Listened to the latest programme (2 Jan 2012) on Pipedreams this morning and heard David Briggs' Te Deum recorded in Gloucester Cathedral. This blew me away with the combination of plainchant and French-style cathedral organ improvisation. I had to buy the CD and found it here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003IEAMG2. I can't wait to get it.
My old mobile (LG GM750 - so painfully slow I replaced it once but the replacement was no better) was coming up to the end of its contract and I have been wondering what to replace it with. In the end, I had no choice - I wanted to stick with the Vodafone network, being by far the best for Alveston and the Lakes, and I wanted to stick with Windows Mobile if I could, because, maybe naively, I thought this was the best way to synchronise with Outlook calendar and contacts on the desktop. So I went into the Vodafone store in Yate before Christmas and they said they only offer one Windows phone and that was a Nokia Lumia 800.
Here are some thoughts on the phone so far:
Built around tiles which are very easy to use
No stylus required (but typing requires smaller fingers than I have)
The people tile links to contacts which automatically link to their facebook pages
Most apps you would ever need are available in the marketplace
The link up between Microsoft and Nokia seems to be paying dividends and this is promising for the future
Synchronises with windows live in the 'cloud' rather than directly with the desktop using activesync, so may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this has the advantage of accessibility from any computer connected to the internet
Synchronisation can be slow
Does not download Outlook categories
Battery life is one day (but this is the same as my previous phone)
Overall, I very much like this phone and it is a joy to use. It would be difficult to beat - iPhone should be worried.
My desktop computer has started to freeze randomly. I have found this blog http://computercleanup.blogspot.com/ which has a very easy to follow checklist of things I can do. So here's hoping one of them solves the problem.
Exactly a year after seeing my first Brocken spectre on Bow Fell, we came across another one on Coniston Old Man while in the Lake District this week. Here is a videoclip I loaded to YouTube and a picture. This time, you can see 2 concentric rainbows.
I'm thinking of joining http://www.my-farm.org.uk/. Sounds interesting for anyone wanting to know more about the connection between food and farming. You can get involved with running Home Farm, Wimpole Estate owned by the National Trust.
Beethoven Violin Concerto
John Ireland Hymn "My Song is Love Unknown"
Bach Mass in B Minor
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony
Beethoven Symphony nos 3, 6 & 9
Beethoven Piano Concerto no 3 & 5
Mozart Piano Concerto nos 21 & 23
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Vierne Finale from Organ Symphony no1
Franck Organ Final
Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Dvorak New World Symphony
Brahms A German Requiem
Bruckner Symhony no 4
Mahler Symphony nos 1, 2 'Resurrection', 4 & 5
Purcell Funeral music
Schubert Symphony no 8 'Unfinished'
Dvorak 'New World' Symphony
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Tavener The Lamb
Schostakovich Piano Concertos
It is so difficult to decide, but I wanted to include organ, piano, symphony and concerto as well as choral, and have all different composers.
A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Floridato thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.
The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mails expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.
The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
To: My Loving Wife
I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.
I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
Heard on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that 13 of the top 20 choirs in the world are British. (Source: Gramophone magazine.) See below for podcast. Apparently, the judges were not all British! The reason given for the quality of our choral singing is the Anglican tradition of church music. Hurrah! John Eliot Gardner's Monteverdi Choir (THE BEST) and Polyphony (singing music by Eric Whitacre) were featured. Richard Harries commented on 'Thought for the Day' afterwards - a positive report on the Anglican Church for once.
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