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    My rants about opera, music, sometimes even life in general...

My advice for the dieters out there

I will try to give some advice that is not really advice in terms of rules but more my own two cents about any diet. Be nice to yourself What most diets have in common is that they put up a regimen that makes Jesuits seem lenient with their self-flagellation and use of cilice. Don’t chastise … Continue reading

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Cake for breakfast

A friend of mine linked this wonderful, delicious article by the Daily Telegraph this morning, titled “Chocolate cake breakfast could help you lose weight” [x] My first conclusion: the article is soothing, a hug from the inside, just like the mentioned piece of chocolate cake. It comforts the readers, announcing that their occasional sins are forgiven.

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Groucho Marx and American Apparel

Recently – about a year ago – there was a medium media hype around a guy who re-created American Apparel photo shoots – of females. [x] Is this pose sexy for a man? I will exclude this topic for now, because it’s an emotional and highly individual one. Yet what can generally be said is … Continue reading

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Sham debates and drainpipe jeans

Abdelkarim Zemhoute is a German-Moroccan comedian. The clip is from a German TV show called “Die Anstalt.” (“Die Anstalt” is ambiguous in German, it can mean “Institution” – like a broadcasting station – or it means “mental hospital.”)

I like what he does. (I supect he might be better and more bitter yet if he is not on national TV, too.) In an effort to explain “what Germans find funny” to a friend, I decided to make a transcript and a translation.

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I hated it – Wigmore Hall and The Times

I am more than just mildly annoyed. Annoyed not because someone “hated it.” I’m annoyed because instead of a review, The Times decided to publish a pretentious hate-piece designed to insult musicians and audience alike. It worked. I am referring to the review of “Music for a While” at Wigmore Hall, published by the Times. Here … Continue reading

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Involuntarily inappropriate libretto lines/lyrics, anyone?

Now don’t get me wrong – I do feel very deeply about the following songs and arias, but still, they can be overheard in a completely inappropriate way. #1 Of course, Purcell’s “When I am laid … am laid ….” in earth. from “Dido and Aeneas.” I was so relieved when Stephen Fry and Tim Lihoreau mentioned the … Continue reading

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The curtain closed, the plot unended

A few days have passed since events around Tamar Iveri, a Georgian opera singer, have escalated. I followed the matter with interest; in parts because I like a good show as much as anyone, but mainly because of the dynamics it revealed. It made people speak out who usually keep silent. At first glance, the event has … Continue reading


These are a few of my favourite … books.

There were a few books in my life that I found life-changing, that gave me the feeling of having found a love I never knew I had been looking for, that I couldn’t un-read, that made me change my view of the world forever. For now, I’ll only span the bracket until about 16 years of age, otherwise … Continue reading

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No talking about the weather

I have to say, up to this day, Chimamanda Adichie was completely unknown to me. (In my defence, I don’t get round to read nearly as much as I’d wish to of late.) Chimamanda Adichie is in fact a novelist of high acclaim. What she said in a speech, moved me, so I thought I’d share. … Continue reading

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My hairy issues with Classical marketing

This is the kind of blog note I am not sure whether to post at all; maybe I would like to avoid my own bigotry to be showing too much. However, I think the question is worth giving a thought to, and I would be curious about your opinion, which tips the balance. So alright … Continue reading


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