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Blog entries on '26 January 2006'

Thursday 26 January 2006

Suilven Recordings

"Suilven Recordings is quickly turning into one of the greatest sources for unconventional and totally unique music", so says Mouvement Nouveau ("the newest and most dynamic monthly online publication on classical and experimental music"). Daniel Patrick Quinn, Suilven Recordings supremo, says, "Me and the live band The Rough Ensemble are embarking on a debut UK tour next month, parading militarily south to the capital in two VWs and finishing up on the south coast. The Suilven Empire has so far confirmed the following dates:

  • Edinburgh Henry’s Cellar Bar Monday 13th Feb
  • Nottingham Maze (Forest Tavern) Tuesday 14th Feb
  • Manchester (venue TBC) Wednesday 15th Feb
  • Cambridge Man On The Moon Thursday 16th Feb
  • London Betsey Trotwood Friday 17th Feb
  • Brighton The Fortune Of War Sunday 19th Feb

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Thursday 26 January 2006

Virginia Woolf

Yesterday, wood s lot reminded me, was the anniversary of Adeline Virginia Stephen's birth (January 25th 1882 - March 28th 1941), daughter of Julia Jackson Duckworth, a member of the Duckworth publishing family, and Leslie Stephen, a literary critic and the founder of the Dictionary of National Biography. (Her life-span [1882-1941] is, I note, exactly that of James Joyce.) I had planned that this year would be my "Virginia Woolf year" (Julia Briggs' Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life whetted my appetite late in 2005) as I've only read Orlando. Maybe I should join The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain? No. I'll be fine. But I should, at least, read The Waves and Mrs Dalloway.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Thursday 26 January 2006

Beppe Grillo

if:book (the weblog of The Institute for the Future of the Book) give a thumbs up to Beppe Grillo:

... an immensely popular Italian political satirist, roughly the Italian Jon Stewart. Grillo has been hellbent on exposing corruption in the political system there, and has emerged as a major force in the ongoing elections there. While he happily and effectively skewers just about everybody involved in the Italian political process, Dario Fo, currently running for mayor of Milan under the refreshing slogan "I am not a moderate" manages to receive Grillo's endorsement.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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