Friday, 10 December 2010

Today programme

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.

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Caught this plane by Coniston Water on my camera using burst mode.  Turns out to be the eurofighter!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Brocken spectre

Saw my first Brocken spectre on Tuesday on Bowfell.  What a great sight.  This picture doesn't do it justice.  I thought I would never see one.  It was there in a  flash and then it was gone.

Here is an explanation:

Wednesday, 10 November 2010


Saw a sparrowhawk in my garden yesterday.  It looked more like this:

than the kestrel:

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Trekking in the Alps

Here is my webpage with routes and pictures of my holiday in the Alps:

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Sanders Reproaches

I recommend this blog entry which has a link to a stunning performance by St John's Anglican Church Choir, Elora in Canada:

I have now bought the Naxos disc here:
We performed this at St Mary's Church, Thornbury yesterday (Good Friday).

Friday, 2 April 2010