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by Mark Harwood
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Re: Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.

Thanks for the interesting responses.
That's why I visit this site: to learn from folks who know more.
by Mark Harwood
Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Now this really is paranoia
Replies: 16
Views: 1104

Re: Now this really is paranoia

Paranoia does not exist. The word was invented by the CIA in 1946 to discredit and undermine critics of its operations and those of the New World Order. Any earlier printed reference to the term only proves the point: it has been planted in fake copies of older books to obscure the true history of t...
by Mark Harwood
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.
Replies: 6
Views: 1050

Debussy, Rodrigo, different perceptions.

I enjoy Classical guitar music, especially in the ensemble. So, by chance, I have collected eight recordings of the Concerto de Aranjuez. I enjoy them all, and have never been moved to discuss the differences between them. Sometimes the second movement floats, sometimes not so much. Much pleasure, n...
by Mark Harwood
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Sarah Moss: Cold Earth (Granta, 2009)
Replies: 0
Views: 1080

Sarah Moss: Cold Earth (Granta, 2009)

Sarah Moss is a writer and academic, and this is her debut novel. Set in Greenland, it tells the tale of how a group of post-grad students on an archaeological dig become cut off from the outside world, in which a pandemic seems to be taking hold. It is creepy, and has hints of insanity along with s...
by Mark Harwood
Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brussels Sharia?
Replies: 32
Views: 1533

Re: Brussels Sharia?

OK
by Mark Harwood
Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brussels Sharia?
Replies: 32
Views: 1533

Re: Brussels Sharia?

Good idea, we'll call it a council, nothing sinister here then.
:roll:
by Mark Harwood
Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:46 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brussels Sharia?
Replies: 32
Views: 1533

Re: Brussels Sharia?

Me too.
The argument that Shari'a law will not become part of Belgian or other European national laws misses a big point. There are already Shari'a courts operating openly here.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ ... ourts.html
by Mark Harwood
Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Does anyone here use Yahoo Mail?
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: Does anyone here use Yahoo Mail?

For peace of mind I have several accounts, including G-Mail and Yahoo. The new Yahoo thing is odd. Either I'll get used to it or move some contacts to another account. Commiserations, yes, but at least it still works.
Never did work out how to use the Facebook e-mail account. Nor, indeed, why.
by Mark Harwood
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237098

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

I've recently binged on Jefferson Airplane and Yes, also Trout Mask Replica. Perhaps there's not a lot there to interest a Classical music listener. But now I'm immersed in Joni Mitchell's recordings. Many of them show evidence of genius. She's also one of those artists whose output adds up to a lar...
by Mark Harwood
Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: RIP JJ Cale
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: RIP JJ Cale

A seriously cool musician. RIP
by Mark Harwood
Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: our deadbeat allies
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: our deadbeat allies

Since 1776, the USA has been at war for over 200 years.
by Mark Harwood
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Boston Marathon atrocity
Replies: 74
Views: 2733

Boston Marathon atrocity

Best wishes to all who were hurt.
by Mark Harwood
Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: our deadbeat allies
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: our deadbeat allies

So, where does all this money go?
Mostly to American manufacturers & soldiers?
by Mark Harwood
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Replies: 38
Views: 1595

Re: Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

It seems Thatcher vetoed a State Funeral as she did not want to lie in State nd let the plebs walk past her coffin, so instead she gets a Ceremonial one, the difference is minor, 19 guns instead on 21, the hearse is pulled by horses, not by specially trained sailors. But, with the Queen in attendan...
by Mark Harwood
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)
Replies: 38
Views: 1595

Re: Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013)

Mrs. Thatcher said: "The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money". If she was really so concerned with what she called "other people's money," she shouldn't have wasted nearly £3 billion of it on a pointless war in the Falkland Islands, whose effect was to get T...
by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237098

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

Wore out the vinyl, now hearing this in its glory.

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by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The worst history book ever?
Replies: 6
Views: 3146

Re: The worst history book ever?

An aside, if I may. The worst book on music history, whose title I have forgotten, had chapters about Jazz and the Blues. I found it in a school library. Two things I recall: Dixieland was so-called because of the word "Dix" on a ten dollar note, and Blues songs were generally about slavery. While ...
by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Genre: Science Fiction
Replies: 55
Views: 16338

Re: Genre: Science Fiction

Another thumbs-up for Alastair Reynolds. I read the lot, but came to a crunching halt at the woeful Terminal World. I look forward to a return to form in Revelation Space.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:43 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: The worst history book ever?
Replies: 6
Views: 3146

Re: The worst history book ever?

An aside, if I may.
The worst book on music history, whose title I have forgotten, had chapters about Jazz and the Blues. I found it in a school library. Two things I recall: Dixieland was so-called because of the word "Dix" on a ten dollar note, and Blues songs were generally about slavery.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:35 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: 2012's Bad Sex in Fiction prize
Replies: 3
Views: 1300

Re: 2012's Bad Sex in Fiction prize

Weren't Undulating Space a Sixties psychedelic band?
by Mark Harwood
Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: bet you can't listen to this song all the way through
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: bet you can't listen to this song all the way through

sans maitre wrote:I managed over three hours playing it at work
:shock:

Get help!
by Mark Harwood
Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: bet you can't listen to this song all the way through
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: bet you can't listen to this song all the way through

I managed nearly two minutes. Is that good?
by Mark Harwood
Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong

No John, I cannot speculate with any hint of authority. Drugs helped to produce winners in the 1960s & I see no reason to doubt the continuity of that situation into this century. Before that, I don't know, but many riders believed that a cigarette was helpful. There is performance evidence that las...
by Mark Harwood
Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong

Most of the top riders must have been at it for many years. What transpires now is that LA was one of those who made sure it stayed that way. It goes beyond being a cheat amongst cheats; it seems he was involved in the doping of his team so that they could support him to the max. The French TdF fans...
by Mark Harwood
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: The art of manipulation = Lance Armstrong

LA is being cagey in public at this point. Sponsors could demand that money is returned. Other people are involved & he must be careful. Perhaps he will be more forthcoming in closed session, with legal beagles and representatives of various bodies present, and strategies in place to keep him out of...
by Mark Harwood
Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:13 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237098

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

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Don't know a lot about Charles Mingus, but as a Joni Mitchell fan I find this one intriguing.
by Mark Harwood
Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

I'm trying to argue that gun control laws will have slow & limited effect. There are plenty of guns in Canada but a small fraction of the gun violence. That suggests that other factors are at play, and if we're not too sure what they are then someone ought to make it their business to work it out. I...
by Mark Harwood
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

"If nothing is done, the problem is certain to persist into future generations."

Evidence?
by Mark Harwood
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

I'm not arguing against a ban. I'm saying it will make little difference, especially in the short term. There are enormous stockpiles in private hands. People will import & manufacture bullets & cartridges, as they import & manufacture drugs & counterfeit goods. Banning things raises the price & div...
by Mark Harwood
Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:38 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

John F wrote:
Mark Harwood wrote:Some bullets can be made at home.
True but irrelevant to the issue.
How is it irrelevant? You state that banning the sale of bullets will make guns useless. I say it won't.
by Mark Harwood
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

Some bullets can be made at home.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:59 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

Back to the OP. During her teacher training my wife Carol was advised to take elocution lessons. Her tutor thought her strong accent was a problem. And yes, there are mutually unintelligible dialects in Britain. Even within England, a Cornishman and a Geordie will have to make an effort. It goes way...
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:03 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

The first clip there is authentic Leeds. The second is unfamiliar to me, but certainly not as strong an accent or dialect as some. Them as reckons Yorkshire talk in't right in't nobbut a a'p'orth anyroads.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

In Yorkshire, my adopted county, glo'al stops generally replace a "t". It's painful to hear actors try to reproduce it, when it comes naturally to you. I hope no-one thinks it's a speech impediment. English dialects are a source of pride, and there are several distinct ones in Yorkshire. I grew up i...
by Mark Harwood
Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

See you, John, ye're brand new, so y'are. Dinnae fash yersel' wi' them crabbit golks.
by Mark Harwood
Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

Speech impediment:

http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dict ... impediment

Who would mistake this for a difference in pronunciation?
by Mark Harwood
Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: My sister has an speech impediment:
Replies: 29
Views: 1242

Re: My sister has an speech impediment:

Consider yourselves lucky.....I've spent the past 3 years wondering how I can delicately explain to the relations I live with the fact that the proper conjugation isn't "you was" or "we was." If the meaning was clear, why care what the "proper conjugation" is when the conversation was in the vernac...
by Mark Harwood
Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

Is there a sin of omission that is greater than these atrocities?
Each day around 5,000 children die for lack of clean water. Establishing good wells for all would be the first priority for a better species than ours.
by Mark Harwood
Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn shooter
Replies: 22
Views: 1459

Re: Obama has killed nearly 10x as many kids as the conn sho

The POTUS sanctions actions that inevitably kill children by the score. Others may be saved, but the fact remains. What reason do we have to think that Mr. Obama does not weep for the innocent victims?
by Mark Harwood
Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist

By "fully understand" I mean the mechanics of it.
For once, we have an opportunity to work on the ethics of a technology well in advance of its potential for application.
In the long term, eugenics might have a role in the greater good.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 132729.htm
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:50 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist

John, I propose an ethical objection to the removal of harmful genes from humans. The incompleteness of our understanding of genetics is demonstrated by the remarkable progress that it continues to make. That means that the consequences of any changes cannot be fully foreseen. There are bad genes th...
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:44 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: RIP Ravi Shankar
Replies: 1
Views: 315

RIP Ravi Shankar

Great bloke, transcendent musician, gone now but he's left so much behind.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:39 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist
Replies: 11
Views: 1050

Re: Nikolai Tesla, Eugenicist

We should not criticize eugenics just because the Nazis approved of it. They approved of steel too. Eugenic intervention has been proposed and supported by good people with good intentions. Of course that doesn't mean it's a good thing, but to see it as a personality flaw is unintelligent. I don't b...
by Mark Harwood
Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Google reveals how wacko we are
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: Google reveals how wacko we are

I just Googled "classical music is" & the first result was "boring", the second, "dead".
Well, it wasn't "gay".
:)
by Mark Harwood
Sat Oct 27, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Turkish pianist Fazil Say on trial for insulting Islam
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: Turkish pianist Fazil Say on trial for insulting Islam

Good luck to Mr. Say. He's up against a barbarian code.
by Mark Harwood
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Anti-Semitic mural in London
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Anti-Semitic mural in London

by Mark Harwood
Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, has died
Replies: 5
Views: 402

Re: Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, has died

He was a man of remarkable qualities.

I recommend Andrew Smith's book, Moondust.
by Mark Harwood
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, etc.
Replies: 1234
Views: 237098

Re: What are you listening to? Jazz, World, New Age, Rock, e

More Joni Mitchell.

http://vimeo.com/20279550

Anyone who thinks of JM as a folkie with a couple of hits might like to see a serious analysis of her songs.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0195 ... 01_s00_i00

The woman is a genius.
by Mark Harwood
Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:49 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook safety question
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Facebook safety question

I use https. Many FB applications require http and I think that not using them has to be good for security.
There is a type of FB account that provides viewer stats, maybe it's a business account. You're only supposed to have one account though, so for most of us using https makes sense.