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PAMET NARODA.

20-10-18. Lenta, Nowhere Better. To Have a Brisk Saturday Morning Walk. Fine Autumn Sunshine Rays Aplenty.

Around the Park. Plenty of Memories of the Nation. ( Pamet Naroda ). One of is of Ivan Martin Jirous, 1944 - 2011.
Founder of the Plastic People Of The Universe. Much Enjoyed My History Lesson In The Park !.


Exhibition " Hall Of Images ". Would Have Loved to have seen. However, Large Weekend Tourist Contingent. Rule the Roost !. Tues - Friday . Priority is Given for School Children. Would Not Want it Any Other Way. By All Accounts. A Fine Exhibition. Maybe a Permanent Site in the Future. Hope So.

Continue into the Middle Of Praha. Keep Away From the Tourist Hot Spots. Find it Wonderful. You Can Be in a Major European Capital City. Though you Would Not Know it Was a Saturday. No One Around. Relaxed Feel.

Lunch at The Delight. That is La Casa Blu. Kozi 857/15 11000 Praha. Mexican Food at its Best.
Afternoon Lay Back in Praha 4.

Evening Drink in Small. Though Fine, Ille…

MEETFACTORY.

19-10-18. Reaching Lihovar. Finding Meetfactory Quite Straight Forward. Passing Bygone Rail Carriages on way.

Fan of Art Complex DOX. Meetfactory with a Generous Grant from Praha City Council. On Same Lines. Love Feel of the Place.

Come to See Slav Squatting Exhibition. Running to November 4. Visualize Him Now !. Resplendent in Adidas Tracksuit. Smoking. Cheap Vodka in Hand. Pose Common in Asia. Meditation etc. Though Not Necessary with a Tracksuit.

Exhibition Free. Artists Involved From CZ, Polska & Ukraine.
Apart from the Slav Squatting. A Yellow Car is Playing Music into the Gallery.

Lenka Balounova,s take is. A Slavic Women. Russian Based. Fur Covered, Half Naked. With a Bear as a Friend.

Like Mad Dog. From Oleg Kulik in Collaboration with Alexander Brenek, 1994.

I Must Enjoyed. Drink Budvar outside in the Sunshine. Trains Pass to Smichovske Nadrazi. Building across Railway Tracks. With Roof Caved in. Not out of Place in Landscape.


First Day in Praha ends with a Meal. At the…

HUDBA A POHADKA.

26-7-2018. What a Wonderful Combination. Music & Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales a Staple Diet of Czech Culture. Especially around the Christmas Festivity,s .

Know Plenty of Czech Friends. Main Duty is to Read Bedtime Stories to Their Children before Sleep. Only One Wee Problem. Some of these Fairy Tales. Are Really Heavy Stuff !.

First Glance in Exhibition. Which is in the Czech Museum Of Music. Karmelitska 118 00 Praha. Is Of Hansel & Gretel. Young Brothers & Sisters Beware. Wicked Witch Alert in the Forest !. Which Reminds Me I Am Going up to Petrin Hill. Maybe i should Postpone !.

Carry on to Honza ( Jan ). Making His Way in Life. Hloupy, Liny, & Chudy. Not Very Complementary !. Usually a Encounter with a Dragon Too !.

Plenty of Earphones Available Too. To Aid Your Inter Action. The Music Side. Know Quite a Lot. Dvorak, Smetana etc.

Water Section Now. Water Nymphs . Sirens to Lure Unsuspecting Sailors to the Rocks ! The Good Goblins, Macha etc.

Can Really Relate t…

OVERGROWN PATH TO BRANIK.

23-07-2018. Monday Night Concert at the Sukova Sin. Ceske Filharmonicke Kvarteto. Quartet Formed in 2000. Fine Program of Musical Sounds. Mozart Divertimento in D Major, Dvorak String Quartet NO 12, Puccini ( Chrysanthemam,s ) My Favourite Piece on the Night ). No Lull in the Proceedings.

Carry on with Smetana " From My Life ", Janacek " On a Overgrown Path ", Piazzolla " Libertango ". To End with Elgar " Salut " D.

If this was Not Enough. Two Encores. One From Lou Reed. No Fast Rules. Modern Music with Classical. All Played with Precision.

Audience Asian Tourists, Where The Quartet have Some Fame. Plus Ceske Concert Goers.


From Music to Branik Rock. Ceske Mythology Abounds. Branik Hospoda. You Can Sit Outside. Settle Inside. Branik Svetly 10. Cool. Goes Down Well. Pivo Snack in a Jar. " Utopenci ". Friendly & Attentive Staff. Return to Base After Staropramen Extra 12.

A PASSWORD FOR DREAMS.

23-7-18. Holesovice. Industrial, Sweat, Dust & Grime. Spiritual Home of H C Sparta Praha, Hokej.

Can this Be ?. High Structure Of Chrome & Glass. Opposite Iconic Cross Club.
Accenture. Service Industry Supplier. Provider of Office Space. Ano, Nice Looking Building. Fine if You Have Huge & Deep Pockets !

New Vision Cafe. Grand Opening. A Promise Of Fresh, Energy Giving Food.

Meanwhile Further Down. 798 Plynarni. What Was Here ? People Who Worked Here. Working Their Fingers to the Bone. Were Their Dreams Ever Realized ?. No Chance of Knowing. Company who Own Land. Demand Password for Info. Art Expressed on Building by the Disillusioned.


While in District. DOX. Special Art Complex. Always Worth a Visit for Any Inquiring Minds.

Lifelong Friends Chihuly,Libensky & Brychtova. Wonderful Exhibition of Glass Art. Shown in America, Now in The Czech Republic. Vivid Colour,s


Climb up to Data Maze. Internet History from 1969. Landmarks Include 1982 - The Laptop. 1999 -…

I CAN,T GET NO SATISFACTION.

5-6-18. Third Site of Belle Vue Speedway. The Exhilaration & Spectacle , That Was Hyde Road. Then the Use of the Greyhound Stadium. Now the Purpose Built. National Speedway Stadium. On First Viewing. Very Impressive. Many Various Lines. Giving Fine Exciting Racing.

Race Off 2. To See Who Goes on With Russia, Germany & Denmark. From Race Off 1. To Join Hosts Polska in Wroclaw. In The Two Day Finals.

Here to Support Vaclav, Once Sheffield " Pepe " & Jan. Pepe in Marianske Lazne ( Longtrack ), Saturday . CZ Team, Zarnovica, Slovakia, Sunday. Van, Then Ferry to the UK. For Tonight,s Meeting A Heavy Stint for Anyone !.

The Czech Republic Team. Racing Against Six Other National Sides. Must Say the Weather Has Done Us Proud. Not Something Always Associated with Manchester !

We Start Off Well. Easy Win Over Finland. Second Outing. Pepe at the Back Behind Australian & Belle Vue Rider. Max Fricke.

This is World Pair,s Racing. Team Riding a Must !. Last Visit To Th…

MEET THE MUSICIANS 2 : FROM MY LIFE.

16-5-18. Part of the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. At the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield.

The String Section of Ensemble 360. Introduce Themselves and Take Questions. They are Gema Rosefield, Cello. Plus Violinists Claudia Ajmone - Mason & Benjamin Nabarro.

Many Instruments are Very Old. Kept in Trusts. Played on Loan. Because of Their Worth. They react to Temperature. Different Players etc. Question From The Floor. Which has also been asked Before in the City Hall. About Bows. They can make a Huge Difference, its True.

I was Tempted to ask Pianist, Tim Horton. Why He Did Not Turn up at the Recent Leamington Music Festival. Prudence Prevailed !.

Concert Begins with Andante Con Moto For Violin, Cello & Piano. By Grieg.

They Explain their Fantastic Feeling of Playing it in Bergen,s Unique Musical Theatre. Overlooking Grieg,s Composing Hut.


Music Continues with Smetana,s Autobiographical String Quartet NO 1 in E Minor " From My Life ". His Happy Younger …

ENSEMBLE 360.

6-5-18. So to the Last Concert of My Leamington Festival Experience. Sheffield,s Own Ensemble 360.

On Arrival . Find Ensembles Piano Player, Tim Horton. Is Unable to Attend.

Looks Like My Smetana Polka,s Have Gone West !. Find it Strange Replacement Pianist Cannot Play Them !.

Tonight,s Programme is Changed around a Bit Too.

Concert Opens with Anton Reicha, Wind Quartet in E Flat OP 88 No 2. Reicha Known for His Wind Music. Though I Have a Fine Piano CD Of His.

First Thoughts. Clarinet Player, Plus Sax, too. Matthew Hunt. Makes a Good Leader of the Ensemble. He Introduces Each Musical Piece. With a Amusing & Easy Going Style. Plus Amy Harman Plays a Mean Bassoon.

Second Item Tonight. A Double Bassoon Solo Item. Quite a Novelty !. Leamington Has the Grand Union Canal. Much Nature in Abundance. Birds a Plenty.


Composer Sculhoff in the Dadaism Style. Going Off in a Tangent. With the BassNachtigall. Was Very Interesting. Played Well.


First Half Finish,s with Miloslav Kabelac Wind Sex…

CZECH HISTORY & MUSIC TALK.

6-5-18. Dvorak Society AGM. Is Followed by a Talk by DR Katya Kocourek & Patrick Lambert. About the Creation Of Czechoslovakia and Music During the Great War.

Before Talk Begins. I Get Coffee & Lemon Cake. Have Difficulty to Navigate back to My Seat. In the Cramped Room. People Have Taken Seats. Plus are Not Too Keen. To Allow Me Back to My Seat & Belongings. Spilled Nearly All My Coffee in to My Saucer !.

Dr Katya Kocourek begins Explaining the History. The Czechoslovak Legion Volunteer Armed Forces. Their Aim to Win Support for Independence. From the Austrian, Hungarian Empire.

Many Fought in Russia. Which at The Time the Czechs Classed as Friends to Their Cause. The Legion Fighting in Major Battles, Like Zborov.

What I Found Fascinating. That there were Czechs Fighting for the Hapsburg Empire. If Anything Explains Why War is Futile. This is it !. Czechs Fighting Their Own People !.

The Russian Civil war Followed. The Legion now involved Fighting the Bolsheviks. …

JANA VONASKOVA - NOVAKOVA. & MARTIN KASIK.

6-5-18. The Acclaimed Prazak String Quartet. Played in London. Then Here in Leamington. Friday Evening, again Yesterday Lunch Time. Due to Time Constraints. Was Unable to Attend.

Not To Worry. The Leader of The Prazak String Quartet. Jana Vonaskova - Novakova Plays This Lunch Times Concert. With the Pianist Martin Kasik.

Jana had a Scholarship with the Royal College of Music.

Concert begins with Smetana,s " From My Homeland ". Dedicated to His Patron. Prince Alexander Thurn - Taxis. Must Have Liked it. In Return The Prince Bestowed Smetana with a Ivory Snuffbox !. Something Not to be Sneezed At !.

Smetana of Course is Credited of Been a True Czech Nationalist. While in Weimar on the Invitation from Lizt. He Heard in Conversation with Austrian Conductor Johann Von Herbeck. That The Conductor, Thought That the Czech,s were Incapable of Creating Music of their Own !!!. Smetana Thought, Ano, Right !!!. Surprised He Did Not Punch Him !!!.

Smetana had a Sad End to his Li…

GUARNERI PIANO TRIO.

5-5-18. First Concert of My Leamington Musical Festival Visit. At the Royal Pump Rooms. Expertly Organised & Run by Richard Phillips.
This Years Festival in Connection with The Centenary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia.

BBC Who in General give Czech & Slovak Music. Much Air Time. Decided in their Wisdom. Not to Mark the Centenary.

At the BBC Proms. One Czech Entry. ( Dvorak Cello Concerto ). In the Worlds Greatest Classical Musical Festival. Well, That,s What They Say !.

Tonight,s Concert by the Guarneri Piano Trio. With Over Thirty Years Experience Together. Some Feat !.
Seen them Play Two Years ago in Leamington. Must Say I Am a Big Fan of Pianist, Ivan Klansky. Ex Junior Chess Master. Teacher & Good Travel Planner. This Month in Praha, Plays Solo. Dream Gig, If i was there.

When you See this Aging Trio. Cannot Help Thinking. That it is a Privilege. To Watch & listen to Them. Sometimes Audiences can take these things for Granted.
Like Also, the Page Turner for Iva…

DRAWING BOARD.

5-5-18. Arrive at Charming Leamington Spa. Glorious Sunny May Weather. Check in to My Hotel. Set off on 15 Min Walk to the Centre.


Pay My Respects to the Czech Memorial to Jan Kubis, Josef Gabcik, among Others. Set in the Lovely Jephson Gardens.
The Czech Free Army Headquarters were at Harrington House, Sadly No Longer there at Newbold Terrace. Adjacent to the Gardens.

Retire to Nearby Drawing Board. 18 Newbold Street CV32 4HN.

Two Wooden Floor Storey Building. Collection of Leather Sofas & Framed Vintage Comic Books.
Have Free Upstairs Open Windowed View of Sunny May Day. Just Chilling.
Order Offer of Three Tapas Meals. Honey Panko Prawns. Wonderful Sardinian Anchovy, Pequillo Pepper. Bedded on Lemon & Parsley Bruscetta. And a Delight. Portobello Mushroom with Colston Bassett Stilton Crumb.
Washed Down with Elephant Wash. Tropical Red IPA. 4-5 abv. So Called Because Elephants were Watered Down in The Leamington Waters !.

Friendly & Quality Unobtrusive Service. Must Fini…

BREAD WITH THAT !!!.

22-3-18. Czech Book Purchased. To Satisfy My Reading Needs. False Dawn at Mala Strana Venue. Heaving !. Will Have to take My Business Elsewhere. Choose Venue over the Vlatava.

Flying Back Later Today. Always Sad. Weather is Bitter. Snow Try,s To Arrive at Iconic Charles Bridge.
Arrive at New Site of Prague Beer Museum. Smetanovo Nabrezi. Praha 1. 110 00.

Obtain Rear Room Table. Table Opposite Me. Over Hear Confab about Bill. Tourists Settling Up among themselves With Euros.
Table soon taken by Young Students. Much Pondering of Food & Pivo Menu,s. While People Watching. Have Fine Garlic Polevka. Plus Baronka.

Waiting Staff Give Patient Time for Student Mind Making.
Large Table Order Begins. Incredulous Expression of Waitress. A Joy !. Student Inquires. " Does Bread come with the Burger " ?. !!!. Continue with Opat Chocolate. Finish with Rather Good. Bakalar Honey Pivo.
New Prague Museum Site. A Success.

MUZEUM KARLA ZEMANA.

22-3-18. After a Article on Radio Praha. Was Interested Enough to Visit the Museum of Karel Zeman.

Nicely Situated Under Charles Bridge. Museum is a Good Mix of Information & Interactive. Ideal for Family,s with Inquisitive Children.

After Study in Advertising ( France ). Zeman Returned to His Native Bohemia. Where at Bata, ( In Zlin ). Got Interested in Animation. Czech Excellence in Animation. Often Starts with Puppet Work. With Zeman it was no Exception.
He was Influenced by the Great Jan Svankmajer.

Zeman,s Fine Film,s Include " The Fabulous World Of Jules Verne " & " Baron Munchhausen ".
There is also a Wonderful Gift Shop. Where you can Purchase. Zeman Films on DVD, Books & T Shirts.

Zeman,s Work went on to Inspire Many People. Like the Film Director Tim Burton.

People have Mentioned my Capitals in Sentence,s. If It,s Good Enough For William Blake. It,s Good Enough For Me !.

KAFKA MUSEUM.

20-3-18. Sandwich & Juice From Bread Gap. Consumed on Kampa Island.

Wrong Time & Place for Czech Museum of Music. & Kampa Museum. Future Exhibitions being Constructed. No Worry. One Door Closes. Another Opens.

Franz Kafka Museum. On Entering. Very Enthusiastic & Informative Staff.

Kafka a Bit of a Enigma to Me. No Doubt He His Very Influential to Many Writers. I Found his Books. Very Heavy Going. Early Writings easier to Access.

Found the Museum Fascinating. He was Very Much in Awe of His Father. So shown in Correspondence. Comes to Terms with his Jewish Identity.

Studied To be a Lawyer at University. Went on to Work in a Insurance Company. To Good Effect.

Did not have Much Luck with the Ladies !. Many Courtships. All to No Avail.
Died at 40 From Tuberculosis.

Received More Fame After His Death. History Owes Much to His Friend Max Brod. Instructed by Kafka to Destroy his Works. Ignored, which Mankind should be Hugely Grateful.

Now Everybody can Enjoy Kafka,s Literary …

NO, NOT SLAVIA.

19-3-18. Re Located to Andel. Lifts to Surface. Work in Progress. At Cine Star. Fabio Fest. Complete with Red Carpet.

Another Bar on the Horizon. U Boldoka. Preslova 353/ 1 150 00, Praha. Some Customers coming to a Drinking Conclusion
Others working Hard on their Personal Computers. Good Place to Watch Sports. Images of Canoe Greats on Walls. Reminds me of Up Coming Boat Race. Which Cambridge gained a Clean Sweep !.

Also Hung on Walls. Collection of Football Scarves from around the World. Not Enough Czech Teams , for My Taste !.

Very Fine Pivo. Well Looked After Pilsner Urquell. So Good Another Follows.


Just When Everything is Going Along Splendid. Along Comes Reply of Recent Praha Derby. Make My Leave has Sparta Lead 3- Nil. Could Not Go Through Three Slavia Goals. Concur with Barmen. A Fellow Sparta Fan. Will Return in Happier Times !.

PIVOVAR LUZINY.

19-3-18. Interesting Talk with Indian Praha Resident. Early Hours Bus & Metro Journey,s . After Plane Delay. Just Glad to be Here.

Next Day. Bizarre Luziny Metro Platform Furniture. Then at Pivovar Luziny. Archeologicka 1. Located in Upper Floor Shopping Centre.

Large Unit. Busy. Start with Luzinsky Jantar, Dobre !. Eat Sausage Curl. Wonderful Mash, with Even Better Sweet Gherkins. Quick Attentive Service.

At Ease. Order Fine Svetly Lezak. Work Lunch Breaks end. Bar Becomes More My Own Territory.

Tempted for Longer Stay.

ALISA IN WONDERLAND.

Classical Music is all about Interpretation . In My Opinion . Czech Music is Best Played by Czech Musicians. Its About Your Soul. The Feel You Have.

Alisa Weilerstein, is a Gifted American Cellist. Gaining Much Recognition. She is Much to be Admired. Having Type 1 Diabetes. Imagine the Problems this May Cause.

Saw Alisa Play in Sheffield. With the Halle Orchestra. Playing the Technical Difficult, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1.

To See Her Play the Dvorak Cello Concerto. With the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Was a opportunity not to be Missed.
Usual the Soloist plays Second on a Concert Programme. Open to Change though.

Alisa recorded this for Decca on Disc. With the Much Missed. Juri Belohlavek. I purchase this Before Proceedings . She will be Doing Signings in the Interval.

The Czech Philharmonic will be under the Conductor, Tomas Netopil.
Seen the Orchestra many times over the Years. Now Familiar now with the Faces !. One Cello Player. Centre Stage. Behind the Cellist. Has a Fin…

HUSSITE HYMN ( 100 )

One Hundred Years since the Formation of the Czech Republic. Let the Celebrations Begin.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra 2018 UK Tour. Caught up with it at Nottingham. The Theatre Royal, Royal Concert Hall.
Modern Design, Wonderful Sound. The Second Half of Concert. Piece,s From " Ma Vlast ". By Smetana. Everybody Knows " Vlatava ". My Last Hearing from Ma Vlast. " Sarka ", She Would be Right at Home in Nottingham,s Sherwood Forest. Much in Common with Robin Hood !.

The 100 Year Celebrations aims to Bring Czech Culture to the UK. " Tabor & Blanik ". Tonight,s Music, Tick All the Box,s !. Smetana Based These on the Hussite Rebellion. Inspired by the Religious Reformer, Jan Hus. Taking from the Hussite Hymn, Plus Czech Legend.

Conductor, Tomas Netopil, Produces a Fine Orchestra Performance.

Loved the Czech Take on a Very English Classic. " Variations on a Orginal Theme ( Enigma ). Elgar Formed this on His Friends & Acquaintances. &q…