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  1. I read about a comparable scheme in France that Macron launched earlier this year - can't remember the precise details but again something like 300 euros each was to be made available to 18 year olds to be spent on various loosely culture-related things, including films, books and music. It did also include being able to spend the money to purchase musical instruments, which I thought might prompt a rash of 300 euro violins being converted on eBay into ready cash!
  2. The papers are reporting that she's in line for either an MBE or an OBE, which isn't a bad way of capping off her A levels!
  3. Imagine waking up this morning a bit groggy in a hotel bed, with a bandage on your leg and a trophy on the pillow. And a bit of crumpled paper next to the kettle with some writing on it starting with $2,5…
  4. and to Prime for agreeing to reinvest the 7 figure fees from that into British women's tennis. A good result all round!
  5. I wasn't planning to watch it, and expected her to lose, but ended up waking up because it was so hot in the house and saw the match. She played absolutely superb tennis and was a delight in the interview afterwards. Fingers crossed for tomorrow! btw the replay is still on Prime for those who have it.
  6. oh, and she gets $675,000 for getting this far, which should keep her in iTunes downloads for a while.......
  7. Yes, it followed the same pattern .... nervous start, then built up steam , learned her opponent very quickly and tactically stopped her playing to her strengths. There was then the usual point in the second set where her opponent's face is saying 'what on earth is happening to me here?', and then on to close. I think she's the first qualifier ever to get this far at the US Open, one of only a handful of Brits and I also think the rating jump will make her British number 1. She has a decent shot in the semi too, it's all playing out like a film script...
  8. Quintus

    Room 101

    Indeed, they need a 'phlegmatic' approach to the sch !
  9. Not to mention Joe Salisbury and Jaimie Murray in the doubles, now through to the quarter finals. The fanfare is only going to get louder for Emma after last night's superb performance though. I just hope she can cope with the mounting pressure and expectation.
  10. Quintus

    Room 101

    Putting sports commentators / pundits into Room 101. There are two tennis commentators who still pronounce 'Swiatek' as 'shivontek' rather than 'shveeontek' - that's just lazy and disrespectful** . Mark Petchey last night during the Raducanu-Rogers match said something like “it’s always entertaining when these two meet”. They’d never met before. Sally on GMTV just now spoke about the same match happening overnight while we were asleep. It was on at 730pm. Can we please either have technically proficient commentators like Daniela Hantuchova or just go with Alan Partridge! **by the way there's a great site called Forvo.com that has native speakers pronouncing most names and words - useful for getting the stress right for Russian dancers!
  11. She beat Barty in the Olympics, and Osaka somewhere - has a reputation of being a very awkward player. I only discovered Emma in the 'Battle of the Brits', as we've been disconnected from the juniors since our lads grew up, but thought then that she looked a completely different proposition to other recent hopefuls. She needs to keep some distance from her media coverage, as they love to build up an unrealistic fairy story only to tear it down again, and ideally put in a year or two of hard slog round the circuit, playing as many different styles of player as possible and building up physical resilience. Hard to avoid the hype machine now though - she's young, personable, photogenic and her game is exciting to watch, so the media and sponsors will be queuing at her door!
  12. Emma Raducanu is giving us a pretty thrilling ride at the US Open and seems set to become our biggest female tennis star for a long time. The way she turned round her recent defeat by Zhang to a solid victory in the second round shows that she is an impressive learner. Fingers crossed for her encounter with Sorribes Tormo.
  13. Is it too much to hope that Robert Webb will be filmed using SnorriCam like his character Sir Digby Chicken-Caesar ?
  14. Thanks Sabine, I've seen On The Edge but have never come across At Work & Portrait, will have to look it out.
  15. Ditto and I'd love to see more of her ballet; other than a dvd of Cinderella, the recordings that are most easily found are of her contemporary dance, and a few wonderful but short clips on Youtube. Are there any other substantive recordings of her ballet? It does just underline how ephemeral performance is ..... did nobody watch her at the time and think 'we must preserve this prodigy for posterity to enjoy'?
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