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On any day, the city of London, England is worth a DK diary.  But on this day, for obvious reasons, there is particular resonance in the choice.  However, this diary takes an upbeat tack, centering on music (classical - well, duh with 3CM), where much is going on this month in London.  The key concerts will be The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall which start next Friday, but another festival going on now is celebrating an important anniversary.

BTW, the diary title comes from a poem by William Dunbar.  One composer who set the poem to music was Sir William Walton, which you can hear from:

The text, and much else besides, followes 'neath ye flip.....

Just so you can enjoy the text of Dunbar's ode, here it is in full from that link:

"London, thou art of townes A per se.    
  Soveraign of cities, seemliest in sight,    
Of high renoun, riches and royaltie;
  Of lordis, barons, and many a goodly knyght;    
  Of most delectable lusty ladies bright;
Of famous prelatis, in habitis clericall;    
  Of merchauntis full of substaunce and of myght:    
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.    

Gladdith anon, thou lusty Troynovaunt,    
  Citie that some tyme cleped was New Troy;
In all the erth, imperiall as thou stant,    
  Pryncesse of townes, of pleasure and of joy,    
  A richer restith under no Christen roy;    
For manly power, with craftis naturall,    
  Fourmeth none fairer sith the flode of Noy:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.    

Gemme of all joy, jasper of jocunditie,    
  Most myghty carbuncle of vertue and valour;    
Strong Troy in vigour and in strenuytie;    
  Of royall cities rose and geraflour;
  Empress of townes, exalt in honour;    
In beawtie beryng the crone imperiall;    
  Swete paradise precelling in pleasure;    
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.    

Above all ryvers thy Ryver hath renowne,
  Whose beryall stremys, pleasaunt and preclare,    
Under thy lusty wallys renneth down,    
  Where many a swan doth swymme with wyngis fair;    
  Where many a barge doth saile and row with are;    
Where many a ship doth rest with top-royall.  
  O, towne of townes! patrone and not compare,    
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.    

Upon thy lusty Brigge of pylers white    
  Been merchauntis full royall to behold;    
Upon thy stretis goeth many a semely knyght
  In velvet gownes and in cheynes of gold.    
  By Julyus Cesar thy Tour founded of old    
May be the hous of Mars victoryall,    
  Whose artillary with tonge may not be told:    
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.

Strong be thy wallis that about thee standis;    
  Wise be the people that within thee dwellis;    
Fresh is thy ryver with his lusty strandis;    
  Blith be thy chirches, wele sownyng be thy bellis;    
  Rich be thy merchauntis in substaunce that excellis;
Fair be their wives, right lovesom, white and small;    
  Clere be thy virgyns, lusty under kellis:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all.

Thy famous Maire, by pryncely governaunce,
  With sword of justice thee ruleth prudently.
No Lord of Parys, Venyce, or Floraunce
  In dignitye or honour goeth to hym nigh.
  He is exampler, loode-ster, and guye;
Principall patrone and rose orygynalle,
  Above all Maires as maister most worthy:
London, thou art the flour of Cities all."

The festival in question from before the flip is the City of London Festival, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  The Festival takes place in various venues around the part of London known as "The City", which is the financial center of London (unfortunately in the news now because of this sleazebag).  I once had the luck to attend a vocal recital at a past Festival, on the last day, as it turned out, at a church toward what I deemed was the eastern portion of The City.

From the program(me) of the first City of London Festival in 1962, the Lord Mayor, Frederick Hoare, was quoted:

"Despite the fact the City of London is better known today mainly for its material efforts, in so many ways there is still a strong recognition of the things that have inspiration. This can be seen in the multitude of beautiful churches and the magnificence of St Paul's Cathedral. Within the Livery Companies there are many treasures of utmost beauty....this Festival is trying to show many things that are beautiful and inspired by the arts - music by the masters, played by the masters, the song, the play, the opera, verse, tragedy and comedy - in the setting of this our most historic capital, and perhaps by doing so release man for a while and remind him that there are other things than those entirely material."
One song cycle composed for the first City of London Festival was Sir William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table.  You can check out the cycle (not from the Festival) thus (texts here):

1. The Lord Mayor's Table:

2. Glide Gently:

3. Wapping Old Stairs:

4. Holy Thursday:

5. The Contrast:

6. Rhyme:

The list of events for this year's Festival, in admittedly not the most viewer-friendly format, is here.  I give this characterization because, unless you slog through each listing for more details, you won't see that the July 15 concert with the London Symphony Orchestra features Renee Fleming as the guest soloist.  Apparently it's sold out anyway, since clicking on that link indicates:

"This concert went on sale in January 2011 – returns only"
Translation: sold out.  Interestingly, that concert coincides with the third night of The Proms, a concert performance of Debussy's one opera, Pelléas et Mélisande.  Choices, choices.  

Keeping in mind the multiple commemorations going on in the UK now, with the diamond anniversary for Queen Elizabeth II and the Olympics now, the First Night of The Proms is properly celebratory, both for London and Elizabeth R:

Mark-Anthony Turnage: Canon Fever
Sir Edward Elgar: Overture Cockaigne (In London Town)
Frederick Delius: Sea Drift
Sir Michael Tippett: Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles
Elgar: Coronation Ode (1911)

In the Elgar Coronation Ode, BTW, you'll note the presence of 4 conductors for the evening, their version of a "baton relay" (haha).  In addition, if you listen here, you'll hear a different version of the tune known as "Land of Hope and Glory", which is the high school graduation march played everywhere (and SNLC'ed here).

While any sort of "Olympic theme" in The Proms is pretty modest, one statement is that on the opening night of the Olympics, Friday July 27, The Proms will be featuring the annual performance there of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and conductor Daniel Barenboim.  I hope that the security is really good for the concert, given that London is an obvious target for no-good-niks at this time (or any time), especially.

The best way to conclude this diary is with the single greatest evocation of London in the symphonic literature, Ralph Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony, the 2nd of his 9.  In an bit of unplanned Olympic irony, the following YouTube videos are from a Brazilian orchestra:

1st movement:

2nd movement:

3rd movement:

4th movement:

With that, hope you're keeping cool, and since this is a "joint edition" diary, you can either:

a) Chit-chat about the music
b) Post loser stories of the week
c) Ignore both the above and comment on whatever you want (which is what most SNLC comments do anyway)

Originally posted to chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 05:07 PM PDT.

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  •  so, from here..... (11+ / 0-)

    .....at least loser-wise for the week, we lost 2 out of 3 in bowling, again, with one game lost by less than 10 pins (aarrgghh).

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 05:07:01 PM PDT

  •  hi (6+ / 0-)

    I am home from the wedding shower for my niece in my son's back yard.  It was mid 80's and pleasant and the little ones spent their time in a big plastic pool.  He has big trees for shade, too.

    My daughter had come from southern MI where it was 107, yesterday, so this was a big relief.

    I even had time for a nap after the shower.  The troops will arrive in a few minutes and be put to bed.  The four year old had trouble getting to sleep last night, but I bet not tonight.

    Tomorrow, we will celebrate all the July birthdays.  It is the real birthday of the four year old.  It is hard to believe she is five already.

    She still likes grandma to rock her.  I got big wet cold hugs from the oldest two, this afternoon.  I helped with the two year old's breakfast and told him the story of the Three Bears which is a tradition along with the Three Little Pigs.  It was his first time.  :)  

    Best wishes to ccc and to all here!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 05:35:51 PM PDT

    •  so the high temp there was the mid 80's? (6+ / 0-)
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      That definitely qualifies as relief.  We're supposed to be in the mid-90's tomorrow, which qualifies as relief also.  From weather.com, the observed high here was 109 deg F (!).  I was inside pretty much all afternoon, so I missed that.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 05:48:32 PM PDT

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      •  109! (6+ / 0-)

        I like hot weather, but 109 is too much.  I hope you get the relief of double digits soon.

      •  My niece and her husband (3+ / 0-)
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        went on a brewery tour (more than one) today in St. Louis.  Probably an outstanding day for tasting.  

      •  There was a rec list diary last week (4+ / 0-)

        that said that we all had to remember the number 104 Degrees Fahrenheit, because it was the number at which photosynthesis stopped.  Thus implying a new apocalyptic danger from global warming.  Pointing out the logical flaws in that probably only antagonized people at me.  I guess some people never experienced days of 104 degree summer weather growing up.

        I think I'm going to try to stay out of the environmentalist diaries.  It's getting harder to tell the crazies on the left from the right.  On the right, we have science-deniers.  However, on the left, (sadly) the truth isn't lurid enough and so it must be embellished.  And gets reclisted for it.  Breaks my heart.

        By the way... 99 degrees F is the temperature at which testes stop producing viable sperm.  Thus endangering the survival of the human race, I guess.  Same logic.

        •  I missed that one about 104 deg F...... (1+ / 0-)
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          ......and that statement is nonsense, on the face of it.  Admittedly, in the real world, in 104 deg F heat that we've been having, the plants and trees are just dying out.  At work, they're not even going to try to save them, but the slight heat break that's expected next week can but help.  Getting below 100 deg F certainly can't make things worse.  Rain would help too, but I'm not holding my breath at this point.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:13:47 PM PDT

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          •  This diary. (2+ / 0-)
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            And I see, now, that he doubled the length of his diary in an update to counter what I was saying.  And he's still wrong, still pulling up an isolated fact he doesn't really understand and misusing it for sensational effect.  At the top he says:

            As I said in 2009,  global warming could stop photosynthesis in plants we need to survive.
            And even in that milder form, it's untrue, because any plant that would die from photosynthesis failure would be long dead, first, from drought.

            I started to write a long counter-diary, then grabbed my arm and stopped myself, because I realized I was on the verge of making a lot of people hate me.  And the thing is, I'm not a scientist, so I'd just be theorizing in the dark as well by offering up hypothetical reasons it couldn't happen, and making a muddle of things.

            •  you could dig up basic info on photosynthesis..... (2+ / 0-)
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              ......from looking at all the plant biochemistry and how enzymes would continue to function even at temperatures above 37 deg C, I'd think.  (BTW, the link isn't there, but it's probably just as well that I'm not seeing it.)

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:52:27 PM PDT

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              •  Well, the chemistry is right. (3+ / 0-)

                Enzymes don't work as well at the wrong temperatures.  But the problems are more practical than that.  

                1) Morning and dusk temperatures are lower than the peak.  For the morning and dusk daylight temperatures to stay at or above 104 degrees, you're really talking about an apocalyptic PEAK temperature much higher than 104.  

                2. Plants regulate their temperature.  Usually through evaporation.  It's a good thing, too, or we wouldn't have any rain forests in the world, where midday temperatures under the canopies are reportedly in the hundreds. (from my watching TV -- no journals for that)

                3. 104 degree summer days are not uncommon.  Even here in the very comfortable beach-side southern california, we get highs like that in the summer, and have since I was a wee tot and scientists like Isaac Asimov were worried about global cooling.  It's ludicrous on the face of it, and backfires as a spin job, if that's it's real intention.

                4. DROUGHT.  Drought is a real problem.  The danger of climate change is not photosynthesis being interfered with.  That's just TOO creative.  Before that can happen, the plants will die from drought, including the ground cover, the topsoil will blow away, and the farmers will blow away too from the economic impact.  

                5. There's nothing made-for-TV scifi film about drought.  If it doesn't sell well, then find a better selling job.  Don't embellish it with silly nonsense that any normal people can see through.  It's just fodder for the global warming deniers.  It makes me feel uncomfortable and dirty, too.

            •  Yeah, Dumbo, that didn't (2+ / 0-)
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              make any sense to me on its face.  I mean, I have been in Kansas when it was well over 104 and there were plenty of trees and grass all over the place.  And cacti manage very well in hot places (even not-so-hot ones: there's a variety of prickly pear that thrives here in PA.  I know b/c one house we lived in when I was a kid had it in the garden & it took my father something like three years to completely get rid of it).

              Anyway, I didn't dip into that diary but I saw the title & first line and was like WTF?  Really?  I don't think so!

              To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

              by Youffraita on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:06:53 PM PDT

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              •  well, cacti might be a special case, (2+ / 0-)
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                which he acknowledges.  But even ordinary plants can breeze through a hot day because it's usually a transient thing, and if they are well watered, they just evaporate faster.  I grow heirloom tomatoes (and I'm giving them away left and right right now) and I've had tomato plants just shrug it off.  One day of 100+ temperatures -- no biggie.  Two days -- starting to look bad  Overhead watering is called for.  Three or four days -- that's where you start to lose plants, and it's not from lack of photosynthesis.  They dry out, get crispy, and fall apart.

                The temporary solution [I suppose] would be to plant earlier, harvest earlier, and use nitrogen-enriching ground cover crops like crimson clover (over and over...) during the summer.  That may be what's going to happen here as worldwide temperatures increase.  The risk, [I would think, because I'm no authority] is that the topsoil is going to blow away, Grapes of Wrath style, from the ground water table becoming depleted.  Even if you can pump enough water from out of state to supply the farms, there still would be enormous ecological havoc done to the non-farmcrop ground cover, and that's most of the plant life in any state.  That's what protects the soil.  Without that, you're going to get a dustbowl.

                •  Okay, two ways around that (3+ / 0-)
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                  neither of which is workable for agribusiness farms:

                  You're going to build up the soil; and you're going to plant more than one crop together.  The Indians supposedly grew corn and squash and beans all together -- and some tribes were in arid regions like the desert southwest and successful farmers nevertheless.

                  Building up the soil: I read in the NYT about black soil in I think Brazil that is still incredibly fertile 1000 or so years after it was enriched.  Also from the NYT, a story about "The Grass is Greener in Harvard Yard."  They embarked on an experiment with organics on a one-acre plot and it was so successful -- the grass had better roots, stood up well to student use and required much less watering -- that the president of the univ. expanded the program and was planning to eventually go organic in all the public greenways.

                  But you're right, agribusiness-type farming will create dustbowls.

                  To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                  by Youffraita on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:34:01 PM PDT

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                  •  Yeah, there are lots of warm weather crops. (2+ / 0-)
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                    Rice, for instance.  Drought-resistant crops are rarer, but they exist, too.

                    I'd hate to dig up the amazon to get cheap humus.  

                    Here in California, you can get big bags of free/cheap mulch from the water department.  They make it from waste water.  People who have tested it say it's okay, although I'm a bit queasy about the idea.  

                    •  Oh, no. Not cheap humus. (2+ / 0-)
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                      The black soil region of NYS has that -- Goshen, where the best yellow onions come from.

                      The soil in Brazil -- I'm pretty sure it was a region of Brazil but definitely South America -- was deliberately enriched.  They've found all kinds of stuff in it.  It's been a while since I read the story (I think it was in the Tues. Science section but am not entirely sure) but there was charcoal and clay and stuff, IIRC, which I might not.  But it's a large region and from what I gather NOBODY thinks it was an accident.

                      Use your search skills to find the story.  My search skills are pathetic -- i read the dead-tree edition of the Times.  But your search words would include Amazon and black soil, I think.  And maybe archaeology.

                      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

                      by Youffraita on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 11:54:19 PM PDT

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    •  Of course there's always the version of the story (4+ / 0-)

      with both the three bears AND the three pigs and the ensuing porcine-ursine apocalyptic battle of good and evil.  Although it may be too bloody for the smallest children.  (Spoiler alert: The bears don't have to eat any dumb porridge.)

      Such a big, big family, cfk!

  •  i thought about you this morning (4+ / 0-)

    morning edition reviewed a conductor from the cleveland orchestra.  

    also there is some choral olympiad happening.  

    my kids had late - afternoon snacks and we are all eating supper at a different time.

    the cold front came and went and we are getting warm again.  

  •  Public library lists recent acquisitions (3+ / 0-)
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    on line.  So, when I saw this, I put it on "hold".  and this week it arrived.  Quite listenable.  Thank you, CCCM, for enlarging my horizons.

    link

    Now I am listening to "Tony Caruso's Final Broadcast:  Opera in ten short scenes on a libretto by Dana Gioia."  Composed by Paul Salernii, b. 1951.  Also on library recent acquisitions list.  

  •  congrats! you're in community spotlight! (4+ / 0-)

    my first thought in reading this diary: what personal experiences have you had with London?

    i have not travelled eastward over the atlantic. yet.

    at one point, i lost both my social security card and my birth certificate, and i was convinced i would forever be banned from travelling outside of the us. turns out, this is quite common, i have new copies of both, very easy to obtain. next would be a passport photos and the passport. i'll probably go to costco.

    •  well, overall, regarding London travels..... (4+ / 0-)
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      ......I was there the 1st time with the family at the tail end of one of those marathon bus tours, a different city every few days, so that doesn't really count.  The subsequent times, when I've gone on my own, no problems.  It's a little creepy to see the surveillance cameras everywhere, but then given past history with the IRA and more recently after 7/7, I suppose it's understandable, if still uncomfortable.  But otherwise, I try as much as possible not to act like a tourist, and it's been good.

      I've gotten rather fond of the city, although a friend of mine who actually works in the city and lives east of it says that it's rather too fast paced and not terribly friendly.  I'd like to go back at some point, but I realized that this was not the year to do it, even if there were Proms that I would be willing to cross the pond for to see in person (which there really weren't this year).

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 08:52:07 PM PDT

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      •  I love London. First visit, Fall, 1970. (5+ / 0-)

        Really cold.  Did lots of plays and tourist sites.

        Second visit, March 2006, I think.  Got to see Ades' "The Tempest," London Phil., some plays, some museums, and, finally, Hampton Ct.

        Third visit, maybe 4 yrs. ago in June.  Wigmore Hall X 3, a life's goal  Splendid.  Barbican X 2.  Philharmonie/Salonen.  And plays.  

        Can't wait to go back.  Must get to Glyndebourne and Aldeburgh, although it is unclear how one accomplishes this if unwilling to drive on left side of road.  

        •  methinks you can take the trains to...... (4+ / 0-)
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          .....Glyndebourne and to Aldeburgh from London, or wherever you're staying.  BTW, you mean the Philharmonia Orchestra.  The Philharmonie is the concert hall in Berlin.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:59:03 PM PDT

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  •  Dumbo's been composin'. (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm still having fun with the Sibelius app.  I decided to have some fun and try to make my own Baroque-style fugue, and it's grown out of reasonable proportions.  I'm up to 44 bars now.  I'm sure it will be crappy by any serious standard, but at least I'll be able to boast I composed a fugue.

    I ran into one big stumbling block that thwarted me.  It's in A minor.  I built it up to a climax in E flat major.  Getting from E flat back to A minor is... hard.  Really, really, really hard.  I finally decided I didn't know how to do it gracefully at all, so I started reading harmony books and trying different tricks.  So far everything I've tried sounds clumsy.  Right now, after some clumsy fumbling with some other methods, I just ker-plop it from E flat to E minor (up a half step) and then back to A minor.  I played it for my music producer brother and he said, "Sounds okay, but that part sounds like film music.  Not like Bach."

    I think maybe I need to go back and figure out how the hell I got to E flat in the first place and tweak that part earlier on.  That's my project for later tonight.

    Went off my low-carb diet for a while this week and had some Pillsbury Toaster Strudels.  Yum yum!  Those things are actually good.  

  •  Nothing but loss of pride? (3+ / 0-)
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    Too fscking hot here at Chez aoeu. I answered the unbarking dog and climbed into the attic to replace the unworking fan. The fail never slows down.

    •  heard about that snafu on NPR (1+ / 0-)
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      Hadn't heard anything about what happened since then, though, regarding the fireworks firm in question.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 09:57:01 PM PDT

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      •  They will ride the storm out. (3+ / 0-)
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        They are one of the majors. iirc Garden State.

        •  WTF? (2+ / 0-)
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          I watched half the clip and it was clearly a malfunction -- fireworks are supposed to be pretty, but not balloonlike -- it looked kind of like everything was going off at once.

          Wow.  That company gets my vote for Loser of the Week.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:20:02 PM PDT

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          •  NPR has a link about it..... (2+ / 0-)
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            Dumbo, Youffraita

            ......here, with audio access to the All Things Considered feature.  Pretty much everything going off at once, or pretty quickly, is what happened.  (If everything had truly gone off all at once, people would have been hurt.  Thankfully, no people were injured, besides hurt egos.)

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:24:50 PM PDT

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        •  I suppose, especially that in the grand..... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....scheme of things, fireworks aren't that important.  Impressive and fun to watch, but not one of life's absolute necessities.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:25:54 PM PDT

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    •  Hey, I thought that was pretty good, myself. (1+ / 0-)
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      My dad didn't consider it a real Fourth unless somebody got injured or arrested or caught fire, but that's just the way I was raised.

  •  Should add a plug for Dyson's version (1+ / 0-)
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    In addition to the Walton, Dunbar's poem was also set by Sir George Dyson as In Honour of the City. It's interesting to hear two such very different settings of the same poetry, both written in relatively close proximity (temporally and geographically, if not stylistically!).

     

    •  thanks for the reminder about Dyson's work (0+ / 0-)

      Now that you mention, I have a vague memory in the back of my head about it, although I haven't heard a recording of it yet.  Hickox did make a recording for Chandos as part of his George Dyson series, from a quick look at Chandos' website.  There's also a YouTube link here.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 10:42:36 AM PDT

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