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Source: (consider it) Thread: The U.S.S. USA-- Boldly going forward, 'cause we can't find reverse!
Nicolemr
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I think they're kinda' cute, but I won't be wearing one either.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Pancho:
... YouTube is throwing an ad for KFC in front of King's College Choir singing O Holy Night. I need to get AdBlock.

I'd be happy to have anything coming between me and O holy night. Even King's couldn't make me like it.

Is there such a thing as "O holy night-Block"? [Devil]

It's also not my favorite Christmas carol but it's what came up on the automatic playlist. I just that the match up between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kings College Cambridge was so ridiculous it reminded me that I should get AdBlock.

Today was the last day of my church's official Christmas season. #kindofsad

(Not that it's gonna stop me from playing carols 'till Candlemas.)

[ 10. January 2017, 05:58: Message edited by: Pancho ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Pancho:
... the match up between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kings College Cambridge was so ridiculous it reminded me that I should get AdBlock.

Fair enough - when you put it like that, it is a rather ludicrous combination. [Big Grin]

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Pancho
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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Pancho:
... the match up between Kentucky Fried Chicken and Kings College Cambridge was so ridiculous it reminded me that I should get AdBlock.

Fair enough - when you put it like that, it is a rather ludicrous combination. [Big Grin]
Yeah, nothing says English choral music like the Colonel's 11 herbs and spices. [Biased]

In other news, it's been raining this week in the Golden State and I hope it keeps coming and puts an end to our drought. *crosses fingers*

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You've been featuring regularly on the Canadian Weather Channel - I hope you get as much as you need. [Smile]

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OK, I've finally read all the way through the Brahms Intermezzo Op. 111 No. 1.

It's not a difficult piece from a technical point of view, but it's written in an odd key and has lots of odd chords and odd modulations in it, with lots of accidentals. For that reason, it's hard to read and therefore hard to learn.

But I've gotten through it. And now comes the polish.

It's just so, so, so beautiful! I think Brahms was every bit aware of the emotional response it would raise in pianists who tackled it.

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Miss Amanda! You rock!

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Piglet
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You do indeed. Is it for a public performance, or just for your own enjoyment?

eta: Why do composers write things in silly keys? A few years ago D. decided to learn Healey Willan's organ passacaglia, which is in something daft like E♭ minor, possibly the most awkward key imaginable for a keyboard player. Even as a singer (where you'd think it wouldn't matter) I find more than four sharps or flats a bit discombobulating - it can be so difficult to read.

[ 17. January 2017, 17:52: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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I can sight sing but not really confidently now as I am well out of practice. Four flats make my eyes go round in circles sometimes.

Out of practice? Hearing aids are not good for those wanting to sing in choirs. I listen carefully to choristers around me but the aids distort the true sound to a degree. Then I get a glare from accompanist which means I am singing sharp. I eventually gave it up.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
Is it for a public performance, or just for your own enjoyment? Why do composers write things in silly keys? A few years ago D. decided to learn Healey Willan's organ passacaglia, which is in something daft like E♭ minor, possibly the most awkward key imaginable for a keyboard player.

I'll probably play it as my recital piece for the piano class I'm taking.

The Intermezzo is in E flat major, modulating to E flat minor for the B section. It's a dark, brooding piece, as is most of Brahms, but lovely nonetheless. I really don't think it would work in any other key, so I forgive him.

[ 17. January 2017, 21:15: Message edited by: Amanda B. Reckondwythe ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
Is it for a public performance, or just for your own enjoyment? Why do composers write things in silly keys? A few years ago D. decided to learn Healey Willan's organ passacaglia, which is in something daft like E♭ minor, possibly the most awkward key imaginable for a keyboard player.

I'll probably play it as my recital piece for the piano class I'm taking.
Will Shipmates be invited?

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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The recitals are open to the public. I'll keep you posted.

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quote:
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The recitals are open to the public. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks!

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The Washington POST has lowered the paywall, and is free to read through Saturday. So you can keep up with the inauguration and the March.

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My wife is heading out to a local anti-Trump march on Saturday. Ideas for signs would be appreciated, either here or by PM.

There's a lot to be said, but difficult to condense it down to a single readable sign.

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Just. No.

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I have created a number of signs which are posted here. She should feel free to copy them -- they're photographed, and so not really downloadable, but perhaps she's cleverer than I am with it. I need to add the one that says "Yes We Still Can".

[ 19. January 2017, 19:08: Message edited by: Brenda Clough ]

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Just dropping in to say you're all in my thoughts and prayers today - you need all the help you can get.

All the best to those of you who are/will be marching.

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Thanks, Piglet. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Carex:
There's a lot to be said, but difficult to condense it down to a single readable sign.

Might this help?

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In my own mini protest today, I wore black. I also stood watch with My President as he and his lovely wife spent the last moments of his administration. When (former) President Obama climbed into the helicopter and waved at us (me), I waved back and started crying. There has been a huge lump in my throat all day.

Maybe there's just a spark of hope in my heart that the orange one might not destroy the world, but there's a huge, blazing forest fire of fear that the destroying has already started.

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I wore black today, too, and spotted many women all in black today, too. I stood in line with a couple of them at the post office. One guy was getting snarky with the counter person because he couldn't understand her accent, and when he rolled his eyes at us in a plea for sympathy, we looked at him coldly, then all turned to each other and complimented each other on each other's outfits.

I noticed this voting day-- women in my neighborhood have suddenly become extra kind to each other. Like, pointedly kind. I'll take that silver lining.

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quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
In my own mini protest today, I wore black. I also stood watch with My President as he and his lovely wife spent the last moments of his administration. When (former) President Obama climbed into the helicopter and waved at us (me), I waved back and started crying. There has been a huge lump in my throat all day.

Maybe there's just a spark of hope in my heart that the orange one might not destroy the world, but there's a huge, blazing forest fire of fear that the destroying has already started.

Black from me too in solidarity from downunder.

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I could not march or go out wearing black or anything else so I spent the day making phone calls and writing cards to women I knew were having a hard time just now for a number of reasons. I can not fix things for them but I can let them know someone is thinking of them and they are not alone in their hard times.
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To anyone marching, protesting, etc.--

Be wise, stay safe, have some emergency plans, and take care of yourself.
[Votive]

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Kelly Alves

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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
I could not march or go out wearing black or anything else so I spent the day making phone calls and writing cards to women I knew were having a hard time just now for a number of reasons. I can not fix things for them but I can let them know someone is thinking of them and they are not alone in their hard times.

Very humbled. What a kind thing to do.

Also humbling-- obviously I can't go into detail, but I just heard through a private group that one woman in a small midwestern town held a march on her own. I can't imagine having the kind of courage that would take.

My hippie coastal march couldn't have gone more smoothly. The single person who yelled "vote Republican" out his car window was greeted with a group peace sign flash.

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quote:
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... The single person who yelled "vote Republican" out his car window was greeted with a group peace sign flash.

I can't help thinking that if the roles had been reversed it wouldn't have been a peace sign he'd have been greeted with. [Eek!]

Glad to hear it went off without a hitch.

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Local walk report from a small county seat (population 30,000) in a Republican county:

"March extended all the way out both ends of downtown. And back, 3 to 4 abreast. Lots of men and children." At least 1000 marchers.

One shop owner on the main street was in tears: she had been part of the community for many years, and this was the first time she had witnessed anything like it.

Final sign choice: "We can do better than this."


I was doing some other work in our Capitol City today and the other man said his wife was marching there "because it was important". He's a Mormon.

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Back from the New York City march which was AMAZING! And as far as I saw, totally peaceful. Saw lots of the pink pussy hats.

There is going to be another march on March 11th in NYC, I will try to go to that one too.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
... The single person who yelled "vote Republican" out his car window was greeted with a group peace sign flash.

I can't help thinking that if the roles had been reversed it wouldn't have been a peace sign he'd have been greeted with. [Eek!]
Just half of a peace sign perhaps?

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Younger daughter and 3 year old grandson marched in NY and had a great day - said it was a happy event. What a relief! Older daughter and grandchildren in Vermont said the same. Now I need to hear from my Dear Wife, who I hope is in an overnight charter bus on her way back from DC right now. They had some grief at the border heading down, but it should be OK coming back. Some Canadians from Montreal were turned back by US border guards yesterday when they admitted to not supporting donald fart.

Younger daughter met a 5th grade school teacher who said she had to deal with children crying all day on Friday. People are drawing comparisons with 9/11, and I think they are right, but given the show of power today, perhaps it is a reversible catastrophe.

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I didn't march, but I did attend the local rally at our county seat. Large, cheerful crowd at the courthouse. I don't do well in crowds, but the feel of this one was such that I didn't feel my usual disease.

Lots of local politicians and clergy spoke.

And we had words and song from Joan Baez.

A memorable day.

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Well, you are all doing the wrong thing, because the rules of democracy mean that you have to accept the result and not protest it.

So said some idiot on the the radio who seems to have accepted the logic of the Russian Revolution in which the smaller party called themselves the majority, and disparaged the actual larger group b labelling them the minority.

Wasn't alive in the 60s, then.

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Just wanting to say how amazing it was to get back from a reasonably well-attended and lively Sister March (in solidarity) in Cape Town, switch on the TV and see those aerial shots of Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Denver etc, the sheer massed numbers filling and overflowing streets, bridges and parks. One of the sights I'll remember all my life.

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Given the inability of the Pussygrabber to believe that there weren't gaps in the crowds at his coronation (despite the photographic evidence - oh, wait a mo, obviously doctored by the Disloyals), no doubt he will tell the world of which he is now Lord that no-one marched in opposition.....

[Roll Eyes]

Well done, all of you who did march...

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Yes, well done indeed! We're waiting to hear from Ms M, who was due to be at the NY march.

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(((Miffy and Ms M)))
So nice to see you!!! [Big Grin]

[need to mind my letters!]

[ 22. January 2017, 15:54: Message edited by: jedijudy ]

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They are back, but they didn't march! So many people showed up that the entire route was plugged solid with good natured people milling around. At the end of it all they dumped their signs in a pile outside the new trump hotel, to the annoyance of the security people. Now we hear from trump that it was a failure, as nobody came. Ye gods - four years of this.

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I marched in DC. It was Yuge, Bigly. Here is a short blog post with pictures. We didn't exactly March, since the crowd was so great, but we sort of shuffled along for six hours or so. They had originally planned to march on Independence Avenue, but the crowd overflowed onto the Mall, and the Constitution Avenue, and 14th, E, F, and G Streets. Essentially the entire core of downtown DC was a pedestrian mall, because the streets were cramjammed with people.
The police were very wise and clever about this, and probably averted a number of accidents by giving people the room to spread out a little. And the Metro staff did yeoman work, closing platforms and even stations when things became dangerously thronged. There were no casualties and no incidents, not even shouted comments (that I know of).

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But, as I've said elsewhere, The Lord Of The World reckons you weren't there .....

[Eek!]

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Brenda Clough
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One of his diehard supporters, upon learning that there are scientists who make a study of crowd size estimating, assured me that no science should be believed and it was all lies. (sigh) Never say that to a science fiction writer. I urged her to look down, at her hands. Were they resting on a keyboard? Who invented that piece of tech?

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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
One of his diehard supporters, upon learning that there are scientists who make a study of crowd size estimating, assured me that no science should be believed and it was all lies. (sigh) Never say that to a science fiction writer. I urged her to look down, at her hands. Were they resting on a keyboard? Who invented that piece of tech?

And yet next time she gets sick she will be happy to accept all that science has to offer in the way of treatment. These people are very selective in their rejection of science.

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RuthW

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LA was amazing yesterday. I'm very proud that we had the largest group!

And I'm grateful that we got a single day-long break in the rain. Yesterday was gloriously clear, and today Long Beach got almost four inches of rain. I was supposed to go back up to LA this evening to see the Master Chorale sing Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, but both the freeways that go north were closed late this afternoon, and there were flooded intersections throughout the city, so I only ventured out long enough to get the paper off the front step.

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Brenda Clough
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We also were fantastically fortunate with the weather in DC. It didn't rain, nor was it especially cold, and it was cloudy so no one got overheated in their pussy hats. I carried an entire pocket full of tightly-folded plastic newspaper bags, to use for wet feet, that I didn't have to use. I've seen photos of the marches in Anchorage, through the snow, and in Antarctica, the marchers sitting on a glacier.

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Piglet
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quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
... we got a single day-long break in the rain ...

Unlike the inauguration day? No prizes for guessing whose side the Almighty is on, then. [Big Grin]

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Pigwidgeon

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by RuthW:
... we got a single day-long break in the rain ...

Unlike the inauguration day? No prizes for guessing whose side the Almighty is on, then. [Big Grin]
In Phoenix also, Saturday was lovely and sunny -- in the middle of a very wet January.
[Smile]

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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I just got home from my weekend escape from the shameful spectacle taking place in Our Nation's Capital. The weather was abominable coming and going, but there was a break on Saturday, and Sunday morning wasn't all that bad.

But coming and going? Oy veh! In all the times I've flown into San Diego, the plane approaches the airport from the east, such are the prevailing winds that blown in over the Pacific. But this time the pilot had to fly out over the ocean, turn around, and approach from the west.

Coming home, we hit a pocket of air turbulence so bad that one of the flight attendants was thrown up to the ceiling, where she hit her head and was knocked unconscious for a brief moment.

I am certain that God is punishing our nation for electing you-know-who.

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Graven Image
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I am so sick of hearing the news about what crazy haired one is doing. I get more and more upset but I can not look away it is everywhere. I am writing letters, making calls but feel not much is helping. I know I need a break but not sure how to get one.

Ah yes I know my great escape read cook books they always have good endings.

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Brenda Clough
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I am going to knit a few pussy hats. I'm a late adopter; didn't become a Beatlemaniac until the 1970s.

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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A fellow singer in my choral group who has heretofore been active in political causes told me he's giving up and joining the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Sounds like a wonderful idea to me.

As for me, I can't bear to turn on the news anymore. It was bad enough that we had nothing but Trump, Trump, Trump for two years while the campaign was on, but now it's Trump, Trump, Trump with a vengeance. I can't stand looking at his face or listening to his voice.

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