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Tuesday, 18 April 2006


My blogging feels like it is slowing down at the moment. I have been busy laying wooden floors in my life.

I was interested to read the New Scientist article that suggests that the Goth subculture may protect vulnerable children:

About half of teenage goths have deliberately harmed themselves or attempted suicide, a new study suggests. But joining the modern subculture ? which grew out of the 1980s gothic rock scene ? may actually protect vulnerable children, researchers say.

The study followed 1258 young people who were interviewed at ages 11, 13, 15 and 19. It found that of those who considered themselves goths, 53% had self-harmed and 47% had tried to commit suicide. The average prevalence of self-harm among young people in the UK is 7% to 14%. Self-harm includes behaviours such as cutting or burning oneself. And about 6% of young people admit suicide attempts. Some studies suggest the incidence is rising in society.

Researchers at University of Glasgow found that while most self-harmers started the practice at age 12 to 13, they did not become goths until they were a couple of years older, on average.

Posted by bigblue on 18/04/2006 at 10:27 PM
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Sunday, 16 April 2006
Inside the building

Theatre Royal

This is the view inside the Theatre Royal which is the reflective building that I noticed the other night.  I took several photos on my camera phone and merged them to form the panoramic view above.

On Friday night we went to see a gala performance by the Bolshoi Ballet:

This Gala is a celebration of the greatness of the Bolshoi Ballet and will feature fully staged elements of the Company�s most spectacular and lavish productions such as Act 3 of Swan Lake and excerpts from Spartacus, as well as exciting divertissements including Le Corsaire and Don Quixote.This unique programme will only be performed to Nottingham audiences and is certain to attract ballet lovers from across the whole country. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Contrary to the above information, taken from the Royal Centre website, they performed Act II Scene I of Swan Lake and Act II of Spartacus, with the divertissements in between.

Posted by bigblue on 16/04/2006 at 05:53 PM
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Friday, 14 April 2006


The photograph above is taken through the window of Pret in Hammersmith, London, opposite The Lyric.

Annie Mole, of the London Underground blog, kindly answers the question that someone (indirectly) posed on this blog (by coming to it via a google search for the phrase

How many London Underground stations are alliterative?

I knew Annie would be the right person to ask. The person who was doing the original googling turned up in the comments, and the blogosphere being the place it is, she turns out to be a Flickr contact of mine.

Posted by bigblue on 14/04/2006 at 04:34 PM
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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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