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Lost in (Russian) Music

At the age of eight, in a school with only 70 students, in a small village in the middle of Lincolnshire, a county not famous for much (except Sir Isaac Newton), and in a classroom with a view of a field of sheep (whose wool made the area wealthy in the the late middle ages),… Continue Reading

Yet more quotations on my birthday

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time. Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines. Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way. The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say… Time, Pink Floyd All I ever wanted All… Continue Reading

Some quotations on my birthday

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato (possibly – it is disputed) [I]in the whole world there are really only two problems. [..] One problem is, “you know what you want but you don’t know how to get it”, and the only other problem is, “you don’t know what you… Continue Reading

Three more quotations on my birthday

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005, about 9 minutes in. (But I’d still recommend an Android phone.) “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” Bertrand… Continue Reading

Like black holes in the sky

Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky – Pink Floyd, Shine on You Crazy Diamond When Roger Waters wrote those words about the band’s former and founder member, Syd Barrett, he was referring to the spaced out look that Syd had acquired from excessive amounts of acid (LSD), which… Continue Reading

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas

It is supposed to be George Bernard Shaw who said that the UK and USA are “two nations divided by a common language.” Long established differences persist. Nobody in the UK says “gotten” anymore, even though it was normal English use centuries ago. “Oftentimes” appears in the King James Bible but is never used in… Continue Reading

Three quotations on my birthday

“To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch,… Continue Reading

Pink Floyd, Cambridge and me

Pink Floyd, in their great middle period, are one of my favourite bands. Like millions of people around the world I was first turned into a Floyd fan by hearing their huge selling Dark Side of the Moon in 1974 (it was released the year before). I was just a child when I first heard… Continue Reading

Eurovision: a unique European contribution to world culture

Europe is proud of its cultural heritage, whether it’s the Renaissance, beautiful icons in Ukrainian churches, Shakespeare, Bach or Truffaut. But perhaps Europe’s greatest contribution to world culture is the Eurovision Song Contest. If you’ve never seen this, you should watch it. Once. If you have seen it, your opinion will probably depend on your… Continue Reading