Category Archives: Places

Un Ballo in Maschera

Back in Leeds for another Opera North production. The Guardian critic thought rather poorly of it; he obviously knows far more than me, but that’s to my advantage here because I loved it and was ignorant of its flaws. The … Continue reading

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Shelducks in Southport

Despite yesterday’s snow and last night’s freezing temperatures, today was pleasant enough to tempt me to Southport. My destination was the small RSPB reserve at Marshside, north of the town. On the train from Wigan to Southport I noticed large … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls

A performance by the Talawa Theatre Company at the Royal Exchange. Loesser’s music and wit-packed lyrics (“Take back your mink / To from whence it came”) make this my favourite musical, and this was a pretty good production. I still … Continue reading

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Manchester art gallery

A visit to check on William Holman Hunt’s “The Shadow of Death” after seeing it in Leeds art gallery on Wednesday. As I thought – Manchester has the large original and Leeds has a smaller, later version. I also spent … Continue reading

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Madame Butterfly

Or Madama Butterfly, as it was sung in Italian. The music is sublime to begin with, and this performance was very good. Pinkerton (boo, hiss) seemed drowned by the orchestra at times, but Butterfly was brilliant and very affecting (although … Continue reading

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Leeds Art Gallery

I spent an enjoyable hour wandering around Leeds art gallery after lunch. I looked round the Victorian gallery more quantitatively than qualitatively: most paintings were on “home-grown” themes – Lady Godiva, landscapes, scenes from Victorian life – but the others … Continue reading

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Last day in Lille

A walk around Lille this morning to take a photograph of the fish restaurant (sadly now closed) with wonderful mosaics, and the truncated cathedral. Also the Flemish-style Old Bourse, in whose courtyard I was delighted to discover plaques commemorating French … Continue reading

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