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Winston Graham -- haunting stories; and a Che Guevara slant in the Poldark novels


Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Garrick arrived at Nampara (2015)

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As you doubtless know if you’ve been reading this blog, the new… 715 more words

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Downton Abbey: 5th season finale & some Trollopian contrasts


In prison, telling of how her stepfather abused her and her mother ignored her distress: Anna (Joanne Froggart) and Bates (Brendan Coyle)


The Dowager in her mind bidding adieu to any idea of time regained: Violet (Maggie Smith) remembering… 2,748 more words

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Downton Abbey 5:7: Small Decencies


Violet, Lady Grantham (Maggie Smith) explaining to Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery why the prospect of Isobel Crawley’s (Penelope Wilton) marriage to Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) hurts so… 1,757 more words

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HD Met parallel operas: Iolanthe & Bluebeard's Castle


Anna Netrebko as Iolanta and Piotr Beczala as Count Vaudemont (Tchaikovsky); Nadja Michael as Judith and Mikhail Petrenko as Bluebeard (Bartok)

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Mingus, Songza, and the Problem of Curated Music

So I have been getting to know Songza lately, whether I knew it or not. For the last month or more, my boss has been putting on Songza playlists as our office music. 1,331 more words

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono's And so this is Christmas & The Christmas Angel

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It’s said they recorded this in 1971 when the war in Vietnam was not over: the US gov’t was bombing hospitals in Vietnam; they thought, What could they do about it? 56 more words

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An overlong Met HD production: Die Meistersinger


Michael Volle as Hans Sachs (with a different soprano in the role of Eva than the production we saw today)

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I thought I’d record that Yvette and I spent 6 long hours watching… 1,169 more words

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