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Photographing Salford

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2012 by Robin Gosnall

A couple of my photographs were published in the most recent editions of the weekly Salford Advertiser.

This one was taken in Weaste Cemetery when I was looking for the grave of Sir Charles Hallé, who founded the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester.

This one was taken at Salford Precinct after the snow fell a few weeks ago; the boy is my son Gabriel.

The Greggs Adventure

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by Robin Gosnall

Greggs, Piccadilly Station, Manchester

The Greggs Adventure is a food blog by Jim Groome. He describes it thus:

A long-running series in which I review every sandwich and pastry sold by Greggs.

Greggs has been around for as long as you’ve been alive. Always there on the high street ready to offer sandwiches, soup, buns, whatever. You’ve had a Greggs lunch at least once in your life. It’s earned something of a dodgy reputation due to the, ahem, varied quality of the food on offer. I realised one day that I really had no idea what’s good and what’s not good at Greggs. This blog is my attempt to change that.

What more can I say? Visit this blog, it’s excellent!

Overheard @ Concerts

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by Robin Gosnall

A violist friend of mine tended to have comments for every occasion. After a run of the mill, decidedly average show she’d say: “Of all the concerts I’ve ever played in – that was one of them.”

Overheard at the end of a London Sinfonietta Prom: “Well, that’s two hours less I’ll have to spend in purgatory.”

I overheard this at Covent Garden, leaving the auditorium at the end of La Traviata about 20 years ago – a little old lady to her companion: “It must be difficult if a singer forgets their lines; at least if you are a dancer, you can jump around a bit.”

After a concert of minimalist music at the Bridgewater Hall (again from my viola playing friend): “That music must have taken almost as long to compose as it took to play.”

Overheard during the first interval of Parsifal: “Don’t worry, it gets jazzier from here on in …”

Overheard during a performance of a piece by Philip Glass: “I’ll be glad when we get to the middle eight.”

A member of the band before Act 2 of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten: “Here we go … another 45 minutes of bloody A minor!”

During a performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask Of Orpheus where a female character had to do little more than come to the front of the stage and scream, a man turned to his neighbour and said, “I know exactly how she feels!”

Normally the Promenaders annoy me with their stupid chanting, but I remember a chant from many years ago, after a performance of Melancholia II: “If that was melancholia, give us depression!”

I remember overhearing a lady in a cut-glass accent give her opinion on Wagner during an interval of Der Ring des Nibelungen at Covent Garden: “I don’t know what all the fuss is about Wagner. All he does is keep repeating the same tunes.”

In the early 80s in the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, I think it was the BBC Philharmonic (then called the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra). Conductor (probably Edward Downes – can’t remember now) comes on stage to conduct a Shostakovich symphony. A woman sat in front of me turned to her companion and said loudly: “We always have this modern rubbish when he comes here”.

Search terms for 7 days ending 2011-04-07

Posted in Blog Stats, Culture, Food, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by Robin Gosnall

Not done this for a while. Just to show what an excellent blog this is, here are the results of a quick look through my blog stats:

anna netrebko
tracey emin
jean simmons
porridge
pasta alla genovese
spencer tunick
tracey emin naked
ingrid pitt topless
bob dylan fender
haggis what is it
beverley callard curly hair
lancashire cheese
manchester in the snow
cultured duck eggs
beverley callard leather
snail soup
why go to an opera

what did the music of alban berg add to the development of western music in the 20th century (good luck with that one … not really a search term)

cigarette vintage woman
afghanistan’s only pig

why was it traditional to eat porridge standing up (again, more of a question than a search term, yielding results for every website that contains any of those words)

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow …

Posted in Blog Stats with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by Robin Gosnall

Due to snow and sub-zero temperatures in Manchester, this blog is closing down temporarily (now that is a strange word).

Blog stats next, then shut-down. It really is too cold.

British Cheese Week

Posted in Food with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Robin Gosnall

Lancashire Cheese

I would find a life without cheese barely worth living I think.

I spent a few mouth-watering moments at the stall of Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheeses in Piccadilly, Manchester at the weekend, and now Matilda Battersby (what a fantastic name) of the Independent reminds me that it is British Cheese Week.

Visit the British Cheese Board (ha!) website for more cheesy information and recipes.

Manchester Pride Parade 2010

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by Robin Gosnall

Gorgeous Beverley Callard


Gorgeous Ian McKellen

As the parade started, the rain stopped and the sun came out.

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