To the ENO last night for a production of Norma by way of a client meeting just south of Cambridge. I’ve grown more fond of Bel Canto opera over the years. Curiously Mary Gentle’s wonderful fantasy The Black Opera gave me a new perspective on the period. For those unfamiliar the term was coined by […]
Excessive travel, even by my standards over the last two months have resulted in a neglect both of mountain walking and cultural events. The former I hope to correct with some intensive sessions in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia over the next six weeks; I have a new ice axe to play with so the […]
My last full day in Australia before flying back to the UK tomorrow and it was pretty packed. The seminar Simon and I had run the previous week generated a lot of interest and I had follow through meetings before repeating the social sector event from Brisbane. For the evening I planned to go to […]
This evening I went to the opening night of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House, It's a powerful example of the Bel Canto style and the confrontation between Joyce Didonato as Maria and Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta at the end of Act II was everything I hoped for. In rehearsals for the first […]
A family trip to part of two of what can only be described as a reimagining of Tolkien's Hobbit. To be clear up front I enjoyed it, but then I had set my expectations in a very different way from Lord of the Rings. There Jackson had promised to tell the story in film and […]
Driving out of London and home last night was a tedious business and it was after midnight before we made it. I abandoned any idea of unpacking as I had an 0719 train back to London. Maybe I should have stayed up that night, but then with a day trip to Amsterdam and the need […]
Yesterday was entirely encompassed by travel starting with an early morning flight from Seattle to New York and ending with an overnight to London after a six hour layover. The security line at Seattle was briefly held up when the TSA official decided to engage me in a conversation about weight loss, having looked […]
Yesterday was an interesting if packed day. I landed from Ohio by way of New York had a quick shower in arrivals then up to Oxford for a meeting on our new approach to scenario planning. More on that mid week and a chance to take part in an experiment on the privacy issue next […]
For those who don't know (and shame on you if you didn't) we have just seen the bicentenary of Wagner's birth. Now I do my best to manage travel around the World to match my two great aesthetic passions namely Welsh Rugby and Wagnerian Opera. I saw the full Ring Cycle this year in Berlin […]
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