You’ve put up an awful lot there, so I’ll just respond to a few. In your Hooked on Classics DVDs there are a few with special meaning for me. The first is the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel.
A very long time ago I was a schoolboy in England. This was the very last – and best – thing I sang before my voice broke and I started to sound like Lee Marvin doing Wandering Star. We did an appearance in a leading venue. I’ll always remember it. Then there’s the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, which always made me want more, as it was the last thing played at the Proms - as an encore.
I’d better stop talking about that DVD set, however before I do I’ll mention in the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg which reminds me of seeing an Ibsen play in Sydney in the '60’s. I studied drama as a second string for a little while.
The more recent stuff – well ABBA -love Money Money Money, plus The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert that used their music. Thought Hugo Weaving was great as Tick and really got into the role.
On books – my goodness this is a long post! I like AG, and really enjoy the ‘Tuppence’ books about secret service and detecting as husband and wife. Monica Dickens – didn’t she write the ‘Follyfoot Farm’ books? A little after my time but I think I remember reading a couple to my son, though England was not his main interest (liked spiders for some reason).
Movies, well I am a quite serious collector with many thousands, some on VHS, but most on DVD nowadays. I also get any books that are of the same.
With Roar of the Greasepaint... I had left London and never saw it, though I have always liked Tony Newley, marvelous, flexible, everything form a war movie to a musical, with Dickens in between.
Saw a lot of theater, perhaps Waiting for Gotot is my favourite.
Anyway that’s enough of me enthusing for now, ta heaps for the post.