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  1. Fonty

    Room 101

    Been a while since I have posted on this thread. Just looked back over a few of the additions. I am sure there have been a few rants about the lack of face coverings in indoor public places, but I am now about to have one! I have just been involved in a huge discussion on Facebook regarding whether or not supermarkets should enforce the wearing of masks. My response was along the lines that they should definitely do so. I am very sorry for people who have a genuine reason for being exempt. There may be one or two people on this forum who come into this category for all I know. However, I suspect that the majority of those without masks claiming exemption are just too selfish to put one on, putting their own comfort above the safety of others. Rather vague information on the government website regarding exemption rules aid and abet this attitude. I think that we have come to the point where if a person cannot a mask or face covering for any reason, then they should not be allowed in. Having a condition that makes you exempt doesn't make you immune from catching and spreading Covid.. The majority of people agreed with me, but I was astounded at the number of people who came up with all sorts of excuses for not doing so. From their comments I conclude that everyone without a face mask is probably a paranoid schizophrenic with emphysema who suffers a panic attack every time they put on a mask. Also, they live in the middle of nowhere, without a friend, relative or neighbour to help them, and would probably starve to death unless allowed in to my local supermarket. ๐Ÿ˜  I have been heavily criticised for being sanctimonious and for lacking compassion for people suffering from mental illness. Apologies if I have offended anyone. I shall climb down from my soapbox now!
  2. Which ones do you do, Alison? I would be happy with just a half hour barre work, not really interested in centre practise at the moment.
  3. A friend of mine is a teaching assistant, and she said they adhered to the social distancing rules by splitting the classes in two, and having half in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. This is combined with more class material being put on line. They also have a window open in every classroom (even in December) and did have all the corridor doors open as well until the fire brigade told them that these were fire doors and should not be propped open. Everyone sits in the classroom in coats, scarves, and hats. Children are escorted to the toilets on a regular basis and thorough hand washing is supervised while social distancing is being observed. In short, the head teacher is doing everything they possibly can to enable primary school children to attend while ensuring the safety of everyone. However, if other schools are not doing the same, then it might be a pointless exercise. Of course, whether you could split classes for secondary schools is another matter.
  4. Indeed. It is not difficult to comply, people just don't think the rules apply to them. I was working in Hampstead over the weekend, and nobody seemed to be obeying the 2m rule. I had to step into the road repeatedly to avoid coming too close, especially as there were so many couples or families walking two, three or even four abreast. ๐Ÿ˜ 
  5. What is the point of this new lock down then? I have read in several places that the most effective way to combat the virus is to wear face masks when we are out and about, maintain a 2m distance from everyone else, and wash our hands regularly.
  6. I have probably mentioned before how much I hate those wigs. In fact, every time the Nutcracker is staged in London! Sugar plums come in all different colours, I don't see what the problem is with natural hair and a dusting of glitter.
  7. I saw this the first time it came out, and persuaded my other half to watch it this time. He was completely absorbed through the whole 4 programmes, and said it was one of the best things he had ever watched. I remember a follow up programme a year or two later. I think a lot of them got into various Performing Arts courses. The actual performance was extraordinary. They were all so committed on stage. I made a point of watching the faces in the crowd scenes. They were so involved in all the action, whether willing on the sword fighters or laughing at the nurse. They were clearly having so much fun. I thought both Lord and Lady Capulet (David and Shireenah) were excellent. They both had a wonderful air of commanding authority about them. Not an easy thing to portray when you are only a teenager yourself. When they were telling Juliet off for not marrying Paris, you could feel their anger. Linden and his mates were wonderful in the way they conveyed the fact that they felt they were superior to everyone else. And I couldn't take my eyes off him in the ballroom dance. He just commanded the stage, the personification of strutting arrogance. I have to say I didn't even notice it was Campbell playing Mercutio until the cast list went up at the end, then I had to go back and watch again. Wonderful. Was the follow up something about their recent activities, Alison? What did it say? I would love to know what they all ended up doing. They would all be reaching about 30 years of age, now. I sent a message to BRB saying how much I enjoyed it again, and asking them to give updates if at all possible. One more thing struck me as I watched this time, and that was what a lovely speaking voice Desmond Kelly has.
  8. I can't edit my original post, there seems to be an error in the days provided by the BRB. I am assuming the dates are correct, but the days have got muddled! So it should be Sunday to Wednesday on a daily basis. This is the original announcement. The first episode is available from Monday 30 November to midnight on Sunday 6 December 2020. Episode 2 is available until midnight GMT on Tuesday 7 December here, Episode 3 until midnight on Wednesday 8 December here and Episode 4 (published here 3 December) until midnight on Wednesday 9 December 2020.
  9. Thanks Alison. I was posting very quickly, didn't realise the link wasn't included. I've added it to my post above.
  10. I've just received an email saying that the original Channel 4 documentary Ballet Hoo! will be available to view for free on line on the BRB Facebook page. If you have never seen this, I urge you to watch it. It was an amazingly uplifting programme It is available until 6th December. https://www.brb.org.uk/ballet-hoo " "In 2006, we welcomed a large group of young people from diverse backgrounds to give an emotional performance of Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. Specially adapted for the young people, and the culmination of a two-year education and outreach programme, the performance and preparations were filmed by Channel Four and broadcast as a four-part documentary entitled Ballet Hoo! Ballet Changed My Life. Episodes 1 to 3 are available now, for a limited time, to watch from our Facebook page for free. The final episode will be available tomorrow (Thursday 3 December)."
  11. Anita Rani has presented the live broadcasts from the ROH before, hasn't she? I remember saying that I didn't care for her style, personally, and was told that she has a lot of knowledge and experience? As a matter of interest, where was Darcey?
  12. Well, I am away at the moment and struggling with the format on my phone. I've put in every combination of search terms I can think of and fiddled about, but the only vaguely relevant links I keep getting is this one and the Bolshoi's Don Quixote. However, a couple of Google dance reviews make it seem like an absolute turkey, so I'll probably give it a miss. Unless, of course, anyone else has seen it and thinks it is worth a go?
  13. Can anyone tell m e about this producriron? I see it is on at my local cinema in the Algarve tomorrow at 4pm.
  14. Oh that is sad news. I was looking forward to that this year.
  15. Do you think someone should point out to Muntagirov that it is illegal to trim your hedge at this time of year? ๐Ÿ™‚
  16. I don't understand what you are saying @Lizbie1 If the survey is only being sent to Friends, then that means the interviewees are already going to be fully engaged with the aims of the ROH. Someone less engaged is not likely to be a Friend in the first place,. However, if they want a broader demographic, is now the time for this sort of survey? Not sure what the quotas are based on, but I assume age is one of them. Does it really matter if the person watching on Youtube is in their 70s or their 20s? Isn't the main purpose of the survey to find out what regular attendees want to see, and how much they are prepared to pay to see it on line, in order to bring in some desperately needed cash to the ROH? If not, then it really ought to be. In which case, there are only a few simple questions that need to be asked. Can you watch on line, what sort of ballet/opera would you like to see, and how much are you prepared to pay to see it? Sounds pretty simple to me. And yes, I have in the past been involved in qualitative analysis!
  17. In relation to this, I was doing a little bit of research recently on the subject of bags that can go in the recycle bin. I was horrified to discover that many councils cannot process shredded paper, even though I have been shredding and putting paper in my recycle bin for as long as I have lived in my borough. Apparently it clogs up the machines, with the result that the whole batch has to be jettisoned into landfill. Why have I only just discovered this? Why isn't this highlighted in the council recycle information? I haven't got around to ringing my own council yet, but someone who lives in another borough rang their council and was told that shredded paper should be put in "a suitable container first." Quite what is considered a suitable container is a good question. Obviously it can't be an ordinary plastic bag, but I didn't realise there was a difference between biodegradable and compostable, and the former often isn't suitable for current recycle procedures. https://environmentjournal.online/articles/public-warned-not-to-confuse-compostable-and-biodegradable-bags/ One disturbing line from the above link says, "As the research makes clear, โ€˜biodegradableโ€™ is a term that has no official definition or requirements, often misleading brands, retailers and consumers." For goodness sake, is it any surprise people get confused and put the wrong stuff in the wrong bins!
  18. @FLOSS I would certainly lap up an evening of standard gala fodder, so I must be one of the deprived. In fact, I would probably be overjoyed to see the Sugar Plum Fairy solo, and that shows exactly how deprived I have become. By the way, did anyone else smile at the BBC announcement that the first post lock down performance featuring dance premiere by Wayne McGregor will be aired on Radio 3? My first thought was that perhaps they will broadcast it in the same way that they broadcast live tennis matches on the radio. Maybe Mr McGregor himself will provide the commentary? ๐Ÿ™‚
  19. I said the same thing when I was watching it. I hate it when those types of comments are made.
  20. Nureyev was such a masculine figure on stage, oozing sex appeal. And nobody, but nobody, could work a cloak the way he could. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  21. Neither did I, Richard. The impression I got was that the programme was saying that ballet dancing is a tough career, dancers are likely to get injured, and it is a slow process to recover completely. I thought the emphasis was on the athleticism and fitness required, rather than age. The programme did say, directly or indirectly, that the older you get the more difficult it is to bounce back from injury, but there is nothing particularly novel or offensive about that idea, is there? I can understand that McRae might find it a very sensitive issue. It must be so frustrating to come back from one injury, only to go down with another. But personally, I didn't get the impression he was being portrayed as a washed up has-been! Quite the opposite IMO.
  22. Well, I really enjoyed it, and more to the point, I watched it with people who knew very little about ballet beyond "tutus and point shoes" aspect, and they found it really enjoyable as well. It wasn't meant to be an in depth analysis of the male ballet dancer, just a broad sweep of various aspects of their daily lives throughout their career, and I thought it made for a very entertaining programme. . I thought the little snippets that showed the dancers laughing and joking with one another showed that these were just normal blokes who happen to dance. How often do we hear dancers speaking, let alone talking in a casual way with one another? I even thought the bit about the jock strap was perfectly in keeping with the tone. There are lots and lots of people who have had very little to do with ballet, and who must be slightly curious about such a garment, and what it is like to wear one. I've never actually seen one myself, for that matter. You would expect a programme about female dancers to dwell on point shoes at some point, so why not a standard piece of male ballet dancers' attire?
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