Wednesday, 16 December 2015


Having Just Visited Slavia Cafe, For the First Time. If I Had Only Knew !. There was a Portal, to the Jungle. At the Slavia Toilet,s !. Michal Ajvaz. Czech Writer, Poet. Writer in same vain as Jachym Topel. Was Warned Beforehand. That Understanding Book. Would Be Near on Impossible. Did Not Have a Problem.

" The Other City " by Michal Ajvaz. Describes there is another Hidden World. Behind Praha,s Fine Great City.

From Places I Love Like Petrin Hill. Mala Strana. Fighting a Shark in St Nicholas Church Bell Tower. Been to a Classical Concert in this Venue. After Eating across the Road in Zlatych Hvezd. Then Being Shot Down in Mid Air Above Charles Bridge. Flying on a Ray Fish !. Plus the Streetcar. Which You Do not want a Ride in !. Big Importance of Books & Library. " The Alchemist " By Paul Coelho. Rightly Gets Much Acclaim. This Czech Book. Gives Me Much the Same Rewards.

Message For Me. Be True to Yourself. Do Not Live a Lie. Good Translation by Gerald Turner. I Would Imagine a Very Difficult Task. Will Certainly Read More of Michal Ajvaz.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


26-11-15. Long Awaited, Sheffield City Hall Concert, has Arrived. Finish Work. Get Changed. Dash back to City Centre. At Stage Door, Greet Lovely BBC Broadcaster, Trisha Cooper. City Hall Backroom Staff. Very Polite & Friendly. Trisha Asked if the CZ, Slovak Sheffield Member,s. Would Like to Meet Maestro Pietari Inkinen. Conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Friend, Bibiana, Only One Interested.

Before this. Orchestra Member,s leave Rehearsal. Fascinating, to See them in Casual Wear. So at ease with their Work. So the Two of us are Shown to the Maestro,s Dressing Room. Behind in the City Hall. It is Apparent. How Much Space is at a Premium. Even After a Refurbishment.

Maestro Inkinen is a Charming & Easy to Talk To. Was Kind to Spare us Some Time. Maestro Inkinen is in Much Demand. Conductor as Well as the Prague Symphony, Conduct,s for the New Zealand Symphony, Japan Philharmonic & Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele Orchestra,s.

He Say,s the UK Tour is Going Well. He Enjoyed the London Date. After Today,s Concert. Just Two Venue,s Left. Nottingham & Leeds. Says it is the First Time Himself & The Orchestra have Visited Sheffield. We Welcome Him to Our City. He Asked about the CZ, Slovak Sheffield Forum. Plus My Membership of the Dvorak Society. We Wish Him Good Luck. With Thanks. He Even Posed for a Photo with us.

Enter the City Hall. Meet Marketa another Friend & Fellow Forum Member,s. I Leave to Listen to the Trisha Chaired Pre - Concert Talk. With Tonight,s Soloist, Chloe Hanslip. Chloe from a Musical Family. First Started Playing the Piano. Then Moved on to the Violin. Amused Audience of the Violin, sometimes Sounding like a Electric Toothbrush !. Also Spoke about Bows. The Weight of them. Plus because of the Ivory Ban in the USA. Had to Replace with a Silver Tip. Chloe enjoys doing Chamber Music. Learning So Much. Like with Her Work in Kutna Hora, CZ. Answered my E Mailed Question, at Length. Which was. Do You Have to Adapt Your Performance. To the Various Different Concert Venue,s ?. She Said the Sheffield City Hall. Anything was Possible !. See Friend,s & Forum Member,s for Wine in the City Bar. Even have Time to Wave to Bibiana,s Partner on a Mobile Phone. He His Working in Sweden.

Concert Begin,s with " Sarka ", From Smetana " Ma Vast ". Sarka, Rebel Heroine,s Vendetta Against All Men !. Concert Continue,s with Violin Soloist, Chloe Hanslip. She Plays the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Which She Plays so Well. Love How She Lives the Piece. Moving her Head to the Individual Orchestra Parts of the Concerto. Soloist & Orchestra as One !.

Interval is Reached. Time for Me to Have a Chocolate Ice Cream Tub. Then it is the Magnificent Dvorak Symphony NO 8. Evokes Dvorak,s Love of Nature & the Czech Countryside. Bird Song very Prevalent throughout.

Heard Live Many Times. Never heard the Flute Playing of the Bird Song. By Hana Brozova. Any Better. It was Outstanding & Memorable. Must State again the Sharp & Superior Brass Playing of Czech Orchestra,s.

Orchestra End Concert. With Two Encores. To Standing Applause. Finish with a DVORAK Slavonic Dance. Plus a Brahm,s Hungarian Dance. Played with Much Humour. A Night which i Will Alway,s Remember.