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The Northern Sinfonia

The Times recently rated the Northern Sinfonia as the third-best orchestra in the country.  I went to see them perform some Mozart yesterday, at home in The Sage Gateshead, and I reckon they’re better than that.

I’m no authority on classical music performance, but then I’m not an authority on anything and that’s not stopped me writing the last 974 missives.  But my limited knowledge does allow me to say that I thought the Northern Sinfonia was fantastic – an amazing three hours, in an amazing location.

If you’re looking for a bit of a different night out, it’s highly recommended.

This 972nd post was filed under: Reviews.

HP Support Blog: Clutching defeat from the jaws of success

Two-and-a-half weeks ago, I reported that my laptop problem had been solved. I blogged too soon.

As I covered (in excrutiating detail), I’m in a different place to the laptop as I’m back at uni. Luckily, my tech-friendly brother said he’d check the laptop over for me. He’s only just got round to testing it properly, and discovered that the laptop works so long as you don’t move it. The moment that you move the laptop, the power cuts. Not a great result for a laptop. So it would appear that it wasn’t properly fixed after all. It kinda seemed to good to be true.

Yesterday, he reported the fault to HP on my behalf. Now it seems unfair to add the interim period onto the time it’s taken HP to fix it, so I’m designating yesterday as ‘Day 25’. The sixteen days between the power cable being returned and the new fault being discovered have been discounted. That seems fair.

I’ll let you know how the repair progresses… though possibly without daily updates, because they’re becoming painful to write… and probably much moreso to read. Though if you have sadistic tendencies, you can subscribe to follow the on-going saga here. If you’re playing catch-up, there’s an introductory post here, and the first post on the subject at hand is here.

Take-home message: HP bad.

This 971st post was filed under: HP Support Blog.

A united cabinet?

Margaret Beckett, Foreign Secretary, Sunday with Adam Boulton (24 September 2006):

Tony Blair said he would not serve a full term through this Parliament.

Peter Hain, N. Ireland Secretary, Sunday with Adam Boulton (24 September 2006):

He (Blair) said he was going to serve a full term.

Good to see that everyone at the Labour Party Conference is singing from the same hymn sheet.

With due credit to More4 News.

This 970th post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.

Blair: Talk about the future, not about the future

Mr Blair’s getting quite good a slapping the Chancellor round the chops, it would seem. On today’s Sunday AM, he’s announced that

the most important thing is that this week we set out an agenda for the future

He wants to talk about the future, whilst avoiding the question of who might be the future leader. He wants to pave his own path, so that he’s telling Gordon what to do from beyond the political grave. Spinner reckons watching Tone’s interview is ‘perfect media training in action’. I call it ‘How to annoy the chancellor without even mentioning his name’.

Is this a brilliant final political play from the man whose career is defined by media-friendly political strategy? That’s up to Gordon. If he’s stupid enough to take the bait and directly challenge Mr Blair, he’ll not succeed. If he remembers that revenge is a dish best served cold (with a side order of cliché), then he can wait until he gets into Number Ten, and undo Mr Blair’s ‘reforms’ stitch by stitch, with the former PM unable to do anything to stop him. How satisfying.

And, when even the uber-loyal (if mad) Health Secretary agrees that your reforms have failed, maybe it would even be good for the country, too. Maybe.

This 969th post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.


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