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  1. Croix
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    6 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Thank you Dottie - loved it!!

    Reminds me of Stéphane Grappelli & PDQ Bach at their best (with a snatch of presto from Dueling Banjos thrown in)

    Croix

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  2. Moonstruck
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    7 February 2017 in reply to Croix
    Oh Croix....of course I find release into another world - guess that's why I do it. The day inevitably comes though when this particular foray into the imagination comes to its end and one is forced to return to "real life"..but for a while there... allowing your creativity to channel through you and take on a life of its own...to fly like an angel where no-one can touch you.....there's nothing to compare!
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  3. Guest_322
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    7 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the mashup 😊 I looked up Grapelli and PDQ Bach.

    Wow, Grapelli is an impressive musician! Also, the length of his career was amazing too.

    PDQ Bach was certainly very different to anything that I had previously heard. His work is creative and I understand it's meant to be parody. While I can see there's obviously people who appreciate his work, I'm not sure it's my kind of humour. I think that I like Grapelli a little more ha, ha.

    Dottie x

  4. Moonstruck
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    9 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Afternoon All,

    I don't seem able to contribute to this thread. I can't see I have anything to offer really - or am I mis-reading what you are all looking for here? Is it literature, (do we write some ourselves to share?) or is it music? Or something else altogether?

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    9 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    The first way to contribute to this thread is to enjoy reading it -that's the most important. If you never say anything ever, ok, no hassles.

    If you wanted to contribute, which is non-compulsory, just say something about a book/play/movie/concert/cd/Youtube/ painting/cartoon or anything else that (if you will pardon the expression) tickled your fancy. There is a chance someone else will look it up and enjoy it too -I do this all the time.

    Croix (who is smiling to himself - as much as a walrus can of course)

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  6. Guest_322
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    9 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Greetings Croix + all readers and contributors),

    I'm all hopped up on meds for a cold (nothing serious) so have been chilling at home. So I was seeing what was on my bookshelf and found my copy of Dr. Hawa Abdi's memoir (co-written with Sarah J.Robbins). I still haven't read it!

    Bit of background on her is she ran a single room clinic and refugee camp (with her 2 daughters) that has provided relief and emergency accommodation to 90 000 displaced Somalis.

    I don't know her full story but she is certainly a remarkable person. Basically to do what she has done takes a lot of grit- definitely not for the fainthearted! Respect with a capital "R."

    Moon, basically what Croix said 😊

    Dottie xxx

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    9 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Oops...I forgot the book title. It's called Keeping Hope Alive.

    Dottie xxx

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    9 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Dear Dottie et al.~

    I'll see if my library has it in, I've not been sleeping that well recently and would like a change of reading.

    Incidentally with Pretty Damn Quick Bach there is a lot there not that funny, I do recommend though Eine Kleine Nichtmusik (Mozart / Schickele), extremely clever and accomplished.

    Grapelli has a truly amazing range, classical, jazz, even Tea for Two with Menhin (though than one is IMHO only avg). Stephane Grappelli & Yehudi Menuhin - Autumn Leaves is better though a bit too lush for me.

    Saw Patriot Day with Mark Wahlberg. Irony, went to calm a trigger and found 2 in the movie - one can't win somedays - sigh. Anyway apart from my shortcomings a very watchable fictionalized account of the Boston bombing. Probably not to your taste though.

    My affection

    Croix


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  9. Guest_322
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    12 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix and everyone else,

    Insomnia can be very frustrating. Hopefully you find something that helps you sleep better.

    The triggers must have been distressing. It's very frustrating when something ends up doing the opposite of what you had intended.

    I hope you found ways to calm the flashbacks and any other responses you experienced- it sounds rough. You're right in saying that Patriot Day isn't really my kind of movie. I generally don't like movies that are on the more violent end of the spectrum (I'm assuming that's the case for this movie?), and especially if it's based on real events (I find that too confronting and stressful for me to watch).

    The way that Schickele referenced famous pieces at counterpoints with Mozart's Eine Kleine Nichtmusik was ingenious. Very clever!

    Tea for Two was pleasant enough. It made think of 2 friends chatting then getting up to dance. I really enjoyed Autumn Leaves! Funnily enough, what you didn't like about it- the lushness- was precisely what I liked about it ha, ha. I personally think Autumn leaves can take one away from the ho hum daily life where, for a brief period, you can imagine you're somewhere else much more beautiful and exciting.

    I've been listening to Chopin's Nocturne Op.9 No.1 this morning. It's kind of sad sounding but it helps me relax. Sometimes his nocturnes can also be a bit of a tearjerker if I'm in the right mood. You've possibly heard of them already but I highly recommend Chopin's nocturnes- 21 in total for piano- although they do tend to be rather melancholy.

    Dottie x

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    12 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Hello all,

    Croix I found you and Dottie its nice to see you around again. I hope you are both well, I have to say I resort to what ever works to get sleep, pass me a sleeping tablet... Poor Croix those PTSD triggers I'm so sorry, hugs.

    Ah the classics I love Chopin and what about the beautiful imagery of Greig's piano concerto's all so very lovely and though I have said this before peaceful unless heard toward Wagner? Though I have said this before I adore Lacme's beautiful flower duet. So sad about Amy Winehouse but I enjoy her music.

    Hugs, xx

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  11. Croix
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    12 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Dear Dottie~

    Quick note: am looking at the remaining pictures by Viktor Hartmann and listening to the composition written about them by Mussorgsky - "Pictures at an Exhibition". The scene changes and continuity of the promenade are fascinating.

    Haven't found a piano version as yet - ironic as I think it was written for piano in the first place, not orchestra.

    Croix

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    13 February 2017 in reply to Wednesday

    Hi everyone,

    Wednesday, long time no see! We have probably just been on different threads so our paths haven't crossed much lately.

    Greig's concerto was indeed very expressive and evocative. I love the grand finish.

    Ah, I'm not too familiar with opera. I looked up "Lacme flower duet" on YouTube, and realised that I had heard parts of it before (except I didn't previously know the name of it).

    I hadn't heard it in full though so I listened to the whole duet. It was very moving although I'm not sure what I think of it mostly because I'm so unused to opera.

    There seems to be a consensus on Amy Winehouse. Croix, you, Sara and I all enjoy her music. Yes, her passing was premature and very tragic.

    Croix, I think if you google "mussorgsky pictures at an exhibition piano" that some YouTube links will show up.

    The second link is interesting because it shows different interpretations of the piece by 3 pianists at a Dublin international competition.

    The Hartman/Mussorgsky artistic marriage- so to speak- sounds like it was a complementary one. They seemed to share an understanding. I have to admit that I'm not personally a huge Hartman fan (it's not a criticism but just down to personal taste) but I can appreciate that others-like Mussorgsky- liked his work. And I imagine you too 😊

    Dottie x

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    16 February 2017

    Hi Croix

    In another thread you wrote: "How to meet- ask someone younger, I used the newspaper and put in an open letter addressed to the one I wanted to meet. I got lots of replies and after a false start met my current wife of 20+ years."

    Wow, that's cool.

    I remember back in So. Cal. there was a newspaper that circulated for people to meet people, usually having "SWF seeks SWM" and less than 50 words of cryptic message beneath it. Being the 70's, and the sexual revolution going on, it was interpreted as a one-night dating scene. Never would have considered taking out an ad for a longer term relationship.

    Hats off to you buddy, you did something different and it paid off. Well done

    SB

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    16 February 2017 in reply to SubduedBlues

    Dear SB,

    Well I was rather a direct type and did not go to pubs or anywhere females congregated for I decided to advertise and let people know. However when I looked in the personals column of the local newspaper I was appalled. It was exactly as you describe, i.e. SWM, 40, seeks slim SWF from romantic times. -Yuck.

    So I did it properly, wrote a letter, like I was writing to a real person, saying who I was and about me, and inviting them to say who they were though the anonymity of the mail (to my PO box), with their thoughts on what they wanted.

    Cost a fortune and I could only afford to do it once. Funnily enough the paper misprinted part of it and had to run it again the following week -and that was the copy my wife saw - kismet?

    Anyway it was rather sad, I received 50 answers which just showed how many lonely people there were nearby.

    A happy ending, 20+ years later still in love. I must confess I'd be stuck nowadays with Facebook, eHarmony etc etc.

    Croix

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  15. dueb
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    17 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    hi croix

    you still got your motorbike or bikes if yes what are they?

  16. Croix
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    17 February 2017 in reply to dueb

    Dear Duebuoi~

    I've answered this question in your new thread :

    Forums/ Suicidal thoughts and self-harm/ new here,hi everyone.

    Croix

  17. Moonstruck
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    19 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Morning Croix and other culture-lovers......you want to talk about the Arts on here right? Reading back a few posts I think my taste in music for example, is a bit cheesy to compare with you folks - my favourite way to listen to the Classics are 3 DVDs I have Hooked on Classics that I adore playing in the car - fabulous stuff! But done in a very lively and "modern" way.

    Otherwise I love ABBA, Neil Diamond, Rodgers& Hammerstein and other Music From the Shows, Johnny Mathis, Matt Monroe and obviously more I can't think of now!

    Literature - I always have a couple of books on the go..always! Been avid reader since a small child (I could read before I went to school,no-one knows why - the Grade One teachers used to "show me off" to the other teachers - I couldn't understand what the big deal was - I thought everyone could read!!)

    I prefer non fiction e.g. autobiographies of real life...(real life is stranger than fiction) and for escapism i enjoy Agatha Christie - you have to pay attention or you miss a clue, or red herring.

    She wrote a couple of "autobiographical" novels under the name Mary Westmacott. If you know about Agatha's real life - you can easily see these novels are her pouring out her real-life pain and depression over her marriage break-up, and she also shared the "heroine's" incredibly close relationship with her mother - they adored each other!

    I also love the novels by Monica Dickens (yes,Charles great great great etc grand daughter) and as a kid, nothing could surpass Enid Blyton.

    Don't get me started on favourite movies...that's another story...and theatre? Aah, the roar of the greasepaint...the smell of the crowd!!

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  18. dueb
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    19 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck
    movie's? a street cat named bob,must see for me.
  19. Croix
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    22 February 2017 in reply to Guest_322

    Thanks Dottie, sorry for the delay~

    The 3 piano version was excellent. The images aren't to my taste, but are interesting snapshots of the artist's life.

    I've only a collection of gloomy songs at the moment except

    Caro Emerald - Riviera Life talking about getting away from everyday life

    Croix

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    22 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck
    Dear Moon~

    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.

    Croix

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    22 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix,

    I'm glad you enjoyed the 3 interpretations. I'll have to look up Riviera Life- thanks for the recommendation.

    Moon, that's quite an impressive list there! You have been keeping Croix busy ha, ha.

    Dottie x

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    23 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    knock knock

    hi im bored,read some post here i found interesting,plus me and croix got more than one thing in comon.i guess you had the fuji rabit in au,when i saw it it reminded me of the lambretta.

    any way not a fan of amy whinehouse and i cant listen to songs like skinny love or the distillers,if i do some one comes along and puts on louis prima-angelina.not much of a book reader either.if im silent for to long not to worry im just listening.

    ciao all.

  23. Moonstruck
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    23 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    I confused you a bit Croix, sorry. "The Roar of the Greasepaint"...I wasn't referring to the actual show...it was just a throw-away quip I used in relation to theatre and why actors are lured back there again and again "it's the roar of the greasepaint the smell of the crowd" as Newley so uniquely put it...

    ....I can't talk for long as I am exhausted.... Yes Monica wrote the Follyfoot stuff I think, but I was never into the horsey side of her.....I loved her adult ones, I started with "Kate and Emma"....they were actually a bit semi autobiographical...she obviously drew quite a bit on her own real life experiences and people throughout them.

    catch u later......

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    24 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Aren't you playing the "One Sentence at a time story building" game any more?

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    Despite appearing to be taking over this thread and replying to myself...(sorry about that) I had to register that I did see your latest contribution to the One Sentence at a time Storyline...Croix! Good to see you are awake and alert!

    I just thought of Edith Piaf to add to my music favourites.

    Je ne regrette rein....and If You Love Me, Really Love Me......very emotive. I always relate songs to memories of certain people. When I have this playing in the car....I feel like racing as fast as I can to his side again....I probably will do just that one day in the future!

    I think it was author C S Lewis who mentioned the common thread running through all the greatest love poetry back through the centuries......."Unattainability".....think about it!

  26. Croix
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    25 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    Take over as much as you wish - most welcome. To see you write in happiness is a tonic.

    I've already added my 2¢'s worth to the Mlle Piaf selection you made.

    I prefers Lewis' quote:

    Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained

    Chacun à son goût I guess. BTW your classical education is showing!

    As for the One Sentence... , every time I try to put a spanner in the works some else turns it to advantage:)

    Croix

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    I find these really raise my energy if I have to get pumped up for anything.......William Tell Overture, Orpheus in the Underworld (Can Can) played really fast.......even the old football anthem, Up There Cazaly by Mike Brady...(I have NO connection with football whatsoever).

    and if you can find it on Utube.....Love Changes Everything (from Aspects of Love) sung by Michael Ball at the Albert Hall tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Very uplifting...try and find it Croix.

  28. Croix
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    28 February 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~
    Well I found it. I would never have guessed you were a romantic. BTW who was the geezer in the red 'aCCliam' T shirt? Looked a little nnder-dressed in that company.

    The footy song I like belongs to Everton F.C. in the U.K.

    Now I realize you are only a hatchling, but for those of us of an older vintage it may be recognized as the Z-Cars theme.

    Not many know the words:
    Johnny Todd he took a notion
    For to cross the ocean wide.
    There he left his true love a-weeping
    Waiting by the Liverpool tide.

    For a week she wept full sorely,
    Tore her hair and wrung her hands
    Till she met with another sailor
    Walking on the Liverpool sands.

    Not sure who comes out of that looking worse, Johnny or the maid.

    I'm listening to Offenbach's Infernal Galop at the moment. Unfortunately when I was a schoolboy in Paris I had no interest in the Can-Can or such at all - quel malheur!

    Bonne chance bowling

    Croix

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    28 February 2017 in reply to Croix

    Glad you found it Croix. the guy in the red shirt?...not sure who he is...but he's probably dressed for some part he played in one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals. Did you notice Glenn Close (in costume from Sunset Boulevarde) leading lady Elaine Paige and others?

    Yes you have found me out....I confess I am a romantic fool.

    Merci for the good wishes - I believe I will rise to the occasion but a couple of the others need to lift their game a little. When I get home from practice I am so pumped it takes ages for me to get tired enough to go to sleep!! I believe I will have an ice-cream drumstick.....I may even have two!! Good night, sweet dreams!

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    3 March 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi Croix (+ shoutout to your growing fan club on BB),

    It's been enjoyable reading the banter here as well. Hi dueb and Moon!

    Little to say other than I have been obsessed with Conan Gray's You Think I'm Crazy. Now, it won't be everyone's cup of tea- and that's totally cool- but hey, it's certainly mine ☕️ 😊

    Dottie x

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