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by Belle
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Australian fires
Replies: 55
Views: 7082

Re: Australian fires

No; sorry - this just won't fly. I'll stand up for our leader here. In the first place, Richard Flannagan is one of the most vicious of our haters from the Left. He's a representative of what I call "the glass half empty" Left. Government can do no right (conservative, that is) and - according to pe...
by Belle
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

I blanch at your notions of 'patriotism'. One of the foundation principles of patriotism is loyalty to the nation itself. I don't see a scintilla of evidence, merely name-calling and derision about Trump's supporters - as though they're some kind of neanderthal pond scum. Patriotism? Pass. I'm sorr...
by Belle
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

Doesn't negate the opportunity for you to learn about the real face of despotism.

And apropos Bill Maher: he was one of the most virulent cheer-leaders against Trump and then he has the self-righteous temerity to ask Larry King "how did we come to this"? Such a lack of self-awareness...!!!
by Belle
Fri Dec 20, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

I think this man gets it 100% right: (as usual). This was recorded in February. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5RcilC0mw0 I hear what you're saying but the fact is you wanted him gone Day 1, went looking for a reason and have finally found one. A never-ending quest to prove illegitimacy will have ...
by Belle
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

where the stakes couldn't be higher. So embarrassing for your nation, seeing those politicians in Washington each and every day - day in and day out since the day Trump was elected - trying to shoot itself in the foot. Whoa there, pardner! Whether or not Trump will leave office voluntarily in 2021 ...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Points conceded in your comments. Happy to be agreeable. The solar panels are on every second house here in our area - which can only be a wonderful thing!! We built this place 15 years ago when they were less popular and far more expensive. We use gas for most household use now. Just to make myself...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

I've also had another thought about this; the wine industry is regarded as something of a canary in the coal mine. Many viticulturists and vignerons in our area say they are seeing the consequences of 'climate change' on the grape harvest. Unquestionably, the harvest (aka vintage) has been moving fo...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

I saw that article in the Australian just after I posted. But these are people with axes to grind as much as the climate warriors who offend you (and often me as well). What does it matter if there was a horrible heatwave in 1896? I entirely accept that. It doesn't change the facts in Australia thi...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

I am sorry if I appear argumentative, but I also have to challenge your assertion that it is regularly 52 in the Pilbara. According to Wikipedia, we've never got to 52. "The highest maximum temperature was recorded as 50.7 °C (123.3 °F) at Oodnadatta on 2 January 1960, which is the highest official...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

What "hogwash" do you have in mind? Hottest temperature? These are facts from the Bureau of Meteorology: Australia recorded its hottest day on record on Wednesday, with an average maximum temperature of 41.9C (107.4F), beating the previous record by 1C that had been set only 24 hours earlier. Tuesd...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

In that picture: Macron is surely laughing on the other side of his face with France in melt-down and, of course, Trudeau only got to be PM by stitching up a deal with a hung parliament. He's been busy apologizing for his myriad 'blackface' incarnations!! Now, that IS funny.
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Thanks for your really interesting comments. We often get English-sourced essays and news on " The Australian " newspaper and, of course, I read "Spiked Online" - which is largely editorial. I also watch a lot of discussions on U-Tube. As we live in Australia we cannot know either the English or the...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

That's one side of the story and certainly not the complete version!!
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Granados 'Goyescas'
Replies: 1
Views: 541

Granados 'Goyescas'

I love this work which was, for a long time, synonymous with Alicia de larrocha: her version wasn't on U-Tube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0aVTPvYQ4Y

You don't hear much discussion about this great female Spanish pianist much these days.
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live

I love this recording of Gershwin by Marc-Andre Hamelin: wonderful vignettes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ9o6PPSL88
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

So much news today is “fake news” because nobody challenges it. Isn't that the truth. One must read widely and remain very skeptical, then draw personal conclusions. The climate discussion has gone out of control, particularly since St. Greta of Thunberg - who reminded me of another famous sainted ...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

but this fiasco being played out is making you a laughing stock around the world. Belle it's Trump who's providing those laughs and of course in Putin's Russia they keep uncorking the champagne bottles. Regards, Len :( Your celebratory tone is misplaced; a laughing stock is tragic, not funny. Trump...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

the USA at the moment is in circus mode. She laughs best that laugheth least. A 'laughing stock' has little to do with humour and more to do with tragedy and humiliation. And this is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions where the stakes couldn't be higher. So embarrassing for your nation, seeing ...
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:47 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: zip code
Replies: 8
Views: 917

Re: zip code

This man has a Twitter account; that might be easier. Ask him for his address via Twitter.
by Belle
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

No, it's not a matter for chilling. Politics really matters, Sue, it changes people's lives for good or ill. Certainly it is not the only thing that does so, but it is one that does. This is hugely important for the future not only of the US but for democracy, I think. Trump has expressed contempt ...
by Belle
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey lives!!! Chill. It's Christmas.
by Belle
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live
Replies: 7
Views: 1732

Re: Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin live

Wonderful!! Thank you for posting this. I really admire this pianist and will listen again this morning while I'm polishing the silver for Christmas day. (Where's Hyacinth Bucket??)
by Belle
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

It's sadly true and doesn't give me a minute's pleasure to say it. These observations are being made the world over, not just by Trump and his supporters - however few and far between these may now be.
by Belle
Wed Dec 18, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!
Replies: 39
Views: 3770

Re: On Impeachment Eve, POTUS tells Speaker: UP YOURS!

I think you probably missed the irony and subtlety of the original comment!! :mrgreen: If the Democrats had let, or will let, Trump complete his full 'victory lap' then the truth of his corruption and evil would/will manifest itself in a huge victory for the opposition. It would have saved the inter...
by Belle
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

I agree, Kelly is a commentator who is nearly always worth reading. He does follow the Murdoch party line, but far from slavishly. Watch him step outside, usually with a brilliant piece of original analysis, then scurry back with a couple of party-line columns immediately after. He's getting on now...
by Belle
Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

This has just appeared in our national paper, " The Australian ". Its author, Paul Kelly, usually gets things right and has written excellent books on politics in Australia. I have two of these of my bookshelves - as yet unread. Tories, Coalition and Trump have better feel for public mood It is vita...
by Belle
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Eric Weinstein podcast with Sam Harris
Replies: 0
Views: 722

Eric Weinstein podcast with Sam Harris

This is wonderful stuff; seeing these two tremendous intellectuals chewing the fat!! The program is 2.5 hours long but they cover an amazing number of topics from the decline of the New York Times, Trump and the failures of the Left - just for starters. These kinds of podcasts do everything that the...
by Belle
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Thank you for a very direct, English account of it all. I keep abreast via Brendan O'Neill on "Spiked Online". He has his finger on the pulse and has done since the 2016 referendum. Our PM in Australia is certain to be very happy with the Conservative win as it surely means a lucrative trade deal fo...
by Belle
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mariss Jansons has died
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

Re: Mariss Jansons has died

Wir lieben Sie, Maestro!! Und wir hören Sie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_BlhOJp8RY
by Belle
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Ah, yes, hindsight!! One can never be sure about outcomes since human beings - particularly politicians - are fickle and untrustworthy. We must nip at their heels, holding them to account. I take an interest in the working class for the reasons I mentioned earlier. But also, my father was an Executi...
by Belle
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Belle squid-we were eating it last night in our paella here in nyc-love it! Len :lol: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/8587/j8i5kk.jpg I'm presuming this is one of your own creations? Here's a bit more on the post mortem of the UK election: https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/12/13/why-labour-...
by Belle
Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Yes, mine was a typo and not a misconception. A squid is something from the ocean. And it is already damp. I make typos all the time. But not malapropisms. The Conservatives have been running the economy for some years already. Their challenge is being inclusive of the working class - a fact I've al...
by Belle
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: AI to finish Beethoven 10
Replies: 9
Views: 1444

Re: AI to finish Beethoven 10

Lance wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:55 pm
Can only imagine what John F would say about this. On the other hand, it might prove really interesting to see what the final put-together is like.
Yes, I'm sad we won't be getting John's thoughts - now or ever!! :(
by Belle
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday

Couldn't agree more: I got quite misty-eyed watching this. 2019 has been a year of big losses, hasn't it!!
by Belle
Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday
Replies: 2
Views: 701

ORF-2 documentary Mariss Jansons 70th birthday

I found this. It starts at 1:15. Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Es ist Deutsch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHwOF7szcX4
by Belle
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)

I'm over 'moral issues' in fiction because I find I don't just share the ideologies of a lot of modern writers. Enjoy your reading anyway!
by Belle
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

Hello Holden!! (I note the Commodore isn't being made anymore!!) My children all went to catholic schools with plenty of working class kids in the Lower Hunter. I've known for years that they're all very conservative and are disenchanted with modern 'labour' parties. In fact, just last week I was at...
by Belle
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Fair enough. You're certainly entitled to your opinion and I will listen to your links!!
by Belle
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

I didn't say it was all noise; I was talking about those who hitched their wagon specifically TO noise!!
by Belle
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The dejection election
Replies: 37
Views: 4046

Re: The dejection election

I'm afraid this editorial was much too kind about Corbyn; he's a hate-fuelled anti-semite who has sympathized with terrorists. His 're-nationalize Britain' program is a hark back to the 1920s. He would have loved living in the old USSR where mung-bean-chewing, sandal-wearing, cardigan communists rul...
by Belle
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Completely agree with these comments. What a pleasure to hear music of our time which connects us to our western musical tradition and speaks with an original voice. The folks who hitched their wagons to the cacophonous noise of the XXth Century, which you describe, will be scrambling for relevance ...
by Belle
Thu Dec 12, 2019 4:28 am
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 867

Re: Margaret Atwood: The Testaments (2019)

I can't stand this author and taught some of her short stories in high school. She should have just written complaint rock and spared us all her politically correct tomes. Sad, bitter woman.
by Belle
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Bach and Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 2384

Re: Bach and Christmas

Couldn't agree more!! I remember having arguments with John Francis about HIP. The period instruments provide the translucent textures in baroque music that is sometimes 'muddied' by modern instruments and bigger ensembles. Did you ever read J.E. Gardiner's book on Bach, " Music in the Castle of Hea...
by Belle
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

Belle, It would appear that your browser's security settings are blocking youtube for some reason. I can click on the embedded picture with the arrow in the center and the selection plays, but if I click on the link below, it doesn't play at all. I'm using Google Chrome. With Microsoft Outlook, the...
by Belle
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8228

Re: A loss

Thanks very much for this. A life well lived and I'm so glad his valuable arts possessions will find a suitable home.
by Belle
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

diegobueno wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:52 am
Here's more Torke. One of his more recent works is Sky, a bluegrass concerto for violin. Here's the first movement

Your links never appear on my computer. But as I answer this I see the address of the link - but only available in the "reply" function!!
by Belle
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: A loss
Replies: 54
Views: 8228

Re: A loss

Australian Brett Deans composed this: Water Music for saxophone quartet and chamber orchestra (2004)

Deans used to play viola with the Berlin Philharmonic.
by Belle
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?
Replies: 41
Views: 5952

Re: Is ‘Playing It Safe’ Bad for Classical Music?

I can appreciate the argument that what we call "classical music" or "art music" needs to renew itself as an art form by the addition of new works to the repertoire. Sweeping generalizations that all "new" music is unlistenable, unintelligible noise are unfair, although I must confess that I have h...