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RLPO – Cosi Fan Tutte…

As advertised in the previous post, see below, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has been out and about, playing in more diverse places than usual, whilst Liverpool Philharmonic Hall undergoes a multi-million pound refurbishment. The performances are conducted by Laurent Pillot.


We are currently in the middle of a run of Mozart’s timeless opera Cosi Fan Tutte. Performances are taking place in the Concert Room of St. George’s Hall. I can’t think of a more splendidly opulent setting.


The opening performance, last night, received a standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience, which included local hero Ricky Tomlinson.


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Solar Panels…

We have decided to add solar panels to our increasing attempts to rely on sustainable living whenever practicable.


In the UK the government is being very encouraging for individuals to install  ways of making their own renewable energy sources into their own homes.


We will be receiving a feed in tariff (FIT) for generating the electric from the panels. Even though we will be using the power ourselves.

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Urban Farm 2014 – 11th July – latest…

Things really are in full swing in my garden right now. We are starting to harvest quite a few things. The French beans have appeared now and will soon be big enough to pick.


My extensive crop of Italian plum San Marzano tomatoes are looking like giving me a fine harvest soon. This particular tomato is said by many to be the best tasting of all cooking tomatoes.


My climbing pea harvest is continuing apace and shows no sign of abating whatsoever. They are already the full height of my greenhouse, as are my Moneymaker tomatoes.


I am keeping a watchful eye on my cucumber ‘population’ as I haven’t grown cucumbers before. This all female variety is producing loads!


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Don’t Shoot The Messenger…

Recently seen in Viz comic…


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Courgettes – Urban Farm – 9/7/2014

My courgette plants are looking good this year. I picked the first of my crop this morning. There should be no stopping them now until October…


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Here is a piece of trumpet history. The great trumpeter John Wilbraham appearing as soloist but not on trumpet. He was the narrator in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The conductor was the legendary trumpeter Dennis Clift, too.unnamed-27unnamed-26

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The Dmitri Shostakovich!

This big ship is named after Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich…unnamed-25

…The Dmitriy Shostakovich class is a class of seven ro-pax ferries of project B-492/B-493 originally built by Stocznia Szczecinska im Adolfa Warskiego Warskiego in SzczecinPoland and used by the Soviet shipping companies, Black Sea Shipping Company,[2] Estonian Shipping Company,[2] Baltic Shipping Company[2] and Far Eastern Shipping Company,[2] as ferries and passenger/cruise ships. The class is named after the first ship in the class Dmitriy Shostakovich, which in her turn was named after Dmitri Shostakovich.

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I was having a bit of a tidy up in the trumpet room the other day. I was sifting through my mouthpiece collection (I have just over two hundred!) and I came across these three old beauties. They are very similar but all have different shanks. One has the very famous Kosikup name stamped clearly but I’m hard pushed to name the other two. The middle one has no discernible markings at all but the one on the left has Prototype and the letter C.

Any ideas???

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Urban Farm – 5/7/2014

Everything is ‘going mad’ down on the urban farm. July is certainly the time when hard work comes to fruition and platings finally begin to reach the table. So far I’ve had plenty of strawberries, salad leaves, some Charlotte potatoes and loads of herbs.


The courgette plants are showing big yellow flowers, concealing min-courgettes.


The beans are producing all those beautiful displays of bright red flowers and attracting a lot of bees, necessary for pollination.


The climbing pea harvest is well under way.

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