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No Connection

Posted by Susan Tomes on 5 November 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  1 Comment

Richmond Park this morning offered many examples of a discouraging sight which is fast becoming familiar in the parks round here: of dog-walkers absorbed in conversations on their mobile phones, while their dogs trail meekly behind them. Are we really still a nation of dog-lovers? One of the cheering sights of the park used to be [...]

Sensitivity

Posted by Susan Tomes on 4 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations  •  Leave a comment

I’ve just realised that this is my hundredth blog post on this website. I am a centenarian! To celebrate, here’s a sweet story I heard from Mark Morris when I attended his question-and-answer session the other night at Sadler’s Wells. He was complaining about someone sitting in the balcony at one of his shows last [...]

Transport from tee to green

Posted by Susan Tomes on 3 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Yesterday I was astounded to hear a golfer talking on the radio about the current trend whereby competitors in golf championships are ferried from tee to green in little buggies. When asked whether it was really so hard to walk that short distance, the golfer replied that hitting a golf shot is a demanding physical skill which takes [...]

New Tracks

Posted by Susan Tomes on 2 November 2009 under Concerts, Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  Leave a comment

One of the professors at the RSAMD said a very interesting thing when I was there the other day. We were talking about the difference that the existence of recordings has made to learning new works. He said that it’s quite common for his students to come to their lesson and say things like, ‘I’m [...]

Lid closes on Kemble Pianos

Posted by Susan Tomes on 30 October 2009 under Daily Life, Musings  •  Leave a comment

Kemble Pianos, the UK’s last piano manufacturing firm, closed today. Read my comments in today’s Guardian arts blog here.