Author Archives: firstandsecondlaw

Inter alia

I had a short-list for filling time in the afternoons prior to the Proms, quite literally for a rainy day. The forecast for Thursday wasn’t good though it turned out fine in the end. The Bank of England Museum is … Continue reading

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Just like buses

I was surprised to find myself second in the queue for Prom 42 on Wednesday for the first of a pair of concerts featuring Saint-Saëns among others. In fact, although I had expected to recognise some of the pieces without … Continue reading

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Road Trip or Car Crash?

Book Review: The Wangs vs The World, by Jade Chang I had this on my to-read list when I found it in the work book sale, but it’s taken time to get round to it. I found the first few … Continue reading

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Proms 101

I knew the Proms yesterday would be popular, with an all-Rachmaninov evening concert followed by a late-night Prom of his All-Night Vigil. Even so, I was a bit surprised that, arriving around mid-day, my raffle ticket was 101. To make … Continue reading

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Our Friends in the North

I made it to the rail for the first time this season, and had an excellent view of the concert. For Prom 33, the BBC Philharmonic were conducted by John Storgårds in a mixed programme, with a Nordic first half … Continue reading

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It’s Complicated

After obtaining raffle tickets for Prom 29, yesterday we adjourned to the Natural History Museum, swapping one queue for another. At least the queue on the Queen’s Gate side of the NHM moved quite quickly. It’s several years since I … Continue reading

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Travels in Reality and Hyper-Reality

Book Review: Berlin – A Literary Guide for Travellers, by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger I picked this up last year in a work book sale. It’s a fairly short tour through the districts of Berlin, blending history and architecture … Continue reading

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