Then I look in the Guardian Guide and see that he is back tonight at 2100 on BBC2. Gareth Malone. He always has a pianist following behind him in tow for rehearsals....and he never gives the poor old b*gger any credit on camera.
My fitness instructor was on there doing one of her classes at Cocksmoors Woods leisure centre, well her back was anyway. I spotted her right away and I mentioned it to her at class this morning. She even played 'The Only Way Is Up' during her routine this morning. I thought it was 'Essex' but never mind, what do I know?Gill the Piano wrote:I thought it was good - but i wish those bloody tenors had done some practice!
Her boss was Steve Mason, who works at Cocksmoors and was in Gareth's choir (tallish 30something white male in bright pink top and shorts!) But the class I go to isn't on Council property, it's on Church of Britain ground!
One of my old piano books had music history bits in it and it said the Tallis Canon (featured tutorial) was also a part in Noye's Fludde. I've been on the lookout for both in the Library.
Church of Britain? What on earth is that????
I saw the end of the Britten bit but I never liked his stuff. I thought she was saying 'Curly River'!
Mr.Malone is at Sainsburys in east London tonight doing his magic. They're doing a Spice Girls song...and I've just seen Old Spice.
Still think our choir has the edge, not that I'm biased as a City of Birmingham council tax payer. Fitness instructor told me this morning Stephen Masonthe fitness instructor cannot sing and was not actually filmed singing, unlike Lee, Ido, Siobhan etc.
Because of his army wives choir work with Gareth Malone, he would have to be the obvious choice for a judge, really I guess. I don't think Britten would have done such a thing had he been alive nowadays.
Nigel Slater's new series on BBC1 last night with Adam Henson was enlightening. I never knew 75 sirloins, 55 rumps and 10 silversides come from a single cow/Bull. But what was more thought provoking was exactly how supermarkets hold us to ransom, and convenience ready meals as a case in point. A rubbish lasagne with hardly any beef, and maybe some of Princess Anne's favourite meat for 75p/portion, or a lovely home cooked tasting lasagne with ample succulent beef and tasty cheese for £3.50/portion (from the same supermarket). Mr.Slater then proceeded to make a lasagne as tasty as the £3.50 meal for £1/portion. Supermarkets would rather you not know how to mix quality with economy.....
I make a lasagne that costs me a fortune......but it goes six ways and it tastes great!
Do you remember a couple of guys from NZ called Hudson and Halls in the 80s?? Food comedy, used to love them.
And Michaela's organ and piano accordion made a heavy loss for poor old Mark Stacey....aaaah! Mind you, talking of antique dealers, I saw Philip Serrell walking through Worcester at the Christmas fayre last year looking like a Mafia don, robed up in his heavy trenchcoat at the back of Reindeer Court!
Funny thing about Flog It, the show has been everywhere in the British Isles and to every major UK city, but I've never ever seen it done in Birmingham. Wonder why???
I'll have to look out for that Flog It...also play the DVD of Nigel Slater's 12 days of Christmas wot I taped last year. (I've owned a DVD recorder for the best part of 10 years and I still refer to recording TV programmes on disc as 'taping' them!)
One old festive chestnut I've had a chance to give an airing to is the Fresh Fields special from 1985 with Julia McKenzie and the late Anton Rodgers...the show that gave the world the catchphrase 'It's only Sonia!!' (Barratt, the demanding neighbour). Sonia Stevens in our class at school got teased something rotten about that (not from me, you understand!)
There's another BBC Christmas trailer featuring will.i.am Christmas (w)rapping. Sorry Will, The Waitresses have already beaten you to it by 30+ years. To be truthful, I've seen much better Christmas themes on the BBC in previous years. I suppose they think that the spirit of the austere, hard-up 2013 Britain of which they represent should be captured, so they've gone for something cheap and basic. However BBC2's artwork is much more creative without the big spending (though I'm sure the rightist press will not be amused...)
And Birds Of A Feather.....on 'Associated Rediffusion '???
Hope there's one in 2014, Liverpool's much much easier to get to from here than Leeds Piano Compo...and it's all completely buck shee.
And yet I can remember a time when ITV was rather quite watchable. Yet I was glancing through the schedule and it just seemed so bland, cheap drama serial followed by trivialised documentary followed by cheap drama serial followed by yet another cheap drama serial followed by popular but no good period drama followed by slick, over trivialised news bulletin. For a commercial broadcaster, Channel 4 is streets ahead of what was Englands' original one of it's type and even Channel 5, does show some tentative signs of diversity and even quality, in a highly subtle form.
David Cameron's right, Broken Britain does exist, it reads 'The (Tory) Sun' and watches ITV.
But BBC4, You can learn so much about such a catholic range of subject matter from watching that channel, like a visual abstract library. It is after all part of the Royal Charter that the BBC serves to 'educate and entertain'.
Unfortunately I am devoid of even Wallace and Gromit as there's rich celebrity hooliganism on GPO Sports 1...and 'Gangsta Gran' will be iPlayed tomorrow. Just me and Máire Brennan this afternoon.....possibly followed by a soupcon of Steeleye.
(CHARLES HAWTREY) Whats a nice girl like you doing with an old cow??Gill the Piano wrote:You should be more lowbrow, possum;
(GIRL) I'm taking her to the bull.
(CH) Couldn't your father do that??
(GIRL) No, it has to be the bull.
That's lowbrow enough for me.
The latter one featured some live footage of a piano singalong at a pub in London called The Wonder, led by Kate Garner, daughter of Chas Hodges (Chas'n'Dave). Chip off the old block, she is.....
They tried to do likewise with To The Manor Born a few years ago. Not the same. I knew Open All Hours wouldnt be the same without watching a second of it as the whole thing revolved around the character of Arkwright and Ronnie B's portrayal of him. Just shows a lack of originality amongst TV bosses - Birds Of A Feather still has its 3 main characters Sharon, Tracey and Dorien, but one wonders whether that would have the same magic as it did when it was on in the Nineties?Gill the Piano wrote:Of the top ten most popular programmes this Christmas, I've only watched one - Open All Hours. Which was average and certainly not as good as Ronnie Barker's day - i never laughed out loud once. Mind you, not much to laugh at this Crimbo as I was given...a dental abscess.
and if you like Chas Hodges' style, check out this wonderful teen queen of the keys Lesley Anne Goode. She also has a YT channel:
Ditto, omitting the penultimate word. There is a book How To Play Stride Piano in the music section of the LoB, I've seen it. And it's in the catalogue.Gill the Piano wrote:I'd love to be able to play stride piano.
https://library-opac.birmingham.gov.uk/ ... /2800334,7