Thursday, 23 June 2011

A beautiful way to try and be heard...

Noggin the Nog

Sigur Ros Plays in the mountains of their homeland for a small group of people who are protesting the building of a dam, which will irreversibly change the landscape.

All is played acoustically since the protest is about this form of electricity.

I think this is just brilliant.

Listening to Sigur Ros just makes me want to pack my bags and move to Iceland - somewhere really remote, where I could just indulge in singing, writing for a while and drink in the AMAZING views, not thinking about work or mundane stuff. It looks so other wordly - like somewhere from 'Noggin the Nog', which I used to watch as a child. :)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


One of the saddest books I have ever read, I think! Along with 'Birdsong' - Sebastian Faulks - this actually made me shed a tear. Love lost. Heartbreaking, but written in such a beautiful way, and I just LOVE his characters. I don't think I have ever NOT loved an Ian McEwan book! Read it.

SECOND HAND BOOKS!!! At the end of my street, there is a little independent bookshop called Badger's Books in Worthing,,-west-sussex/3197387/sf  that I visit almost religiously on an afternoon off. I have found some beautiful treasures in there - (see photos) -

Give me a second hand book over a new one any day - or a book with an inscription inside - I have been given some real beauties in the past, with messages in the front that I'll treasure forever. They are little pieces of history that sit on my bookshelf like old friends. A little piece of that loved person left with me. Call me sentimental, but I love leafing through my old books and finding notes in the margin or old bookmarks...

 I always write messages in books I give as presents.

On A Nautical Theme...

For the first time in my life I am lucky enough to live by the sea, which is a constant inspiration to me. It really is a favourite place whatever the weather, whatever my mood. I can sit on the shingle with a book, or run along the seafront chasing the sunset, or paddle when it's warm and the tide stretches out to the sand.

I think this blog may begin to take on a nautical theme for a while, as it's an ever present feature at the moment. Many a happy hour has passed looking out to sea - here is my most  favourite singer, the wonderful Dame Janet Baker, singing the beautiful song cycle Sea Pictures by Elgar.  Phoography is my own.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Have some Bach for breakfast

Start your weekend with a bit of Bach. It never fails to make me feel uplifted. :)

Katie Eels Mezzo-Soprano

New Audio available, Mary's_Lullaby'
Copyright Silver Appleyard Productions' 2011
Mary's Lullaby by A.D.C Hutchings
Recorded live 22nd March at Chelsea Old Church, London.

Chapel Choir of Windlesham House School conducted by A.D.C Hutchings
Piano- Katarina Hutchings
Flute- Natalie Daly