Baroque & Roll on German TV

A bit of shameless self-promotion (which is usually confined to my singing blog) – here I am on ARD / SWR in my all-singing, all-dancing part in Handel’s Alessandro (click through to watch the clip):

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What if Richard Dawkins is (partly) right?

I’ve thought for some time now that Richard Dawkins was starting to lose a lot of credibility as a spokesman for Atheism. Calling for the arrest of the Pope probably didn’t help, but I got the feeling that many middle-ground people were starting to see him as a kind of ‘fundamentalist’. While Hitchens certainly didn’t pull any punches, he did seem to have real friendships […]

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Dalai Lama joke fail

I can’t believe he thought this was  good idea.. but glad he tried!

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Angels we have heard on high, sweetly shouting o’er the play

In case you haven’t seen this one doing the rounds, here is a special Advent video that will make you giggle:    

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Christian Hipster How-to video

via Stuff Christians Like: I’ll own up: I have a bible app, I wear scarves and while I don’t have a pair of Tom’s I do have a pair of yellow Campers:

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Germany is doomed

No, I’m not talking about the euro-zone crises, but that old classic computer game. Apparently, for the past 17 years the FPS game, Doom, was only allowed to be sold in Adult stores here in Germany, but the  Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (it’s one word in German) has finally allowed it to be sold to teens, albeit, those over 16. The BBC […]

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25 ways to tie a scarf

This is pretty darn awesome:

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John Lennox on Q&A

I can always tell when ABC’s Q&A programme is on because my twitter stream gets filled up with people yelling at the politicians on their screens. This week, however, was politician free, a special panel on issues of faith and ethics, and featured none other than John Lennox (one of my favourite Christian thinkers), who is in Australia to debate Peter Singer. It was an […]

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Two Boys

I really wish I could see this show. Nico Muhly is only 29 and this, his first opera, is a co-commission from English National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York – it doesn’t get much bigger than that! Chances are, you’ve already heard his music, for example, if you’ve seen The Reader. He’s certainly an innovative composer and by all accounts this is […]

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Kitty-doggy

And yes, that is a Five Iron Frenzy reference, in case you were wondering.

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Downhere

I liked the first album from Downhere with songs like Great are you and Protest to Praise, but then didn’t really come across them again, until recently, when I got their latest two albums on a twitter special (I also posted their brilliant Christmas song How many kings). From the latest album Ending is beginning is a brilliant song called All at war: I’m learning […]

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Funny ad for ENO’s new opera about the internet

The new opera by Nico Muhly is called Two Boys, and based on a true story (starring my mate Nicy Spence).

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