Breaking in boots in the Bergwald

Breaking in boots in the Bergwald

We’re getting into the German culture this summer, with plans to wandern regularly. We broke in our hiking boots this afternoon, with a short hike in the nearby Bergwald: It was quite a pleasant walk, through both forest and some farming countryside. We had a peek inside a little chapel, and saw some deer, finishing at the Durlach Turmberg. Here are some photos I took:

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Best ever ‘how to tie a bow-tie’ video.

Best ever ‘how to tie a bow-tie’ video.

This is great. I already know how to tie a bow-tie (friends don’t let friends wear pre-tied ties) but it still takes me several minutes to dress the knot. h/t Buzzfeed

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A letter to the QLD government re: Fanfare & MOST

A letter to the QLD government re: Fanfare & MOST

The QLD government has decided to scrap funding for two important  programmes: MOST & Fanfare. You can read more about it here. Anyhow, I decided to write to some appropriate members of the QLD parliament (if you agree with me, please sign the e-petition which will be presented in Parliament in September) Here’s what I sent:   The Premier of Queensland, the Hon. Campbell Newman Minister […]

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Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Hack a guitar tuner for pedal-board use

Having a tuner pedal is really useful. It means you don’t have to unplug anything to tune, and it doubles as a mute. They can be bought pretty cheaply, but where would the fun in that be? I decided to hack an old tuner I had lying around: When I bought my electric guitar on eBay, it came with this tuner. I already have a […]

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Friday Foto – 13.07.2012

Friday Foto – 13.07.2012
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Hymn EP idea

Hymn EP idea

I’ve got an informal plan to make an EP of hymns over the summer, mainly as practice in arranging. I want to primarily use hymns for which the old tune couldn’t be bettered (in my opinion). One of those songs is ‘How great Thou art’. Perhaps my opinion of that one is based on some sentimental value (we sang it at my Dad’s funeral, and […]

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IBC CD – it’s almost here!

IBC CD – it’s almost here!

I’m told that the IBC worship CD ‘Many Places, Many Faces’ is all mixed and is in the process of being pressed. If you click through to the facebook page you can see the video they’ve put together for the launch at the IBC conference in Interlaken which is happening soon. I can’t wait to hear the album!

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The two essential tasks of critics

The two essential tasks of critics

Johann Hari has written a fascinating piece on the role of critics in contemporary arts and culture, and is well worth reading.  Because critics perform two essential tasks in the cultural ecosystem – and as with any ecosystem, if you knock out one part, the entire network is at risk of unravelling. Their first task is simply consumer advice. This has been sniffed at by […]

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But we have Wallenberg

But we have Wallenberg

I’m in the final week of rehearsals for a contemporary opera Wallenberg by the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, who was apparently a member of a leading Estonian avante-garde rock band. It’s a pretty intense piece, not only from the music (it’s got a big orchestra and lots of percussion… it’s pretty loud!) but the story. It’s based around the figure of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved […]

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