark Ascending wrote:
Chopin, Ravel and Debussy


Just curious if you had to take along to an island, 2 of the 3?
I realize this thought of leaving one behind might be anguish to you. But it must be done.
I would take Chopin and Ravel.
by Lark Ascending
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Summer Reading List
Replies: 20
Views: 2341

Today I went to the library and took out the following: Notes From A Big Country - Bill Bryson. I hope his commentary on his home country is as hilarious as his Notes From A Small Island is about my country, that book had tears of laughter rolling down my cheeks. Fenland Chronicle and A Pride Of Tig...
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:49 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Pets, anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1243

My landlord doesn't allow pets but I love cats. When I lived at home there were always cats, sometimes up to 6 at a time.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:43 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Do you like Olives?
Replies: 15
Views: 1893

The only time I eat them is if they're part of a pizza topping.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 25, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 39
Views: 3607

On weekdays, a brand of muesli called Alpen (without milk which I dislike) and a cup of black coffee. At weekends, fruit and coffee.
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:10 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Lusty Composer's Special Day
Replies: 7
Views: 1947

Ralph wrote:Henry VIII was crowned king of England on this date in 1509. A talented musician and composer, he brought cultural diversity the the royal court.
Did he actually compose Greensleeves for Anne Boelyn or was it simply a case of plagiarism? (not that anyone was going to object :lol: ).
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Summer Reading List
Replies: 20
Views: 2341

What titles about life in England before the 1930s in particular have you enjoyed, Lark? Actually, I meant to type autobiograpies. Some of the ones I've enjoyed are: Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee, and its 2 sequels, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and A Moment of War Lark Rise To Candleford ...
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: A Tribute Our Pals DownUnder
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

And one of my favourite composers (Percy Grainger).
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 24, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Summer Reading List
Replies: 20
Views: 2341

I have just finished reading Wild Swans by Jung Chang about the experiences of one family in China during the 20th Century, particularly the horrors of the Cultural Revolution. I'm not sure what I'll read next. I enjoy both fiction and non fiction - history ( especially anything to do with World War...
by Lark Ascending
Thu Jun 15, 2006 3:31 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Corner Pub May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Analogies and Metaphors
Replies: 5
Views: 2097

Richard wrote:The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
This one made me gag. I sincerely hope the student in question does not end up working in a restaurant kitchen for a living :shock:
by Lark Ascending
Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Movies about Classical Composers
Replies: 34
Views: 8920

Michael, thank you for the information about the Delius film.
by Lark Ascending
Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Movies about Classical Composers
Replies: 34
Views: 8920

I understand there to be a film about Delius, but I know nothing about it - can anyone shed any light? I would like to see it as the composer is one of my favourites.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:53 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox August 2005 to May 31, 2006
Topic: What's Your Educational Background?
Replies: 49
Views: 119526

The kind of British secondary modern school I attended can be summed up by the expletive for "Go forth and multiply" that some enterprising individual had etched into the school name board which greeted pupils, teachers and visitors alike. It was not a pleasant experience.
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Why is Classical Music Undervalued by Younger Generations?
Replies: 26
Views: 6232

That's quite all right, it's obviously one of those "internet moments" - face to face conversation would resolve such misunderstandings in seconds :)
by Lark Ascending
Sun Jun 11, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Why is Classical Music Undervalued by Younger Generations?
Replies: 26
Views: 6232

I'm sure that's the kind of response Donald was hoping for, and thanks. BTW we do know that what we call "private schools" are called "public schools" there, and what we call "public schools" are called "comprehensive schools." And I teach "maths," not "math." In responding to Donald's query I type...
by Lark Ascending
Sat Jun 10, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: ARCHIVED: Classical Music Chatterbox May 2006 to Feb 26 2007
Topic: Why is Classical Music Undervalued by Younger Generations?
Replies: 26
Views: 6232

I wasn't brought up to appreciate classical music, it was something I discovered quite by accident last year. I don't have any children, but in Britain, where at time the class system still prevails, I would say that classical music is more likely to find favour in the more expensive private, as opp...