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18th July 2024

Sophie’s progress

Filed under: Diary,Family — John Allen @ 9:47 pm
On Sunday
On Wednesday

12th June 2024

Lake as noisy wave tank

Filed under: Diary,Not extinct — John Allen @ 9:23 am

10th June 2024

A wedding ceremony seventy-eight years ago

Filed under: Diary,Family — John Allen @ 6:31 pm

Pollinator at work

Filed under: Diary,Family — John Allen @ 6:26 pm

Maja in new shoes

Filed under: Diary,Family — John Allen @ 12:06 pm

2nd June 2024

Maya in new wellies

Filed under: Family — John Allen @ 11:17 am

Thanks to Sarah

Dog roses with dogs

Filed under: Diary — John Allen @ 11:13 am

…and buttercups.

Olivia and Edward in Spain

Filed under: Diary — John Allen @ 11:08 am

From a photo taken by Emma. Nearly five years after our return to Bern

7th May 2024

The London Haydn Quartet at The Art Workers’ Guild

Filed under: Diary,Family,Music — John Allen @ 11:45 am

Four concerts from September 2023 to March 2024.

On an afternoon in autumn 2023 I was parked in Foyle’s bookshop while Carol and Sophie went shopping in Covent Garden. At a slightly loose end, I looked through the CDs on display, curious to see if there are recordings of string quartets played on original instruments. I’d long read about the influence of Haydn, but never been impressed by what I’d heard. That changed completely when I listened to the recording of Haydn’s Opus 33 quartets by The London Haydn Quartet. Really Impressive. Carol searched on-line and found this quartet listed for a programme of recitals at somewhere called The Art Workers’ Guild in Queen Square. The first concert was a delight. We attended all four.

What distinguished The London Haydn Quartet was their vitality and evident rapport with each other. They were listening, and enjoying each other’s playing. Plus their faultless intonation and elegant phrasing, obviously the result of shared agreement in what must have been meticulous preparation and rehearsal.

6th May 2024

The opposite of the purpose of a university

Filed under: About language,About science,About universities — John Allen @ 3:16 pm

“Any university worthy of the name does two things, and two things only: knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination”.

Instead, Times Higher Education now “powers” a Brand Transformation Framework.

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