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The Odd Couple

Prom 6 was definitely a concert of two halves. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Sakari Oramo began with Gershwin’s An American in Paris, a jazzy, easy-listening piece which was light and enjoyable. To be honest it doesn’t make me … Continue reading

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The “Leningrad”, at last

Monday was my first Prom of the season; the queuing arrangements were the same as last year, which works for me in fitting in with work, but is not so good from the social side. Nevertheless, there was a brief … Continue reading

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Caveat lector

Book Review: Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future, by Harry Leslie Smith I’d already added this to my to-read list when it turned up in the work book sale. I was curious, though I’d been warned that if you’re … Continue reading

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Finland awakes

Book Review: Come to Finland! Paradise calling, by Magnus Londen I enjoyed my visit to the Ateneum in Helsinki, and although thie pocket book relates to a previous exhibition at the National Museum of Finland I didn’t see, I’m glad … Continue reading

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Food, Glorious Food

Book Review: The Gastronomical Me, by M F K Fisher This was a random selection from the work book sale; I had never heard of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher before. First published in 1943, this is generically though not strictly … Continue reading

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A Period Piece

Book Review: Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford I picked this up in the work book sale on the basis of my enjoyment of a previous work by the same author, Red Plenty. It turns out that this is Spufford’s first … Continue reading

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Reassuringly disillusioned

Book Review: Wish Lanterns – Young Lives in New China, by Alec Ash I picked this up a while ago in the work book sale. A little like Born in the GDR, the author has interviewed six Chinese millennials to … Continue reading

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