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I seem to have rather good work mojo on at the moment. Not in an achieving incredible things sort of way - but just in a rather satisfying getting on with it and ticking things off the 'to do' list sort of way. I'm in a run of busy teaching weeks which will last for another fortnight - but I'm keeping on top of things in a way which suggests that once things slacken off a little on the teaching front, I should be able to get some Actual Research done. Y'never know.

While this is clearly a Good Thing, it does seem to mean getting behind with my LJ. So, in order not to accumulate an overwhelming backlog of stuff which ends up preventing me from posting, let's have some bullet-points:
  • I went to a lovely concert in Chapel Allerton on Saturday with big_daz, featuring northern-based choir Renaissance Voices singing a rich programme of Monteverdi, Palestrina, Gabrieli and the like. It was very beautiful, and Daz and I had a grand old time drinking and chatting in a nearby pub afterwards.
  • I finally chose a bed! And Argos are delivering it tomorrow. I look forward to this immensely, as I deliberately chose a super-comfortable mattress for it, and am pretty sure it will be a great improvement on my current cheap single mattress.
  • All week long, some Tibetan monks have been creating an amazing multi-coloured design out of sand in the University's Parkinson Court. I thought they were painting it at first, but when I looked closer, I realised that they were actually very slowly and carefully releasing a stream of sand-grains onto the paper from thin conical tubes. It's incredibly intricate and amazing - and tomorrow afternoon they are going to destroy it, to show the impermanence of things. Their work, and the associated exhibition of photographs, trinket-stall and information stand, has triumphantly outdone a similar photographic exhibition which the Chinese society put on in the same space a few weeks ago, and which I'd forgotten all about until glitzfrau reminded me. In the Parkinson Cultural Propaganda Wars, it is China: 0, Tibet: 1.
  • On Sunday, I shall be going along to the opening rehearsal of a non-auditioning Leeds-based choir, The Sacred Wing. Basically it's for LGBT people who like singing sacred music, and this year they're preparing Vivaldi's Gloria, Handel's Zadok the Priest and a few carols for a Christmas concert. This is very cheering to me after last week's experience - not having an audition is a very promising start, and I'm assuming they'll be more than averagely receptive to the idea of a woman singing tenor. Plus I looked through my score of the Gloria, and the tenor line doesn't go below the E below middle C, so NO-ONE can tell me I don't have the range for it!
That's all of note, really. But at least I can post from fresh next time.

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megamole
Oct. 11th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
On In Tune tonight, as I was driving home from work, they were playing extracts from René Jacobs' recording of The Fortunes of King Croesus...
strange_complex
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:43 am (UTC)
Yes, I heard it too, as my Mum (an avid Radio 3 listener) tipped me off to it. I was going to send an email round today to the people who are coming to the performance, pointing them towards the Listen Again stream. But it sounds like you don't need to be told!
big_daz
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
It was in the paper about the monks making their sand mandala- its looks pretty impressive.

Its interesting to note that when Burma persecutes Buddhist monks, theres an international outcry, but when China does the same in Tibet, nowts said. Odd that..
strange_complex
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)
Yes, it is. I'd assumed the surface of it would be flat, but when I knelt down and looked at it closely yesterday, I realised that it was three-dimensional. Each line of sand had its own peak, and in some places they'd deliberately made higher and lower peaks to give texture to the design.
dakegra
Oct. 12th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
ooh, the mandala thing sounds ace - could you take a photo of it?
strange_complex
Oct. 12th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
Alas, no - I'm working from home today, so by the time I'm there again, it will be gone. I did keep meaning to bring my camera in to work, but was a bit too busy to actually do it. I'm sure there will be pictures about the place somewhere, though, as I saw a lot of people snapping it.
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