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    The Unknown Soldier

    I imagine it will include at least one session of rehearsal with one or other of the lead couples, either of whom will be great!
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    The Unknown Soldier

    what normally happens is you get some rehearsal/coaching (one long session, or two short ones), an interview with the choreographer, sometimes the dancers, if a commissioned score, a chat with the composer (usually with the choreographer about the collaborative process). If an old score, maybe a chat with or talk by the conductor about the music. If an old piece, some talk by someone knowledgeable about the history of the piece, its music, etc. At the end, a question and answer session. That sort of thing. Also, most of these insights are streamed live (and recorded so you can watch later if there, or if you can't do so live). They only miss off the Q&A from the end. The exception are the 'in conversation' type events. Enjoy the experience, I find most of them fascinating (and its always a pleasure seeing the dancers up close). I'll be watching via the interweb! πŸ™‚
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    Old coins - what to do with them?

    ebay - if they are in very good condition, you may find some coin collectors interested
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    Eddie Mair

    Eddie Mair - is that Night's brother?
  5. not maudlin at all - great story, and thanks for sharing (with us - and them!)
  6. Sadly the 'never apologise' seems to be the modern trend everywhere, not just the BBC. The Cliff case was very poor judgement in the way it was handled - but there again, had it been true and they hadn't been all over it, then it would have been another sorta Jimmy Saville case to bash them with (as Cliff appeared on the BBC so much, even after the peak of his career), so I can perhaps understand their (flawed) logic in doing what they did. As for apologies, they'll never come whilst there are still the whiff of court cases around - but agree wholeheartedly about the waste of cash of said court cases on appeals etc. They should just take it on the chin, pay the fine, apologise, amend practices and we can move on
  7. I had ballet pics as a changing (every 10mins) wallpaper on my dual screens at work. I usually worked on one screen and had the other as a 'cheer-me-up'. Quite a few people asked me about them πŸ™‚
  8. I think they'd work better as women with less ghastly costumes and makeup, and with less gallumping choreography
  9. Raven Girl was McGregor, but otherwise agree with most of this list - though I don't mind Alastair's work (I really liked the last one he did), and did quite like Human Seasons. Don Q was quite fun - but if I never saw it again I wouldn't cry over it; same for Frankenstein I'd stick up for a lot of McGregor's work - notably Infra, Woolf Works and Chroma - but Multiverse was shockingly horrid I'd happily cull a good many of MacMillan's one act pieces (especially Judas Tree) such as Las Harmanas, The Invitation and the like. I'm much happier watching the likes of Gloria, Requiem, Song of the Earth, Rite of Spring or Concerto I hope they never do the clown one with the wailing woman in the pit (name escapes) or most of Glenn Tetley's come to that
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    Tour de France

    everyone in Wales has become a cycling fan - well, for this last week anyway! πŸ™‚ 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁒󠁷󠁬
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    Wildlife in heatwave

    I put out a couple of tubs of water (old ice cream tubs, the one litre type). They got knocked over within a day Repeated the task, wighing down the tubs witha few small stones. They got knocked over Repeated, with larger stones (but obviously less water). One got knocked over Generally though, they seem to ignore them and go for the pond, which due to lack of rain, has the water level way below the rim of the moulded pond frame.
  12. the casting for those mixed bills not easy to follow, that's for sure! Need bigger brains than mine it seems...
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    Food (and other product) rip-offs

    multi-packs of Wispas. They went from 4 packs of standard size, to 3 packs of the 'duo' size - for the same price! I think they are now 4 packs of duo size, but still hugely overcharged compared to how they used to be 😞
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    Yes, they have gone up a size though - so 50% more choccy for a 200% price rise (though you may get it discounted in supermarkets for a mere 100%-150% rise). The scallywags!!
  15. there's nearly always a few dancers that don't seem to be onstage (or have 'character' parts) during some spells in the season, so I'm sure they could find someone to do something interesting. For them, and us πŸ™‚