Wednesday, 30 January 2008


I have started to publish some freebies on my website. You can access them here.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Rachmaninov's 'Bogoroditsye Devo'

Another favourite choral piece of mine. There are several versions on YouTube, but I think this is the best - Melbourne University Choral Society singing in Melbourne Cathedral.

Alveston Parish Plan

If you live here in the parish of Alveston, you are being asked to complete a questionnaire. This is a project funded and managed independently of the Parish Council. I recommend it be completed as they are key inputs for the production of a plan that our community can follow to improve the way we live.

While searching, I have found this Alveston Parish walk which mentions White Cottage (an old dressmaker's workroom). This guide has some interesting local history, including the fact that Alveston is derived from ‘Alwihs Stone’, probably a neolithic stone.

Extreme Dreams

Have you been watching Ben Fogle and Extreme Dreams on BBC2 which is currently on every weekday evening at 6.30pm? You can watch the programmes on BBCi Player for 7 days after the programme. Although I find it irritating to watch/fast-forward 8 minutes of repeat at the beginning of each programme and several 'still to come...' previews, plus a preview of the following day, this week has been particularly interesting for me, having just been to Nepal myself! Highly recommended for the scenery but one wonders why the people (including a brave lady with lupus) are chosen to go and then I found an answer here, as I suspect! There is a thread on the newsgroup uk.rec.walking here. I have lost count the number of times that Ben is 'worried'.

Friday, 25 January 2008

Aerial flight over the Lake District

Found this YouTube video of a flight over the Lake District starting from Cark and flying over the Crake Valley, Coniston Water, Dow Crag and Goatswater, Wastwater, Great Gable, Scafell Pike and Helvellyn. Can you spot my holiday home (Lingmell)?

Thursday, 24 January 2008


Just discovered this site (internet radio station devoted to organ music). Worth a visit by all organists and anyone interested in organ music.

I was doing a search for Ian Tracey, Liverpool Cathedral to find this DVD which has been recommended to me. (Scroll down to PRDVD1.)

Royal Mail

Did you know you can buy and print stamps with address labels at home for letters and parcels? See here. You can also find a postcode here.

Classic FM Hall of Fame

Closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 27 January. I put my entry in today as follows:

1 Beethoven - Violin Concerto

2 Mozart - Requiem

3 Handel - Messiah

Saturday, 19 January 2008

NHS Blood and Transplant

You can sign up online here for National Blood Service and here for UK Transplant.

Eric Whitacre

Heard this piece ("Sleep") yesterday on ClassicFM, so searched for it on YouTube. There are a number of videos; here is one.

This reminds me that I heard his "Lux Aurumque" some time ago and made a note to buy it some day. (I think I may have ordered it from Britannia Music Club, but then they went bust.) Here is the composer conducting it in a recording session.

Both are on this CD:and can be bought here: Amazon or CastleClassics.

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Save Windows XP

Are you happy that Microsoft are ceasing support of Windows XP in June?

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Petrol prices

Have you a thing about petrol prices? Here is a useful site:, which you need to sign up to free of charge, but it gives you the cheapest fuel prices within a given radius of a given postcode. One day, this site may carry some clout.

It Pays to Watch

Did you see last week's programme on five? This is the first in a series. This website shows additional web only footage. The programme features Martin Lewis who has his own website You can also subscribe to the Moneysavingexpert YouTube channel .

Saturday, 5 January 2008


Spent the New Year in Suffolk. Highlights were:

The Froize Inn

Orford Church & Castle

Here are the graves of Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Imogen Holst in the churchyard there:
The Golden Key in Snape

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Internet CD shops

I have been a member of Britannia Music Club for many years and have had good terms as a result. However, they have now gone out of business, so I have had to look elsewhere. Before Christmas, I put in a large order with Castle Classics. They have been able to get all my requests, with good customer service, although there have been some delays.