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Stopped in and watched the tellybox last night. The Winter Olympic opening ceremony in Turin (where the shroud, the fiat and the invention of solid chocolate are from) was superbly done. Top bombing from the pyrotechnics people. Brilliantly designed and co-ordinated fireworks display and lighting of the Olympic flame sequence. Rather gushy commentary though although Graham Bell, Harrogatonian skiing champ looks like he me be a good pundit. Certainly less nauseating than his co presenters were last night. I’m sure they’ll come into their own when they’ve got some sport to natter about.
Then I watched a superb proger called ‘Folk at The BBC’. Unfortunately folk has a proper beardo wierdigan stigma attached to it, but there was some absolute quality performance on there. A mix of archived, grainy stuff with phrases like “this was originally recorded for the third programme” to a load of stuff recorded especially . Some top insights into the history of melody, how some melodies are known in every culture in the world and have been for a very long time. The example the chappie sited was the twinkle twinkle little star tune, then he sang Ukrainian, Israeli, Japanese (etc) variants. Fascinating it was. One of the things that really stood out for me musically was ‘The Incredible String Band’. Indian influenced sitar backed uniqueness.
Well, I’m off to get ready for our magical mystery tour now…

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