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DRUMBLA.

3-6-17. Attended the Slovak Embassy Garden Party. London. Good Chance to Socialize & Catch up. With Friends. From Sheffield. Plus John & Czech Friend. Fellow Dvorak Society Members, From Southampton.

John is a Volunteer at a Local Southampton Church. We Talked with a Church Minister from Cardiff. With Social Cuts in Society. Was Mentioned that the Church, Could Fill this Void.

Fine Food & Pivo,Wine, Consumed. Some Excellent Slovak Dancing was Performed. Folk Music from the Slovak Mountains .
Instruments Played are a Fujara. And a Very Distinctive Sounding Instrument. A Nose Flute ( Jews Harp ). Called Drumbla in Slovak.
The Dancers & Musicians Play From Within Themselves. Faces Beaming. A Inner Radiance. From Enjoyment in the Traditional Music.

There was a Uluv Clothing Exhibition. Work by Mojmir Benza. To Coincide with the 70 TH Anniversary. Of the Founding of the Center of Folk Art in Bratislava.

A Very Good Event. Leave to Walk Down Kensington Gardens. Sunny …
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FRENCH CONNECTION.

Dvorak Society AGM. Being Hold in the Delightful & Charming. Velehrad Building, Barnes, London.
Round the Back. Lovely & Restful Gardens. Birds Singing Merrily. Oasis of Calm in Vibrant London.

Velehrad, gives Assistance to Migrants in Need. From the Former Czechoslovakia. A Registered Charity. Gives Religious Guidance, Catholic in Particular.


After the Meeting. Piano Recital. By French Pianist, Patrick Hammerle. Plays for 50 Mins. A Long Piece for the Piano. By Czech Composer, Vitezlav Novak. Pan ( Symphonic Poem ) OP 43. In Five Parts. Enjoyed " Hory ", ( Mountains ), Sea, & The Slow Movement, Les ( Forest ). There is also a Prolog + The Closing V Zena ( Women ).

Patrick Plays in Fine Style. Would Like to Hear it Again. May Grow on You. For Me, a Tad Too Long.

Music I Enjoyed More. Heard on BBC Radio 3. Serbian Pianist, Ivan Ilic. Archives He Discovered in Paris. Revealed the Piano Music Composed. By Czech, Antoine Reicha. Famous for His Brass Music Compo…

ALOIS NEBEL. Q & A.

1-3-17. Film Screening + Q & A. From the Films Director, Tomas Lunak. Film " Alois Nebel ". The Film Highlights. The Thorny Subject of Sudetenland. Near the Czech & Polska Border. It Centres on Loner, Train Employee, Alois Nebel.

I have Seen Before at Andel, Praha. No Hardship, Watching again. Still Find the Mental Health Issues, Difficult Viewing. Film is Dark in Nature. Though Captures Period in History Well. The Czech Republic as Moved on. Still can relate to Scenes. I have witnessed. While in the Country, Over the Years. Film Ends Well with Loves, Knowing Look.

Sheffield Showroom Organised Viewing Well. Much Thanks to Neil & Colleague. For Introductions & Translation.

Director Tomas Lunek is a Nice Man. Answers & Explains the Films Development. From Comic, Through Rotoscope Animation. I was under the Wrong Impression. It was Cutting Edge Technique. When it is Older. Even Used by Walt Disney. Film was a Labour of Love. Seven Years in the Making. Act…

I WAS SO GOOD. I KISSED MYSELF !.

25-2-17. Morning of "Night at the Opera ". Opus 47 By Dvorak " Bagatelles ", On Radio. Something Dvorak Knocked off. In Evenings, Playing with Friends. Very Much at Ease with Himself.

Arrive in Good Time for Sheffield Cineworld Screening. Of Metropolitan Opera Production. " Rusalka " By Dvorak. Live from the Big Apple. Late Entry to be Seated. Due to Tests on Live Feed from New York.

It is Very Impressive. Vast Stage on Large Screen. Healthy Cinema Audience. Opera Based on Mermaid Fairy Tale. First Act Begins after Overture. Water Nymphs Dance in The Lily,s . This May be Enough for Some Nymphs. Not Rusalka !. She has big Ideas of Being Human. Warned by the Water Sprite. It Will All End in Tears. Love For a Prince Wins Over. Rusalka Summons Witch " Jezibaba ". Potion is Supplied. Are You With Me So Far ?. Well it is a Czech Fairy Tale !. Alas, it Does Not End Pretty. What Opera Does ?. The Aria " Song To The Moon " is Sung in the First…

FINE MAN.

25-11-16. The 25TH BCSA Annual Dinner. Hosted at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel. From 18-30. Orange Juice for Me. After Pivo, a Few Hours Earlier. Ready For Food. Talk with Friendly People. Among them Czech. Plus a Member of Czech Heritage. Often Seen at the Dvorak Society. People Here Also. From the Rest of the UK. Warwick, Tunbridge Wells, etc.

Meal Starts 19-45. On Table 11. Table Consists of Many Friendly & Outgoing. Young Slovak Students. Plus Czech & UK. Very Interesting Conversations. Meal Starts with Carpaccio Of Organic Salmon in Soy Sauce with Fennel & Pickled Ginger Salad, Wasabi Mayonnaise. Bread, Water & White Wine Accompaniment. Must Add Thanks of Wine Donated by Peter Major. Plus Pivo by Budweiser Budvar UK.

Meal Continues with Red Wine Braised Chicken with Portobello Mushroom & Mashed Potato. A Delight !.

To Finish Warm Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream & Toffee Sauce. Coffee & Chocolates.

A Good Raffle with Prizes. Incl…

CURED IN PRAHA.

22-10-16. Over the Years. Best Seen Concert,s. The Cure, are Alway,s Mentioned. For My Last Night in Praha. Opportunity to See Them. Cannot Be Missed. Cure Played Here in 2008. Then the Sazka Arena. Now Re Named the O2 Arena. Recent Home Of Beloved Hokej Team. H C Sparta Praha.

Doors Open 1800, ish !. Vast Arena. Makes My Hometown. Sheffield Arena. Tiny in Comparison. Seated Second Row, From the Back. No Bad Seat Here Though. Good Viewing Everywhere. Support Act, Twilight Sad. Revelation. Scottish Band. Play Fine Set. Lead Singer, James Graham. Stating They are Drunken Glaswegians. Still, Thanking Praha Fans. For Coming Early. Plus Speaking Czech. Was Appreciated.

Where Do I Start. About The Cure !. From First Appearance at 20-10. To End in Three Hours. Including Three Encores !.
Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O Donnell & Reeves Gabrels. Take a Bow. Good as Ever. Like a Good Vintage, Improves with Age !.

Great Light Show. With Two Huge Screens. The Cure Set Beg…

TLUSTA KOALA.

22-10-16. Due to Engineering Work on Metro Line C. On Consecutive Weekends. I Changed My Travel. Used Bus 197 - Smichov.
Replacement Bus was Available. Between Kacerov - Hlavni Nadrazi. Just Easier on Bus 197.

Before Evening,s Entertainment. Decided to Eat. At Tlusta Koala. Senovazna 8. 110 00. Praha 1. Very Busy. Many Tables were Reserved. If Not were taken. Great Buzz, about the Place. Praha Folk. Being Happy & Relaxed.

Wood Panel Walls. Lighting Convulsive. For Dining, Drinking & Conversation. Fine Quick & Attentive Service. Dined on, Well Prepared. Plus in My Opinion, Superb. Champignon Rosotto. With Parmesan. A Large Cerne Staropramen. Quenched My Thirst. Finished with Good Coffee. Impressed.