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    Squadron Associations connected with my years as a RAF Navigator; choral singing; and ballet and dance after meeting the lady, now my wife, who had been a dancer with the Royal Ballet's Touring Company, and who still teaches and examines in the discipline. (Edited to say that in mid-2014 she resigned from examining after some 40+ years.)

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  1. Ian Macmillan

    Homepage display using Chrome

    John, I fear that makes no difference ..... but this has all happened in the normal 14-point font size! These fluctuations are beyond me. Edit: About 2 minutes later, the normal view has restored itself, all unaided by anything I've done. Remarkable! Poltergeists??
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    Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

    Something that appears to have passed us by is that Deborah Bull, former Royal Ballet Principal, has been made a Life Peer. I'm no expert here, but I assume that, as she will not be a Member of an Order (other than the CBE that she already holds), an elevation of this sort is not conferred by the normal Honours List. https://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/News-Article.aspx?id=102e4d3d-00b9-4a0f-8d99-d967fc850092
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    Homepage display using Chrome

    The display issue remains and I see that I've now defaulted to a larger 16-point font size as well - still no idea why any of this has happened, and I've certainly not made any changes myself. Selecting 14 thankfully returns things to normal.
  4. So, exactly a month after launching this thread, I return with the 800th post to say we're just back from a Catch-up screening of this week's streamed performance. Greatly impressed and, more to the point, the lady of the house, a veteran of many, many performances of yesteryear, thoroughly enjoyed it - and that is praise, indeed, I may say. She has a few reservations about the costuming of the national dances, but nothing beyond that. Very well done all round.
  5. Since earlier this morning, when all was as normal, I now find that the righthand panel on our homepage has vanished and a list of 'New Topics' has appeared underneath the Member and Forum Statistics boxes. Something similar has also occurred on the Great War Forum, a site that also uses an InVision software package. This has happened using my customary Chrome browser on a Mac. All looks as usual, however, on both Firefox and Safari. Am I alone in this? If not, anyone with an explanation of what may have occurred?
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    Dance links w/b Sunday June 10, 2018

    Links – Saturday 16 June, 2018 Reviews– Birmingham Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (MacMIllan), London: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard Vera Liber, BTG Joy Sable, Jewish Chronicle Review – American Ballet Theater, Romeo and Juliet (MacMillan, Various Casts), New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Cinderella, Glasgow: Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Podcast – Interview with Akram Khan: Griselda Murray Brown, Financial Times (from 17.25) What’s On: - Around UK: Judith Mackrell, Guardian (Scroll down!) - In New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Feature – Pride Week & The Missing Generation, New York: Brian Schaefer, NY Times Review – Rhiannon Faith, Smack That, London: Keith McKenna, BTG Review – NW Dance Project, This Time Tomorrow, MemoryHouse, If You Stay, Portland: Heather Wisner, Oregon Artswatch Features: - Giving Swan Lake an Odissi Makeover: Divya Shekhar, Economic Times - Houston Ballet preparing Swan Lake in Jones Hall: Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle (with Archive Gallery) I fear that the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Sarasota Herald-Tribune look like becoming no-go zones outside the US since the EU GDPR regulations came into force.
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    Errol Pickford RIP

    There is an official Royal Ballet tribute, with pictures, here: http://www.roh.org.uk/news/remembering-former-royal-ballet-principal-errol-pickford-1966-2018
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    Dance links w/b Sunday June 10, 2018

    Links – Friday 15 June, 2018 Reviews – American Ballet Theatre, New York: Robert Gottlieb, Observer - Harlequinade (Ratmansky/Petipa) - AfteRite (McGregor) Review– Birmingham Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (MacMIllan), London: Rachel Elderkin, The Stage Livestream Reviews: - Royal Ballet, Swan Lake: Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard - Royal Ballet, Manon: Jaine Blackman, Oxford Mail Review – New York City Ballet, Coppélia, New York: Oksana Khadarina, Fjord Review Review – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Celebrate Women Triple + Revelations, New York: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Reviews – Rhiannon Faith, Smack That, London: Emma Byrne, Evening Standard Keith McKenna, BTG Diary – Around New York, This Week: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Preview – Jacob’s Pillow, 2018 Season: Jeffrey Borak, Berkshire Eagle Salsa Feature – Las Chicas Locas, New York: Monica Castillo, NY Times Film Preview – Unstoppable Feat: The Dances of Ed Mock: Pam Grady, SF Chronicle Feature – Dance Camp at Breitenbush: Jamuna Chiarini, Oregon Artswatch And there’s still no apparent progress on GDPR at some US newspapers
  9. Bruce: You might also look at this morning's Links, just posted, and wonder about the papers not listed there.
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    Dance links w/b Sunday June 10, 2018

    Links – Thursday 14 June, 2018 Reviews– Birmingham Royal Ballet, Romeo and Juliet (MacMIllan), London: Zoë Anderson, Independent Mark Monahan, Telegraph Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs - Gallery: Dave Morgan, DanceTabs - Gallery: Roy Tan, BWW Archive – Globalisation or Culturalism. Is Ballet at the Crossroads? Michelle Potter, ... on dancing Review – San Francisco International Arts Festival: Various Companies: Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Review – Dance@TheGrange, Curated by Wayne McGregor & Edward Watson, Hampshire: Siobhan Murphy, DanceTabs Review – Akram Khan Company, Portraits in Otherness, London: Sara Veale, Fjord Review Review – Philadanco! New Fruit, A Movement for Five, Folded Prism, With(in) Verse, New York: Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Cinderella, Glasgow: Adam Robinson, BWW UK Reviews – ENB’s Emerging Dancer Competition: Graham Watts, Bachtrack Vera Liber, BTG Review – Splayed Festival, Two Programmes, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Reviews – Rhiannon Faith, Smack That, London: David Jays, Guardian Anna Winter, The Stage Feature – Francia Rissell on working with Balanchine: Rebecca Fox, Otago Daily Times Feature – Katherine Minor & Fabio Lo Giudice, Royal New Zealand Ballet: Rebecca Fox, Otago Daily Times News – Joffrey Ballet – best grossing season in 2017-18: Staff, BWW Chicago School Performance Reviews & Feature: - School of American Ballet, New York: David Mead, SeeingDance - School of Alberta Ballet, Calgary: Stephan Bonfield, Calgary Herald - Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago: Kyle MacMillan, Chicago Sun-Times Feature – More on Chase Johnsey at ENB: Courtney Escoyne, Dance Magazine Report – Middle Eastern Mosaic Dance Conference, Miami: Gabriel Poblete, Miami Herald And there’s still no apparent progress on GDPR at some US newspapers
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    Dance links w/b Sunday June 10, 2018

    Links – Wednesday 13 June, 2018 Feature – All about Odette, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Queen: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Review – English National Ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, London: Gerald Dowler, Classical Source Review – Dancing with Bergman, Ek, Inger, Ekman Triple Bill, Paris: Laura Cappelle, Financial Times Review – National Ballet of Canada, Frame by Frame, Toronto: Denise Sum, Danceviewtimes Review – Ballet Black, The Suit, A Dream Within Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dundee & Glasgow: Kelly Apter, Scotsman Kirsty Morgan, Bachtrack News/Reviews – English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Competition: Giverny Masso, The Stage Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard David Mead, SeeingDance Preview – Bangarra, Dark Emu, Sydney & Touring: Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, Guardian Review – Matthew Bourne/New Adventures, Cinderella, Glasgow: Lauren Humphreys, Reviews Hub - Feature – Cordelia Braithwaite as Cinders: Brian Beacom, Herald Review – Step Afrika! The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, Washington DC: Alexander C. Kafka, DC Theatre Scene News – Fall for Dance North, 2018 Season, Toronto: Debra Yeo, Toronto Star Gallery – Rhiannon Faith, Smack That, London: Foteini Christofilopoulou, DanceTabs Review – Splayed Festival, Two Programmes, London: Alexandra Gray, SeeingDance NB: The Independent has a re-run of Roslyn Sulcas’ NY Times piece last week on Chase Johnsey with ENB. Still no apparent progress on GDPR at some US newspapers
  12. How convenient! Alastair Macaulay has explained all for tomorrow's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/12/arts/dance/odette-odile-in-swan-lake.html
  13. For London, the Met Office site is suggesting it will be a bit brighter and less humid by this evening.
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    Dance links w/b Sunday June 10, 2018

    Links – Tuesday 12 June, 2018 Reviews – SFDanceworks, Snap, Homing, The Old Child, Jardí Tancat, San Francisco: Heather Desaulniers, DanceTabs Rita Felciano, Danceviewtimes Review – Northern Ballet, Jane Eyre, Salford: Aniqah Choudhri, Exeunt Reviews – Akram Khan Company, Portraits in Otherness, London: Rachel Nouchi, Exeunt David Mead, SeeingDance Reviews – Ballet Black, The Suit, A Dream Within Midsummer Night’s Dream, Glasgow: Mary Brennan, Herald Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review Interview – Aran Bell on his debut as Romeo with ABT: Gia Kourlas, NY Times Feature – Where are today’s dynamite ballerina roles? Joseph Carman, Dance Magazine Books – And then we danced/Henry Alford; Celestial Bodies/Laura Jacobs: Misty Copeland, NY Times Review – Whim W’Him, Stickers, Duck Sitting, Silent Scream, Seattle: Megan Burbank, Seattle Times Review – Kevin and Karen Clifton, Kevin and Karen Dance, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs News – New temporary home for RNZB: Dani McDonald, Dominion Post Still no apparent progress on GDPR at some US newspapers
  15. Ian Macmillan

    Queen's Birthday Honours 2018

    ..... as she most certainly is ....... save that, in her own right - a consummation devoutly to be wished - she would surely be a Dame?
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