How to wrap an entire CD collection

Remember the days of the CD tower? C’mon I know a few of you do! Perhaps the ugliest piece of furniture ever created despite numerous attempts at designer versions, has now been consigned to the pages of history thanks to internet streaming. But here’s the thing. While internet streaming is up there with space travel as […]

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Madama Butterfly

I have just been to the Opera. So today 21 May it’s all about Giacomo Puccini and Madama Butterfly. I am not what you would call an Opera buff. I have been to the Opera before, most memorably in Verona Italy to see the splendid spectacle of Carmen being performed in the Roman amphitheatre there. […]

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All that Jazz

Well this should certainly strike the right note. Today 30 April is International Jazz Day. And this ain’t no made up, half balked day. No because back in November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) no less officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role […]

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Dance like no-one is looking

Today April 29 is International Dance Day, a worldwide celebration of dance founded by the International Dance Council in 1982 which falls on the birthday of the French dancer and creator of modern ballet Jean-Georges Noverre. So whether you waltz, tango, tap dance or jive, if you cha-cha, mambo, samba or salsa, or if flamenco or hip hop is […]

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Louie Louie

Much to celebrate today 11 April. It’s Barbershop Quartet Day, National Submarine Day and Eight Track Tape Day. But more importantly it is also National Pet Day in the US and here’s the crescendo….it is International Louie Louie Day honouring the birth of that song’s creator, Richard Perry, in 1935. Berry took inspiration from the rhythm of […]

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Drew amongst the Jonathans

My sister just loves the Property Brothers. She is very very keen on thirty-seven-year-old Canadian identical twins Jonathan and Drew Scott whose flagship cable show Property Brothers is now in its ninth season. Nine Seasons of helping couples find fixer-uppers and transform them into dream homes. They  have been described in the New York Times as “the […]

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Treading the Boards

Today 27 March is World Theatre Day celebrated annually since 1961 by ITI (International Theatre Institute, an NGO in formal associate relations with UNESCO) and the international theatre community. Events are organised nationally and internationally to mark the day. I had no idea that the undoubted high point is the circulation of the World Theatre Day […]

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Water Music

George Frideric Handel, was born on 23 February, 1685 in Halle, Brandenburg.  Even though Handel was German-born and educated, the English like to claim Handel as their own (cheeky Brits). He was the star of the late Baroque era producing operas, oratorios and instrumental compositions.  The biggie and the most famous of all oratorios is of course The Messiah (1741), but I prefer his occasional […]

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Kiss from a rose

  Sealhenry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel aka Seal was born in London, England, on February 19, 1963. Seal, who is of Nigerian heritage, earned a degree in architecture before pursuing his passion for music. Seal likes a self titled album. He made his first full-length, self-titled album debut in 1991  and released his second self-titled album […]

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Prima Ballerina

Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881, in St. Petersburg, Russia. After attending the Imperial Dance School, she made her company debut in 1899 at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her career blossomed and in 1905 she danced her breakthrough performance as lead solo in The Dying Swan, with music by Camille Saint-Saëns. It  was to become Pavlova’s signature role. Pavlova toured internationally and in 1909, after […]

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