Ave Atque Vale, Entertainment, Music

The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

The year is 1964.  The pop revolution is underway, and groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones own the British charts and are besieged by thousands of screaming girls throwing flowers (and much else) at them wherever they go. Out of nowhere, that May, a quartet of young Australians who'd worked their passage from… Continue reading The Carnival is Over: Judith Durham, R.I.P.

Culture, Entertainment, Movies and TV

Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Well, I just went to amazon.com in search of 2-door bypass barn-door hardware (as you do), and the first thing I came across was a huge ad for Ron Howard’s new movie, Thirteen Lives, which tells the story of the Thai soccer team trapped in the flooded cave, one which captured the world’s attention in… Continue reading Fifteen Lives: My Thai Soccer Boys Story (Not a Movie Review)

Ave Atque Vale, Culture, Entertainment

Bernard Cribbins, RIP

Where are the snows of yesteryear? Probably the first time that line from François Villon's medieval poem Ballad of Ladies of Time Gone By has been applied to Bernard Cribbins, but whatever.  Tempus fugit, as they say.  And my childhood with it. Bernard Cribbins, who has died age 93 was a staple of that childhood. … Continue reading Bernard Cribbins, RIP

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Maria Szymanowksa: Composer, Pianist, Trailblazer

Today is the one-hundred-ninety-first anniversary of the death of Maria Szymanowska, nineteenth-century Polish composer and professional pianist who achieved the height of her fame at the court of Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Before settling in St. Petersburg, Szymanowska had toured most of Western Europe, and her performances, as well as her compositions had been respectfully… Continue reading Maria Szymanowksa: Composer, Pianist, Trailblazer

Culture, Entertainment, Music

Tuneful Tuesdays–The Bakersfield Sound

So, there I was, a couple of weeks ago, exchanging emails with a new friend who lives in California, and who's spent quite a bit of time in Bakersfield.  (Note to self: Food. Sounds Awesome!) I think he assumed that--Brit that I am--I'd be unfamiliar with the city. But.  No. He misunderestimated me.  Hugely. TBC,… Continue reading Tuneful Tuesdays–The Bakersfield Sound

Entertainment, Movies and TV, Plain Speaking

Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…

I was saddened to read this morning that you are “still triggered and traumatized” over Will Smith’s behavior on Oscar night.  (Apparently –whoever you are–you’re important enough that the mere utterance of such absurd drama queenery  causes media folks to snap to attention and report it.) So sorry that you’ve been victimized this way, and that… Continue reading Dear Amy Schumer (whoever you are)…


Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Sheesh, Dame Shirley.  Put a sock in it, please. I was quite critical of Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger performance at the 2013 Academy Awards, although it received much affirmation from the critics at the time.  As did her last night's performance of Diamonds are Forever at the BAFTAs. But I'd really rather remember her as she was,… Continue reading Hot Stuff: “Something,” or perhaps I mean “It”

Culture, Entertainment, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Weed! Weed! (No. Not that kind of weed.)

I subscribe (in the sense of paying) to only one news source on the Internet, and that is The Telegraph.  It's the only newspaper my family read throughout the latter half of the 20th century (after the servants had ironed it, of course*)  I do so because their coverage is (relatively speaking, these days) rational,… Continue reading Quote of the Day: Weed! Weed! (No. Not that kind of weed.)

Book Review, Entertainment, Friendship

Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

I learned yesterday from a Ricochet friend that his book, Operation Free Bird, has been published on Smashwords.  After a hiccup or two I was able to download it, and have started reading it. Operation Free Bird is the sequel to Virga Joy, by the same author, and a book I recommended here late last… Continue reading Book Recommendation: Operation Free Bird

Entertainment, Music

The Eriskay Love Lilt

Inspired by a recent Ricochet "members only" post on folk and traditional music. First: Let's be clear.  If your idea of "folk music" is  Peter Paul and Mary, then stop right now. Puff, the Magic Dragon? Crimenutely. Most else they recorded was derivative.  And somehow, even when that they derived from wasn't fatuous, they managed… Continue reading The Eriskay Love Lilt