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  1. Norman,

    Peter Hurford is on the Cathedral prayer list and hasn't been well for some time. I'd love to be able to play the organ. The closest I get is sponsoring a new 8 foot pipe in the recent refit. The organ also now has some 32 foot pipes and will have some pipes placed halfway down the nave.

    There are other youtubes of the gigue fugue by Virgil Fox, but this is the recording I have. (assuming the right thing appeared...)


    I heard Carlo Curley, unfortunately no longer with us, three or four times in St Albans. Not to everybodys taste, I know, but this is how I remember Curley.



  2. 17,

    I have been spoiled by spending a lot of time in two cathedral cities, first Winchester and now St Albans. I asked if anybody else here liked organ music, but got no response.

    I don't care for much of Britten, but the story about him being commissioned by the Japanese to write a requiem, or was it mass, for the Emporer was interesting.

    I like my music to be loud. Why write for a huge choir, orchestra, band, or organ and piddle around. That's why I liked the Berlioz. A huge section of French horns and lots of kettle drums.




    Oh God! Gareth Malone. Now he is sprouting a beard. One of his 'choirs' sang in St Albans Cathedral. I didn't attend. 

    I watched the Requiem program and 'computer said no' with about ten minutes to go. I guess I didn't miss much. More about it later after I check my record collection to see how many bits of requiems (?requiea) I have. I think Carl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace almost qualifies as a requiem. I have a CD of it.


  4. Norman,

    So, this thread is only a private two way discussion. Sorry to invade. Bye.


  5. gardian,

    My wife thought our cooker was dying because the oven flame was low. I cleaned the tiny holes in the gas supply cover with a wire brush and then hoovered it. It now works perfectly. Not that I am suggesting that you do that with your computer.


  6. dwmcn

    Problem cat


    I'll second that. We have had lots of cats and some have moved away because they didn't get along with the others and several have appeared out of nowhere and stayed. At the moment, we only have two or three visiting cats from nearby because we have an open catflap policy.


  7. Theiere,

    Nope, I was just away for a while. pachappa?


  8. Rabbie,

    I've been using forums long enough to know that everybody is an expert on everything and posters like to prove it by throwing words like molecules and Venturi around. I've seen about a dozen solutions here so far. Why not call a plumbing/heating repairman to fix the problem?

    Is that valuable enough for you?


  9. Honey,

    Buy an old VW Beetle. No radiator involved.


  10. Fred,

    Never checked, never switched. Our gas bill for the last quarter was £15. 


  11. dwmcn

    Lou Reed


    I was such a fan I thought Lou Reed was black. Not such a Perfect Day, then.

    Make that 'passed'.


  12. 17,

    Assuming you meant the Last Night of the Proms, that with the soprano and Nigel Kennedy was one of the best Last Nights I've seen.


  13. Norman,

    Watch it! A lot of my old records are by the Cleveland Orchestra because I come from Cleveland. Admittedy, not all conducted by Americans. Doesn't anybody here listen to organ music? E Power Biggs, Virgil Fox, Anthony Newman, Carlo Curley (Saw him three or four times in St Albans before he died. Great showman.), etc.


  14. Pierre,

    Well, I guess that leaves us out. Nowhere near Saumur and I'm not sure we will be back to St Albans from France when it goes near us on its way from Cambridge to London. Oh well, we've seen two stages in other years. Whoossssh, there it goes!


  15. Mr Lion,

    Well, as they are both dead...


  16. mr lion,

    Re your Gertrude Stein quote: I am reading a book by Ernest Hemingway that includes conversations he had with Gertrude Stein when he was living in Paris. She sounds like a horrible woman. 

    Coming from the US, autumn for me was when the American football season started.


  17. wooly,

    I just got new bifocals from Boots with a free check up because I, er, um, qualify. The glasses cost £240. The frames were only £25. I still can't get used to some of the old fashioned equipment used in Boots compared to what is used in the US. What do they cost in France?


  18. Benjamin,

    And make sure they sign a paper saying they won't remove anything from the house that you might like to use, like water pipes, wiring, light fixtures, etc.


  19. Patf,

    There is this one:


    Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glint on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you wake in the morning hush,
    I am the swift, uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there, I do not sleep.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry.
    I am not there, I did not die!

    Mary Frye (1932)


    And the one about poppies in Flander's field.


  20. My grandfather is buried in an American WW1 cemetery near Verdun in France.


  21. the boy stood on the burning deck
    his feet were full of blisters
    he climbed aloft, his pants burned off
    and now he wears his sisters

  22. idun,

    We usually get them in Brittany.


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