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by Nutroast
11 Jul 2009, 16:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 6
Views: 3262

I'm back!

In the words of Mr Kipling, it's been Ruddyhard, but I'm still here, still practicing and (just about) smiling.

I've missed you lot ;-)

Congrats to Dave on your concert, I'm very impressed!

Love,
Jan
xx
by Nutroast
24 Apr 2009, 14:06
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Good luck Dave!
Replies: 6
Views: 2951

Good luck Dave!

I hope everything is on schedule and your move goes smoothly.

No prizes for guessing what you'll unpack first! I hope Fiona arrives safe and sound.

Get back online with us as soon as you can.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
02 Apr 2009, 13:33
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: What age to start lessons??
Replies: 8
Views: 3801

Re: What age to start lessons??

Gill the Piano wrote: (unless you're like me and never close it)
You obviously have much less fluff and dust in your house than I do in mine :P If I tried that, it would play like a marshmallow in no time.

xx
by Nutroast
27 Mar 2009, 17:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Brand new - what book to self teach/
Replies: 3
Views: 2223

Re: Brand new - what book to self teach/

I've tried both the Classic Piano Course and Alfred's one. Alfred's now sits, unused on the shelf, I didn't get on with it at all as I found he used some terms before explaining them. The Classic Piano Course is good, but is assumes some knowledge on reading music, which may be fine for you. The one...
by Nutroast
18 Mar 2009, 16:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Song Of Erin for St. Patricks Day!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2055

Re: Song Of Erin for St. Patricks Day!!

Hi Dave,

I missed it! I had to start work at 7 and before I knew what was happening the prog had finished. Did they play it for you?

Hope so.

xx
by Nutroast
30 Dec 2008, 15:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Sympathy for me too please
Replies: 9
Views: 3856

Hello Joseph, Sympathies from here, my parents have both been struck down with this virus and spent Christmas being unable to eat and feeling dreadful. You're right, there's a world of difference between a cold and 'flu, with 'flu there is absolutely no way you can work through it, you simply won't ...
by Nutroast
29 Dec 2008, 11:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 7603

:lol: :lol:

Wanna borrow a cat?

Methinks Vernon was lighting the blue touch-paper....
by Nutroast
28 Dec 2008, 16:59
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Large amounts of sympathy, please
Replies: 20
Views: 7603

Re: Large amounts of sympathy, please

I'm moving into a house which is being converted from its former life as a shop. You've bought Woolies? I hope you get your beloved back safe and sound very soon. I'm not the best practicer in the world, but even I would miss my set of keys if they weren't available for a week or two. I hope the ti...
by Nutroast
26 Dec 2008, 10:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What have we all had for Christmas then?
Replies: 13
Views: 5056

Hi Dave, thank you for the brilliant present, it's taken pride of place over Rosie today! I'm a lucky bunny, my husband bought me an adjustable piano stool :shock: I'm absolutely thrilled with it. The stool that came with the piano was slightly too high for me and I couldn't put my feet flat on the ...
by Nutroast
23 Dec 2008, 08:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas lounge loiterers!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 5773

I don't have birthdays any more, I just have reminders for an out-of-date warranty. :wink:

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
22 Dec 2008, 13:49
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas lounge loiterers!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 5773

:D I recon your grade 1 is in the bag, Brumble. I don't think I'll get there myself in 2009, but you never know.

Jan
xx

Hey, has Santa Postman brought a little something for you yet?
by Nutroast
22 Dec 2008, 11:21
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Christmas lounge loiterers!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 5773

Merry Christmas to you all too! I hope Santa brings you all what you want.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
22 Dec 2008, 11:18
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Happy Birthday dave brum!
Replies: 14
Views: 5034

:oops: whoops, a belated happy birthday from me too! I hope you had a great day.

Love,
Jan
xx
by Nutroast
20 Dec 2008, 14:27
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Desert Island Discs
Replies: 3
Views: 2042

Oh, this will be an ever-changing list! 1) Heroes - Bowie 2) Hurricane - Bob Dylan 3) There there - Radiohead 4) I Cry - Macy Gray 5) Rite of Spring - Stravinsky 6) "Pastoral" symphony - Ludwig vB 7) Enigma Variations - Edward E 8) Morning has broken - Cat Stevens I won't bother with the CD player, ...
by Nutroast
20 Dec 2008, 12:43
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: The best enquiry I've had all year
Replies: 5
Views: 2763

:D Perhaps you could make your fortune by designing a stencil so people can paint a keyboard on their dining tables?

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
18 Dec 2008, 17:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 101643

:(

Sorry to hear that Anna. It's their loss.

Love,
Jan
xx
by Nutroast
17 Dec 2008, 11:25
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 101643

DAVE!! Santa is coming to your house and he looks remarkably like the postman. Hope you like it :D

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
17 Dec 2008, 11:23
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 101643

ebonyivory wrote: I like the Specials too! Our era really. .
My era too! I thought "Ghost Town" was brilliant.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
10 Dec 2008, 13:10
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My First Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 5912

Actually, so I don't mislead, mine doesn't have a silent option, it's a practice pedal, no electronics alowed! The sound is "muffled" by about two-thirds when you use it, which is absolutely fine for most practice, but doesn't let you really hear expressions very well. When I bought mine, I saw seve...
by Nutroast
09 Dec 2008, 15:41
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: My First Piano
Replies: 21
Views: 5912

I'm a complete beginner too, but still have the pleasure of being biased! I'd definitely recommend an acoustic if you can house it; I get terribly distracted by all those added bits and bobs, when all you want is to recreate the great instrument itself. My budget was MUCH less than yours, but I stil...
by Nutroast
09 Dec 2008, 15:28
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Lounging in the lounge...
Replies: 67
Views: 17142

I can understand that! I don't want anyone to know where I am in an open forum either, nor do I want some of the people who live near me to twig who I am. There's nowt so much to aid open chat on a forum than not have to reveal all to the whole world - now I know why Batman wore that cape! I didn't ...
by Nutroast
09 Dec 2008, 13:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINZY OUTTRIM! (11 December)
Replies: 17
Views: 5259

You lot are soooo youthful!

Happy birthday for Thursday, Linzy! Hope you have a fabulous day and get spoilt rotten.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
09 Dec 2008, 13:38
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Lounging in the lounge...
Replies: 67
Views: 17142

Hmm, sands? It's not Worthing then, the last time I was there it had more of a fruity pebble/seaweed mixture. It could be Brighton as I've not seen the beach there as we've never made it past the Evening Star in Surrey Street *hic*

Jan
by Nutroast
08 Dec 2008, 16:30
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Distinctions, merits and plain auld passes...
Replies: 43
Views: 12240

It's lovely here, a great community. I've never had such a warm welcome from a web forum and hope to meet some folks when I can. As for exams, just give me pass-with-a-push-downhill-and-a-following-wind, just so long as it's a PASS :P I've always been terrible at exams, that rescue remedy sounds per...
by Nutroast
08 Dec 2008, 16:24
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: What's Britannia got for Christmas then?
Replies: 14
Views: 5075

...a ladyshave to sort out that embarassing little outbreak on her chinny-chin-chin?

I've seen those catnomes, they're brilliant fun and I keep think I want/need a one, but I'm trying to convince myself and my teacher that I CAN actually count for myself :D

Jan
by Nutroast
08 Dec 2008, 11:18
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing with Colour by Sharon Goodey (dyslexic pupils)
Replies: 11
Views: 4734

Actually, thinking about what I just said, aren't autistic people often gifted in art and music anyway?

J
by Nutroast
08 Dec 2008, 11:15
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Playing with Colour by Sharon Goodey (dyslexic pupils)
Replies: 11
Views: 4734

Hi Dave, I'm no expert, but I'd say it would very much depend on what causes her restriction, so ligaments/tendons/muscles or bones. If it's not bones, then I recon piano playing would definitely be great therapy, if bones, then the restriction would always be there, and someone would have to show h...
by Nutroast
07 Dec 2008, 07:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Idle chit-chatterers' corner
Replies: 602
Views: 101643

and voila, as if by magic, the mist has cleared and you can make that connection between the printed music and your hands without having to avert your gaze from the music!! Scales and arpeggios perfectly too! If only there was an AB examiner up here with me!!! Has anyone else noticed that - especia...
by Nutroast
07 Dec 2008, 07:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Catching up
Replies: 5
Views: 2742

Hello Linzy, we've missed you, welcome back!

Gill, fire alarms are actually designed to be kitchen timers. I love the idea of the "accidents" sign, I think my husband would not have dared....

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
04 Dec 2008, 18:41
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 1 dreaming
Replies: 7
Views: 3543

But, what to do with all those pickled onions????
by Nutroast
04 Dec 2008, 14:51
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 1 dreaming
Replies: 7
Views: 3543

Hi Dave,

Yes, it's better so far, but I look like the pic on the side of my post, all ancient and huddled up! I'm wearing fingerless gloves for typing at work :shock: If anyone is doing A Christmas Carol this year, I'll be your perfect Bob Cratchet :P

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
04 Dec 2008, 12:24
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 1 dreaming
Replies: 7
Views: 3543

Thanks, Anna! I have to remind myself not to play too fast as well. I keep reminding myself that it's like driving a car, don't go too fast for the conditions else you'll crash! :D

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
03 Dec 2008, 16:50
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 1 dreaming
Replies: 7
Views: 3543

Grade 1 dreaming

Well, you never know what 2009 may bring! I rather fancied getting familiar with 3 pieces for the practical exam, I wanted to try Never Vex T-Rex (since I heard so much about it on here), plus Vivaldi Autumn and Schubert's Theme from the Unfinished Symphony. However.... when I look at the ABRSM site...
by Nutroast
03 Dec 2008, 16:44
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bless the English climate!
Replies: 8
Views: 3131

A pressie!! For me?? Aww Dave, you shouldn't. Those aren't your old suspenders, are they?

You're right, that has cheered me up :D

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
03 Dec 2008, 15:05
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Bless the English climate!
Replies: 8
Views: 3131

Bless the English climate!

Well, now I'm really hacked off! Earlier today, I couldn't even work, let alone think of piano practice due to my Reynauds kicking in :evil: I have it all year round, but of course it's much worse when the weather's like this. I had no feeling in my fingers or toes for several hours. My thumbs were ...
by Nutroast
03 Dec 2008, 11:11
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Grade 1! What a relief!
Replies: 15
Views: 5521

Hello Kim,

Another WOW here! Many congratulations, no wonder you're over the moon with that scoring. You clever ol' thing you.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
01 Dec 2008, 16:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Grade 2 looks really scary!
Replies: 23
Views: 8701

Grade 2 eh? Dream on, Nutty, dream on!

As Gill said, I bet the grade 1 stuff brought you out in hives the first time you clapped eyes on it. Congratulations on passing your exam.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
28 Nov 2008, 18:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

:D Not at all!!

xx
by Nutroast
28 Nov 2008, 15:55
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our favourite Christmas drink...
Replies: 8
Views: 3562

I just remembered one I can't do without, Stones Ginger Wine, not the normal one which I find too sweet, but the "special reserve" with the red label. YUM!

D'you know, Dave, I've never been to Starbucks? I don't actually know where the nearest one is. I love ginger in things though!

Jan
by Nutroast
28 Nov 2008, 15:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

Hi Kate, oh, I mean Anna, I'm sorry you missed your lesson for nothing, what a pain. How did the interview go in the end? I hope I get to meet you and Dave some time. I'd love to watch your concert in Chappels :) I could do you "We Three Kings" if you're in good voice to accompany me! Incredibly, I'...
by Nutroast
27 Nov 2008, 08:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our favourite Christmas drink...
Replies: 8
Views: 3562

Nyetimber English sparkling wine, a champagne by any other name and better than any other champagne!

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
26 Nov 2008, 12:40
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Our favourite Christmas carol and Christmas song
Replies: 18
Views: 5791

I'll go for We Three Kings, Silent Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen at the moment, they're the only ones I can play!

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
26 Nov 2008, 10:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

Under the Animal By-Products Regulation (EC) No. 1774/2002 (don't you just love 'em?) you're not supposed to feed kitchen scraps to your feathered friends, maybe a bse thing, not feeding meat to meat, even if you don't use meat? But it's a total waste not to. The spaghetti my ladies have may be left...
by Nutroast
25 Nov 2008, 10:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Any recipes for homemade Christmas pud?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

Here's mine, minus choking hazzard! 4oz wholeweat breadcrumbs 2oz butter 1tsp mixed spice qtr tsp ground ginger grated nutmeg 1oz muscovado sugar 1 small cooking apple, peeled and chopped/grated 3-4oz of sultanas and 3-4 oz raisins 1oz crystallised ginger, chopped 1 orange, rind and juice 1 lemon, r...
by Nutroast
25 Nov 2008, 10:41
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

Did you know chickens are the most abused animals in the word? Yep, mine have got spaghetti with parsley this morning, poor things :P Actually, you are right, it's a shame that they continue to grow or produce eggs despite dreadful conditions, if they went on mass strike, maybe things would be forc...
by Nutroast
24 Nov 2008, 12:12
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Any recipes for homemade Christmas pud?
Replies: 6
Views: 2849

Yum, we made our Christmas put at the weekend. We had meant to do it the week before, so the fruit had been soaking in a mixture of brandy and rum for 8 days by the time we got around to it!

I'll dig the recipe out for you.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
24 Nov 2008, 12:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

Hi Dave, Warning, this is long… When I was 17, I had high blood pressure. This was bad enough for my doc to threaten me with medication, so, I decided to try and do something about it myself. At about the same time, I’d stayed up late and watch a programme on tv about work inside an abattoir. There ...
by Nutroast
23 Nov 2008, 17:33
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Becoming a vegetarian - ideas?
Replies: 54
Views: 15706

Hi Dave,

I'm in a rush, but promise a proper reply to you in the morning.

Jan
xx
by Nutroast
23 Nov 2008, 17:32
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Help! Looking for a piano teacher.
Replies: 10
Views: 5307

PBruce, some books have a dummy printed paper keyboard that you can carry to help you learn your notes. I recon that's about as much use as something that size could be. I find it more helpful to practice note reading from music when I'm not near my piano.

Jan
by Nutroast
21 Nov 2008, 11:08
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Help! Looking for a piano teacher.
Replies: 10
Views: 5307

I take it you've tried good old musicteachers.co.uk, or even the database in the Piano Teachers section of this site!! Best of luck anyway Ruth. Spot on Dave! You can also check Yellow Pages (www.yell.co.uk) Jan PS. PBruce, there are sites that teach music reading and notation and theory, but I thi...