Monday, May 11, 2015

Random image 1

I'm not really blogging at all now, Twitter and Facebook have taken over, but in one of my periodic decluttering of my hard drive I've come across more random images that I'd like to share with anyone who stumbles onto this page inadvertantly.  I've probably got enough to spread them out over a year, so enjoy, and if any offend then feel free to click away from the page!




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Childrens books 20

Finishing the year long series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up, but you'll be pleased to know this is the final one!


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Childrens books 19

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Childrens books 18

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Arrrrr!

It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day again, me hearties!  Yarrrrr!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Childrens books 17

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Childrens books 16

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Childrens books 15

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Childrens books 14

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Childrens books 13

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Childrens books 12

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Childrens books 11

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Childrens books 10

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Childrens books 9

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Tenor vacancies

The following is from Frikki Walker, Director of Music at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow:

Please could folks share and/or send this to anyone who might have an interest? Thanks.

The famous choir of St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow has vacancies for TWO TENORS.

Requirements are: a good voice, some choral experience, a reasonable standard of musicianship and a sense of humour!

Coming up in the next few months is a week’s residency at Lincoln Cathedral, a Choir Concert, and the recording of a CD of music written for St Mary’s.

We are a voluntary choir currently comprising 20 choristers (boys and girls) and about 30 or so adults. We sing two services on Sundays and have a rehearsal on Thursday evenings. Music covers a huge range, from Medieval to present day, and we do regular broadcasts, concerts and recordings, all to a very high standard.

We are also a very sociable group, and there is much merriment and socialising to be had, too!

Recently we have had several young singers going on to study music at University, many gaining Choral Scholarships to Cambridge, Durham, Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow Universities, and others have gained places to Music College or Conservatoires.

You can read more about the choir and the cathedral on our web-site: www.thecathedral.org.uk

Anyone interested is asked to email the Director of Music, Frikki Walker on music AT thecathedral.org.uk

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Childrens books 8

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Childrens books 7

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Childrens books 6

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Childrens books 5

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.


Saturday, March 01, 2014

Childrens books 4

Continuing the series of inappropriate kids books.  I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Childrens books 3

Number three in the series of kids books you might not have spotted before





I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Childrens books 2

The second in a series of childrens books you might not find in your local bookstore!





I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Childrens books 1

Number one in a short series of posts containing heart warming children's books you might not find in the shops ...


I can't remember where I obtained the image, it's been on my hard drive for years and I came across it when doing some tidying up.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wedding day singing

I haven't been posting much here for a while and the last thing I wrote was in relation to singing at the funeral of friend and fellow cathedral choir member Alistair Fulton, so it's only right and proper that I should now mention that today finds the other end of the spectrum and I will be singing at the wedding of friends and fellow cathedral choir members Fraser Pearce and Jane Gibson!

All life is here.

Choir music today, and there is lots of it, will include pieces by Louis Vierne, Charles Wood, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Henry Walford Davies, Howard Goodall, and Eric Whitacre (and more but that's all I can remember).

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Alistair Fulton

I'll be singing at the funeral of my friend Alistair Fulton today, in the choir of St Mary's Cathedral where he also sang (standing right next to me for a reasonable chunk of that time).

Singing in such a choir you get to attend more than your fair share of weddings and funerals, and even though you mostly don't know the happy couple or the deceased person (delete as applicable) they are usually emotional occasions so that's when, despite it being a choir of amateurs (in the true sense of that word), the professionalism kicks in and emotions are put to one side in order to get the job done. That job of course being to be a part of the team (clergy, servers, organist, conductor, choir, etc) who make the event happen and facilitate whatever spirituality or other feelings the people in the congregation are having. Whether the individual choir members feel that spirituality too is secondary, but discussion of that is for another time.

Much is made of the fact we sometimes sing on the radio ('Scotland's most broadcast choir' is the phrase regularly bandied around) but that stuff's just icing, today is the real thing.

Today will be difficult, but it will be done because Alistair was not only our friend, but he was one of us, and it'll be done because it's our job.