Quote Of The Day

"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Ted Lasso Finale…

Ted Lasso finale. Everything Succession finale wasn’t (which I also loved); sweet, cheesy, emotional, and heart-warming. Fantastic. ❤️

Oh, and it has a fabulous musical number!

(Funnily enough Harriet Walter plays the main protagonist’s mother in both Succession & in TL!)

#TedLasso #HarrietWalter #Succession

Monday, May 29, 2023

Arsenal 5-0 Wolves. ⚽️πŸ”΄⚪️

A fantastic last game of the season. We sang, we danced, we thought about what could have been. 
@Arsenal have had a fantastic year. We so nearly made it over the line against the City juggernaut. But who would have thought we were even in with a chance last summer. Upwards and upwards for next time. We go again. This time for the win #COYG

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Arsenal Fan Poster…

So the @Arsenal fan poster is finally up. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. I feel honoured, flattered, excited, and proud. ❤️

Friday, May 26, 2023

Happy in My New @Arsenal Shirt…

Brokeback Mountain @SohoPlace "sexy, moving, and full of grace"

Last night Stuart and I went to see Brokeback Mountain at @SohoPlace in London's glitzy West End. Based on Annie Proulx's short story this version by Ashley Robinson was sexy, moving, and full of grace.
There were excellent performances by the two leads; Mike Faist as Jack and Lucas Hedges as Ennis, both making their West End stage debuts. However, the night went to Emily Fairn. Playing Ennis's wronged wife, her note perfect performance brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye.
The show was billed as a 'play with music' and indeed the action was interspersed with Eddi Reader (joined by her onstage Country and Western band) singing beautiful songs penned by Dan Gillespie Sells no less.
Of this version Proulx says, "Brokeback Mountain has been recreated in several different forms, each with its own distinctive moods and impact. Ashley’s script is fresh and deeply moving, opening sight lines not visible in the original nor successive treatments" And I couldn't have said it better myself.
A great opening production for this new theatre.
(Our only niggle was the building itself. It's all brand new - but the place is too tightly packed. The passages in and out of the spacious auditorium were too small, the staircases too narrow, the bars too short, and the facilities also too small.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Honoured to be in fan banner outside @EmiratesStadium @Arsenal

Really honoured to be one of the fans featured on this external stadium artwork (below ‘r’ of ‘Gooner!’) 🏳️‍🌈✊

The banner is going up now. Centre and right half going up today. I’m in the left half going up tomorrow. 

Luckily seems I won’t be obscured by the Emirates sign! πŸ˜‚

Poor Myrtle. Panic in Paris…

My darling mother is in Paris visiting one of her sisters. She thought she’d missed her London train returning back from Paris just now (she hadn’t). She panicked. And got a little cross with the Eurostar Assist team for not getting her onboard on time.  Then I pointed out to her the times on the train ticket were actually local times and she was actually an hour early! Bless her. She apologised to everyone who would listen at Gard du Nord. Twice. 

She’s now safely on board. I’ll meet her at St Pancras and get her on her Welwyn train. 

Still, good to be doing the trip alone aged 86. Many wouldn’t. πŸ‘

Monday, May 22, 2023

The Music of Zimmer vs Williams @ Royal Festival Hall…

Last Saturday afternoon Darce and I went to see The Music of Zimmer vs Williams at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s glitzy South Bank. 

Live music. Film music. 160 strong choir and orchestra. Cos play. Happy people. Oh, and a steak lunch πŸ˜‚ Great fun. 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Alison Goldfrapp @ HERE at Outernet... @alison_goldfrapp

MLast night Simon, Darren, Stuart, I (and what seemed like a dangerously large number of other people) packed into the four-floor down underground 'let's not call it a firetrap' that is HERE at Outernet to watch the sublime Alison Goldfrapp perform her maiden album The Love Invention along with a bunch of up-tempo Goldfrapp tracks.
Alison was in fine form. The sound was great. The songs top notch. It's just the venue... the pushy crowd, the slow bar service, the poor sight lines, the chatting that left something to be desired. 
I suspect her gig at Somerset House in early July soon will be far superior.
Hotel (Suite 23)
Love Invention
Believer (Goldfrapp song)
Digging Deeper
In Electric Blue
Number 1 (Goldfrapp song)
The Beat Divine
Impossible (RΓΆyksopp cover)
Anymore (Goldfrapp song)
Gatto Gelato
Strict Machine (Goldfrapp song)
Rocket (Goldfrapp song)
So Hard So Hot
Ride a White Horse (Goldfrapp song)
Fever (This Is the Real Thing)