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An Impossible Dream
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pauldormer
 Just been up to London to see the musical The Man of La Mancha at the Coliseum.  Only, as I was approaching the theatre I saw  a long queue of people even before I got to St. Martin's Lane where the theatre entrance is.  It transpired that there had been a power cut and they weren't letting people in the theatre.  Pavements on both sides of the road were crowded with people and theatre staff were constantly telling people to get out of the road as cars wanted to use it.

Finally, after about ten minutes, members of staff started circulating around the crowd saying the performance had been cancelled at to e-mail the box office to see about refunds.

I don't think this has ever happened to me before although about ten years ago, same theatre, a performance was cancelled due to heavy snow was preventing the cast from getting in.  But on that occasion they phoned me in the afternoon to tell me,

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The Game of Thrones premiere
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pauldormer
 Just got round to watching the first episode.  I was amused by this ad that Sky ran immediately before the programme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmdALUIxqdI

Incidentally, I usually record the ESPN Sunday night baseball game off of BT Sports and when I was watching it earlier in the week, I noticed that I could hear the stadium sound system was playing the Game of Thrones theme.  Judging by the timing on the recording, I think they were about ten minutes early for the actual premiere.
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Demonstration
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pauldormer
 There was a children's demonstration against climate change marching up and down Guildford High Street this morning.  There weren't very many of them, but they were enthusiastic.

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The Barbican
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pauldormer
 About three times a year the BBC organise what they call a Total Immersion day at the Barbican Arts Centre in London - a day of concerts, films and talks dedicated usually to a single composer.  Next month, it's the French sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger.

If you want to go to all the events, in this case three concerts, a film and a talk, you can buy a Day Pass but for some reason you can't buy these over the net, you have to either phone or go to the box office.

I bought a Day Pass over the phone yesterday and asked for my tickets to be sent by post.  They arrived this morning - in two separate envelopes!  All the tickets for the concerts and the talk were in one envelope, the ticket for the film show was in another.

Incidentally, there is not much music left by either composer.  Lili suffered chronic ill health and died in 1918 at the age of just 24.  Nadia outlived her sister by more than sixty years, dying aged 92, but she mostly gave up composition for teaching, teaching some of the most famous composers of the twentieth century.

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Murderous appliances
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pauldormer
I'm reading Charles Stross's Rule 34 at the moment.  One of the plot points is people dying in mysterious household accidents, often involving household appliances,  One man is killed by his vacuum cleaner.

I wasn't thinking of this when I did the hoovering this morning, until I tugged too hard on the power cord and sent a heavy Dyson tumbling down the stairs towards me.  Only damage to me seems to be a graze on my little finger where I tried to catch it.  The machine appears undamaged.

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Squares
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pauldormer
 Just been trying out a recipe for chocolate refrigerator cake.  The recipe specifies making it in a 20cm square tin.  The final instruction is to cut the cake into twelve squares.  

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Pobody's Nerfect
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pauldormer
 I do not believe that before today I had ever heard this phrase, a spoonerism of Nobody's Perfect.

So, I was watching an episode of The Good Place in which Eleanor says, "Pobody's Nerfect."

Having watched that, I then watched an episode of the comedy horror show Stan Against Evil.  And guess what someone on that said!

Spooky.
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Life meme
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pauldormer
Don't usually do these, but I thought I'd give it a go. 


How old are you?
65

Tattoos?
None.

Ever hit a deer?
No.  Don't even drive.

Ridden in an ambulance?
No.  Not that I recall.

Sung karaoke?
No.  Sung in the audience at the Last Night of the Proms, occasionally.

Ice skated?
Taken ice skating by friends at university, and also tried again a couple of years later.

Ridden a motorcycle?
Only as a passenger, and again at uni.  A friend offered me a lift back from the labs to the hall we both lived in.  (This was during the rolling power cuts in 1972.)  As we were going through Headingley in north Leeds, he pulled out to overtake a bus, forgetting that we were right by the bus station, which was where the bus was headed.  We ended up riding along the pavement on the other side of the road, missing several pedestrians and a lamp post.  My friend turned to me and said, "Never done that before."

Stayed in hospital?
Twice.  Tonsillectomy when I was five and a prostate resection in 2011

Skipped school?
Taken on holiday by parents during term time at least once, I recall.

Last phone call?
Someone trying to sell printer cartridges to the Science Fiction Foundation.

Last text from?
Probably O2 telling me of great deals on texts.

Watched someone die?
No.

Pepsi or Coke?
Probably Coke, but I drink colas less these days.

Favorite pie?
Probably mince pies.  The supermarkets only seem to stock them at Christmas, so I stock up and freeze several boxes and eat them through the year.

Favorite pizza?
Never really liked pizza until recently, and no real favourites, but I did have some nice ones in Florence a few years ago.

Favorite season?
Summer.  I'm a warm weather person.

Broken bones?
Never.

Received a ticket?
Not for me.  Someone had a car registered to my address for several years and they kept getting parking fines.  Even had the police and the bailiffs round looking for him.

Favorite color?
Blue

Sunset or sunrise?
Sunrise, on those rare occasions I'm up for it.
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Papers
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pauldormer
Is there any significance, I wonder, in the fact that my newsagents delivered me today of all days a copy of the Daily Mail instead of my normal Guardian?

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Dinner for One
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pauldormer
According to the Guardian, the comedy sketch Dinner for One is being shown on Sky Arts on New Year's Eve at 18:10.  This sketch featuring the British music hall performer Freddie Frinton (who some may remember from the sitcom Meet the Wife with Thora Hird in the sixties) has been shown on German television every New Year's Eve since 1972.  (Apart from an introduction in German, it is entirely in English.)  I can attest that back when satellite TV had free German channels, every channel showed it at least once during the day.  It is quite funny, too.
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