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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Voltaire

Hear, mankind: in our part
– voice of the Intuition–
it says to sing love forever
through solicitous formula music
in praise of GOD:
HU!

(the last words of the final scene of WEDNESDAY from light)
Saturday (25) saw myself and number 1 head off to Birmingham to see Stockhausen – MITTWOCH aus LICHT (Wednesday from light) 6 and a bit hours of sometimes quite surreal fun is the only way I can describe it

Set in the Argyle Works, (a disused factory the space was needed), it was the first time the piece had been performed in it entirety, (and properly the last due to the cost and complexity of the piece). We arrived about half an hour before the performance started to find to our delight two of the most beautiful camels, (yes we did have a stroke), which only reinforced the feeling that this was going to be something really special.

Part one – Greetings

Sitting on randomly placed camping stools the lights are turned out leaving you in near total darkness and then the first strains of music can be heard, soon as your eyes adapted to the dark shadowy figures can be made out. Then it’s a game of turning around on your little stool to look out for the shadowy figures has they appear and disappear just as quickly, a little light is then given as each part is performed, pregnant women, playing children, a walking tree, a young girl blowing bubbles and much more.

From here we walked through a doorway which was lit with a bright yellow light, (the colour of Wednesday) into a room and took out seats on mats on the floor surrounded by bright yellow umpire seats for

Part two – Parliament

Here the president summons the parliamentarians to a session in which love is up for debate. About half way though a security guard comes in and stops the performance and asks for the owner of a car with registration number M for Mittwoch 12 to remove it has it was blocking an entrance, the president leaves and a new one is elected debating continues and an agreement is made.
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(A little bit of world parliament filmed by me up loaded by number 1, sorry about the filming, I was too busy watching, in fact all the video here are from us).

Part three – Orchestra Finalists

This is the part I enjoyed the most, lying on the floor the orchestra are suspended on chairs above you, which travel up and down, (and I will admit there were a few times I thought I hope they don’t drop anything because it won’t half hurt). Where we had decided to lie a Perspex stage was rolled over us at one point. As you listen to the music actors wander around the room and sometimes get uncomfortably close as they perform. ‘A swimming pool with elephants’ which was a paddling pool with a trombonist splashed about in. Steam trains and low flying birds and many other things added to the fun.

Leaving this room we move back to the first room and the camping stools for

Part four – helicopter String Quartet

Which is just that, we meet the quartet and then watch them leave the building climb on board the helicopters, take of, fly over Birmingham playing, all by live stream TV, (there have been a few bad reports about this part, but for me I thought it was fantastic), once they had landed they came back into the building for a Q&A, this was the bit that spoiled it for me. For me it had given it a college/lecture feel, totally disrupted the mood.

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Part five – Michaelion

Seated on the floor

Set in a galactic centre for delegates of the universe and with Luzikamel a singing, speaking, drinking camel who poos plants and squashes a trombonist. Michaelion and Eve decided that Lucifer can be saved.

😉

Part six- Farewell

The final part of the musical piece number 1 stayed in the room for this I went into the next room to listen to it and watch the projected films, plus I got to stroke Luzikamel.

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If the floods don’t get ya the solar flare will, what will all the kids do without their phones and facebook, and it’s not just the kids!

I know some of you think Christmas is way off (140 days) but take a look at this site UK Christmas it has the listings of TV programs from 1936 to present day, and you thought there was nothing on now!

I am really not sure about this at all, how can they remake The Snowman!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•I’am walking through the air,♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪♪♫•

well you won’t be with the new one.

There’s a Christmas special ‘Call the Midwife’   this year, can’t wait I really enjoyed the series. There will be a Royal family Christmas special this year, and of course Dr who. I wonder if I will have decorated the kitchen by then.

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I decided to do another room, this time our bedroom and as with all the other rooms it took a lot more than just paper and paint. There was the usual plaster falling off but with the added problem of mould on the window wall, (see I told hubby we needed repointing), so it took me a week to strip, fill, sand, and treat the mould, four days to paper and a day to stain the furniture and just to keep hubby happy, (because he thinks I do too much in a day and that’s why I am always tired, no it’s not. I am always tired because he snores all night) I have read Flow, my tears the Policeman said. By Philip K Dick a very good read and I have watched Dr. Who and have started on The Dinnerladies Now all that is left is the carpet.

We took a trip to Upton-on-Severn (Sunday 15th), it’s in a bit of a mess due to the floods. A local was saying the river had risen 2 inches in an hour just that morning and it was still rising, still the ducks didn’t seem to minded.

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On the 22nd it was off to Harvington Hall for this years outdoor play, this year it didn’t rain on us, like last year, in fact it was very hot, but we had taken our picnic in a cool box, (so the wine was lovely). Anyway this year was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, there was some very good improvisation of horses, (think Monty Python) and Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Hopkins) was, well everything a Mr. Darcy should be, dark and brooding and sexy. WHAT? You are never too old to look at a nice young man, look but don’t touch. That said all the cast were good, a very entertaining afternoon which we ended by feeding the ducks.

and here are the very ducks

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Let me out

There is only one success-to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Well that was fun, Saturday (7th) it was off to the MAC to see The Destroyers in the open air, (and no it didn’t rain on us). The Destroyers are a group I have wanted to see for sometime and I wasn’t disappointed (even the evacuation after a fire alarm was set off didn’t spoil it). I really don’t know where these people get all their energy from, (whatever it is I would like some please). They play, sing and jump around and can get an audience going a treat. At one point two of them blew into their own trumpets but did the finger work on each others, now that takes some doing. True showman, look out for them and get a ticket, it’s a night you won’t forget in a long time.

They are at

Summer breeze festival

Tramlines festival

Edmonton festival and Ealing global festival

Cambridge festival

Brighton

Bern Switzerland

Purbeck festival

Moseley Folk festival.

But if you can’t make it there’s a lot of their stuff on youtube, slap it on and have a dance around the kitchen, you will feel ‘ALIVE’

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Well what a few days that has been. Last week we had a thunder storm that lasted around ½ an hour the sky went as dark as night and the rain came hard. I have lived here for 28 years and never have I seen the bottom of the garden flood, but on this day it did. That’s not the only flood we have had either, the washer flooded the kitchen, but on the upside we have been out for a very nice meal at The Crown (review here) and it is every bit as good as this review says. If you look at the photo we sat at the bottom to the right, it is a place I shall happily go back too.

We spent a day in Coventry looking around the bombed out cathedral and in the transport museum, which is well worth a visit but do give yourself plenty of time, we were in there 3 ½ hours.

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I haven’t been able to do a lot what with this weather so I have spent most of my time over the past few weeks doing odd jobs and watching the full series of Roseanne I loved it when it was on TV in the 80’s and it’s still has good now. I have now started to watch all my Dr. Who DVD’s (as I am having withdrawal, it’s not been on TV this year yet).

But it’s not all been TV I have read ‘Girl meets boy’ by Ali Smith. A nice read.

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You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.

Are we getting a summer this year? I only ask out of curiosity, you know what with everywhere being so wet and well rotting.

Anyway onto The Voyage, (which was rained off on Thursday), we headed off to see it on Saturday (23rd), well two of us did, hubby wasn’t feeling too well so he stayed home. Imagine a 50 foot ship built standing against a town hall, imagine the most haunting music and singing voices, imagine acrobats, high wire walkers, dancers, imagine a light show that transforms all this is into a moving ship that goes down in a storm, imagine girls in large bubbles floating through the crowd, imagine a life raft and when you have find out if the show is coming near you and go see it)I think it’s touring but I could be wrong, which would be a shame). It was/is truly a wonderful hour of perfectly timed entertainment. Here (because I like to be helpful) are a few links to help you on your way.

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info and pics

a bit of video and info

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more (better) video

I have been playing with the paint and drills turning old things into new things, over here if you want to see, and I have just finished reading Netherlands by Joseph o’ Neil.

Just think a few more days and we will be in yet another new month!

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And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Happy fathers day to all you daddies out there.

I have been a ‘gallivanting’ again (that’s what my mother would have called all these trips out; I can hear her now, ‘Off gallivanting again.’ She didn’t do enough gallivanting in my opinion). Anyway Hubby was away for the weekend with his motor-biking mates so number 1 and I (or is it me) went to Birmingham for the evening, first to Café Soya in the Chinese quart where we ordered two different starters and mains and shared them. We ate Lemongrass chicken skewered sticks, Chilli peppered spare ribs followed by triple seafood with Ho-Fun, Hot and spicy chilli chicken and rice, YUM. We then got the train back to the jewellery quart and it was off to the A E Harris Building to see The Just Price of Flowers by Stans’s café.

The Van Leasings buy a tulip from Van Eek, using money borrowed from Van Hire. The play follows them as they chase their dream of wealth through the growing complexities of futures trading, credit ratings, sub-primes, credit default swaps, and the horror of short selling.

The play explains the complexities of high finance with humour and music, in a straightforward way, whilst setting you up for the inevitable finale, and let’s not forget the origami peacock. Very funny and well done, but then it was Stan’s Café , you can always count on Stan’s Café.

We also watched ‘Goodbye Lenin!’ a really lovely film.

Have a great day.

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