Monthly Archives: January 2009

Every good boy deserves favour

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To the National Theatre to see Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by Tom Stoppard & André Previn on the recommendation of Chris who happily went to see it again with me. Brilliant. You have to call it a play because … Continue reading

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Multi-tasking? No thanks.

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Multi-schmulti

“I’m just multi-tasking” is a phrase that annoys me like no other. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a man use the word about himself, but then ‘multi-tasking’, according to women’s magazines is what women can do better than men, so it’s usually used as a weapon of barely masked sexism. It offends me. For one thing, if you want to believe that you (as a woman) are better at multi-tasking than men, then you have to subscribe to the kind of gender-stereotyping that would be considered out of order, if it were used the other way round. I can multitask, thank you very much. I can cook. I’m good at all kinds of things which are conventionally considered ‘feminine’ in our society (but not others) including music, and I can do many of them all at once. Continue reading

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Bach on Mars

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For the curious, this is what Bach on Mars would sound like, given the local gases etc. I’m glad there are scientists out there working out this important stuff.

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Why music?

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Waiting in the check-out queue at Sainsburys the other day, I was mesmerized by the sight of a lardy teenage girl standing – or rather pulsating and jerking compulsively like an enormous chicken in the throes of food-poisoning – at … Continue reading

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On Mendelssohn, Hampson, and ‘musical music’

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Hello world, happy new year. Though I say it myself, I rather liked my Advent Calendar of 2008. It’s nicely ironic that I should have begun it with ‘Solving Musical Problems’, because as it turned out, that’s exactly what I … Continue reading

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