Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The man who, unwittingly, fixed the internet, until the next time...

Playlist
Dylan Howe - Translation
Horace Silver - Finger Poppin'
Jackie McLean - New Soil
Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Donald Byrd - Byrd In Hand
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Ornette Coleman - The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Jacques Loussier Trio - Play Bach No1
Jimmy Smith - Home Cookin'
Kenny Dorham - Blue Spring
Automatic Man - Automatic Man
Bootsy's Rubber Band - Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!
Faust - The Faust Tapes
The Durutti Column - The Return Of The Durutti Column
The Durutti Column - Valuable Passages
America - History: America's Greatest Hits
Piebald - Barely Legal & All Ages
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette - The Cure: Live At Town Hall New York
Joe Henderson - So Near, So Far (Musings For Miles)
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble - Outstairs
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble - The Zoo Is Far
Various - Family Affair Chapter Four
VArious - Stand Up And Be Counted: Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Era
Aretha Franklin - Greatest Hits
Various - Trojan Presents: Lovers Rock
The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack
Various - The Wire Tapper 19
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra - American Adventure
Pat Metheny, Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer
Roy Buchanan - Roy Buchanan
Alice Cooper - Paranormal
Pavlov's Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell
Black Widow - Black Widow III
Anne Sophie Mutter - Mutter Modern
Boxhead Ensemble - Dutch Harbor: Where The Sea Breaks Its Back OST
Feldman - Early Piano Pieces
Various - The Cream Of Funky Jams Vol. 1
Micachu & The Shapes and the London Sinfonietta - Chopped & Screwed
Various - Island Presents: Roots
Various - The Wedding Singer OST
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Vasks - String Quartet #4
Eugene McDaniels - Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
Mark Springer - You Are Here : Potentino Piano Solos
Messiaen - Trois Petites Liturgies / Cinq Rechants / O Sacrum Convivium!
Jethro Tull - Living In The Past
Lindsay String Quartet - The Art of the Lindsays
Gabi Delgado - 2
Orbital - The Saint
Klangforum Wien - Der Erste Bank Kompositionsauftrag 2002-2007

Some considerable listening today...

In the morning, a nice breakfast at home, involving Irish Wheat Bread, my new favourite...

Then "Maigret" - great stuff...

In the afternoon, over to the hospital for a visit to my mum...

She's a bit disappointed that she might be in for another three weeks and that her walking is not quite as good as it should be yet...

But she's persevering...


Her intravenous antibiotics are due to end on 27 June and, depending on the infection levels, she may get home sooner than she thinks...

Fingers crossed...

Home around five...

Anne was off to Zumba with Lynn - toning themselves for the upcoming Italian trip no doubt...

I watched two episodes of "Supernatural" after the internet went down at 6...

A huge thunderstorm just before Anne arrived home...


A tasty late tea of Prawn & Chorizo Pasta...

This was followed by super frustrating attempts to sort the internet...


Bluriness no doubt due to anger...

Eventually, around 11, success - this involved resetting the router completely...

As is always the case with computer problems, truth be told, although it's fixed, I really have no firm idea of exactly how I did it...

Oh well...

Some bringing up to date of this and of the music on my phone...

That'll do...

Highlight of the Day : Fixing the internet...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Owl frenzy...

Playlist
The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Original Soul Classics
Jason Moran - Same Mother
Ferneyhough - Solo Works
Laurie Anderson - Bright Red
The Roches - Keep On Doing
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - The Emperor
Various - Billboard Top 100 1972
Various - Sunday Times Music Collection Vol 1
Lambert - Reworks
Lambert - Lambert
Various - Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selections 2015 & 2016

Some time spent this morning making a start on updating the Excel spreadsheet of the CD collection...

This has not been done since April 2016 - since which time, around 700 CDs have entered the collection...


Breakfast at home and then, a drive to Whitburn and Polkemmet Country Park for a look at some owls, at the Scottish Owl Centre...



Later on we would see Lofty and Zeus in action...


Some owls are very big, some are surprisingly small...


Before the flying display and informative talk on owls, we toured the centre...


There now follows an inordinate number of pictures of owls...

































  
















HAving awed and ahh-ed our way around, we made our way to the indoor flying area for a talk on owls, and displays by Lofty and Zeus...

First, Lofty the Barn Owl...







Then, Zeus, the Eagle Owl...









...whose final reward for entertaining the guests, was a whole chick...



Back outside, some smaller owls which we'd missed on our first round were visited...










There were also some non-owls...



...including a couple of Kookaburras (which are large Kingfishers)...



One final owl before we left...
  

There were also some cows to be seen...


To Linlithgow for lunch...



..at West Port...


A visit to the Oxfam shop resulted in this, shall we say, "challenging" 2CD set entering the collection for just 99 of your English new pence...


A walk around the town and then home...


...for coffee and cake in the garden...


The Exec Producer pointed to one of many flowers which your correspondent will be required to water next week while she enjoys a trip to Italy with bestest chum, Lynn...


An evening of listening and watching and a visit from Fang the Back Cat...


He stayed with us till the end of "Holby" - the writers having inexplicably done for young Jasmine, one of the better characters in a much used "accidental stabbing" story line...

Booo!

Fang was duly forcibly removed from the house as we hit the sack around midnight...

All owled out...

highlight of the Day : Might well have been the owls?