Monday, 24 December 2007

John Tavener: The Lamb

This is my favourite carol; we sung it last night at our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in St Mary's Church, Thornbury.

Sunday, 23 December 2007

Vodafone 2222

Received a text message from the Vodafone 2222 traffic service this morning warning me of the treacherous conditions on the roads. This is presumably because I use the service a lot. It is really good and I am surprised not more people know about it. I use it all the time when I am travelling long distances on the motorways to tell me where the hold-ups are. Highly recommended.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Classical music collection catalogue

I have just uploaded my music collection to using OrangeCD software. This can now be accessed from anywhere and by anyone.

Raul Prieto

Just found these fantastic YouTube videoclips of Raul Prieto playing Durufle's Toccata and Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens - a must-see for any organist! You can see his website here: I have an organ music playlist here which contains some of my favourite organ music.

Thursday, 20 December 2007


I saw the first pair of goldfinches in my garden today. This is months after putting the Nyjer feeder (see above - from the RSPB shop) in my garden several months ago. At last, they have got the message probably because it was frosty all day.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Successful 10th anniversary challenge

I can report on the successful completion of the 4 English 3000 footers last weekend on the tenth anniversary of the first annual leaders' weekend in 1997. The Saturday walk was up Skiddaw in force 12 (confirmed by anemometer reading!) winds. On Sunday we walked up Scafell Pike via Piers Gill and Scafell via Fox's Tarn. On Monday we climbed Helvellyn via Striding Edge and returned via Swirral Edge and Lanty's Tarn. On Tuesday, we split into two groups, one climbing Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man and the other christening the newly repaired boat "Second Wind". More photos can be seen here.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Everest Trekking Peaks

Just returned from Nepal having completed the Everest Trekking Peaks trek with KE (4 weeks).

Here are my YouTube videoclips from the top of the peaks I climbed:

Gokyo Ri


Kala Patthar

If you want to see more, here is my website page with selected photos. Steph's blog is here.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

BBC Proms 19 August 2007

Did you see the proms on Sunday 19 August 2007? If not, you missed a treat. This was truly inspirational. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Here are some reviews on the BBC website. Here are some YouTube extracts:

Shostakovich - Symphony Nº 10 2nd movement

The interval discussion

Interview with Gustavo Dudamel

Moncayo - "Huapango"

Márquez - Danzón Nº 2

Bernstein Symphonic Dances (West Side Story) Part I

Bernstein Symphonic Dances (West Side Story) Part II

Bernstein - Symphonic Dances (West Side Story) Part III

Encores in Venezuelan colours

Monday, 1 October 2007

Beacon Fell

Here is a picture of Mum's dog Daisy at the top of Beacon Fell! More photos can be seen here.

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Second Wind

"Second Wind" is the name of our boat, chosen because it has been recovered from Coniston Water and repaired, having been vandalised earlier in the year.



Tuesday, 21 August 2007


Had a great week in Krakow with Cadence & Continuo. See my photos here.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

3000 footers of Wales

I can report the successful completion of the 15 Welsh 3000 footers. My walking log at shows some pictures. This was done in 3 days using youth hostels: Snowdon horseshoe, the Glyders and the Carnedds and was a long-standing ambition. More photos can be seen here.

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Walking & Trekking

Walked across Scotland Coast to Coast in May/June. For a report, see my webpage here. For all my walks and treks, visit my webpages here (on This was inspired by the TGO Challenge.

Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Starting entry

Climbed Blencathra via Sharp Edge on 1 March and then went over Bowscale Fell nearly 10 years after completing the Wainwrights on this fell. More photos can be seen here.