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The Long Utopia: (The Long Earth 4)The Long Utopia: by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Not sure how much Pratchett and how much Baxter there is in this book, I suspect mostly Baxter, given the circumstances. It is the last and final (probably) part of a series that plays on one version of the 'many worlds'. I found (again) the characters believable and human (well, at least one of the main characters is not exactly human). The plot has an enormous scope and you very likely do need to have read the previous books for it to make sense. It draws on what seemed to me a variant of the 'grey goo' self-replicator problem -but I'll stop at that. I enjoyed being in that world once again, I found it an easy and absorbing read.



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Many thanks again to augeas for filming that concert. Some artefacts in image and sound are inevitable due to the nature of the equipment used to record (a phone..).

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Midnight, while Al Jazeera whispers its version of the news in the background. I should be in bed as I have to get up early for my lawyer pupil’s lesson (he’s got into his head that he wants to play the blues, that typical middle class English musical form and is taking extra lessons) but I am making bread and started way too late. I’m partly cheating: did the kneading in the bread machine, but I don’t like how bread comes out of the machine so finish it by hand. We’ll see, hadn’t done it for a while so it probably will go wrong as I’ll have got the quantities and times wrong. Never mind…

The bread still doesn’t smell of bread, it is already in the oven and it’s rising perhaps a bit too quickly. Hope it doesn’t collapse...

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A quick take of Bach's 'Double' from Suite BWV 997. A few rough edges (and yes, you can hear me breathing, etc) but hopefully listenable.

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Ah, I seem to have a problemette this coming Saturday. It is the summer BBQ (without the barbeque) at lovelybug and ciphergoth's, down in Saff London, which I'd said I would attend. It is also eline and pir's birthday BBQ (with BBQ) at the other end, in farthest Walthamstow. I would like to go to both but it looks pretty much impossible....

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Last week end was rather long. It could have started on Tuesday, Bastille Day which also happens to be my birthday. After last year's fiasco (when I found myself alone in the company of kruku in the middle of a sea of tables reserved for us in a pub in Holborn) I didn't feel like putting myself through a birthday celebration this year. So I didn't. I'd said to people that I'd share a birthday drink with whoever came to the garden concert I was playing on Thursday. In the event, I had less than half the numbers of people I was anticipating (and that still counting on about half the people who tell you they're going to come actually will -with a lower proportion on Facebook). The concert went well, people liked what I played and I found myself later at Aces & Eights in the good company of ravenstoker, augeas, kekhmet and one or two other people. A couple of pints, a pizza and some good conversation.

On Friday I went to a football pub ... no, wait, went there to see djpsyche's band the Memepunks doing their usual fun covers and mash-ups, with deathboy doing an excellent opening set (we'll have to talk about his remarkable guitar technique:) and aliasrob doing a short but sweet stand-up comedy set. After this I went to Aces and Eights.. again, to join the goths at the New Dusk and dance a little bit. On Saturday, finally, I had some birthday cake at Reptile, as well as perhaps one or two pints more and a little bit of dancing and talking rubbish catching up with peeps. So it would seem like I did get a little bit of birthday celebration after all.

We'll see whether next year my birthday-twin lovelybug and I can get it together to make a joint celebration. We'll see.

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This was the book set for this month's meeting of bibliogoth.

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked the book quite a bit. Was initially confused about several aspects of the narration -which I think was intentional: the vague situation regarding the nature of the first person narrator (which does eventually become clear) and the gender of the various characters, which is never quite defined -you do get used to this. I had more difficulty with the characterisation -I seldom felt these were believably real, living people, only in most cases just devices to move the story forward.

The world in which the story is set feels a lot like Iain Banks' The Culture gone very, very wrong.



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Once more I'm playing a summer garden recital at the Rustique Café in Tufnell Park on Thursday the 16th at 7:30 pm. More details at the event page, here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1472239836401979/

Details in the poster below (clicking opens full size image)



Please let me know if you are able to make it.

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Good Sunday morning (fresher after a little bit of rain, I like it.)

Late start today; I have an arepa from yesterday in the griddle, bacon on a pan, coffee; the private gig yesterday went reasonably well, they were happy with my playing even though I wasn’t 100% happy with it, painfully aware as I am of every small mistake and little things that didn't quite go the way I wanted (as always and maybe as it should be, at least to an extent). Today, the Alma Street Festival here in Kentish Town and then two lessons away. And then maybe more guitar practice… as I have that gig at the Rustique in a week and a half.

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Kentish Town at Dusk



Sorry if you end up seeing this pic several times, I have put it in several places)

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Last night the air-conditioner box (one of those where you have to put an exhaust hose out the window) woke me up when it started spluttering and throwing hot air instead of cold. Well, I suppose that would be the day when it happened. I'd bought it soon after I moved into this flat, five years ago, at the hardware shop at the corner that then became a café then an Indian restaurant then another café and finally now a hairdresser's, so I suppose it paid its due, for those perhaps two weeks in the year when it's useful or necessary. But useful it was, on those admittedly very infrequent occasions in such a grey, wet, cold island as this normally is.

It wasn't that yesterday! It was difficult to work in the heat but it didn't actually feel to me as bad as on similar occasions in previous years. I don't have to go in the tube at peak hours, so at least I don't have to put myself through that, with people reporting 45º in some lines yesterday.

Come November I may miss this... no, actually, no I won't, or I won't miss the hottest days, at any rate. I like the summer, I'm a little more awake (or less dozy) than at other times, I feel that the things I do (guitar practice in particular) work more smoothly and productive. For a child of the tropics, though, it may be odd that I don't like the heat. Anything above about 25º begins to be a bit uncomfortable and above 30 or so it becomes really uncomfortable. I do whinge a lot, don't I.

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Practising my scales while BBC4 talks to itself in the background and then it is the ISIS or whatever it's called this week, knocking down statues, sculptures and buildings that had been there for the best part of four thousand years -and then I turn the volume up to hear some East London man praising these actions as 'destroying idolatry'. Depressing. They have done far worse in terms of human suffering, but destroying the cultural heritage of a people -no, of the world- is an unspeakably terrible thing with lasting consequences. Cannot think what really could be done about it. It's heartbreaking.

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The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the CosmosThe Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this but of course I'm a layman -from outside, the idea of the various types of parallel universe posited here seems almost absurd, a sort of mathematical game. Greene goes some way to explain how some of these ideas could make sense and perhaps be proved (to the extent that positing the existence of realms of reality -sorry- that are completely inaccesible to us could be done at all). One little point: he tries to put together arguments for and against each of these postulates (and of course, again, many look very reasonable but I haven't got the tools to judge) but he seems to put a bit more weight (and expound much more at length) in the arguments for than against. A good read nonetheless and one that offers breathtaking vistas and thoughts on what may be reality and the universe(s).



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A couple of people in my FB f-list turn out to believe in pretty much every conspiracy theory around. The moon landing was a fake ('done in a Hollywood basement' in the rather trodden phrase of RHCP's song). I've mentioned that there is one particular person who IRL comes across as quite cogent and rational, but believes the moon landing was a fake, 9/11 was an inside job, vaccines are a means of control (how?) by the state or something like that (I can't quite understand the argument).

I have mentioned this before and I may come back to it again -it really baffles me so I have to think about how it works.

One of the elements in this may be ... that we all need explanations and reassurances, thrown in a world that can be supremely hostile at times, so we invent narratives in which it all has a sense and a purpose; there is a hidden hand (good or evil) making it all work the way it does. So we create god, alien abductions and secret government conspiracies. This way the world makes sense. If it is god, well, we are in his (why not her?) hands and all will be well. If it is an evil conspiracy, it can be thwarted and things made better. Hm, not sure about the last bit but I feel some of how it works may be along those lines.

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Lovely gathering yesterday at origamitiger and Stjon's. Good to catch up with some peeps, get to know others a little better. It was to be a BBQ but, alas, the gods of weather decided otherwise. Never mind, this didn't matter.

I took a guitar and a camera but didn't use either of them. Didn't take a single picture, didn't torment anyone with any guitar playing.

Getting there was a bit of an ordeal -it started raining down very hard just as I got off the train at this station which was pretty much only the platforms and the ramps leading to side-streets, miles away from anything, nowhere to get under to weather the rain. Got there thoroughly soaked but got there ok nonetheless.

Today, just lessons here and away and some guitar practice.

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... Happy Birthday, cracksmacker!!

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... at the Dome, Tufnell Park. Thanks again xsjdx and the other organisers of this for keeping it going strong all this time.

FB event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/870987946294920/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=3&source_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Google Plus event here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cl358g1acru19bhot6hpnscel20

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First picnic of the year last Saturday was a resounding success. Quite a few people, lots of fun and catching up with some peeps I hadn't seen for a long, long time. Thanks again londonjon for organising this!





The event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/782682585178362/?ref=1

My pictures of the day:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153365644909919.1073741995.544159918&type=1

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Now in school, after a bus journey in a bus full of loud noisy schoolchildren... but then a nice walk down Highgate Village in a clear almost sunny morning, getting a coffee to take away in a café Nero (girl smiled at me, asked how I was, how were the guitar lessons going -that was nice) and -no, don't stop at the estate agents' windows, how much again do they want for that tiny flat?

And now excuse me, while I kiss this guy....

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I don't listen to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 much these days. I suspect that may be, overall, a good thing, for my stress levels and possibly my blood pressure. I do however listen to their podcasts -then I choose what to listen to. The one exception is when I drive to my school in Watford on Tuesday mornings. Then there is at least one occasion to remind myself why I don't listen to the programme. I had a small sample of that today when James Naughtie was interviewing somebody from the trade unions, asking him (and it wasn't a question at all) whether it was legitimate to stage a strike when only a small percentage of those eligible to vote in the ballot did so, even if a majority of those who voted did in favour of the strike. The union spokesperson replies that the same could be said of the general election, in which the current government got elected by a tiny fraction of those eligible to vote. Ah, that is a very different matter, says Naughtie. Now, is it? If most of those who vote choose not to vote, is it an endorsement or a rejection of whatever platform those who won (and those who lost) were running on? Naughtie was saying in almost as many words that is is a very different situation and the government is legitimate but the union ballots, if they voted for strike, were not. I understand that the general BBC approach to interviewing people in public life is the adversarial, confrontational one in hope of catching them in error, but it does seem to me that it is nearly always tilted towards the right. If this guy had anything more to say, I never knew. The one 'question' that kept being asked to him was this demand to admit the illegitimacy of those strike ballots in which a strike was voted for when it wasn't the majority of all people eligible to vote.

I have many times said I'm happy to pay for the licence fee, better to have the BBC than some Murdoch puppet in charge of the main outlet of news in the country. But I do sometimes wonder. The way the BBC reports (or doesn't report) many issues, from Palestine to Venezuela and many others, doesn't look to me very different to me from the way Fox News would report it. Looking at the same issues reported by, say, Al Jazeera, can open one's eyes to a very different perspective.

Avoiding the Today programme seems to be a good idea overall. One should be aware of what is happening (what you don't know can do you a lot of harm) but maybe not like that and, also, maybe not that early in the day.

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No, not Facebook strangeness, more like people strangeness.

Finding out there is an anti-vaxxer in my FB friends' list. This is a bit disturbing, if not entirely surprising in this particular case.

Also there is somebody who seems to believe that the CIA and NASA run a world-wide conspiracy of disinformation. Apparently the lunar landing never happened and all the space news we get from NASA are made up, to take our attentions from .... er, not sure about this bit, I really can't get my head round the rationalisation involved in his thinking. Takes all sorts, I s'pose.

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Orlando Gibbons wants to be my friend on Facebook?

Presumably not _the_ Orlando Gibbons:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlando_Gibbons

since that would be somewhat spooky; there is one common friend so I think I kind of know where that comes from although I'm 100% sure I don't know this person (and very nearly as sure he wasn't born with that name, but that's his own business). There also seems to be a jazz player called that.

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My livejournal friends' page, as opposed to my FB and Twitter feeds, has been quite quiet today. It's not the end of the world here, mind, even though it is a serious drawback. There probably will have to be a more organised counter-pressure to many of the things the Tories will want to do and implement, rather than people just signing e-petitions and the like. We have to wait and see how it all turns out, I suppose.

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I'm one of those foreigners Farage wanted out of here. I haven't got around to getting my British citizenship for the simple reason that for most of my 27 years here I haven't had the thousand pounds plus for the fee and there was little benefit for me in getting a British passport.The only thing I cannot do here is vote in the general election and there would have been at least one occasion in which I would have sorely regretted that vote.

The other side of that is that I live here, I'm not going anywhere (unless the Farages of this world have their way) and I do feel I contribute and receive from this land, hopefully in equal measure. My vote would have made no difference to the result of last night but I do feel I should have 'been there'. Maybe it's time to start saving the pennies for that citizenship application fee.

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And so we took a taxi to Heathrow in the middle of the night and my sister took her plane back to Vz and I got left with a weird sense of emptiness, of loss even though I didn't lose anything but quite the contrary. We reconnected with each other and with the Italian part of the family and had some fab days together.

Now normal life resumes and I'm sitting in my Watford school waiting for my first pupil and pondering on bills to pay, on dentist's appointments and the like and how to eke out my income through the summer and still do the things I want to do (not that many, just Infest and maybe, now that I got the taste, a few days away).

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Trip to Italy done. Several achievements unlocked: going through four countries in Europe by train (cuchette sleeper coach was my least favourite part of the journey), re-encounter and reconnecting with family and the Italian part of my roots and cultural heritage, various other things. Now back, on a quiet Sunday morning having breakfast with my sister isauramatani who is still here for a few more days.

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Hadn't said anything about the journey here. My sister had suggested that we should come by train instead of by plane. I liked the idea a lot and set out to investigate about it. I ended up going to an agent mentioned in Seat 61 since organising travelling times, tickets, etc was looking like a logistic nightmare. Worried a lot about what seemed to be rather a short time to run across Paris from Gare du Nord to Gare de Lyon but it all came out ok. We'll see how it goes on the return trip. I didn't enjoy most of the overnight journey on the Paris-Milan sleeper train, in a six-cuchette cabin with four strangers. Again, we'll see how that turns out on the return.

The verdict, thus far, is a little bit like those three years of busking in London I did in the '80s: it is good to do that once in a lifetime (well, in this case twice, with the return journey) but I'm not sure I would want to do it again.

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Another sunny morning at my cousin's in a place near Roseto degli Abbruzzi. My sister isauramatani and I managed not to miss any of the connecting trains and made it here right on time. There was a big family reunion at a pizza place, there have also been some outings to the beach (just to walk along it, not to swim -too early in the year), to some caves near Gran Sasso and to a beautiful 120 inhabitant village that has survived perhaps nine centuries and many wars to end up, apparently, bought by an Englishman. There are worse fates, the place is beautiful and well kept if a little touristy. There will be pictures of some of these things.

Lots of blue sky and sunshine, beautiful views, family that look genuinely pleased to see us (and in some cases, to meet us for the first time). I should do something about my Italian -I understand everything (except when they speak in the impenetrable local dialect) and can make myself understood but still murder grammar and syntax every time I open my mouth, which is not so good for someone who is the holder of an Italian passport and has, by the looks of it, hundreds of relatives in this part of the world.

Only one thing. Maybe I should have brought a guitar, given that we came by train. A week without playing at all, more without practising and I feel my fingers slowly freezing...

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It still is the Easter long week-end for me, as I didn't have to get up before dawn to go to school. Liking it, could get used to it.

The week-end brought a few social things; on Thursday it was the celebration of hollyp's British citizenship. There'll be pictures of that. Friday was relatively quiet; I met kekhmet and augeas for the former's birthday drinks -a nice walk down the South Bank (I just missed the visit to the Tate Modern) and lovely cocktails in Opium in Chinatown. On Saturday there was the wedding of dwagon and ashmere, which was a blast; on Sunday there were four or five things, I managed to attend three: the gig at the Fiddlers' Arms with In Isolation and The Faces of Sarah (but missed the first band, and, worse, djpsyche's singing with the band, as I had already left by then, off to Red's birthday at the North Nineteen. Then I headed with dj_alexander to the Minories for Invocation, which was excellent. Monday was more sedate apart from bibliogoth's April meeting, discussing Terry Pratchett's 'Soul Music'. This was the more people I've seen attending a Bibliogoth meeting and it was a lovely occasion, a little memorial and celebration of Terry Pratchett.

Today, pretty much nothing in my diary apart from a lesson late in the evening. I do have things to do but can take my time (this is a sure way of not getting anything done, mind...)

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Yesterday I went to Camden Market for the first time in, oh, a long time. It gets more hectic and less alternative as time goes by with lots of clones of shops selling the same tat. There even was a unit in the main Stables market selling a well known sports shoe brand (that doesn't need me advertising them, says I). Full of zombie tourists, even on a Monday when half the shops used to not bother opening ten years ago. The street food market by the canal is now a seven-day-a-week affair. Stopped by a Colombian stall, had an empanada, the attendant turned out to be Italian, he turned to his colleague in the Peruvian stall next door for change -and this one, too, was Italian. Authenticity at all costs, some things never change after all.

I don't think I'll be going very often; too hectic, too little of interest. Shame, I used to love the place

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In school, like every Tuesday -except the next three or four. A piano in the middle distance, the wind howling outside, the clock on the wall says 7:05 am instead of 8:05 and it feels exactly like that, like I needed one hour more sleep.

Tried to comment on a post by yoyoangel on how unusual the positive response she had to her querying the binary gender field in a Quaker meeting form (if I understood that correctly) and out came that O2 page 'you cannot go to that site unless you prove that you're an adult, click here....' and of course clicking there does nothing. Funny thing, getting virtually ID'd at this point in life. And of course it would be trivial for O2 to unblock that sort of thing when they approve your contract, which states clearly exactly how ancient I am. I suppose they have to protect the children, or something, by not letting me access a livejournal comment page....

A little more reconciled with last Thursday's concert in that I'd been watching the videos (thanks again, augeas!) of the gig and I don't find my playing too cringeworthy (although every piece has a big clanger at least that makes me go 'but why did I do that...'). I ought to have a little gig like that every week instead of every three months, mind. I only feel I get a programme right in public when I've played it four or five times, but it would seem like my pool of flavconcertgoers is rather small so it is time to change that programme. Will be playing only two pieces from a Bach suite in the first half, instead of a whole one, and completing the section by playing my teacher Jack Duarte's 'English Suite', which must be the only major work of his that I never studied with him but which is also much more ... approachable music than the Bach lute suites. More light Venezuelan pieces/songs in the second half, too, but also keeping 'La Catedral' by Barrios (and will try to remember I'd put it in the programme...). Onwards and upwards, one hopes.

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Rather disappointed with the attendance for last night's recital. A bit bothered too with the strange group dynamics of facebook. Why do people say they will attend an event when they very likely know they won't be able to make it or it just isn't their thing? I know things can happen and people can fall ill, etc. but this cannot explain why somebody who knows they have an exam/job interview the next morning, etc, or are in a country four thousand miles away on the day will put themselves as attending the event.

I was rather pleased (at the time) with my playing, although there were flaws. We'll see whether I still am when I see the recordings. The hall was comfortable to play in and had a good sound. As a fund-raiser, both for me and for the charity, it was a complete flop. For now, I'll have to re-think how to do this and also, given the many many hours of work it takes to put one of those, whether it really is worth the while.

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Another week-end whizzed past, this one a rather quiet one as I was trying to prepare and get ready for this little gig later this week. Apart from lessons and shopping, my only outing was to the Big Red on Saturday for robot_mel's birthday drinks (Happy Birthday, Mel!), which was a lovely occasion and of which there are pictures in this FB album.

In the week, I booked train tickets for the rather complicated (and expensive, but I knew that) trip to Italy with my sister later in April when she comes over from Venezuela. I'll be worrying now about the mad dash through Paris from one train station to another and whether we'll make it on time for the connecting train in the time we have. So it goes, I s'pose -I've found something to be worried about for a while, apart from my concert.

Also, although we didn't see any snow in London this year (but there's always April, when it snows here it seems to be quite late so people can go 'oooh, look, snow falling in April...'), in one of my ancestral homes, my mother's home town of La Grita in the Venezuelan Andes and just a couple of degrees above the Equator, it was snowing for the first time in recorded history two days ago...

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A reminder that I'm playing a concert at the Kentish Town City Farm next Thursday the 26th at 7:30 pm. More details here:

<https://www.facebook.com/events/352882711571052>

It would be good to see some of you there.

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Monday again. It's so nice in here in the flat -it's warm, there's coffee and guitars. The soggy world out there looks cold and uninviting. Well, I s'pose I'll have to leave the house and go into that. Good morning, world.

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Doing this recital in Kentish Town on the 26th, in case anybody here might be interested:

The programme will include Brouwer's 'Paisaje Cubano con Campanas', Barrios' 'La Catedral', Bach's Suite BWV 996, Dyen's 'Tango en Skye', York's 'Sunburst' and pieces by Riera and Lauro.

https://www.facebook.com/events/352882711571052/

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... and there is an arepa on the griddle, bacon in the grill, orange juice and no hurry. Perfect.

Later, a first-time lesson, a guy who's done Grade 8 guitar a long time ago and had stopped. Then, the bibliogoth meeting, today discussing 'Saturn's Children' by Charlie Stross.

At the moment, reading a couple of other books: 'The Glass Painter's Daughter', by Rachel Hore (which is not perhaps the sort of thing I'd normally read but enjoying it a lot thus far) and 'It Ain't Necessarily So', by Richard Lewontin. If you follow the links you'll see they could not be more different. Variety is the spice, etc.

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Back in school this week.

At this moment, waiting for a pupil who, by the looks of it and given that we're two thirds into the period, won't turn up.

Bits of piano and other instruments' playing coming in from neighbouring classrooms, it would be an interesting collage ... except I think Berio or Nono have already done something like that.

Have managed to put a tiny bit of guitar practice in those pupil no-show times -two lessons already today. As the day progresses, though, a sort of torpor of being here sets in and it becomes more difficult to use that time productively. Odd that that should be the case..

After this, a couple of errands and just one lesson in the evening. And more guitar practice, I need to get those fingers to un-freeze, to thaw and be able to do what I want them to.

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Good sunny morning!

That lovely feeling of being able to get up four hours after the time I normally have to get up on a Tuesday and my first lesson only takes place late into the afternoon. And it is sunny and bright. Not warm enough to take a guitar to the Heath and practise there but doesn't look too bad for the time of year.

Long nice catch-up with maragotika on skype/phone last night. Inevitably, night full of dreams of Venezuela followed. It's been eight years since I last went! That's a bit too much. I will never live there but it would be good to have a more frequent contact than that.

Other things: Reptile last Saturday was very good, some dancing and catching up with lovely people. Other than that, not a lot to report: have been deciding on what changes I'll make to the programme I'll be playing in March. I really should try and get a couple more gigs...

Right. Next, very late breakfast, a little guitar practice, maybe gym (must we, really).

Good day all!

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Reminder to myself: always check verbs, adverbs, etc when you're posting or commenting when you've had a couple of birras....

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Friday started with a couple of lessons away and an empty diary. Had an idea to have posters for the march gig printed and deliver a few copies at the Kentish Town City Farm where I'll be playing. So I finished the final version, took it in a USB stick to the printers down the road, had it done, delivered it to KTCF and stopped at Housepresso in Gospel Oak for a chat and a hot choc. Then, why not, to Borough Market for mozzarella and yums and from there to the London Guitar Studio for guitar strings and guitar chat and finally home for guitar practice. I also finished reading 'Smashing Physics' by Jon Butterworth, on his part on the quest and discovery of the Higgs Boson at CERN and thoughts about why fundamental science is important and worth the while and a few windows into the world of science at that level. A few equations more than I could decipher but a very good read.Now re-reading 'Saturn's Children' by Charlie Stross for the next bibliogoth meeting.

Today, a few lessons and Reptile later tonight.. I understand some people seem to be celebrating something that involves chocolate and flowers. Happy Day to you all.

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It's a little quiet again in LJ land.

I haven't posted much simply because it also has been a relatively quiet week for me. I have been reading, preparing some things for a gig in March, teaching guitar and practising it (albeit not remotely as much as I should).

So, here goes (possibly not for the first time?) a video of me playing Sunburst at a micro-gig at the end of last year.


Sunburst - played by Flavio Matani from fflavio matani on Vimeo.

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A good week-end,, although it followed a week that was terrible for some people close to me (but not known to anybody likely to read this). Interesting lessons on Saturday followed by Dead & Buried upstairs of the Intrepid Fox, which was the setting for several birthday celebrations. One more birthday celebration on Saturday for Delphine at the Big Red. Took pictures at both events albeit only with the iPhone -but phone cameras have come a long way; a phone won''t replace my SLR any time soon but it sure replaces my compact camera.

Sunday brought a couple of lessons away which involved trains and much walking -and some reading, practising guitar and a little bit of doing nothing,which is a good thing once in a while and which is, alas, my true vocation..

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A few things happening today, including triple-booking myself for tonight (amongst these, tar0r's birthday, Gliteratti and another birthday). Not sure whether I'll be going to any of those; bit low in energy still. I am, OTOH, going to a friend's birthday dinner at Arepa & Co., the only Venezuelan restaurant in London (actually, not entirely true as there also is Mi Cocina Es Tuya, in Crystal Palace but that is more of a local café, although still very good). Haven't been and have known the owner for many years, so it will be interesting to check the place out.

Apart from this, lessons, with some of the pupils (or, in this case, the parents) making me jump through hoops with changes of days and times. If I can, I will comply -I need the work; but I do feel that they sometimes don't realise how much inconvenience they can put you through.

Tomorrow, bibliogoth meeting and more lessons....

It's good to be rid of the bug. Feeling almost alive -except when I watch the news and I get that sense of impending doom....

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Spent the night shivering uncontrollably. Second bug in two weeks, bah, although a different kind. I should have cancelled everything yesterday but went on as normal -mistake. I was already feeling dizzy and very weak when I got up. This didn't get better. It was actually a fair bit scary to be shivering madly even though I was wrapped in everything I own and had put the thermostat up to 25º.

Feeling a bit better today but not 100% so today is cancelled.. pity not to go to silkyfish's party but better to take it easy and allow myself to get better.

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That quiet moment, just before the dawn, when everything's still and I should be sleeping instead of getting through my second coffee and checking again what I'll need for the day in school...

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Yesterday was hectic and I seemed to be going down with some flu-ey bug (yes, I'm still taking antibiotics for the abscess but those are two different orders of things, non?). School day was long and had to come back to several visit lessons in different parts of town. Finally made it back home and slept ten hours, apart from occasional waking up to cough. That (sleeping ten or eleven hours in one go if I can) often seems to sort out whatever was wrong. We'll see. I'm coughing less today thus far, at any rate. Funny dreams, too, some of which it would be slightly embarrassing to relate here.

Today should be a more relaxed day. A couple of lessons later and a trip to the KT Health Centre to request some repeat prescription. Wondering whether I might be up to going to the gym or whether it would be a better idea to try and nap a lot to sleep the bug off.

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The swelling has gone down quite a bit and I was able to eat something that wasn't soup tonight.

This afternoon, the dentist tortured me until I told him everything I knew; names, places, all accomplices and where the treasure was buried. Not content with that, he also gave me a prescription for an antibiotic so I will also have to have a healthy alcohol-free lifestyle for the next week or so. Bah.

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What's something you're capable of doing yourself, but will gladly pay someone else to do instead? Why?
Changing car tyres! I must have done it hundreds of times in my life but quite happy to pay the RAC to do it for me.
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