Monday 10 November 2014

HO scale fountain - an idea

Had an idea for making an HO scale fountain that could be situated on the layout somewhere - to tart it up a bit.

The idea came to me when I was looking at a photograph of two thin wires emanating from a pair of street lights that I was installing.

I did a double-take when I saw the photograph - it reminded me of the famous peeing statue:

Then I thought if I used multiple curved wires, an effective impression of a fountain could be created.

Such models are commercially available, but look a bit too "plasticky" for my taste.

Watch this space.

Currently listening to:

Last night's dinner:

Cycled to People's Palace on Glasgow Green and had the above for lunch - therefore no need for dinner.
Currently Reading:

Almost, almost finished.
Drumming practice update:

Practised for an hour just playing hand to hand, LR, LR, LR, endeavouring to equalise the dynamic characteristics of the two hands.

Miscellany 1:

Really enjoyable evening last night at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall with my sister and brother-in-law - a sixties revival show.

For me the surprise package of the evening was Spencer Davis who re-created all his 60s hits in the absence of Stevie Winwood, and did so with gusto and integrity.

Spencer in the middle.


But the star of the show was P J Proby who at the age of 76 still has that unique presence which captivated us all 50 years ago.

In his hey day

In my opinion, P J Proby's utterly eccentric rendition of "Somewhere" from West Side Story is one of the great ballads of all time.

Miscellany 2:

This morning I attended a Masterclass delivered by the great pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja.

6 years younger than P J Proby
The format was that 3 advanced piano students would play pieces and then Miss Leonskaja would tear them to shreds in the politest possible fashion. A real privilege for the students.

It was fascinating and exhausting for the small audience of approx 30 and for the students and for Miss Leonskaja.

I attended because I wanted to soak up the learning atmosphere of a musical tutorial  in case I could generalise  it to my own elementary attempts to learn to play a single drum!!!!

I should have brought my niece's husband since he is actually learning to play the piano at the age of 40.


  1. PJ was excellent last night, Miss Leonskaja appears extremely talented too but I think she sounds as if she would either make or break you if you were a student.

  2. The students seemed to be made of pretty strong stuff.

  3. Ms.
    Not "Miss"

  4. Noted. Hope I didn't cause offence.