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Bell plans Shakespeare lectures
In our world of electronic and digital communications, one wonders what evidence of our day-to-day lives will exist for our descendants in the next century. Modern technology has given us the ability to be in almost constant touch with one another. But, will our emails and texts still exist a hundred years from now? For decades, letter writing was often an everyday occurrence for most people. Keeping in touch meant sitting down with pen and paper. Receiving a letter was often an exciting event, especially from someone miles away. And, for many, including Alexander Graham Bell and his family, these letters were something to be kept, not simply discarded once read. The Bells were profuse writers and as a result, their story can be told today through thousands of letters.
Longing for some live entertainment
It’s been such a long time since I attended a live performance that I can’t remember the last time I was in an audience taking in some form of theatrical and/or musical entertainment. It might have been a Christmas performance of Carrie Beauchamp’s Nightingale Chorus. Maybe it was a concert at a popular Ottawa nightclub featuring the brother of my friend. Or it could have been the time when my family and I travelled to Disneyworld to celebrate my brother’s 50 th birthday and were forced to go on the ‘It’s a Small World After All’ ride. There were very creepy robot-children singing the same chorus over and over again, an image I will hold until I depart from this world.
BRADLEY: What a long strange trip it’s been
Oh, what long strange trip it has been. Flashback May 2005. For months had a “cut” on my left ear. My many “Moms” had been saying get it looked at. Had a legitimate reason not to have it looked at. I am male, stubborn and stupid. Despite being a public figure, I am private by nature.
ARTS COLUMN: Praise for the musician who has a true ear for music
Tuning an instrument before playing, or singing “in-tune”, is extremely important if an artist is to hope that patrons will leave any performance satisfied. Even those with no musical training can tell that “something just doesn’t sound right” if the tuning is off.
A palm tree for your backyard? As long as it’s potted
Snowbirds were not a thing this past winter. Scores of Florida hotels remained empty. Trailer parks were almost empty. Frustrated Canadians were forced to stay home, while the hotel industry in Florida was equally frustrated. Snowbirding Canadians can now only hope that the borders will open up for business in seven months.