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    I was in South Kensington yesterday when I bumped in to Mr. Béla Bartók.

    "Good morning Mr. Bartók," I greeted, "What are you doing here?"

    "Well my good friend Mr. Philip Arnold Heseltine, otherwise known as Peter Warlock lives here, and I am here by his invitation," he told me (he spoke very good English, strangely, in a voice that sounded exactly like my own). "In fact," he continued "I like London very much and spend quite a lot of time here and when I come to London, I always stay here at number seven Sydney Street."

    Satisfied by this answer, I bid him good day and went about my business. It was only after a few minutes that I realized I could not remember which opera he wrote that I know I was so moved by. I spent much of the next few hours distracted, trying to recall. Ironically, I was in London to attend a talk on "Mindfulness; living in the here and now" (not my idea, I was just there for moral support) at the Royal Brompton.

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    Statue of Béla Bartók by Imre Varga, in front of South Kensington tube station

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    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    What a rotter

    I would like to give him a bunch of Queensbury fives (mind you I only talk the talk)

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    I just read the contemporary operas DVD thread after realizing it was one I had not visited yet (now I think I've read them all) and a couple of comments I thought were fun

    ...It couldn't be more highly recommended. This is one of the very best operatic DVDs one can have. On the other hand, it is very uncomfortable to watch and very depressing.
    it just keeps coming up in the world of opera!

    then there was this one

    ...watched about 40 minutes on YouTube, got livid with the video director and had to switch it off, as the anger was overhwelming the pleasure from the music and production. If I were Chin or Freyer I'd sue...
    Now that's a funny comment as well but also have some sympathy for those poor sods long gone who are unable to sue due to no legal recourse from across the river Styx...

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    Next time you hear someone sneeze, add emotional content (to feign or not too feign) and say "bless you" also extending with "and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest" or "my love of my life"/"my sweet honey bunny" or something else special.

    It will be fun

    They may also wish to consign you to the loony bin

    but hopefully generate smiles





    Clayton random post no. 2,452

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    Florestan's mid-life ride has a notronic transmission that is manually shifted (my real midlife crisis car is a hot 80s Mustang). But this pickup is no slouch. It has a 2.3L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder powerplant:
    Necessities of life: food, water, air, shelter, and opera.

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    Hotel Clayton (the hotel only open to private invitation) had a booking last night (the jeweller from Milan) and the consideration was quite good

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    Glasses from 1940's in mother of pearl

    Of course this guest received the VIP treatment (the nice soap, complimentary bottle of mineral water, deluxe breakfast and a specially bad hangover).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Hotel Clayton (the hotel only open to private invitation) had a booking last night (the jeweller from Milan) and the consideration was quite good

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    Glasses from 1940's in mother of pearl

    Of course this guest received the VIP treatment (the nice soap, complimentary bottle of mineral water, deluxe breakfast and a specially bad hangover).

    specially bad hangover
    That means you either were especially generous with the good stuff, or broke out the plonk!

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    Good night George Cole and may you rest in peace.

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    BEST THREAD EVAR lol
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
    a life in Hell can still aspire to BLISS.

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    Head of music at Chetham's is coming to visit my school and will attend a rehearsal of my composition. Will be interesting.
    If you would seek salvation, remember this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekrotzar View Post
    Head of music at Chetham's is coming to visit my school and will attend a rehearsal of my composition. Will be interesting.
    I don't know what Chetham is but head of music sounds important so I hope this goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I don't know what Chetham is but head of music sounds important so I hope this goes well.
    http://www.chethams.com
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    Musicians launch a campaign to save the bassoon. They reckon it will soon become an endangered species!

    This is fabulous



    so is this

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    What is the soprano's favourite dessert?

    of course it's

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    [I'm back]

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