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by barney
Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Season of the Snitch
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: The Season of the Snitch

Actually, I don't think Lance comes on to the Corner Pub. Not sure who the other moderators are. Chalkperson, I think, but haven't seen hide nor hair of him for a long time. You're probably safe, Holden - tell me what you really think. :D
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Season of the Snitch
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: The Season of the Snitch

An interesting article. Just one point I'd like to make regarding what people post online in forums like these and other forms of social media. The bottom line is that you are responsible for the content you post and you can be brought to task for anything that is defamatory, slanderous or illegal....
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Left must control its hard/progressive cohort
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: The Left must control its hard/progressive cohort

Janet Albrecthsen often makes excellent points. This transgender nonsense is dominating all sorts of discourse. It's absurd. I can just see workers on building sites shouting at passing women "nice chest-feeding implements". :D (Of course they should not shout anything.) What is unfolding is the ant...
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Manhattan D.A. Now Has Trump’s Tax Returns
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Manhattan D.A. Now Has Trump’s Tax Returns

This is brilliant news. Even if Trump is not going to jail, as he richly deserves, if he is tied up in endless, expensive lawsuits that will help minimise his ultra-malign influence.
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70

I didn't realise a visit from you would increase the whole world's suffering! :lol:
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age

I have a lot of Scarlatti on piano, and generally enjoy him, but I'm ashamed to say I've never hitherto heard of Ross. I have harpsichord versions by Ralph Kirkpatrick and Robert Veyron-Lacroix, fortepiano by Jaqueline Ogeil. But I like piano best.
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:17 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Vlado Perlemuter Box
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Vlado Perlemuter Box

It seems as though his Ravel is a must have.
Not sure I want the rest.
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 12
Views: 4528

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Yes, I ordered from England in May of 2020. I just went through my LONG list of Munch recordings and realized that I never received it! Something like that rarely happens to me. I just sent a letter, though it is long past due to get a refund but I asked the vendor to check to see if it ever went o...
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Henry, I'm sorry, but for me there was no link at all, just white space. Did others receive the link? Do you mind trying again?
by barney
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Henry, was there something missing on the end of your post? I was awaiting the insights with interest. Or are you suggesting that I can provide insights on dinosaurs from my experience of being one? Brian, thanks for that link.I read some of the discussion, and I too prefer the Alpine Symphony to E...
by barney
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: ‘Mad’ Marjorie is bullying children again, this time a colleague’s daughter
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: ‘Mad’ Marjorie is bullying children again, this time a colleague’s daughter

Love the first cartoon. Not so keen on the second. Don't like violence normalised.
by barney
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box
Replies: 12
Views: 4528

Re: Charles Munch 13 CD Warner box

Lance, are you aware of the 14-CD Decca Eloquence set of all his Decca, DG, L'Oiseau Lyre etc recordings? I'm just listening to it now. Some lovely recordings, including a Widor fantasia I'd never heard.
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70

Yes, it seems things could go in all sorts of directions in the US. I'm still hopeful - the country has gone through similar experiences and emerged stronger. It seems to me that if the Republicans could ditch Trump and recover some principles and become a proper Opposition to hold the Democrats to ...
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sleeping Beauty
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Sleeping Beauty

Thanks Brian
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Well, I bought this recording and am listening to it. I was right--it does sound like Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem für einen jungen Dichter" (Requiem for a Young Poet") on very heavy-duty steroids, if you throw in some cocaine and methamphetamine as well! Very interesting, but I probably won't...
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Henry, was there something missing on the end of your post? I was awaiting the insights with interest. Or are you suggesting that I can provide insights on dinosaurs from my experience of being one? Brian, thanks for that link.I read some of the discussion, and I too prefer the Alpine Symphony to Ei...
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right MAGAnderthals are weaponizing Christianity
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Far-right MAGAnderthals are weaponizing Christianity

I have written many times of my dismay at the identification of Christianity with Trump supporters and the rise of Christian nationalism. It's not that Christianity should identify with Democrats - it should not identify with ANY political party. One's vote is a matter for one's individual conscienc...
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Far-right MAGAnderthals are weaponizing Christianity
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Far-right MAGAnderthals are weaponizing Christianity

Brilliant cartoon, Joseph. Neatly encapsulates what I think.
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Harry and Meghan get a 'chill pill' from the Queen
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Harry and Meghan get a 'chill pill' from the Queen

I often disagree with Brendan O'Neill, but in siding with team Queen rather than team Meghan I definitely concur. There's no doubt that the Queen's has been a life of stoic self-sacrifice and service, even from her childhood and war service. O'Neill cites John Wilkes, one of the wittiest politicians...
by barney
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sleeping Beauty
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Sleeping Beauty

Thanks for those thoughts and recommendations, Brian. I will follow them up gradually. I know of Ancient Airs and Dnces, though I'm not sure I've actually heard the work, but the friend with whom I went to the opera (my usual companion, a first violinist in the MSO) loves it. Just checked my (alas i...
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70

We certainly have our deranged ranters, but the temperature is definitely cooler. There are people I dislike on both sides, actually, but it's the right that rants. The left tends more to a smug self-satisfaction and entitlement. It's a different culture. Australians don't like anything that seems e...
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald will be the G.O.P. standard bearer in 2024, Romney predicts
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: Donald will be the G.O.P. standard bearer in 2024, Romney predicts

Alternative facts, Brian. Very useful things for the Trump cult.
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot

I'm really glad they got that guy. I see he handed himself in probably minutes before he was arrested anyway. He was vicious.
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 107
Views: 4800

Re: TrumpReich in action

Great cartoon, Joseph. Really captures something.
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald will be the G.O.P. standard bearer in 2024, Romney predicts
Replies: 8
Views: 110

Re: Donald will be the G.O.P. standard bearer in 2024, Romney predicts

lennygoran wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:26 am
jserraglio wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:06 am
THE HILL Romney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president [url]
Does Romney feel Trump could win while sitting in a jail cell! Regards, Len :lol:
As we often say here, from your lips to God's ear, Len.
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Thank you Brian, so interesting to see your thoughts. I still use a desktop by the way; I find the phone too irritating. But I am a dinosaur - a brontosaurus perhaps, with a tiny pinhead on a long neck going munch, munch, munch. :D I strongly agree with your observations about standards today. In Au...
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 107
Views: 4800

Re: TrumpReich in action

I come across TDS constantly on the right-wing sites Belle loves. There it stands for Tedious Donald Sycophancy.
by barney
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70
Replies: 12
Views: 237

Re: Rush Limbaugh Dead from Lung Cancer at 70

Great summary: Jonathan Chait, writing at New York magazine, captured the repugnant essence of Limbaugh's appeal: Limbaugh oozed bile. He did not merely characterize his targets as misguided, or stupid, or even selfish. He rendered them for his audience as dehumanized targets of rage. He had special...
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: This 105-Year-Old Beat Covid. She Credits Gin-Soaked Raisins.
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: This 105-Year-Old Beat Covid. She Credits Gin-Soaked Raisins.

I heartly endorse the gin-soaked raisins plan, except I omit the raisins. :D
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 107
Views: 4800

Re: TrumpReich in action

Having a well-developed sense of social justice has nothing to do with one's bankbook balance, and everything to do with the very basic ability to connect with people. Some folks are born with that, others will never have it, while many of us are hopefully growing towards that sense of empathy. It'...
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: GO VANCE GO!
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: GO VANCE GO!

Disappointed no mention of possible jail for tax fraud, if found guilty.
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sleeping Beauty
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Re: Sleeping Beauty

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Brian. I was truly charmed by the music. I don't know Respighi that well, apart from the big three or four works like Pines and Fountains of Rome. Might have to investigate further.
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?
Replies: 11
Views: 214

Re: 1982 Essay on the N. Y. Philharmonic: WHY ISN'T THE PHILARMONIC BETTER?

Fascinating, Brian. The last paragraph is prescient.
Are the big five still the same? Has Los Angeles replaced Cleveland? I think it's Lebrecht who sarcastically calls Franz Welser-Most "Frankly Worse then Most". Baltimore and Pittsburgh have had their moments, ditto San Francisco.
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Re: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

Fascinating thoughts, Brian - one of the reasons I love CMG. In my month in New York in 2016, in which I attended a concert or opera every night but two, I heard the NY Phil a few times. I didn't think it matched, for example, the Bavarians under Janssons whom I heard twice at Carnegie Hall, or inde...
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: TrumpReich in action
Replies: 107
Views: 4800

Re: TrumpReich in action

Appalling, absolutely hate-fuelled comments. How do you get to sleep at night with all that hatred on board? It's a serious question. People like you scare the hell out of many of us. Trump has lost the election and the only thing keeping him from total obscurity and irrelevance is people like you....
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bloom off the Texas rose ?
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Bloom off the Texas rose ?

Well, there's an outcry now. I wonder if anyone will be held accountable, and if anything will change. If the Republicans can dither and delay long enough, probably they can get away with doing nothing.
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

No I'm sure it's the same here - but the bank has to be satisfied it is fraud. Clearly in your case, and mine, it was but I'm sure people sometimes struggle to prove it.
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sleeping Beauty
Replies: 6
Views: 132

Sleeping Beauty

Just been to my first live, in-person stage performance in the best part of a year. Tremendously exciting. It was Sleeping Beauty. No, not Tchaikovsky - Respighi! If you didn't know he composed such an opera, you are not alone. Until I saw Victorian Opera had programmed it I didn't know it existed. ...
by barney
Tue Feb 23, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Re: Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

Very interesting and illuminating comment, thank you.
by barney
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

Interesting, Lance. I'm not sure if credit/debit cards are treated differently here. I told you that in January my creditcard details were hacked/stolen by someone at a merchant or whatever. $4000 was rung up in eight transactions in about 10 minutes,but the bank alerted me after three minutes, and ...
by barney
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Bloom off the Texas rose ?
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Bloom off the Texas rose ?

It seems like those companies perhaps didn't do due diligence in the first place.
by barney
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?

maestrob wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:48 am

Barney, the "cassette" referred to in the translated review refers to the box the CDs came in, I believe.
Good thinking, Brian.
by barney
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Last Night's Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Netflix DVD
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: Last Night's Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Netflix DVD

Brian, just ordered it for $A124, incl. postage - not cheap, but it has 3 operas I don't possess (found I have only Cunning Little Vixen and Jenufa)
by barney
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

I hope Scott Willoughby will be able to get a refund from the automatic withdrawal from his account by Griddy. I keep getting letters to switch to independent electric/gas supplies but have always used New York State Electric & Gas who does the billing no matter what independent supplier you use. A...
by barney
Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "It's the job,stupid "- GOP staffers' agony
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: "It's the job,stupid "- GOP staffers' agony

Let's face it, it's not only in politicis that moral compromise is expected from employees - they might end up no better off. But lying and toadying are skills universally appreciated by employers . Undoubtedly in the media, but ruthlessness is one of the main characteristics my son experiences in ...
by barney
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Can you believe this review of pianist Solomon?

Pile of nonsnese, Lance. If English is the reviewer's first language, he's in trouble. What is misognous? Does he mean misogynous? If so, it makes no sense. How can an intepretation be misogynous? ring of the nibels? Solomon ... its virtuosity? Why does he get the neuter pronoun? The price of the ca...
by barney
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Sokolov Interview
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Sokolov Interview

I am a huge fan of Sokolov. He is a true individualist, like Richter or Gould and not every nuance works for me, but his willingness to explore, his incredible intensity, his delicacy are so striking. Last night I watched him play the first of the D899 Schubert impromptus, and he started in a way I ...
by barney
Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Last Night's Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Netflix DVD
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: Last Night's Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Netflix DVD

I should invest in that Mackerras set. I don't have enough Janacek opera. But the one I know and love the best is The Cunning Little Vixen. Just pure pleasure all the way through. Thee's a cartoon version on YouTube I liked, if I recall correctly.
by barney
Sun Feb 21, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "It's the job,stupid "- GOP staffers' agony
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: "It's the job,stupid "- GOP staffers' agony

... But lying and toadying are skills universally appreciated by employers. :D Bingo ! The epithet for our times, but not for the times when America or Australia were founded. Generous of you to say so, but I'm not sure you are right about Australia. White settlement began in 1788 with the arrival ...