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Thursday, 13 April 2006
What happened next

Donnings Concert

This is a during and after sequence from the Mayor’s Concert of the Gatton Park Music Zone. This evening we are chilling at the apartment in Smisby: we had a take-out dinner from the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Thai Rainbow restaurant, and will be watching House shortly.

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2006 at 11:44 PM
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
Cornerhouse reflected

Corner House reflection

This is the Corner House in Nottingham, reflected in the glass of that, er, other building which is next to The Theatre Royal.

At the Theatre Royal at the moment are the Bolshoi Ballet.  Another interesting cultural event happening in Nottingham at the moment is the German Exchange Visit at the Lace Market Theatre.

For 24 years the Lace Market has been involved in an exchange with 2 theatres in Karlsruhe, Nottingham’s twin city, the Die Kaeuze Theatre and the Jacobus Theatre.  In 2004 we took 2 plays to Karlsruhe [“View from the Bridge” and “Anorak of Fire”]

This year we are hosting the 2 theatres here in Nottingham at the Lace Market Theatre where they will present 2 plays in German .  The Die Kaeuze production is of particular interest to young people and will be performed by a young cast.

Posted by bigblue on 11/04/2006 at 10:33 PM
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movie warning

This evening bluemeanie and I drove up to Nottingham, had supper at Wagamama’s then went to see Transamerica at the cinema.

Speaking of which, bluemeanie has returned after her short hiatus. Pay her a visit.

Posted by bigblue on 11/04/2006 at 01:01 AM
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Sunday, 09 April 2006
French Horn

French Horn

I think I got the name of this instrument right. I know I struggled last year.

Last night bluemeanie and I drove down to Gatton Park to see a concert that pinkie was in as part of her music camp.  This afternoon the camp ended on an emotional high, and with a concert for the mayor.  I’m not sure which one, because it doesn’t seem to be in the Mayor of Guildford’s diary.

I see that my post yesterday was pinged (linked) by doctorvee.  There are some really interesting links in his post. I had just commented to bluemeanie how strange it felt when a Japanese stranger recently added me as a friend on Flickr.  I couldn’t watch that entire video of the giant centipede eating the mouse though.

Posted by bigblue on 09/04/2006 at 01:00 AM
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Friday, 07 April 2006


Was at Marks & Sparks last night and noticed that they (correctly) use the word fewer - unlike the competition who use the word less.

Posted by bigblue on 07/04/2006 at 09:09 AM
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Thursday, 06 April 2006
Activity card

Tesco training card

Be advised that if you ever spot a sheet like this lying around at your local supermarket and decide to take a photograph of it, you will be drawing attention to yourself.

After taking the photograph I joined bluemeanie in the checkout queue. A short while later a security guard came over and asked:
I may be wrong but did you just take a photograph of a sheet of paper lying over there?
Can I ask why you did?”. 
Because it looked interesting. 
Why was that?
Because it looked like a training or work-experience sheet.
Oh, I just thought I would ask.

What did he expect me to say? The man was hardly a Poirot, but please!  I was wearing a hoodie, but fortunately I wasn’t wearing a lightweight raincoat, and made it home shortly thereafter to read what the sheet was about. These are the words that the sheet of paper contains. (I have obscured the name of the person who filled in the hand-written red answers).

Security Scenarios
Write down your answers for your trainer.
(1) All Tesco products are open to theft. Some products are more desirable to thieves than others. From the till receipt identify the products open to theft. These are high risk products.
lipstick, razor blades, womenswear

(2) You have gone to cover a colleague’s tea break. They are leaving the till without signing off. What should happen?
They should sign off and you should sign on

(3) It is a warm summer’s day and a family with a young baby in a pushchair approach your checkout.

Two of the family have lightweight raincoats on despite the weather.

Is there any cause for suspicion and why?
Yes, because they might have stolen something, and using the jackets to hide it

This post is one of a long ongoing series dealing with the theme of found objects.

Posted by bigblue on 06/04/2006 at 11:46 PM
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Wednesday, 05 April 2006
Iron birds


Went for lunch today with bluemeanie at Ferrers, and noticed the recent arrival in the courtyard of these two birds. A young girl was collecting the chess pieces from the corner of the courtyard and bringing them to the raised area where the birds can now be found. 

It was cold (about minus 1) with frost when I left for work this morning but at lunchtime it was quite warm in the sun and there were people eating outside at Ferrers.

Posted by bigblue on 05/04/2006 at 10:23 PM
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Monday, 03 April 2006
The Odyssey

The Odyssey

This is the set of The Odyssey which the three meanies saw at the Lyric theatre in Hammersmith on Saturday night.  It was the final performance.  The stage depicts a detention centre.  As David Farr, artistic director of the Lyric, says in his introduction to the programme

My adaptation of The Oddysey is about a General trying to get home. It is also about a group of people who have no home. Stu Barker and I wrote a song that acts as the main theme of the evening. The words go like this:
These eyes are not my eyes
This skin is not my skin
This pale breath is not my breath
Til I see my home again
Til I see my home again

In 750 BCE Homer put the touches to his epic poem called The Odysey, based upon an ancient story told by Greek bards before him. This play at the Lyric, set in the 21st Century, keeps the story fresh and vibrant.

Odysseus spends all the years of his wanderings entirely displaced, wracked with the anxiety that, like his unfortunate shipmates, he may never see his homeland again. Repeatedly he washes up on an alien shore, subject to the whims and protocols of strangers, to suffer humiliation or outright danger; repeatedly he has to think up a strategy for simple survival. He is the universal migrant, the refugee at every gate. Matters do not improve even when he arrives home; people who have been absent for long periods of time invariably discover on their return that their emotional and social place in the community has changed, or been appropriated by another. When Odysseus must assume the disguise of a vagrant beggar, he implicitly acknowledges the predicament of the outsider everywhere. It is not for nothing that the name that the ancients gave to the man they thought was the author of The Odyssey was ‘Homer’, Homeros - which means somebody displaced and vulnerable and not very different from a ‘refugee’ or ‘asylum-seeker’: an homeros in Greek is a ‘hostage’.

(from the programme notes, Who is Odysseus? by Edith Hall)

Posted by bigblue on 03/04/2006 at 10:36 PM
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