Classical musicThe King’s Lynn Festival is underway. Last night saw a concert at St Nicholas Chapel (don’t be fooled by the official designation, this is a huge building) featuring internationally renowned violinist Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. The music was every bit as good as one would expect. This is the second time in eight months that St Nicholas has hosted a musician of international repute, Emma Kirkby having sung there at Christmas. I attach some photos to give you an idea of what the place is like:
This year’s Open Championship was an absolute cracker. Darren Clarke’s victory was one of the most popular ever. It made excellent listening on the radio because it was so close most of the way through (Clarke established a substantial lead in the end). For those of us who listened to the actioon on the radio Clarke’s victory had the extra spice of coming less than 24 hours after he was dismissed as a contender by an American pundit (name withheld to protect the guilty).
This weekend was the Rudham festival. Lots and lots of people turned out to do various things. The playing field was the centre of activities, but there was also some stuff in St Peters Church, West Rudham, incluidng a History Society stall featuring photographs which I had done some work on, and various other interesting documents. This stall was massively successful. I bought a pair of ex-army binoculars from a stall run by Break for £5. There was a highly entertaining demonstration of the art of sheep shearing. Another quirky event was Snail Racing.
Have just returned from Marxism 2011, a huge left-wing festival in London. Over 4,500 people turned up this year, inspired by events all round the world. The atmosphere was electric. I have made contact with the Norwich SWP which will means I shall be able to attend future events in Norwich. The event was given a further shot in the arm by the strike action which took place just before it started. A running theme through the event was calls for a general strike (“name the day”). Attending and enjoying this event was another little landmark in my personal journey of recovery from the problems I had in 2005.
A great victory for England yesterday in the ODI. Wimbledon turning into a tournament of shocks, with both Williams sisters and Federer all shown the exit door in the space of three days.
Away from sport some big news: I will be moving to Genesis Homes (nee St Matthew Housing) in the near future. I spent a couple of hours today going through a risk assessment interview with two of their professionals and Dave from Julian Housing (standing in for my regular caseworker Duncan). They have a room in each of their two Kings Lynn houses so I await with interest finding out which house I will be in.
Between tomorrow and Tuesday inclusive I will be in London for Marxism 2011, a big political festival.
The thrid and final test match of the series between England and Sri Lanka has ended in a draw. Perhaps the most significant occurrence of the match was the return to form of Kevin Pietersen who contributed a magnificent 85 to England’s 377-8D. The horrible weather that has blighted this series was particularly unfortunate here as the groundstaff had produced a proper cricket pitch on which all types of player were in the game, as opposed to the shirtfronts we see far too often. Today we witnessed Kumar Sangakkara’s 1st test hundred in England, wilile Thilan Samaraweera was 13 short when the rain came.
On Thursday I had a day out in Southwold (lunch at the Red Lion, home of Adnams). Adnam is a family name. Family names ending in -nam appear to be a Suffolk peculiarity. In the eighteenth century there was a Suffolk family called Bradnam, one member of whom was incorrectly registered at birth with the n and the m transposed, and it so happened that it was the son of this individual, still using the -man ending who emigrated to Australia, where his one of his grandsons attained considerable fame. As I write this England are making a fine effort to win the series against Sri Lanka 2-0 istead of 1-0. Andrew Strauss made an excellent declaration yesterday to give England a chance of finishing it in spite of the poor weather. The sea views at Southwold are impressive even on when the weather is ordinary, as it was. I append some photographs: