Friday, 9 December 2016

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. Including a Three Night Stay. At Aquacity Poprad, Slovakia. Two Night Stay at Hotel Cloister Inn, Praha. Among Others. Purchased Tickets, Though Unsuccessful. Table Eleven Won First Prize !. Was Wrong Colour Ticket Though !. We then Proceeded to Win Nothing !.

Brilliant Speech by Guest Speaker. His Excellency, Lubomir Rehak. Slovak Ambassador. Ex UK Ambassador to Kazakhstan. Michael Roberts, BCSA Chairman. Recounts Meeting Lubomir. At Kazak Memorial. To Central European Victims. Who Died in Russian Gulag,s & Internment Camps. Lubomir Rehak is Very Pro active in the UK. This Includes Scotland & Wales. Many Miles Travelling. Looking After Slovak Residents in the UK. Sorting any Problems Out. Even Discussing Disagreements with UK Residents. Sometimes Over a Pint !.

The Ambassador Talked About Brexit. Stating Europe Needs to Work Together. To Resolve Conflict, Using Tolerance. I Found it Impossible Myself. To Explain the UK,S Decision while in The Czech Republic. When the Voting Result Announcement. Was Confirmed. Not Heard Enough of these True Thoughts. In the Current Climate. The Ambassador is a Fine Man Indeed.

Slovensko are So Lucky. To Have Such a Great Ambassador. To Support Their Needs. Say My Farewells. Depart to Vibrant London Night. Tottenham Court Road. Complete with Beautiful Snowdrop Christmas Lights.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

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 Begins with " High ". Then " A Night Like This ". To " Push " & " Inbetween Days ". Cure Track that Attracted Me to Their Music. Was " Lullaby ". Anybody Afraid of Spiders. Look Away Now !. When Released. Could Not Stop Playing it. Over, And Over, Again !. Personal Favourite On Tonight,s Concert. Being in Czechia. " A Forest ". Went on For Ever. Could Still be on Now, For Me !. Wonderful. Robert & Reeves, Complete with Iron Maiden Tee Shirt. Guitar Playing. Out Of This World !.

Second Encore Highlights. " Shake Dog Shake " & " Fascination Street ".

Only Sadness. Had to Leave Venue. Beginning Of Third Encore. Not Before Hearing " The Lovecats ". Metro. Plus Two Bus Journeys to Novodvorska. Mind, was in Midnight Bliss !.

Have Loved Music. From Alice Cooper, 10CC, Elton John & David Bowie. To Oi Va Voi & Tindersticks. Plus Classical Music. Concert was Exceptional !. On Return to UK. Purchased EP. Twilight Sad " Oran Mor ". Cure CDS. " Greatest Hits ", " Disintegration ". With New Fave Track " Love Song " !. + Remastered " The Top ". Made While Robert. Was Also with. Siouxsie And The Banshees. " Hyaena ", Era. Including Extras & Period Rarities.
Ano, Cured in Praha !.

PS. Robert. Could You Play Sheffield, Leeds, or Auld Reekie. Or All !. PROSIM.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

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.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

NARODNI MUZEUM.

21-10-16. Over to Mala Strana. Liked By Me. For Some, Too Many Tourist,s !. Plenty of Quiet Haven,s there. That it Never Appear,s Relevant.

Have Sun Dried Tomato & Cheese Sandwich. From Bread Gap. Eaten at Near By Petrin Hill. Before a Walk Round Kampa Island. Bohemian,s Doing Their Community Action Spot. With My Sparta Hat On. Reckon They Need the Practice !.

Czech Museum of Music. At the Moment They are Preparing New Exhibition. Had No Time in June. For the Josef Suk Display. On Arrival. A Delightful Piano Display. For a Group Of Teenager,s. Up Stair,s Over Numerous Room,s. Fine Collection of Different Instrument,s. Period to Recent Times. Guitars, Wind, Harpsichord & Piano.

Pride Of Place. For Me. The Piano of Filip Topol. Member of Acclaimed Band, Psi Vojaci. Donated by Brother. Jachym Topol. Admired Czech Author. Well Worth the Visit. Just To See this One Item. Have Conversation with Charming Older Attendant. He was a Airman. Said He Visited Many Air Shows in the UK. I Explained That My Father was in the RAF. Stationed Near Norwich.


Returning to Base. Call at My Favourite Shop. At Pankrac Arkady. Nanu Nana. Good for Decorative Accessories.
To Complete Wonderful Day. Spend Precious Time. With Loved One, Radmila. If Only Time did Not Fly Past. So Fast in Later Years.

Friday, 4 November 2016

WISH TO INVENT STEAM ENGINE.

21-10-16. Go to I P Pavlova. Then Visit. Once it was the Police Museum. Ke Karlovu 462 / 20. 120 00. Praha 2. Now it Hold,s the Treasure,s of A Dvorak. Have Once Visited the Museum. Many Moon,s Ago. A Lot of Water has Gone Under the Bridge, Since Then !.

Now a Dvorak Society Member. So Come From a Different Prospective. Lady on Desk. Very Informative & Polite. Could Have Stayed Here All Day !. Museum is Compact. Though Crammed With Fact,s !. Time to Remember Famous Dvorak Quote. Emphasizing His Love Of Train,s. " I Would Give All My Symphonies. To Have Invented the Steam Engine ". No Idle Boast !.

Amazing How Thing,s Work Out in Your Life !. Dvorak Enroll,s on Austrian State Scholarship. Member of on the Grant Committee. Is No Other then, Johannes Brahms !. Was Surprised Dvorak Only Stayed in the USA. For Three Years. Then Returned to Bohemia For Good. In September Visited Cambridge, UK. Gown in Museum Worn in Cambridge. On His Visit, 16 TH Of June 1891.

Many of Dvorak,s Instruments. Have Pride of Place in The Museum. Liked the Viola, Piano. Donated by Anna Dvorakova.
Listened on Earphones. To Dvorak Music. His Humoresque. Plus His Slavonic Dance,s on Piano. Would Have Loved to Hear His " Carnival Overture ". Unfortunately, Have Other Fish to Fry !.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

BOUGHT THE TEE SHIRT !.

20-10-16. Being Late. Search Party was put in Operation. Marcela, Lucy, Family + Good Pal "Chance". Went Over to Doymno, Looking For Me. Said Our Greeting,s. Showered & Changed. Head to Roztyly. 135 Bus To Sporilov.

On My 60 TH Birthday. Missed Out on Prvni Pivni Tramway. Much Work Still Going On. No Tram,s Yet !. Was Going to Buy Jirka ( Owner ), a Drink. He Too has Just Had a Birthday to Celebrate. He,s Not Here. No Problem. Still Well Looked After.

Bar is Full. Heavy Rock Music is Good. Plus Tennis is on TV. Start with Favourite, Matuska, Apollo Galaxy. Standing Room Only. Continue with Permon, Hopper El Dorado. IPA. Finish with Novelty. Half of Primator, Chipper Grapefruit Pivo. Refreshing Drink.

Another Enjoyable Visit. So Good I Had to Buy the Tee Shirt !. Back at Base Camp. Receive New,s From Brummie Michael. That The Mighty Sheffield Tiger,s. Have Beaten the Glasgow Tiger,s. To Progress to The Playoff Final. Makes the Evening Complete !.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

THE GOLDEN SPINNING WHEEL.

30-9-16. Opening Concert in the Sheffield International Concert Season. Pre - Concert Talk. BBC,s Trisha Cooper. In Conversation with the Halle,s Artistic Director. Plus the New Assistant American Conductor. Jonathon Heyward. Supplied a Question. Trisha Seemed Confused. Halle,s Artistic Director. Knew Straight Away. Hardly Rocket Science !.

Jonathon Heyward Started Playing the Cello. Went to the Charleston County School. Where a Interest in Conducting was First Formed. Developed at the Boston Conservatory. Jonathon then Moved On to the London Royal Academy of Music. Only 23. He Takes up the Assistant Baton with the Halle Orchestra. His Debut is on the 10th Of November. Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Interesting Point. That American Orchestra,s Rehearse All Week. Not So in the UK.

Three Year,s Ago The Opening Concert in the Season was Dvorak,s " Vodnik ". Tonight,s Opening Concert Makes Me Proud Again. Being a Dvorak Society Member. By the Halle. Is Another Dvorak Symphonic Poem. " Zlaty Kolovrat ". Or, the Golden Spinning Wheel. Classic Czech Fairy Tale. Story, goes Young Prince Fall,s for Young Girl in the Forest. Story Being Czech. Not Straight Forward. Much Blood & Gore Follow,s. Then Thankfully. A Happy Ending. All Told in Sir Mark Elder,s Unique Style. Sir Mark a Good Friend of Czech Music.

Tonight,s Solo Piece. Benjamin Grosvenor. Tinkering the Ivory,s. To Franz Liszt,s. Piano Concerto NO 2, in A. Second Half Continue,s. With Beethoven Symphony NO 6 in F Major. Better Known as the Pastoral. He Being in Love with Nature. Captures His Time in Baden. Complete with Storm. Very Well Played by the Halle. Sir Mark Conduct,s in Animated Fashion. All Punter,s Go Home. Happy & Content.