Harpist at Royal wedding charged with burglary and fraud. This story is for my friend Adam, who by curious coincidence happens to have a love of harp music, and an encyclopedic fascination with royalty. When was the last you saw both combined in a narrative that could make a good plot for a ballet (another passion of his)?
Blog entries are like buses, aren’t they – you wait for ages and then….
In the middle of doing something far more important yesterday, I got an email from the Swimathon people yesterday afternoon, and it was just too tempting – I’ve signed up again to commit myself to swimming 5 kilometres for charity. If you want an excuse to donate some money to Marie Curie Cancer Care, please visit my Swimathon page and click on the relevant boxes (make sure you tick the one that allows other people to see how much you’ve given, if you want to enter the scrolling credits on the Swimathon page).
Just waiting to board my flight back from Tokyo, so I thought I’d show off my lovely toys. My new Macbook has been absolutely superb for the series of lectures/seminars on playing for ballet that I’ve just given at the Ballet Research Centre at the Academia Musicae, Showa University.
But how’s this for connectivity? Logged into the Narita airport wireless network, eating noodles in the departure lounge, taking pictures of Mac & noodles in the café, download the images by bluetooth to the Mac, and then upload to my blog.
Call me nerdy, but I think that’s pretty damn cool.
I have never been so sad to see a website die and end up as a holding page as when I made one of my almost daily trips to the International Music Score Library Project to find that the founder has had to close it due to a cease-and-desist letter from Universal Edition.
Back from a wonderful day at the Conrad Hotel (now the Wyndham) for a one-day course in breaststroke from the Art of Swimming People. All-round genius of the moving body, Dominic Hickie, recommended this to me when I was training for the Swimathon, but I didn’t get on a course until it was over. The first one I did was an hour a week over five weeks back in April, learning to do front crawl again, and it was as amazing as he said it would be. It’s the logic & wisdom of Alexander technique applied to swimming, and it works. I was nervous about doing the breaststroke day as it’s the stroke I swim most, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to unlearn my stroke in a day. But our instructor, Janet, was fantastic, and when we came to look the video clips of ourselves at the end of the day putting it all together in the pool, I was really pleased with the result.
For the foamers among you, I’ve just migrated this site to Movable Type 4. As usual, I only have a fraction of a clue as to what I’m doing, and hope it all works, but if you notice any weirdness in layout or behaviour on these pages in the next few days, it’s due to technical reasons (i.e. I don’t know how to use the new software).
OK, it’s a bit childish, but I thought this was quite a funny number plate for a plumber. Nothing to do with music, IT or dance, but I was keen to get another entry in for May before it ended. The month of June is going to be dedicated to music & dance, so it’s the last chance for some random silliness.