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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.

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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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“I have gained and lost the same ten pounds so many times over and over again my cellulite must have déjà vu.”

– Jane Wagner

Another week nearly over, TUT, where does the time go?

Have you noticed how long it is taking the morning sun to make an appearance as well, its 5.48 and still dark?

I had a whoopee-do moment when I stood on the scales to find I had dropped to under 12 stone, 11 stone 13 I am now. (Oh it is Yoda I am sounding like). Yes I know it’s only a pound under but believe me for me that is a whoopee-do moment.

The builders have been and the house is now re-pointed, they found out why we were having so much trouble with the back window and that has now been fixed. But the mess, the mess, but as they say ‘you can’t make a cake without breaking eggs’

We went out for mom-in-laws birthday last week-end, we went to Flavourz,  it’s one of those all you can eat places. I will admit that I used to enjoy these types of places and yes I would start at one end of the counter and work my way along, I suppose because it was a novelty at first. But now when I go out for a meal I like to be served. I sit in these places now and all I can see and think about is all the waste, people piling food onto their plates and pushing half of it away but then going to get another plate full. I know I shouldn’t say what I am about to say but… most of the people piling their plates sky high could do with missing a few meals. Oooh hark at me, yes I know I am over weight but nothing like these people. I also find it rather irritating when I put only what I know I am going to eat on my plate and only have three courses to be told by other people to ‘have some more, you are paying for it, you don’t have to eat it all.’ Just because it’s eat all you want that doesn’t mean make yourself sick! Ok rant over. Heehee.

Here’s a good book Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis. Dr Tod. T. Friendly is a Nazi war criminal who escapes his body just before he dies. Tod then watches his body live its life backwards Tod knows it’s him but can’t understand what is happening and we the reader see how this old scared man became what he was. I found parts of the book set in the death camps quite surreal as people have their teeth put back in and are battered back to life. A good read.

The look on the dogs face says it all

(Just before posting I heard that Tony has died, at last he has peace)
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If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.
Edgar Allan Poe

I just have to share this. I found this in my spam folder

When you start feeling better, take it slow and don’t overdo it. Although you can return to school once your fever disappears, you may still feel tired. Your body will tell you when it’s time to rest — listen to it. By taking good care of yourself and resting as much as you need to, you will soon be back to normal, usually within a few weeks.

It had come through to this post and came from a company buying silver. If they are going to send spam they really should read the post first.

I have just finished reading Everything Ravaged Everything Burned by Wells Tower, lot’s of short day to day stories, some with happy endings some not, and so to the weekend, which has flown by.

Saturday was spent just running round doing odds and sods, later in the afternoon we went for a walk along the river in StourportSunday we headed to Cosford to take a look at the air force museum, if you have a few hours spare I would recommend it, (we were there 5 hours). Set in four hangers you start off with the History of the RAF, a lot of people just walked through here but we stood and read all the boards and watched the film. The next hanger is test flight, which has planes and things to play with, and yes we did have a little play but the kids kept getting in the way (! Tut, kids). From there you move into the Warplanes, some of them are huge, then onto the national cold war exhibition with its planes, tanks and nuclear bombs and bombers. Here there is also a small room with a short film about the nuclear threat, once through this part you have the choice to go down or take the lift to the viewing gallery, we headed there to get a good over all view, well worth it. Then down to the bottom floor to take a look at the Thor, the Polaris and the Canberra PR9 amongst other things, there is also a couple of small information rooms here, one where you sit around a round table with maps projected on to the table and listen to The Cuban Missile Crisis. One of the other rooms is about the Vietnam War with very harrowing photos I could feel myself filling up as I read and looked. The last little room is about the Space Race, (that’s three rooms not two isn’t, it’s my age you know). Then onto Hanger 1 which is all about training and transport, with a collection of missiles and art gallery and James May’s life size airfix plane. All in all a good day out and it’s free. (Photos of some of the planes, we took loads).

From there we took a ride to the top of  Titterstone Clee and watched the rain moving towards us photo here

We had both had it so we stopped of at The Lock for tea because I really didn’t fancy cooking. Then the weekend was over, weekend should last at least 4 days!

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To finish first you must first finish.

-Rick Mears

Where did the weekend go?

Saturday we spent the time, looking for and buying carpet which we then laid, putting up curtains, well just finishing the bedroom really. Saturday evening we went to Harry’s, for a meal (Bangladeshi) Which was very nice and the service spot-on.

Sunday we decided to take a look at Edgbaston Reservoir to see if the rain had made any difference to last time we went, just take a look at the photos.

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New photos

The water is well and truly up

I must say I wasn’t too impressed with the olympic opening ceremony, it all seemed a bit flat to me. I did however enjoy her Maj doing her 007 bit.

Busy decorating this week, so enjoy your week.

So here you go a lovely little film over on Kate’s site

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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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A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.

Oscar Wilde

Saturday (9th) we headed for Cradley to the Chainmakers Festival, I would like to say that it was an improvement on last year, but I would be lying. This year a monument (on the left) was unveiled at the Mary Macarthur memorial gardens to commemorate Mary Macarthur and the chainmakers, it would have been better if they had turned on the mikes, we would have then heard the band and speeches. We then headed for the festival at Bearmore Park. As last year not a lot going on, a few enjoyable folk groups, John Edgar did a ballad, (I just love listening to that man). On the down side, we would have liked to look at the Historic maps but they were in a tent full of kids playing with/learning circus skills, and Billy and Lozz didn’t do their set, in fact the whole place was being packed away before we left at 5, even though it was advertised as being on until 6, but at least it didn’t rain on us this year.

I found this artical fun on yahoo 50 things that make you feel grown up

The list is and the ones in pink are the ones I have
Having a mortgage
Mum and dad no longer make your financial decisions
Paying into a pension (used to when I worked)
Conducting a weekly food shop
Written a Will
Having children
Budgeting every month
Being able to cook an evening meal from scratch
Getting married
Having life insurance
Recycling
Having a savings account (used to have long gone now)
Knowing what terms like ‘ISA’ and ‘tracker’ mean
Watching the news
Owning a lawn mower (got rid of it no longer have a lawn, veg patch now)
Doing your own washing
Taking trips to the local tip
Planting flowers (plant veg, does that count)
Being able to bleed a radiator
Having a joint bank account
Having a view on politics
Keeping track of interest rates
Finding a messy house annoying
Being able to change a light bulb
Owning a vacuum cleaner
Holding dinner parties
Listening to Radio 2
Enjoying gardening
Spending weekend just ‘pottering’
Mum starts asking you for advice
Carrying spare shopping bags just in case
Like going round garden centres
Wearing coats on a night out
Going to bed before 11pm
Making sure mum and dad are phoned at least once a week
Classing work as a career rather than a job
Repairing torn clothing rather than throwing it away
You iron
You wash up immediately after eating
Enjoy cooking
Buying a Sunday paper
Always going out with a sensible pair of shoes (most of the  time but not always)
You like receiving gift vouchers
Work keeps you awake at night
Filing post
Having a ‘best’ crockery set
Being able to change a car tyre
Being sensible enough to remove make up off before bedtime
Being able to follow a receipt
Owning ‘best towels’ as well as ‘everyday towels’

So I am not quite there yet.

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Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Towards the end of last month we took a trip to Symphony Hall to see Dracula: The music and film, Bela Lugosi in all his glory, the music was composed by Philip Glass for the Kronos Quartet who were hailed as ‘classical music’s own Fab Four’ by the Rolling Stone magazine. All good fun, but I couldn’t believe some of the comments I heard on the way out, some along the lines of ‘What was all the face pulling about?’ The film was made in 1931 actors pulled over the top faces then; have these people never watch old films? Another was ‘I didn’t realise Dracula was such a silly story’ have these people never read the book, don’t they realise the film was an adaptation and only loosely based on the real story, and the best of all, ‘you could tell the bats weren’t real’!!

I went back to the ophthalmologist for more tests; I have thicking of the cornea, It’s just a laugh a minute this getting old lark.

The bank holiday weekend we picked up the Wendy house and headed for Chelmarsh where we camped on Denn farm. It’s a lovely quiet place with cows and a very handsome looking bull, hens, peahens, horses, and a very friendly dog. It also has a well stocked fishing pond which you can walk around and a small woodland walk where you can look for fairies. (Yes we found them in a tree).

On the first full day we headed for Bridgnorth because hubby had been told they had a really good market, (it wasn’t that good), but we had a nice time wandering around the old parts of the town, the ruins and had a look around St. Leonards church. We also walked all the steps and the cartway.

Sunday the weather forecast promised rain and lots of it so we headed for Wales to the dams; it was very misty over the top which gave the place a very creepy feel. We then headed for Borth, but the winds were that strong we couldn’t get the car doors open, so we headed back to Bridgnorth and took a look around Daniels Mill, which is a lovely family run mill. On returning to the camp site we found that the rain had been very heavy, the ground sheet was floating, (but that’s nothing to what Wales had).

Monday we did manage to get the Chelmarsh to  Chelmarsh reservoir walk in, it was marked as a 4 mile walk we did about 5 ½ as the map hubby had printed off the internet wasn’t up to date. The first difficulty we came across was a gate we were supposed to go through nailed shut, as we could see no obvious way around this and not wanting to walk all the way back we climbed the gate. In this field a very pretty horse came running up to us stopped with a foot of us, looked at us, turned round and walked away, a little further along this field another horse did the same, we weren’t who they were expecting. At the end of this field we found the way mark sign, (so we were in the right place) and entered another field which could have done with the track being cut as the grass was knee high and continued along to the road. Now according to our map we had to walk up this road until we came to a concealed drive and go right through a gateway then across the field. Yep you’ve guessed it no gateway, so we continued up  and around the road, (where looking over the fences we could see the track and markers in the field), until we found the next stile, which had barbed wire around it, we crossed it into a field full of sheep who ran full pelt at us stopping when they were right by us, then proceed to follow us across the field stopping and starting every time we did until we came to and crossed the next stile. It was quite funny.

We packed up Tuesday and came home, to all the washing and drying and cleaning, ahh such is life.

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