Music, Morocco and British leading actors

UK’s leading actors and a protest letter addressed to voters about BBC.

Appeal to voters. In an article by Vanessa Thorpe and the Observer.

Ravi Shankar, Satie, Messiaen and Indonesia. BBC Radio3’s Late Junction, Fiona Talkington and Ravi Shankar’s Raga Lalit with Prodyot sen and Kamala on tamboura. Also on this programme Kalimantan bamboo percussion from Indonesia, Satie’s Sur un lanterne, O Sacrum Convivium Messiaen and the Awlad Hajj Al-Mahi Ensemble with Sal Al-Rakb/Enquire About The Convoy.

Shankar and the Asian Network. Ravi Shankar was also played on BBC Asian Network in Weekend Gujarati with Dev Parmar. And do you listen to 6 Music? Here there is Shankar at Live at Four on this radio station.

Music playlists. Here there are playlists of mine about the Asian Network and 6 Music.

One Republic and tv. One Republic, All The Right Moves at abc’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (video).

Morocco and Spain. Have you already been as tourists in Marrakech and Morocco? From the Netherlands? Your experience there? And Alicante, Playa Xagò or Santiago de Compostela in Spain?

Mortensen, Clooney, films… and music? Viggo Mortensen and The Road (trailer) and Up in the Air with George Clooney (trailer).

David Bowie. A page “Film Weekly” by The Observer (audio) and…. “I am a passenger” by David Bowie. Will I write about music in these films?

07.12.08 – Does music redeem? Have you seen the French film Les Choristes (The Chorus)? The website of the British newspaper The Guardian defined it “a postwar boarding school drama”. “Set in an authoritarian reform school in 1949, – the Guardian adds – the film focuses on the attempts of a dissident master to subvert the draconian regime by teaching the boys to sing, and shows the redemptive power of music on the boys”.

Draconian. I wondered what “draconian” means and then I looked up the word in my English dictionary and found these meanings – “of or relating to Draco or his code of laws” and “harsh”. Instead, Draco is described as “7th century B.C., Athenian statesman, whose code of laws (621) prescribed death for most offences”.

Film for families? Moreover, there are other opinions in that article. “It is a family feelgood movie – the journalist Amelia Gentleman writes – with a saccharine gloss which has chimed with a new French nostalgia for the postwar era. Due for release in Britain in January, it is being promoted as an export to rival the international success of Amélie in 2002”.

Well, that is what this quality newspaper writes, but first of all I would ask you whether it is really a family feelgood movie. Maybe it is partially, at least according to me, but I do not think it is that way a lot. After all and as an add to this opinion of mine, I do not think it has a saccharine gloss and the reference to Amélie is really very fascinating with hindsight because both movies are two very nice French films (but why ever is there no reference to Chocolat?).
Fashionable singing? Eventually I read about a particular in the article I did not know – that is “Les Choristes is a remake of the 1945 French hit La Cage aux Rossignols (The Cage of Nightingales)” – and, moreover, we can read an opinion of the director Christophe Barratier about the plot too. “This isn’t – he says – a particularly fashionable subject”. I do not know what are your opinions about it, but personally I think that he may be right. Maybe he really is or more probably he is not… Who knows but you…

Train. Five night in Provence and travel from the UK – London St Pancras and Ebbsfleet International – by train from 399 pounds. The supplier is Travel Editions and the itinerary includes Aix-en-Provence, the Luberon, Uzes, Pont du Garde, Orange, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Arles, Baux-de-Provence and the Camargue. The accomodation happens at the Bristol Hotel in Avignon and at the Avignon Grand Hotel.

Paintings. A real travel and two nights for an exhibition in Paris from 175 pounds. You would travel by train to see works by Turner, Canaletto, Titian and Rembrandt at the Grand Palais. The supplier is VFB Holidays.

Opera, an European browser, and Mozilla, Linux and Apple

Spreadthesign, the sign language dictionary. European Commission – Education & Training

Vanilla icecream, Vanilla Toffee Crunch and Chunky Monkey

Vanilla Bean, Strawberries & Cream, Double Chocolate, Mango & Passion Fruit Madness, Lemon Meringue, Cappuccino and Sticky Toffee Fudge

Mango & Banana Smoothie, Banana & Strawberry Smoothie, Frozen Yogurt, Cappuccino and Chocolate Icecream

Sunday December 7, 2008

updated on Tuesday April 27, 2010

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