Wednesday, 22 October 2014

If at first you don't succeed.

No time for railway today, so here is a picture from the Web

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Currently listening to:

General Ludd
Here is an interview link with the duo in which the following interchange takes place:

"Can you sum up the General Ludd sound in five words??

Not really. "


https://www.list.co.uk/article/65672-exposure-general-ludd/

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Last night's dinner:


Ham shanks from Marks and Spencers
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Lost interest in reading:




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Drumming practice update:

Disastrous 1-to-1 session with my Samba drumming tutor. I couldn't do anything; felt less than a beginner in every respect. Decided to suspend these weekly sessions for a few months while I go away and practise.

"If at first you don't succeed ............................ don't try sky-diving."





Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Viessmann 60706 HO scale street lights

After drilling requisite 6mm holes, I installed 4 street lights outside theatre and street restaurant. I won't power them up yet.

2 lights remaining for use elsewhere.




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Currently listening to:

3 different versions of Joni Mitchell's beautiful song, "A Case of You".

Herself 1971
Prince in 1983

Re-recorded by herself in 2000.


In 2011 Mitchell was voted the No. 1 female artist and "A Case of You" the No. 1 female song by listeners of BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

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Last night's dinner:

Chicken stuffed with anchovies and capers.




Stuffing revealed.

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Currently reading:

Dragging a bit.

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Drumming practice update:

Last lesson for a while from my regular tutor; he's off to Belize to teach and learn drumming.

Never mind, 2 hour drumming class tonight and solo lesson tomorrow with my Samba tutor.






Monday, 20 October 2014

Biggar part 2.

Did more work on the pavements around the Theatre and street restaurant in preparation for installing the street lights.




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Currently listening to:

Everything I have on iTunes by the Glasgow electronic musician, Alex Smoke.








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Last night's dinner:

Before dashing out to work, consumed a pie and beans.




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Currently reading:


Karen Armstrong
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Drumming practice update:


Continuing with "up -stroke" practice, practice, practice.


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Miscellany 1:

On Saturday we went to Biggar to see Andy Fairweather Low playing in the Municipal Halls there.

Andy is on the left.




A really great atmosphere in the hall and actually a really enjoyable evening. But, I have to say I was bored by much of the performance - all those plodding blues numbers, they all sound the same to me.

Things came to life when he sang his old Amen Corner hits and his solo hit "Wide-eyed and legless". His voice has lost none of its distinctiveness nor its Welsh quality.

Miscellany 2:


The countryside around Biggar



Miscellany 3:

The following morning I went to Mass at St Isidore's RC Church in Biggar - an unusual place of worship.


Basically a converted stone villa.

Steep driveway




Not sure what this room would have been originally

Van Gogh-like stained glass windows.




Sunday, 19 October 2014

Biggar

No time for railway today.

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Currently listening to:

Nothing.

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Last night's dinner:

Veal and tagliatelle
 This morning's breakfast:



In other words, we stayed overnight in the East Lanarkshire town of Biggar.

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Currently reading:

Really enjoying this.

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Drumming practice update:

Practising upstrokes at every opportunity: on the table top while dining: on the steering wheel while driving; on my thigh attached drum pad; on my dampened Caixa; and so on.


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Miscellany:

Have to go out so will update Blog more fully tomorrow.




Saturday, 18 October 2014

Eureka

No time for railway today because going away overnight to see Andy Fairweather Low.

I've remembered that some time ago I made a canopy out of sheets of newspaper reinforced with wallpaper paste for my Gare du Nord.



It was just an experiment.

Another important task waiting to be done.

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Currently listening to:


A whole load of youTube videos on Samba swing.

eg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_D11j0qCww



There seem to be Samba drumming classes all over the world.

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Last night's dinner:

Out at friends and forgot to take photograph but it was excellent.


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Currently reading:


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Drumming practice update:

The stand-in or, if you like, supply leader at out Saturday morning Samba class  imparted a key item of knowledge regarding ghost notes - by the way, they're the quiet notes in between the accented strokes in a pattern.

The insight:

Accents are down-strokes but ghost notes are up-strokes.

At first this sounded like nonsense; a stroke has to be downwards otherwise instead  of meeting the skin of the drum, it would meet the ceiling.

But what the  term "up-stroke" actually means is that the stick starts off very near the surface of the skin; then it flicks the skin and then immediately travels upwards. Having travelled upwards, the stick is then ready to come crashing down for the "down-stroke" of the accent.

Once down, the stick is ready once more to execute the flick of the quieter "up-stroke" ie the ghost note.


This sequence intrinsically links the ghost notes with the accents so that they are dependent on each other. The ghost note goes up ready for the stick to come down hard for the accent, and having travelled downwards the stick is now ready to perform the quieter ghost note, once again then travelling upwards ready for the accent and so on.

And the advantage of this dependent cycle is - SPEED!!!