Sunday morning music

For a complete change of pace, how about some music hall?  This was a mainstay of British entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and some of its songs and acts crossed the Atlantic to America as well.  Its songs were popular up to World War I, after which it morphed into variety shows and music.  Both were contemporaneous with musicals, and influenced (and were influenced by) them. There are so many songs from the music hall era that it’s impossible to list them all here.  (See this list of major British performers, just for a start!)  I’ve therefore selected just a few songs. 

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Are environmental concerns making the Nebraska floods worse?

I’m no hydrologist, but this article‘s claims about the current Nebraska floods sound plausible. The Master Water Control Manual is the bible of the Missouri River basin dam system.  It defines the duties and protocols to be followed in order to best meet the various needs represented in the list of priorities. From the completion of the dam construction (in 1967) until 2004, the Master Water Control Manual listed the priority functions in order of importance, with flood control being number one. 1) flood control 2) irrigation and upstream beneficial uses 3) downstream water supply 4) navigation and power 5) recreation and wildlife

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An example of American Socialism?

Larry Lambert startled me with this comparison. If you want to see how socialism works under the American Government, the best place to begin is an Indian reservation. Start with one that doesn’t have a massive casino or oil wells. The medical care is on par with what you could expect in almost any clinic in Africa and the lifestyle as people wait for their ‘free’ government allotment is legendary. There’s more at the link. Larry also linked to this article for supporting evidence. Of the top 100 poorest counties in the US, four of the Top 5 and ten of the Top 20

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Not a bad attitude towards money, IMHO

From Pearls Before Swine yesterday (click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic’s Web site): I approve.  I’ve met a number of fairly wealthy people in my time, some during my business career, others as a pastor or chaplain.  The one trait most of them had in common was that they didn’t own their money . . . their money owned them.  They spent so much time worrying about how to keep it, and how to make more, that they forgot to sit back, relax, and enjoy what they had. I don’t ever want to be like that.

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Sunday morning music

Edward Elgar is one of the best-known British composers.  Here’s his Serenade for Strings, performed by the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in Holland in 2016. It’s interesting that this rendition is paced slightly faster than most recordings of the Serenade for Strings.  Its timing is very close indeed to a recording of the piece conducted by its composer in 1933, shortly before his death, which you can also hear on YouTube.  To my ear, the faster rendition seems to flow more naturally than some of the slower ones I’ve heard. Peter

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Milking fans for all they’re worth – and then some

I’m still shaking my head in disbelief after reading Disney’s new prices for a visit to its Disneyland resort. Starting Sunday, a one-day, one-park ticket for Disneyland or California Adventure park rises to $104 from $97 for low-demand days, such as weekdays in May. That is a 7.2% increase. Meanwhile, the consumer price index for the 12-month period ended in November rose 2.2%. A ticket for regular-demand days will rise to $129 from $117, a 10.3% increase. The price of a ticket on peak-demand days will rise to $149 from $135, a 10.4% increase. For annual passes, the least-expensive Southern California Select

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Sunday morning music

I woke up this morning to find an e-mail informing me of the death of a long-time acquaintance in South Africa.  We were never close friends, but Tony did a lot of good work in that country at a very difficult time, and he and I shared a couple of pretty hair-raising experiences.  He was a good man.  May he find his reward in eternity. In memory of him, here are a couple of the songs he really liked, and would play over and over – sometimes to the point of being threatened with violence by the rest of us

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This may add an entirely new dimension to marine pollution

I haven’t heard the British-English idiom “to cry stinking fish” used in American English much, but it may be very appropriate to this report. Norway’s Hurtigruten, best known for the ships that ferry tourists along the country’s fjords and coastline and up into the Arctic, is investing 7 billion crowns ($826 million) over three years to adapt its 17-strong fleet. Six of its older vessels will be retrofitted to run on a combination of liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric batteries and liquefied bio gas (LBG). “We are talking about an energy source (LBG) from organic waste, which would otherwise have gone up

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That’s not a valid excuse

I note, with no surprise whatsoever, that the brother of the gang-banger who was shot dead in New Orleans by criminal rivals this week (along with two innocent bystanders) is making excuses for him. “He’s being characterized as a gang member, a killer. I feel like it’s a slap in the face … like he got what he deserved.” The brother of the man who was targeted in a shooting on Claiborne Avenue that left three people dead and seven others injured is speaking out against the way his brother has been characterized by police and the media. . . .

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