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Entries from December 2007

Schubert and the Trout Quintet

December 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Schubert, I feel, would have no sympathy for procrastinators. Before he died at the age of 31 – the age at which Beethoven wrote his first symphony – he wrote over 1000 pieces. More than 600 of those were ‘just’ songs, but they also included major works such as operas and symphonies. A friend of [...]

Tags: adrian · music · radio

Puzzle Quest, and the USA alone

December 30th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Unfortunately I’m going to have to disappoint you – I’m not actually going to write a review of Puzzle Quest here; there are plenty of good ones already out there. The one thing I will say is that the game ended far earlier than I imagined – it comes with a large, scrollable world map, [...]

Tags: games · spec · usa

Mr. Otis and Mr. Schindler…

December 28th, 2007 · 3 Comments

For the benefit of those who don’t subscribe to my Twitter feed, or don’t know what Twitter is (almost everyone), I heard a funny and mysterious message while on the plane from Toronto to London. We’d landed only minutes earlier and were taxiing to the terminal when a flight attendant said:
We have a message for [...]

Tags: adrian · travel

Sharpe, and the 95th

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Sharpe remains a fond favourite of mine, and I’ll often reminiscence about the scenes (essentially identical in every movie) in which French soldiers slowly march towards the British in a line while being blasted by Sharpe’s green-jacked rifles, firing three shots to the minute.
This Christmas, the oddly-named UK TV History channel are running a Sharpe [...]

Tags: history · tv

Gentlemen of the Road

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Michael Chabon’s new novel, Gentlemen of the Road, was originally published as a fifteen-part serial in the New York Times Magazine, echoing the lurid and massively popular penny dreadfuls from the turn of the (twentieth) century. Its working title was originally ‘Jews with Swords’ which evokes all sorts of strange images, while the story itself [...]

Tags: book · review

Ratatouille and Mario and Sonic

December 27th, 2007 · No Comments

A brief roundup of things I have watched, read and played over the Christmas period:
Ratatouille is in contention for my ‘most rewatchable movie’ award. This has previously been the sole province of Master and Commander, another movie that doesn’t adhere to normal traditions of pacing and plotting. I’ve watched Ratatouille about four times now (at [...]

Tags: film · games · review · wii