Classical Music Tips

Lately I have been downloading copyright expired classical and early music to listen to while I work. My main sources are Archive.org and Liber Liber. I have found it helpful to set myself some parameters on my downloads:

  • Nothing operatic or choral. I don’t like it and it wrecks my concentration.
  • No Wagner.
  • Be careful with the stuff transferred from 78rpm gramophone records on archive.org. Some of it has been cleaned up OK but a lot of it is just too scratchy and a regular 78bpm noise gets distracting fast.
  • No Wagner.
  • Nothing recorded in Nazi Germany!
  • Seriously, fuck Wagner.

February 9, 2022. Links, Music. Leave a comment.

Trying to be cheerful

My New Years message wasn’t exactly a barrel of laughs so I’ll plug a few wholesome things that actually make me happy.

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January 2, 2022. Links, Media Picks, Sensible, Xmas. Leave a comment.

Groundhog Year?

I was trying to think what to write in this year’s New Year’s message. In fact, I’ve been trying to think what to write more generally. My thoughts are (in)coherent enough for Twitter but not for proper articles/blogs/posts or whatever these things are called.

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December 25, 2021. #Brexit, COVID-19, Politics, Sensible, Xmas. Leave a comment.

A Performativity Theory of Football?

(Note: This is being written on the day of the delayed Euro 2020 final.)

Morons in the flats next door have been making a lot of noise. They appear to have speakers pointing out their windows and I can hear “singing”. This started at 9:30 AM. (A bloody M!) They are playing Three Lions, Come On Eileen and some whiny shite by Oasis. (O bloody asis!) They seem to be singing along in a rowdy drunken fashion. At first I thought they were drunk at 9:30 AM. (Nine bloody thirty, A bloody M!) My fondest hope was that they would be so “tired and emotional” by kickoff that they would miss the match entirely but…

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July 11, 2021. COVID-19, Music, Silly, Sport. 1 comment.

I’m not fussed

I hereby confess, to the World in general, and not to anybody in particular, *cough*YouTube*cough*, that I cannot find it in my heart to give a rancid rat’s arse about any of the following products or services:

  • Tooth Aligners. (No, not even the “nighttime” variety.)
  • Grammar checking software.
  • Hedge trading.
  • That weird Australian guy who is clearly running a creepy cult.
  • Whatever the fuck “noom” is.
    (Is it some sort of diet thing? I’m not sure because I can’t stop myself clicking the Skip button.)
  • Seriously, stop advertising those damn tooth aligners at me! If I gave half a shit about tooth aligners I would have already bought them after the first 500 times.

January 21, 2021. Silly. Leave a comment.

The Stench of Death

Before I start ranting, let me be very clear that this is just an uncorroborated rumour at this stage.

And with that we proceed to the rant…

This had better just be some vicious little wank fantasy. The death penalty is an absolute moral evil! If the Government were to bring this forward, even if it were defeated, then any possible path to redemption for the UK would have to include the abolition and proscription of the Tory Party.

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December 27, 2020. Law, Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Happy? New? Something?

Last year I wished you all a happy new year in a very downbeat message but I underestimated how bad it would be by several metric fucktonnes. What an utterly godawful year it has been!

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December 24, 2020. #Brexit, Art, Personal, Politics, Sensible, Xmas. 2 comments.

Conspiracy Theory (Half Serious)

I have been finding it harder and harder to make sense of what is going on.

In theory we all have to wear face masks, socially distance and follow other regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but the level of compliance is dismal in and around London. Go on any train. 40% of people have masks over their mouths but not their noses. 30% have no mask at all (or it is nowhere near their faces). Only about 30% are wearing them properly. Nobody is enforcing anything much. Despite high theoretical fines, and a few shops being forced to close, nobody else faces any real consequences for flouting the rules.

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November 29, 2020. COVID-19, London, Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

On losing and losers

The world is full of people who dream of being Dictators, Absolute Monarchs, Sultans, Potentates, Tsars, Grand Viziers, Crown Princes, Pharaohs, Doges, Emperors, God-Emperors, Fuhrers, Duces, Presidents For Life, Messiahs and sometimes even Antichrists. Such people rarely end well. Such rulers may resent democracy for removing them from power before they can fulfil the great mission for which divine providence has apparently somehow ordained them but… Democracy is actually a pretty sweet deal for them.

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November 5, 2020. Politics, Sensible. Leave a comment.

Gratuitous Snark

I would like to congratulate [middle-aged straight white man in a suit] upon his elevation to lead [party that I used to give a shit about].

This is a major step forward in the public profile of middle-aged straight white men in suits everywhere and will bring much needed hope to many in this woefully under-represented community.

August 28, 2020. Politics, Silly. Leave a comment.

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