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by dave brum
04 Mar 2017, 16:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
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Views: 456125

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I've also been banned fromy the Facebook 'Piano Network UK ' group and not informed of why the decision was taken.
by dave brum
04 Mar 2017, 15:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Gill the Piano wrote:Don't tell us; tell them!
Have done, and I can be sure that my email has fallen on blind eyes and weak minds. When their junta have glanced at each other in total agreement. 'His 'bad luck' is of his own doing' sort of assumptions.
by dave brum
02 Mar 2017, 20:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

St.Davids Day offers today (not sure shoppers in Essex or Kent will be that interested in those) still being plugged, one day late or 364 days early.

'Ive discovered we get the same announcement from Dan and Lindsay at 10.35am as we do at 7am. One step nearer to understanding how Mood Media work.
by dave brum
02 Mar 2017, 20:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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In the definite unlikely reality of my fairy godpianoteacher walking through the door, I have just succeeded again to get onto the ABRSM forum and read the comments. Someone please inform the ABRSM politburo that expianist is able to read the forum without any difficulty whatsoever and as they know ...
by dave brum
01 Mar 2017, 18:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Barring some sort of million to one miracle....
by dave brum
01 Mar 2017, 18:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Strictly verboten in customer service. However, I wish there wasn't a speaker right above where I work. Asking me if I'd had my first cup of tea of the day at 1050 this morning.
by dave brum
01 Mar 2017, 18:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
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Views: 456125

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Had one for long enough. More use for some nice new furniture or some nice plants that will make my garden look nice than any more heaps of junk in my house that will just make me unhappy. I've had my chances with trying to learn the piano and now it's a new year and time for something else that wil...
by dave brum
28 Feb 2017, 19:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Back to that dreadful cacophonous succession of chav dirges in the morning. ..
by dave brum
28 Feb 2017, 19:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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I don't really want another one. In any case, a wardrobe has gone in its place, meaning that I can at long last begin renovating my front bedroom.
by dave brum
28 Feb 2017, 10:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Elitism springs to my mind. The sort of thing most people, particularly liberal music teachers want out of the classical and serious music genre but that conservatives want to keep in. The question that ABRSM must ask themselves is this, do we want to make our exam services available to all people o...
by dave brum
27 Feb 2017, 17:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Yes it is so nice to have the gizzy rascal back. It's like she hasn't been away, the old rogue (lovable)☺
by dave brum
27 Feb 2017, 07:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

The Ugly Bug Ball by Burl Ives. I was on the Portobello last week and I came across a compilation of Burl Ives songs but this wasn't on it.
by dave brum
27 Feb 2017, 07:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Yes. The moderation removed all of my comments, which were mainly helpful ones and highly relevant - and also used my ISP address to bar all of my devices from accessing the ABRSM forum so I couldn't even see what they had chose not to remove. I think the worst particular point to of this whole thin...
by dave brum
26 Feb 2017, 21:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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'Ello Gizz...Hope you are wellings. One of the reasons why I received a lifetime ban from the 'other side' so to speak, was (as well as daring to scrutinise Donald Trump BEFORE his election as US President) may have also been to post this link in particular which is jazz poem 'B-Movie'(Live) by Gil ...
by dave brum
25 Feb 2017, 08:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Yes. It's the aural equivalent of the Daily Star or Sun newspapers.
by dave brum
24 Feb 2017, 17:39
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

Was in Asda earlier. Their offering is a hundred times worse than ours.
by dave brum
16 Feb 2017, 22:01
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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I don't think so given the fact the thing has made me so unhappy over the past 10 years. I'm going to put the money I got from its sale towards something that will actually do us both good and make me happy....a holiday.
by dave brum
16 Feb 2017, 16:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

The theme tune from the 1970s children's TV drama Potter's Picture Palace, for cinema organ.
by dave brum
15 Feb 2017, 21:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Piano has gone to a family whose young daughter is taking her grade 2 this spring. Hopefully she will succeed where I have done nothing but fail and she will use it to become a virtuoso. But more importantly, the piano has made her happy and I am pleased with that.
by dave brum
12 Feb 2017, 17:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Why couldn't my piano have brought me joy instead of anxiety and bad luck? I'll never know.

Bloody buggering pianos...
by dave brum
11 Feb 2017, 19:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

I hadn't, or his peers until I got the job there. Ollie Murs, Little Mix, Big Mix, medium sized Mix, Ollie Mars, Cold play, Hot play, Lukewarm play, Black Eyed Peas, Pink Eyed Broad Beans, oh, give me Haydn any day.
by dave brum
11 Feb 2017, 15:15
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

A first today, we had Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex before the store even opened today. What a load of poffle indeed!

My boss questioned me today as to why I had not heard of Bruno Mars (a chav pop celebrity being). I quick wittedly replied I had heard of Bruno Uranus.
by dave brum
09 Feb 2017, 19:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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I won't, I've spent 10 years trying to learn it and only taken minimal steps, yet alone being unable to play confidently. I think 10 years is long enough. Despite me disagreeing with her, she was absolutely and 100% right all along, and to acknowledge her wisdom I shall even post a link to her page:...
by dave brum
09 Feb 2017, 17:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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My wife told me yesterday she no longer opposes me getting rid of my piano. I knew she's come round to my way of thinking.

I shall now email Fanny Fosdyke and ask her if any of her students are looking for one.
by dave brum
08 Feb 2017, 07:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

In the middle of the null season, I have awakened with a tune that for me, evokes proper days with daylight and temperatures of at least 18. Keith Mansfields' 'Light and Tuneful'.
by dave brum
07 Feb 2017, 20:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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If I've done it once, I've done it a thousand times. I'm absolutely uncle dick of banging my toe accidentally on the side of the piano.

This house is full to the rafters with farage and the piano is one piece of farage too many.
by dave brum
07 Feb 2017, 19:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we listening to right now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1106

Re: What are we listening to right now?

MAGMA - Hhai Live.
by dave brum
07 Feb 2017, 19:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

I actually miss Family Favourites. My mother used to work in the NAAFI set up at the British Forces base in Dhekelia, Cyprus before she made a very bad decision and had me. Every week she would listen and whenever her old BFPO number was mentioned her ears would prick up. For me it was the only time...
by dave brum
05 Feb 2017, 18:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

It was one of these 'The World Of....' albums on Decca, they had dozens of T.W.O Your Hundred Best Tunes titles but this T.W.O Family Favourites had lots of curios, like Gilbert Becaud 'A Little Love and Understanding', Mantovani's take on Hugo Alfven's Swedish Rhapsody and the Third Man theme by An...
by dave brum
04 Feb 2017, 21:19
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What are we listening to right now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1106

Re: What are we listening to right now?

Dances from Terpsichore by Michael Praetorius, sounds very mediaeval British but is in actual fact German. Featuring the sackbutt, one of which they have at the Bate Collection in Oxford.
by dave brum
04 Feb 2017, 20:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

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Another dose of Rhinestone Cowboy this morning. That old chestnut from Petula Clark is on their playlist, you know the one, it goes 'as you sail across the sea, oh my love be there to guide you, in Capri or Amsterdam, on the loo loo or Siam'. I had that on a Best of Family Favourites LP. Sunday lunc...
by dave brum
04 Feb 2017, 20:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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BREAKING NEWS, you heard it here first, if Breitbart report it, they're theiving little so and so's. Mabel Mucklethwaite has taken down her piano teaching website. Guessing she has retired. AAh, but you already have that coveted piano playing skill. Question: "Do you play the piano, Gill?". Answer: ...
by dave brum
04 Feb 2017, 14:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Spurred on by the mispronunciation of the current month on our in-store radio station, the song January February by Barbara Dickson.

Who I've always thought be re-named Barbara Diction as she has very good said act.
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 19:54
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

Well known theatre and cinema critic, and presenter of Sound of Cinema on Radio 3.

He famously was threatened with legal action by one former Radio 1 DJ turned rightwing extremist Mike Read because he gave one of his shows a bad review!
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 19:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

Yes indeed. So-called I.S.I.S have that in common with Trumpy as well, they believe God is on their side!!

If Mexico doesn't pay for his 'wall' he may have to build it out of sugar cane.....which nicely links into this piece of mediocrity from the 1980s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LS_9nM4bm0
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 19:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

Re: Random thoughts or comments...

All I could think about whilst practising was getting all of the notes in the right order so that it all makes sense, plus getting the dynamics right, so I'd play it again and again and get more frustrated and cross. That in an extreme scenario. Relaxed is something I have never ever felt whilst pra...
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 18:58
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

In his inaugural address, The Wazzock truly believes that God is on his side. How 'bout this old chestnut from Genesis then (Matthew 4:7)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35K6vQRt67g
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 12:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Just looked at at least 2 British piano teachers' websites that both say the same thing, piano lessons are good for one's mental health and well-being.

Codswallop! After ten years and I don't know how many lessons in that time it has had the complete opposite effect on me.
by dave brum
03 Feb 2017, 10:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What tune have we had on our minds today??
Replies: 413
Views: 85186

Re: What tune have we had on our minds today??

I can't get the theme tune from Blakes 7 out of my head this morning, so I've just watched the full version on YouTube. I'd forgotten what an amazingly evocative piece of music it is.

(and that's your job up the swanee, Matthew Sweet!)
by dave brum
02 Feb 2017, 17:45
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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Indeed. Trouble is, none of them seem to be in the West Midlands.....
by dave brum
02 Feb 2017, 17:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

If only I were music policy editor of Co-Operative Radio, with the passwords to all the computers, ooh, the changes I'd make for the better. Number 1. More unsigned artists. Here's one of the fifty tunes on the Mood robot that I always thought was done by Belinda Carlisle: https://www.youtube.com/wa...
by dave brum
02 Feb 2017, 14:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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I love having conversations with pianists and piano teachers on social media and email. Brexitannia is full of very good piano teachers who are really switched on with a positive philosophy and great expectations and hopes for their students regardless of age.
by dave brum
01 Feb 2017, 20:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

These long runs of earlies are cream crackering me out.

Lindsay let on her age today, she is 42. About time she thought of applying for a job on Radio 2.
by dave brum
29 Jan 2017, 19:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Re: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

Donald, Where's Your Troosers.....a possible impeachment criteria there?
by dave brum
28 Jan 2017, 14:38
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like
Replies: 6
Views: 767

Songs that President Donald J.Trump might like

One couldn't help thinking about old Donnie when I heard the old Tamla Motown track this morning in work by Stevie Wonder, 'He's Misstra Know It All''. Then it started a train of thought, wonder if he's ever heard of the Pink Floyd album from 1979 'The Wall', or even Nellie the Elephant, whose choru...
by dave brum
26 Jan 2017, 15:35
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

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Brand new low this morning from Mood. Well, to be correct, trying to give the whole of Brexit Island a low on a chilly winter's morning. To explain. Being a miserable little (censored) is one thing. Amassing a huge amount of private capital and a business empire from being a miserable little (censor...
by dave brum
25 Jan 2017, 19:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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I love Gilbert and Sullivan, so quirky, so unique and so outrageously anti-establishment and mocking in a very British fashion ( Stay close to your desks and don't go to sea. And one day you'll be ruler of the Queen's Navy!) If only they were around to do an operetta based on the almighty farce that...
by dave brum
25 Jan 2017, 19:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere
Replies: 96
Views: 5965

Re: Co-op Radio. For deaf people everywhere

So back to the Winston Smith-ish dissidence. Today's Retro Year was 1969 and we had nothing but British No1s from that year, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Thunderclap Newman (who was in fact the piano player not the bloke who sang Something In the Air), Sugar Sugar, the late Peter Sarstedt etc. ...
by dave brum
25 Jan 2017, 15:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random thoughts or comments...
Replies: 1634
Views: 456125

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If like me, your eyesight is a bit on the wane, you will have a job differentiating between Christmas cards and Christmas carols. So with that in mind, happy Bums night.
by dave brum
24 Jan 2017, 20:43
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Misheard lyrics from songs.
Replies: 161
Views: 32085

Re: Misheard lyrics from songs.

Portishead - Only You....who can tell me apart. I always thought it was tear. It sounds like tear.