Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

and hailstones as well

 

Just as well that thunder/rain/hail didn't last that long - 3 mm of rain in 3 minutes according to my local website. It's still raining though nothing like as heavy. The local news site has been talking about today's weather - criticising the Met Office for not forecasting this - not exactly "light rain this afternoon"

El Loro posted:
Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

and hailstones as well

 

Just as well that thunder/rain/hail didn't last that long - 3 mm of rain in 3 minutes according to my local website. It's still raining though nothing like as heavy. The local news site has been talking about today's weather - criticising the Met Office for not forecasting this - not exactly "light rain this afternoon"

They deserve criticism for not forecasting that El...

We have had heavy rain here but only in short bursts.

Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:
Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

and hailstones as well

 

Just as well that thunder/rain/hail didn't last that long - 3 mm of rain in 3 minutes according to my local website. It's still raining though nothing like as heavy. The local news site has been talking about today's weather - criticising the Met Office for not forecasting this - not exactly "light rain this afternoon"

They deserve criticism for not forecasting that El...

We have had heavy rain here but only in short bursts.

A woman who lives in Winchcombe, a few miles north east of Cheltenham had some of her roof damaged late this afternoon by what she describes as a tornado (couldn't have been a full scale tornado though as the damage would have been considerably greater).

 

Still raining here though nowhere near as heavy as it was.

El Loro posted:

Here is Jeremiah Clark's Suite in D major written in about 1700. Audio only.

Consists of a number of short pieces, the majority of which won't be at all well known.

The exception is the 4th piece which starts at 3 minutes 45 seconds which is very well known.

yes very well known EL  quite enjoyed the rest - the trumpet can sound fantastic - very royal

Good morning everyone it's a bit mixed this morning with some ominous looking clouds and just a hint of blue. Those showers yesterday were astonishingly heavy. There was the odd rumble of thunder too and then another rainbow.  My grandson was treated to a real belter of a rainbow on his way home. 

 

Enjoy your day everyone

Good morning everyone

 

A bit of sunshine here. Theoretically it may be a dry day according to the Met Office. The very local website shows 17.2 mm of rain fell yesterday and for the 27 day period 22 September to yesterday a total of 97 mm.

 

Ros, I think you probably got the connection between those two pieces of music I posted yesterday

 

I hope everyone has a good day

A spacecraft is ready to be launched in February - mission is to get up close to the Sun and to be able to do the most detailed research and photos yet. Also getting to look at the Sun's polar regions (the two opposite ends of the axis - similar to the Earth's axis for the North and South Poles but obviously extremely hot).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/sci...environment-50040893

Mule dressage is now under threat from the International Equestrian Federation:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...cestershire-50107999

 

A year ago Christie Mclean from Stroud succeeded in getting British Dressage to change its rules to allow mules to compete with horses and ponies in dressage events.

A clip of this from a year ago:

(a mule is bred from a male donkey and a female horse, a hinny from a male horse and a female donkey)

 

El Loro posted:

Mule dressage is now under threat from the International Equestrian Federation:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...cestershire-50107999

 

A year ago Christie Mclean from Stroud succeeded in getting British Dressage to change its rules to allow mules to compete with horses and ponies in dressage events.

A clip of this from a year ago:

(a mule is bred from a male donkey and a female horse, a hinny from a male horse and a female donkey)

 

Oh wow! 

Donkeys are wonderful though can be mistreated. My mother was a supporter of the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

The 1966 French film "Au Hazard Balthazar", directed by Robert Bresson, is the life story of a mistreated donkey (Balthazar). Although regarded as a masterpiece, it's hard for any animal lover to watch.

El Loro posted:

Donkeys are wonderful though can be mistreated. My mother was a supporter of the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

The 1966 French film "Au Hazard Balthazar", directed by Robert Bresson, is the life story of a mistreated donkey (Balthazar). Although regarded as a masterpiece, it's hard for any animal lover to watch.

I can’t watch animal mistreatment programmes. Very sad and totally unnecessary to mistreat any living creature 

Robert Bresson was one of the great French film directors. His films were austere and tended to have non-professional actors/actresses in as he strove for realism.

His 1956 film "Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut" (known as A Man Escaped) was about a French resistance fighter imprisoned in a Nazi prison and his attempt to escape. An extraordinary film and the attempted escape is a masterpiece of tension - both I and my father were on the edge of our chairs during it when we watched it years ago. The Great Escape is a good film, A Man Escaped is a great film though the opposite of The Great Escape in style.

Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

Donkeys are wonderful though can be mistreated. My mother was a supporter of the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

The 1966 French film "Au Hazard Balthazar", directed by Robert Bresson, is the life story of a mistreated donkey (Balthazar). Although regarded as a masterpiece, it's hard for any animal lover to watch.

I can’t watch animal mistreatment programmes. Very sad and totally unnecessary to mistreat any living creature 

which is why I wouldn't post a clip from it. The BBFC have said that there are no issues regarding animal cruelty in that film - so you don't see any actual genuine cruelty.

good evening gang! And sweet dreams to all who’ve turned in already. Sorry I’ve been awol, I’ve had the week off work but done a huge amount of productive stuff now I’ve got friends staying for a few days. 

hope you’re all well, had a good week and are full of weekend energy  

Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

Mule dressage is now under threat from the International Equestrian Federation:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...cestershire-50107999

 

A year ago Christie Mclean from Stroud succeeded in getting British Dressage to change its rules to allow mules to compete with horses and ponies in dressage events.

A clip of this from a year ago:

(a mule is bred from a male donkey and a female horse, a hinny from a male horse and a female donkey)

 

Oh wow! 

fanatastic

El Loro posted:
Moonie posted:
El Loro posted:

Donkeys are wonderful though can be mistreated. My mother was a supporter of the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

The 1966 French film "Au Hazard Balthazar", directed by Robert Bresson, is the life story of a mistreated donkey (Balthazar). Although regarded as a masterpiece, it's hard for any animal lover to watch.

I can’t watch animal mistreatment programmes. Very sad and totally unnecessary to mistreat any living creature 

which is why I wouldn't post a clip from it. The BBFC have said that there are no issues regarding animal cruelty in that film - so you don't see any actual genuine cruelty.

Good morning a rainy start here that is now brightening up- typical of the last few days here. 

I hope you all slept well I’m in the spare room because my friends are in my room, it’s much bigger and more comfy it’s lovely to see them! 

I too struggle to watch animal cruelty videos. I think it’s great to raise awareness of the issue and help these innocent creatures though, so I hope they make a difference 

I see that the second series of "Frankie Drake Mysteries" starts on the Drama channel next Saturday. Made by the same producers as Murdoch Mysteries. As with that it's set in Toronto but in the 1920s. I saw the first series and it's an enjoyable series. Frankie Drake is the first female private detective there. The other main chararacters are her friend and partner Trudy Clarke and what is described as a morality officer Mary Shaw (the uniform she tends to wear is exceptionally attractive).

 

Not to be confused with the Australian series "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" set in Melbourne also in the 1920s. I only saw the first episode and, although some similarities, the character of Miss Fisher had zero morality.

 

A third series of Frankie Drake Mysteries has been commissioned. Of note is the first episode of that third series which is certainly worth catching when it's eventually shown. She visits England, and while there she helps Agatha Christie solve the disappearance and poisoning of an old friend from the war. And who is it playing the part of Agatha Christie - none other than Honeysuckle Weeks in her first television role for 3 years.

Once a decade the BFI's magazine "Sight and Sound" has a survey of film critics' top films and publishes a list of their top 100. The last survey was in 2012:
https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-t...oundpoll2012/critics

 

Being a poll of critics rather than of the public means that the results are looking at quality rather than enjoyment. Also the films are international though many are English-speaking. I've seen about half of them.

The two Robert Bresson films I mentioned yesterday are in that top 100. Silent films I've mentioned before are there :"Sunrise" (5th) and ""Passion of Joan of Arc" (9th).

Although it's better to see Sunrise with a Blu-ray disc one can see it on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NayFytQeBE

Janet Gaynor played the wife in the film - she's so good that after a short time you find that you don't miss that there's no spoken dialogue. The film got the Oscar for "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" - the only film ever to get that award.

"Cheltenham House" in Cheltenham has been given Grade-II listed status as the front facade has Barbara Hepworth's final publicly commsssioned piece of sculpture is there.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...cestershire-50107998

 

Article doesn't say that the sculpture was commissioned by the Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society and that "Cheltenham House" was at the time their head-quarters.

 

I've never been inside but have passed that building hundreds of times over the years so recognised the photo instantly.

El Loro posted:

Re that film "A Man Escaped". The film starts with the Kyrie section of Mozart's Great Mass in C minor (K427).

A performance of that Mass:

The Kyrie is at the beginning. The Mass is one of the great choral works.

have sung Mozart's Requiem a few times EL but not this one - it is gorgeous

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