Saturday, March 28, 2020

Third time lucky...

Playlist
Ken Hensley - Eager To Please
Ken Hensley - Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf
Various Artists - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection 2020
Capital Models - 2020-03-10
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Twentynineteen
Cloudland Blue Quartet - SXTY (Latest Mix)
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Wes Montgomery - Movin' Along
Capital Models - 2020-02-25
Various Artists - Funked!: Volume 1 1970 - 1973
Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
Yes - Talk
Various Composers - The World of Your Hundred Best Tunes - The Top Ten
John Cale - Slow Dazzle
Johnny Harris - All To Bring You Morning
Various Composers - Shutter Island OST
Max Richter - Voyager: Essential Max Richter

I did not mention that, while Anne was cooking last night, I recorded the links for today's podcast...

So, up just after six to get it done...


The views from the office, first thing...

Back...


Front...


Inside...


Done in the two hours it takes to record and then, a break for breakfast - a tasty treat from the butcher...



..and some time spent in the living room just listening to Radio 4, with the Rev Richard Coles...


Then to uploading the podcast...

Done...

But then...

I discovered some glitches in tracks 3, 4 and 5...

I had to delete it and re-record those parts and then insert that into the existing MP3 over the glitched part...

Then uploaded it all again...

Done (pt 2)...

Then, the MP3 had stayed exactly the same length and so the start and end of the podcast had both been cut off...

And so, once again, I had to delete...

Had to re-record the start and end and re-edit it all together for the third time...

Finally out into the world around 2pm - just the 8 hours after getting going this morning...

Done (pt 3)...

Then some more WFH - which is simpler at the weekends as no colleague is e-mailing me incessant questions...

Anne started cooking a very tasty indeed lamb curry...

There was a four hour timeframe for this, so, with just the rice to go, we popped out for a walk...

Nicer weather today than yesterday...




Not sure what the story was...


...re this...


Onwards...







A chat in the street with neighbour Gail via her bedroom window...

She reckons it's this till at least August...

Uplifting...

Home...

In the kitchen, I noted the wee cat on the calendar was showing us how to wash our hands...


The last of yesterday's white wine was enjoyed....


...along with the today compiled initial playlist for next Saturday's podcast...

This, by Hammock, was particularly beautiful...


...as was Anne's curry - outdoing any Indian restaurant, I'd say - and I've been to a few...


We continued "The First" with episodes 3, 4 and 5, followed by two of "Extras" - already 15 years old - noting a very young "Mr Hansen" from "Holby" in one of the roles...

Lights out just after midnight...

Highlight of the Day : Anne's curry...

Friday, March 27, 2020

The seventh of the first is missing...

Playlist
The Bad Plus & Wendy Lewis - For All I Care
Spock's Beard - Snow
Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back
Nina Hagen - Freud Euch
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Icehouse - The Berlin Tapes
Françoise Hardy - Françoise Hardy VIII (Comment Te Dire Adieu?)
David Bowie - Pin Ups
Bryan Ferry - Another Time, Another Place
Grand Funk Railroad - Shinin' On
Mathilde Santing - Breast And Brow
Steve Harley - Poetic Justice
Rheostatics - Introducing Happiness
Rush - Feedback
King Crimson - Heavy ConstruKction
Sex Pistols - Kiss This
Pet Shop Boys - Pop Art
Moby - I Like To Score
Brian Eno - ENOBOX II / Vocal
Isaac Hayes - The Very Best Of Isaac Hayes
Gentle Giant - Playing The Fool (Remaster)
Soft Cell - The Hits
Various Artists - Hut Ab! Hommage An Udo Lindenberg
Adrian Belew - Young Lions
Allan Holdsworth - Against The Clock The Best Of Allan Holdsworth
Japan - Adolescent Sex
Mott the Hoople - Mott the Hoople
Yes - Close to the Edge (2013 Stereo Mixes)
Herman Van Veen - You Take My Breath Away
John Cale - Fragments Of A Rainy Season [Live]
Various Artists - Poem - Leonard Cohen in Deutscher Sprache
Various Artists - Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon
The Tubes - Now
Udo Lindenberg - Belcanto
Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music - The Platinum Collection
The Beatles - Chronology
The Flaming Lips - With A Little Help From My Fwends
The Pink Fairies - What a Bunch of Sweeties
Donny McCaslin - Beyond Now
Maxence Cyrin - Novo Piano 2
Alice Cooper - Pretties For You
Alice Cooper - Easy Action
Alice Cooper - Love It To Death
Alice Cooper - Killer
Alice Cooper - School's Out
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper - Muscle Of Love
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Goes To Hell
Alice Cooper - Lace And Whiskey
Alice Cooper - From the Inside
Alice Cooper - Flush The Fashion
Alice Cooper - Special Forces
Alice Cooper - Zipper Catches Skin
Alice Cooper - Da Da
Alice Cooper - Constrictor
Alice Cooper - Raise Your Fist And Yell
Alice Cooper - Trash
Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid
Alice Cooper - The Last Temptation
Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet
Alice Cooper - Dragontown
Alice Cooper - The Eyes Of Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper - Dirty Diamonds
Alice Cooper - Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper - Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Hollywood Vampires - Rise
Tangerine Dream - Sessions I
Tangerine Dream - Sessions II
Various Composers - 50 Piano Masterworks

Listening to day was mainly a playlist of 40 cover versions, one track from each of Alice Cooper's 29 LPs, a couple of hours of the latest work of the revitalised Tangerine Dream and some quite superb classical piano music...

I was, as usual, up reasonably early to get working...


WFH is a lot more stressful now it seems, than it was when I started a week ago...

Hard to believe too, that it's merely 2 weeks since nephew Craig's wedding...

Like a different life...

But, onwards...

Once again, poached eggs, yesterday having been such a triumph...


It worked again...


Yum...


After working as much as I possibly could all day, post 5:30, out into the gloom for a walk...

We went to the local grocery store in search of bread but there was none...

The view from the office late afternoon...



...including Anne's hood...


Later, once again, Anne saved the day from aforesaid gloom with a top notch pasta dish...


...utilising 4 minute fusili, which made a wee change on the pasta texture front...


A cheers pic was sent out to family and friends...


We started watching a series from November last year, "The First".  There are 8 episodes but, on looking more closely at the library on the Tivo, it seems episode 7 did not record...

Oh well, we'll just need to fill in the blanks...

Lights out for the weekend...

Highlight of the Day : Getting out the house for a wee while...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Isolating with talent...

Playlist
Klaus Schulze - La Vie Électronique 1
Robert Fripp, Bill Rieflin, Trey Gunn - Birth Of A Giant
Gabi Delgado - 2
Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Bill Rieflin - The Repercussions Of Angelic Behavior
Barclay James Harvest - Baby James Harvest
Bach, J S - Glenn Gould Plays Bach
Bob Dylan - Masterpieces
Various Artists - I Get My Groove
Brian Eno - Music For Films 2
Various Artists - Trojan D.J. Box Set
The Clash - The Essential Clash
Deodato - Os Catedraticos 73
Curved Air - Second Album
Brumel - Missa Et Ecce Terrae Motus
Everything Everything - Man Alive
Paul McCartney - Pure McCartney
Ezekiel Honig - A Passage of Concrete
Amsterdam Guitar Trio - Plays Music by Debussy, Fauré, Chopin
Im With Her - See You Around
Muddy Waters - The Essence Of Muddy Waters
John Foxx - Metamatic
Various Artists - Super 70's Reggae
La Dusseldorf - Individuellos
The Tubes - Goin' Down
Mathilde Santing - Under Your Charms
Various Composers - 100 Best Baroque
Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
Martin Taylor - Artistry
The Moody Blues - On The Threshold Of A Dream
Various Artists - Trojan Upsetter Box Set
Muse - Muse Greatest Hits
Various Artists - Move On Up
Omega - Omega 5
Soler - Harpsichord Sonatas Vol.1
Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch
Phil Manzanera - Guitarissimo
Uriah Heep - Rarities From The Bronze Age

As (almost) always - up early...


This morning we tried poached eggs as per the instructions from self isolating chum Gina...

It worked...


Thank you Gina!

Simple really.  Add "some" salt and vinegar to some water in a pan and bring to the boil and simmer.  Swirl around a little, crack two eggs into it, swirl it carefully a little bit more then leave for 2'30"...

Perfect...

At lunchtime, tomato on sourdough bread...


...and left over green soup...


As I worked away upstairs, Anne started her next creation, following on from the magnificent hot air balloons...


In the evening, with a whole tin of coconut milk used (probably twice as much as normal)...


...a very lovely and creamy Red Thai Chicken Curry was produced by the Exec Producer...


So glad to be isolated with someone of such talent!

Highlight of the Day : Anne's cooking...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A walk can be a welcome distraction...

Playlist
Tallis - 16th Century Music for Viols
Ortiz - Music For The Spanish Kings
De Rore - St John Passion
Byrd - Play
Dowland - Lacrimae, Or Seaven Teares
Monteverdi - Teatro D'amore
Allegri - Miserere/Messe/Motets
D'India - Il Primo libro de madrigali a cinque voci (1607)
Schütz - Symphoniae sacrae I
Marini - Curiosi & Moderne Inventioni
Corelli - La Folia
Marais; Sainte-Colombe: The Greatest Masterworks
Purcell - Essential Purcell
Albinoni - Oboe Concertos Complete Op 7 & 9
Vivaldi - LCO 07 : Vivaldi
Telemann - Parisian Quartets
Rameau - Suites pour Ballet
Heinichen - Dresden Concerti
Händel - Chamber Music (Complete)
Bach, J S - Das Orgelwerk - Complete Edition
Richter - Quatuors opus 5
Boyce - The Eight Symphonies (Menihun)
Bach, C P E - Cello Concertos, WQ 170-172
Haydn - Streichtrios
Bach, J C - Symphonies
Dittersdorf - Symphonies in D Major, A Major and E Flat Major
Mozart - Requiem
Beethoven - The Complete String Quartets
Field - Piano Music, Vol. 1
Schubert - Piano Trios
Mendelssohn - Streichquartette
Schumann - String Quartets No. 1 & 2
Liszt - Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Totentanz
Janacek - Piano Works
Debussy - Works For Piano
Satie - Piano Works
Zemlinsky - String Quartets 1 & 2 (Artis)
Scriabin - Piano Works
Bartók - String Quartets (Alban Berg Quartet)
Hindemith - Piano Sonatas 1-3
Scelsi - String Quartets
Tippett - Piano Sonatas No. 1 - 3
Cage - Complete Piano Music
Feldman - Music For Cello
Stockhausen - Piano Music
Gubaidulina - Piano Works
Pärt - Fratres, Festina Lente, Summa
Lachenmann - Complete String Quartets (Arditti)
Rihm - Musik für drei Streicher
Max Richter - from Sleep

Music today was 500 years of classical, with ten tracks each from the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries - after yesterday's mainly podcast related listening...

Another reasonable day weather-wise as the isolation continues...






Breakfast at home was bean-centric...


...while lunch was a sandwich (and an unpictured tea was a tasty home made green soup)...


..plus the remainder of the beans - heated up though, not cold like the other day's dad emulating scenario...

Also at lunch time out for a walk in the environs of Crispycat Towers...




Back home, while I WFH, Anne got the disappointing news that her IT department had run out of time, before her office's lock down, to supply her with the necessary equipment to work for home and so she has been deemed "furloughed" under the government's new scheme - although, of course, no-one actually seems to know how that works...

The last of the Xmas stash was demolished...


In the late afternoon, calls to our mums - both doing ok...

...and, later on, the second of "Jean and Joki", erm I mean "Kate and Koji" was enjoyed, along with "The Goldbergs" and the last in the series of "Star Trek : Discovery"...

That was it...

Highlight of the Day : Out for a walk...