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by Belle
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

People refer to Australia's gun controls but we have plenty of hand guns here in the possession of criminals, and drive-by shootings and public executions occur reasonably regularly. But we do not have people brandishing military weapons. Exactly my point. Every society has criminals and those with...
by Belle
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chomsky attacks postmodernism
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Re: Chomsky attacks postmodernism

http://www.queensu.ca/connect/principal/2018/02/20/informed-respectful-debate-is-central-to-academia/ And this will be a hard ask for those rusted-on ideologues who are accustomed to being told what to think rather than how: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/why-we-must-read-outside-of-our-comfo...
by Belle
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

Discussions never focus on individual human evil, it is as if the criminal bore no responsibility for the crime. All anger is directed at external factors and all discussion moves to political or sociological spheres, never to the moral one. Sorry, I don't accept this. Advocates of gun control (lik...
by Belle
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

I just found these comments below-the-line in an online journal and they're the best I've read on this topic of gun violence. The writer is English, as are his allusions, and I share his ideas with you: Crime in modern society is explained in a variety of ways. The left sees the Florida shootings as...
by Belle
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control
Replies: 14
Views: 204

Re: Florida kids protest adult inaction on gun control

I'm most dreadfully sorry to learn about yet another mass shooting by a deranged gun-toting American. We are all grim-faced in Australia when we learn about this, shaking our heads in disbelief. Two Australians have been gunned down in the USA within the last couple of years; one an athlete who was ...
by Belle
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"

I have this same recording of works by Biber:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9vvaQ97CWc
by Belle
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Biber, "Rosenkranzsonaten 1 & 2"

These beautiful and elegant works are so seldom discussed or heard these days, but I have had them playing whilst working on the computer today. And this is a wonderful performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XckvLWrXc3w
by Belle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11085

Re: What I listened to today

I've been enjoying this, chromecast to my TV, with a friend staying for the weekend. I just love it!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3-jlAamGCE
by Belle
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Penn law prof finds out about free speech on campus after op-ed appears

Thanks so much for posting this. I'm very relieved to be reading it and believe it would not have been possible to say any of this without the courageous work of Professor Jordan Peterson who is fighting a one-man battle against tyranny since the Canadian C16 instantiated speech codes in mid 2016. B...
by Belle
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Music in times of distress

maestrob wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:57 am
Dear Belle,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of distress. So young to have so many troubles...... :(
Thanks so much for your empathetic comments. My sister became very upset talking about it yesterday.
by Belle
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Music in times of distress

Thank you so much for asking. My sister was here for lunch today and her beloved daughter-in-law is in trouble; a scan has revealed another further weakened and stressed artery at the base of the skull and they're now thinking it's some very serious auto-immune disorder. Moving from bad to worse. In...
by Belle
Thu Feb 15, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant

Or a President having his brother as Attorney General? As you said, pure imagination!
by Belle
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Aussie govt. ministers barred from romancing staffers after woman turns up pregnant

This affair and its aftermath have both caused controversy. The Deputy PM was spruiking family values in the recent Same Sex marriage national vote and it appears he had abandoned his wife and four daughters! Australians don't like hypocrites, myself included, irrespective of the merits of either ca...
by Belle
Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

"The first flush of youth" went the way of most flushes - except the hot ones!! It's the only time I might have ever been considered vaguely "hot", by the way!!
by Belle
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Chomsky attacks postmodernism
Replies: 1
Views: 127

Chomsky attacks postmodernism

Professor Jordan Peterson has found an unlikely ally!! I just found this on Jordan's Twitter feed. http://www.openculture.com/2018/02/noam-chomsky-explains-whats-wrong-with-postmodern-philosophy-french-intellectuals.html It seems Chomsky doesn't want to be late for an important party!! I note that '...
by Belle
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson talks to Patrick Coffin (yes, you read that right)
Replies: 0
Views: 105

Jordan Peterson talks to Patrick Coffin (yes, you read that right)

Dr. Jordan Peterson talks about his new book but, more importantly, about faith and Christianity and he has a phenomenal interviewer/discussion partner here. Dr. Peterson has a brain the size of a planet and he brings the best out in his interviewer - who doesn't miss much here at all and can throw ...
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

What a classic!! Another Aussie with a great sense of humour. Only one of my four children has taken to serious music and I bought him the book ' Music in the Castle of Heaven " for Christmas. The other day I was talking to my healer and friend (GP). I said it worried me that I had trouble recalling...
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

It looks adorable!! What a wonderful country you have with so many 'personalities' and locales.
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11085

Re: What I listened to today

david johnson wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:21 am
Bach: St. Matthew Passion/Klemperer/Peter Pears, DFK, etc./Philharmonia/EMI
What's THAT like? Klemperer's tempi were always a bit leaden; that's why I'm asking.
by Belle
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

That looks beautiful - and very romantic. I wouldn't be worried about Trump if I was on a happy holiday!!
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I make no comment about your President and I don't know what he does or doesn't do. I'm not being "taken in" - what I'm talking about is bias across the entire media spectrum, which exists whether Trump is in office or not. It's a systemic problem. Belle could you give an example of how the NY Time...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I make no comment about your President and I don't know what he does or doesn't do. I'm not being "taken in" - what I'm talking about is bias across the entire media spectrum, which exists whether Trump is in office or not. It's a systemic problem.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3811
Views: 299884

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

I've been listening to the recently-acquired Schumann Symphonies with Hanover Band/Roy Goodman - particularly the " Rhenish ", my favourite. Well; there's a lucidity of texture and you can really hear those instrumental groupings BUT there's a somewhat rigid tempo which makes it rather metronomic an...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

As usual, you make an eloquent argument. I'm in my 7th decade. I just don't agree with you, that's all. And the 'niche' outlets are vast in number. There's an existential threat to mainstream media as we speak and I'm glad of it because they have reneged on their duty through partisanship.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I'm a lot older than you are and have obviously seen it all before. We will have to agree to disagree. I cannot, in all conscience, regard the mainstream media - no matter what masthead - in the idealistic light that you do. Freedom of speech should not be confused with integrity and objective repor...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

Read again what I wrote ... They have their agendas too. Neither should hard news reporting be confused with analysis. The Times does both better than most, if not all news media. That's what I'm saying ; hard news IS confused with commentary/analysis and that's the problem. Instead of participants...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

jserraglio wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:53 pm
Of course they have their agendas—they are our newspapers.
Read again what I wrote. Analysis and news should not be confused with 'agenda'.
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

As I see it, the leading force serving as a check on anti-democratic authoritarianism in my country has been the elite print media: e.g., the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. These publications do not pander or condescend to their readers. In my opinion those publications yo...
by Belle
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Hope, Get in here!"
Replies: 25
Views: 414

Re: "Hope, Get in here!"

I think news networks/outlets/media are generally not up to much and I wouldn't trust any of them to lie straight in bed. They run the same cookie-cutter approach to political narrative with full bias on display, and the only really interesting place for debate and discussion these days is the inter...
by Belle
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I read that book in 1971 when a much-beloved boyfriend/adonis lent it to me. Last week I was at a funeral in Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast (erstwhile abode of Spike Milligan) and I kept thinking of the comedian; he called it 'an above-ground cemetery'. The day the deceased was interred last week ...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?
Replies: 3811
Views: 299884

Re: What NEW discs/music are you adding to your collection?

Just arrived on my desk, as recommended here on CMG: Schumann 4 Symphonies/the Hanover Band/Roy Goodman.
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Yes Minister" TV series
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: "Yes Minister" TV series

Yes I saw some episodes, but speaking only for myself, but as an American, it is hard to get into that kind of humor (or humour), even though it is fairly well-represented on US TV. Did you ever see "A very British coup?" Now that one I enjoyed. I didn't see that series of which you speak. "Yes Min...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

I think the younger generations think we oldies are neanderthals and luddites. They have the technological 'smarts' and seem to be running things; we have the cash and the experience and they're below us with their hands open waiting for us to fall off the perch - and take our bloody boring music wi...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Love the story. What sort of car is it, Belle? I presume it's a hybrid/electric model? I've only driven one once, and it would take a little getting used to. No, it's not a hybrid vehicle but a German diesel SUV with all the very latest sophisticated bells and whistles. Too complicated for its rapi...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Films & Movies & Their Music
Topic: "Yes Minister" TV series
Replies: 3
Views: 119

"Yes Minister" TV series

I'm wondering whether you in the USA ever got to see this series "Yes Minister" and it's spin-off "Yes, Prime Minister"? In my opinion it is the most clever and satirical television program every produced in the UK and it still has great resonance for modern audiences. Here's just one episode: https...
by Belle
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: kosky interview ny times
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: kosky interview ny times

It's 97 in sunny Melbourne, and I'm huddled with the dogs in the study with the air con going. I interviewed Kosky for an article that ran last Saturday in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Here's the link, though it's not especially interesting unless you are likely to see his production of The N...
by Belle
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Meet a fellow dinosaur, if you please!! I've only driven our car twice before and I had to go and collect my husband at the railway station today. He said 'just follow steps 1, 2, 3 and 4; easy". I pressed the ignition; nothing. Again. Nothing. Grrr. Oh, OK, foot on the brake first is it? Bingo. Pre...
by Belle
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Funny Turandot Parking Story
Replies: 14
Views: 307

Re: Funny Turandot Parking Story

Loved that humorous anecdote, Len. I'd be afraid to leave my car parked in NYC, to be honest. Talking about parking; my car has an automatic parking function where you take your hands off the wheel and it parks the car beautifully. OK so far, except that whenever you slow down along the road to abou...
by Belle
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 198
Views: 11085

Re: What I listened to today

Stephen Kovacevich playing the glorious " Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel ", Op. 24 by Brahms. That fugue at the end and this pianist's performance of it; numinous. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tbCkACbGU Before that the Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D , played by Kissin. Tonight those two m...
by Belle
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Now it's Copley

As ever, I leave it to the third party to decide for him or herself upon reading this.
by Belle
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Now it's Copley
Replies: 12
Views: 354

Re: Now it's Copley

Really? Has it come to this now? Soon male sexuality will be regulated by the state. They already do this in many muslim countries where women are forced to hide in suffocating desert tarps. Then sexual abuse of young boys becomes the order of business. Be careful what you wish for.
by Belle
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Music in times of distress

This particular work has hit the spot, especially the Adagio, since it's creator was in that space between life and death himself in his early 30s. And this performance is better than the one I have on CD by the Emersons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJ-vroCJvzo There's nothing like a serious thr...
by Belle
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Music in times of distress

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I've found I just need to run towards music!! And some of those composers mentioned have known tragedy, as we all know. (There could be few more wonderful women in this world than my nephew's wife - a kind, caring devout Christian and also a clever and hardwo...
by Belle
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Music in times of distress
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Music in times of distress

It has to be Bach; B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion . My sister has contacted me to say her daughter-in-law (my nephew's wife) has collapsed from a stroke and is seriously ill in hospital. She's 35 years old. Not enough that she had viral meningitis with her second child, born with serious visio...
by Belle
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 9
Views: 464

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Well, I certainly appreciate your telling me about these period versions of Schumann. I'm not sure all are still in the current catalogue, from what I could tell on Amazon yesterday.
by Belle
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 646

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

What a remarkable man!! He was obviously well aware of the need for lifelong learning and the pleasure and benefits which derive from it. I'm sure I would have enjoyed talking to your father and chewing the fat about Bitcoin. Yes, the dot.com bubble; I was a bit young when all that hit and didn't ho...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 13
Views: 646

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Ah, the 'set and forget' strategy is now very much a thing of the past. Unfortunately. I wondered if this article might interest you, taken from today's "Australian": Bitcoin the ultimate online gambling game JOHN ABERNETHY The Australian January 23, 2018 Today’s interest rate settings and market yi...