Sunday, 31 January 2016

Sleep now, Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan died this morning, aged 77, cancer.

Like many others, I grew up with him- mostly on the TV and a bit on the radio. I started listening to his morning Wake up to Wogan radio show regularly in 1997 when Saurus was a wee, newly laid baby and Terry's dulcet tones would sooth him back to sleep in the morning and I'd get an extra hour or so of peace.

As someone said on twitter, this January has been one long obituary shouted over a storm. And all my comforting voices seem to be disappearing.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Royal Ballet at the Cinema- Rhapsody & The Two Pigeons

So this was a double bill celebrating the work of Sir Fredirick Ashton- founder choreographer of the royal ballet.

First was Rhapsody, a one act piece set to Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme by Paginini, lead rolls danced by Steven McRae and Natalie Osipova- so, one of my favourite pieces of music of all time, with two dancers who are rapidly becoming my favourites.

In the pre-performance interviews, Osipova mentioned she found the ballet difficult and that she'd never found anything to be so fast- well, she wasn't wrong, my goodness, it was INSANELY fast and insanely intricate too- beautiful set to every nuance of the score, yes, but I've seen quite a few ballets now from both the Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi's repertoire and a good range too, and I've never seen anything quite so technically difficult. I was surprised poor Steven McRae wasn't in bits afterwards. Certainly I've never seen him dance before with such a look of concentration! Certainly his devil-may-care smile was there too in the wry charm and dry humour of the piece, it was heaven sent for him really. Osipova I already knew to be fleet of foot and she obviously adores the music and sang it from every pore. The supporting dancers were all very strong and it was an astonishing piece.

Next we had The Two Pigeons, a two act ballet about the stormy passage of true love with real live pigeons! I was extremely impressed with them, they were delightful, perfectly behaved, never missed a cue and there was no pooping in sight! Lauren Cuthberson was delightful as the quirky young girl who's character developed from flighty and irritating to soulful and sorrowful and danced with a confidence and immersion that reminded me a little of Darcy Bussle. Vadim Muntagirov was very watchable as the young man, with winsome charm, style and grace- and intriguingly, a missing tooth- I wonder how that happened?

Fumi Kaneko replaced the injured Laura Morera as the gipsy girl. I was sorry to miss Morera (and wish her a speedy recovery) but my, Kaneko was radiant- the biggest most glorious smile! She tackled it all with aplomb, and I rather fell in love with Ryoichi Hirano, her lover- such presence. I can't track down the name of the dance who played the gypsy fool part but he deserves a special mention- lots of leaps and tricks and barely a wobble.

Petal loved it all and watched the lot. Dot loved Rhapsody and enjoyed most of the two pigeons, only missing the final scene as she fell asleep. The additional content was, as usual, excellent and informative and it was fabulous value for money and a great night out.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Happy Birthday Hoofie!

 Hoof is three! I'm not the only one having a hard time believing it, two of his cards that came in the post from relatives had '2' on them! The day was full of Bat Man outfits and party dresses (he does love his party dress), dinosaurs and Thomas the Tank engine cake. A good time was had by all.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Goodbye, Severus

Alan Rickman
February 21st 1946 - January 14th 2016

Now they've taken my Professor Snape.

What are they going to do next, cancel Christmas?

I saw him, you know, when I was about 8. It was in Stratford-upon-Avon in the 80s. 
He was playing Jacques in As You Like It. 
Unsurprisingly, it was probably his voice that caught my attention first- even more unsurprisingly, I fell instantly deeply in love.
The world is a little- colder and drabber now. At least mine is.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Rest well, my Goblin King

David Bowie. January 8th 1947 - January 10th 2015

Style icon, creative genius, heart throb, all round inspiration, and more than that, fellow companion on this crazy trip through space on this hunk of rock

Farewell, Major. You'll be sorely missed. Even the immense legacy you leave is isn't quite enough to heal the gap you've left.

Book Sharing Monday- The Princess Who Had No Kingdom

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom- written by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb

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Found this today in the library book shop, turned to the first page and I was utterly enthralled- stood there and read the whole thing! Luckily it was only 50p because I HAD to have it. The illustrations are reminiscent of Jan Pienkowski in style, and the story is delightful- a very satisfying conclusion.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Happy Birthday Roo

 Roo is 15! 15! Look at those feet- still huge!

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