juliet: Grown-up Bramble rat with baby Ash and Rowan rats (ash bramble rowan)
Finlay-the-dog appears to be settling in reasonably well (he is currently snoozing over the other side of the room). dog behavioural details! )

ION, last week I went to see the Orbital band (seriously awesome! Here is doop being glowy and me being less glowy.), & Aphex at Matter (bit rubbish, although he picked up in the second half of it. Nowhere near on-form, though.).

Yesterday evening Pete & I went to the opera. Specifically, La Grande Macabre at the Coliseum. Fantastic cast, musicians, and staging; shame about the godawful crap that they were saddled with singing. Ligeti, musically, is Not My Thing. The staging was genuinely brilliant, though, and probably worth staying just for that. Also there was a splendid disco background in the penultimate scene which I found entertaining enough that I have no idea what the people who were supposed to be in the foreground were doing at the time (on reading the Times review (not of the ENO version, but the same staging etc), I think they were getting Death drunk). I was also somewhat disenchanted with the casual misogyny, although P didn't see it as being as bad as I did.

(Reading the Times review, I see that the ENO changed the androgynous lovers from Clitoria and Spermando to Amanda and Amando. How ridiculous.)
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Billy Bragg doing Old Clash Fan Fight Song (at Berlin gig last year). Actual song starts at about 03:30 of that clip.

Mr Bragg last night was top fun, as ever. Played pretty much everything I'd expect, everyone sang along (an important part of any BB gig), & the Roundhouse is a reasonable venue & wasn't overfull (hurrah).

He played the entirety of Life's A Riot as an encore, in about 15 min flat. I knew it was short, but not that it was quite *that* short. With A New England to finish, of course.
juliet: Avatar of me with blue hair & jeans (blue hair jeans avatar)
Billy Bragg doing Old Clash Fan Fight Song (at Berlin gig last year). Actual song starts at about 03:30 of that clip.

Mr Bragg last night was top fun, as ever. Played pretty much everything I'd expect, everyone sang along (an important part of any BB gig), & the Roundhouse is a reasonable venue & wasn't overfull (hurrah).

He played the entirety of Life's A Riot as an encore, in about 15 min flat. I knew it was short, but not that it was quite *that* short. With A New England to finish, of course.

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