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by barney
Sat Nov 27, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

No indeed, Brian. On a scale of one to ten on whistleblowers, the US is probably nine. They are encouraged and protected. Australia, at minus 568, prefers to jail them.
by barney
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91

Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC, was right on this. The headline: Stephen Sondheim, composer of Westside Story, dies aged 91.
:lol: :lol:
Never heard of Lennie Bernstein.
by barney
Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

A friend posted this on Facebook. It's a genuine hatchet job, but makes good points just the same. From The Shot, and I've no idea what that is. Scott Morrison: not with a bang, but a whimper November 26, 2021 RonniSalt WRITTEN BY RonniSalt The Shot By RonniSalt November 26, 2021 Australians had som...
by barney
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:38 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: More than a Myth: Engelberg Humperdinck
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: More than a Myth: Engelberg Humperdinck

Thanks for the tip, Lance
by barney
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Igor Markevitch - conductor - new compilation boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Igor Markevitch - conductor - new compilation boxes

I've got both sets, Lance - but neither has been opened yet. Also both the Ruggiero Ricci sets, ditto. I need 48-hour days.
by barney
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dame Kiri in Concert: Montreal 1986 (Full Orchestra)
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Dame Kiri in Concert: Montreal 1986 (Full Orchestra)

Always have had a great love for Dame Kiri and her recordings. While I have most of her recordings - I miss anything new from her! I met her once in Ithaca, New York - she was an absolute charmer - and a beauty! Wonderful singer. Very imperious personality. I interviewed her once, and she was quite...
by barney
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Brexit redux
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Brexit redux

Thanks for these. What a wonderful show it was. I love Bernard explaining that you can't bite the bullet while you're gritting your teeth. I have them all on DVD - time to revisit, perhaps.
by barney
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace
Replies: 11
Views: 377

Re: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace

Rach3 wrote:
Thu Nov 25, 2021 11:05 am
US Congressperson Marjorie Greene has introduced a bill in the House to award Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal. She voted against doing so for the Capitol officers who defended on Jan. 6. So far it does not appear anyone in GOP leadership opposes the bill.
Quite staggering.
by barney
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

Our ethics-free PM was at it again in Parliament yesterday, explaining that he won't have a federal integrity commission (as the states do) because it would be a kangaroo court, commenting on the current case of the NSW Premier who had to resign after acknowledging improper behaviour. As a senior ju...
by barney
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving to CMG's Family of Music-Loving Friends
Replies: 4
Views: 69

Re: Happy Thanksgiving to CMG's Family of Music-Loving Friends

Second that! Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.
by barney
Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:01 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

It's like that marvellous line from Yes Prime Minister, when Bernard Woolley says: "It's an irregular verb. I have an independent mind, you're an eccentric, and he's around the twist." Another of Bernard’s great “YPM” lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGscoaUWW2M Yes, delightful. As so often w...
by barney
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Voter fraud in Australia ?
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: Voter fraud in Australia ?

:lol: :lol:
by barney
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia Defamation Case Signals a Crackdown on Ordinary Citizens, Critics Say
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Australia Defamation Case Signals a Crackdown on Ordinary Citizens, Critics Say

Very mixed feelings about this. I loathe how so many people on Twitter and FB think they can say anything, no matter how vile or thuggish. And I hate the idea of politicians pursuing individual citizens like this. Just one of the many silencing mechanisms.
by barney
Wed Nov 24, 2021 5:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

It's like that marvellous line from Yes Prime Minister, when Bernard Woolley says: "It's an irregular verb. I have an independent mind, you're an eccentric, and he's around the twist."
by barney
Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace
Replies: 11
Views: 377

Re: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace

From Michael Sean Winters in the National Catholic Reporter: "At Politico, Meredith McGraw catalogues what for me was the most disturbing part about the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse: the fact that this young thug was lionized on the right even before the frightful verdict was rendered in the courtroom....
by barney
Tue Nov 23, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Voter fraud in Australia ?
Replies: 4
Views: 99

Re: Voter fraud in Australia ?

Morrison has been studying the Republicans and trying to learn sordid suppression tactics. The man is an utter moral vacuum. As the article said, voter fraud in Australia is virtually non-existent (despite my election motto of "vote early, vote often" :lol: ).
by barney
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace
Replies: 11
Views: 377

Re: The Rittenhouse case; an absolute bloody disgrace

It seems to me that little could more clearly show the world that racism remains a live issue in the US than this case. The army veterans in the post above are surely right: they would never have been arrested and survived to trial; they'd have been shot. To the rest of the world, the idea that you ...
by barney
Mon Nov 22, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.

Thanks for reposting, Brian. You are absolutely right about peer pressure being powerful, for me that is one of the key planks of persuasion. Surely when one reaches more than 90% double vaccination, which we now have in Melbourne, the unvaccinated are a risk mostly to themselves? We agree that the ...
by barney
Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux
Replies: 9
Views: 168

Re: Cheesy Holiday Music, Redux

Well said. I tend to stay away from shopping malls because I find them anonymous - a mall in Los Angeles, Singapore or Melbourne might hardly vary. But if I were to hear a classical rendition of Frosty I would flee in horror.
by barney
Sun Nov 21, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.

Ouch! Coming from you, Barney, that's quite harsh! Sleazy negotiations don't help your popularity at all. There are no secrets in politics as in life, unfortunately. Seizing people without writs? Wow! Is that Dictator Dan? In the meantime, 99% of our senior citizens have quietly taken at least one ...
by barney
Sun Nov 21, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Australia.

Some civic groups? Every civic group consulted by the media has been appalled at the proposed legislation, including conservative legal groups It allows the Premier, Dan Andrews, to call a pandemic on a whim, arrest people without charge and without habeus corpus, to single out groups by sexuality, ...
by barney
Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: New Brahms 4th Symphony recording

Lance wrote:
Sat Nov 20, 2021 1:59 am
Fourth symphonies seem attractive to me ... not only the Brahms but Schumann as well.
You forgot Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and quite a few others... :lol:
by barney
Wed Nov 17, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "One Religion"
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: "One Religion"

Today, it seems to me, the main impulse for anti-Semitism is from the Left In the U.S. afaik, it's mainly the Right and has been since the 1930s. cf. ADL 2017 Impact Report: Racists Converge on Charlottesville https://www.adl.org/2017-impact-report/racists-converge-on-charlottesville Actually, I'm ...
by barney
Wed Nov 17, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "One Religion"
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: "One Religion"

Scary. Of course, the far right supports Israel as part of their end times eschatology; on the second coming of Jesus, all Jews who do not convert to Christianity will be boiled in oil. (If I have to be boiled in oil, I would strongly prefer extra virgin olive oil, preferably Italian.) Where on ear...
by barney
Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "One Religion"
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: "One Religion"

Scary. Of course, the far right supports Israel as part of their end times eschatology; on the second coming of Jesus, all Jews who do not convert to Christianity will be boiled in oil. (If I have to be boiled in oil, I would strongly prefer extra virgin olive oil, preferably Italian.) Where on ear...
by barney
Tue Nov 16, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Over 10,000 Australians seek compensation over vaccines, despite low reports of adverse effects.
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Over 10,000 Australians seek compensation over vaccines, despite low reports of adverse effects.

I was interested in that statistic too - but 0.21% is a very low number of adverse reactions, and most of those have been minor. I suppose if people already on the margins lost a few days' work compensation is a good idea. For the far smaller number who were severely impacted, I am glad that the Gov...
by barney
Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

I'm pretty sure Scomo has not read Emily Dickinson.
by barney
Sun Nov 14, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Stakes Are Sky-High for a ‘Ring’ Coming to the Met Opera
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: The Stakes Are Sky-High for a ‘Ring’ Coming to the Met Opera

Well, we all hope the next Met Ring will be a success, but I don't agree at all with the opinion of New Yorker music critic Alex Ross about the Lepage Ring being " wasteful and witless ". It wasn't perfect but it worked for me at least , and if you want "witless Ring " productions look to Bayreuth ...
by barney
Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

I hadn't seen that review in the Conversation, Joe, so thanks for posting it. Kelly puts far more eloquently my own view that Morrison is utterly hollow, that he has no principle other than personal ambition. He leads perhaps the most ethically challenged government of my lifetime. Conservatves in A...
by barney
Sat Nov 13, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Makes an Entrance
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: The Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Makes an Entrance

A great loss to Opera Australia many years ago, when she went off to Hamburg. But back now as chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony - quite a coup for them.
by barney
Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Like Cats and Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Like Cats and Dogs

Well, I'm definitely a dog person. Always had dogs, often two. Nothing against cats; I just don't think they are half as smart. Yet according to Belle - from her starting point, in which Genghis Khan is a communist anarchist - she's made it clear that I can't be a conservative. The theory needs a l...
by barney
Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Steve Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress: Arrest Warrant Issued
Replies: 4
Views: 326

Re: Steve Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress: Arrest Warrant Issued

I was reading that the last person to be held in contempt was 1983. Bannon is obviously hoping he can hold on till the mid-terms and that the Republicans will regain the house and let him off the hook. This is just so important, that he doesn't get away with that.
by barney
Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Chicago Symphony CDs 50% Off Sale
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Chicago Symphony CDs 50% Off Sale

Same here. I had the enormous good fortune to be at the Shostakovich 13 which launched the CSO season in 2018, and would love to buy it. $9.50 is a great price. But postage is $20, making it nearly $50 Australian. Can't justify it.
by barney
Fri Nov 12, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Like Cats and Dogs
Replies: 7
Views: 392

Re: Like Cats and Dogs

Well, I'm definitely a dog person. Always had dogs, often two. Nothing against cats; I just don't think they are half as smart. Yet according to Belle - from her starting point, in which Genghis Khan is a communist anarchist - she's made it clear that I can't be a conservative. The theory needs a li...
by barney
Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Re: Australia's values-free PM

My issue with this is that Scomo's major competitor - Albanese (rhymes with greasy) is even worse. I'm not particularly a fan of Albanese either, but I suppose it's too late for Labor to change leaders now. But, as you know, Governments more often lose elections than Oppositions win them, and it's ...
by barney
Wed Nov 10, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia's values-free PM
Replies: 21
Views: 789

Australia's values-free PM

Australia's Prime Minister hilariously yesterday said he planned to make the next election about values. He has utterly no values or principles apart from re-election; at least none that can be discerned without an electron microscope. He's straight out of 1984 in the way yesterday's truth is today ...
by barney
Tue Nov 09, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Twitter labels GOP Rep. Gosar's video of him killing AOC, attacking Biden "hateful conduct"
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: Twitter labels GOP Rep. Gosar's video of him killing AOC, attacking Biden "hateful conduct"

And, while a Federal grand jury reviews the matter, the House should expel Gosar, or the House must be deemed complicit. Point of order. He should have been removed months, nearly a year ago. The House should have moved to expel or at least suspend the voting rights of all members who supported the...
by barney
Sat Nov 06, 2021 5:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Marian Anderson: A Voice of Authenticity and Justice
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Marian Anderson: A Voice of Authenticity and Justice

Great article, Len, thanks for posting. I knew of her, of course, but didn't realise how important she was - both as a singer and for civil rights.
by barney
Fri Nov 05, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump now governor of Virginia
Replies: 3
Views: 262

Trump now governor of Virginia

From Andy Borowitz in the New Yorker RICHMOND (The Borowitz Report)—Offering a unique interpretation of Tuesday’s election results, Donald J. Trump announced that he is now the Governor of Virginia. “The people of Virginia have chosen me as their Governor,” Trump said. “Frankly, we did win this elec...
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tax the Rich, Help America’s Children
Replies: 10
Views: 540

Re: Tax the Rich, Help America’s Children

Of course children are a mistake. I should know - I was a child. They need to be born fully formed around 24. 35 for males.
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Starving in Yemen
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: Starving in Yemen

An appalling and powerful story. Not sure I should thank you for sharing Steve, but obviously we need to know. I do support an aid organisation working in Yemen.
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australia, China, India climate change responses rated ‘highly insufficient’
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: Australia, China, India climate change responses rated ‘highly insufficient’

I've noted before that Scott Morrison is an astute politician who has only one conviction, which he holds with overwhelming attachment, and that is the political good of Scott Morrison. He has no convictions on climate, and has a very unruly coalition partner (itself deeply divided) which simply won...
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77
Replies: 27
Views: 1164

Re: Celebrated Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire has died, aged 77

I heard him do the Emperor in Melbourne a few years ago. Outstanding, of course. Very personal in the way the greats often are.
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca - 55 Great Vocal Recitals - with some asides
Replies: 10
Views: 519

Re: Decca - 55 Great Vocal Recitals - with some asides

Decca Eloquence did a multi-CD Danko set, worth your while looking into. Eloquence is ultra-budget.
by barney
Mon Nov 01, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Comparative recordings of Elgar’s Violin Concerto
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: Comparative recordings of Elgar’s Violin Concerto

maestrob wrote:
Mon Nov 01, 2021 5:36 am

All that said, I still don't quite grasp his choral music.

Brian, it's quite simple. You put the score on the table, grasp the left page with your left hand, and with the thumb and forefinger of your right hand you turn the pages as appropriate. Even I can grasp that. :lol:
by barney
Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Decca - 55 Great Vocal Recitals - with some asides
Replies: 10
Views: 519

Re: Decca - 55 Great Vocal Recitals - with some asides

Thanks for sharing all that; fascinating. Sad you didn't like Otello; I think it's a work of the profoundest genius. It's deeply moving. Rigoletto is the opera that I find hard, for the same reasons you struggle with Otello, but it's quite magnificent. Otello is up there with Don Carlo as my favouri...