May. 5th, 2017

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I follow the exploits of the Sydney Sympony Orchestra.

Mainly because they play at the Sydney Opera House and by a weird quirk of our not terribly good public transport system I get door-to-door service (not to be sneezed at when getting home at midnight).

I don't attend the Classical performances, they aren't always enjoyable. Boredom and the inability to cough without getting lynched by the people sitting around you is no fun.

I do attend stuff on their Pop/Jazz/Soundtrack series.

The last soundtrack I saw was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. They run the movie on the screen and the orchestra sitting below provides the soundtrack. It was great fun and audience participation was encouraged (cheering, laughter and hissing at Slytherins), it was great fun.

My current ticket is for George Michael: Praying for Time - a tribute show. It was sold out except for one seat and now it is all mine. I'm not that much of a George Michael fan, but the music should be good.

(I regret that I missed out on the David Bowie tribute show apparently it was good.)
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I'm both signal boosting and recommending someone to add to your Reading page.

[personal profile] tkingfisher (you may know her as [livejournal.com profile] ursulav from LJ) is a wonderful writer and artist. I've been reading her LJ for possibly more than 12 years (I'm a non-commenter there, she doesn't seem to mind and generally has far more readers than commenters). Her journal contains slice of life and gardening. Lots of gardening.

As Ursula Vernon she is a children's book writer by day and as T Kingfisher she writes these amazing retelling of fairytales that are not for children, but suitable for publishing.

(Nothing steamy, its just that there is usually something in there you don't want to have to try and explain to a small child. One book opens with an elf veterinarian assisting a unicorn in labour.)

Anyway, she has just published Jackalope Wives - go look tkingfisher.dreamwidth.org/1486618.html I'll wait. I'm interested to learn what you think. 

If you like it there are another seven books out there. Some standalone and others are short story collections. All just as charming and engaging.

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