Saturday 26 December 2009
Thursday 24 December 2009
Well, it's been a turbulent old six months chez Musings. A period of much upheaval and change. Bad stuff, good stuff, but none of it stuff I've felt inclined to share on the blogosphere.
But I have a feeling that my blogreclusiveness might be nearing its end. I'm really looking forward to 2010. New year, new decade, new life.
Meanwhile, if there's still anyone out there who occasionally visits this spot, I'd like to wish all my erstwhile blogfriends (very sadly missed, but perhaps all is not lost . . .?) a very happy, peaceful and hopeful Christmas.
Wednesday 17 June 2009
OK, this is one of those Proud Mother Moments. But I hope you'll also agree that it's a great song by Colchester's best-loved band and a rather brilliant video by Olivia (whose films have featured on Musings before, but this is her first professional job).
(It's also one of those Frustrated By Technology moments, because I can't get Blogger to post this in full widescreen mode, so you don't get to see the whole of it. (If anyone knows how to fix this, please get in touch asap!) So, if you lose the right-hand bit of the screen watching it here, please go to YouTube and see it in its full glory. )
For more about the New Town Kings' upcoming gigs (including their European tour), go to their Myspace page.
Wednesday 27 May 2009
Thursday 14 May 2009
Wednesday 13 May 2009
You may have noticed in a previous TBTE this striking newcomer to the Besom Fleet (pronounced 'Buzzen' locally) - the Strontium Dog, a trimaran recently relaunched after a lengthy rebuild: you can find out more about her here and here (hit the appropriate news button on the right-hand side of the page).
In the blossom-filled Minories gardens, and against the picturesque backdrop of the eighteenth-century folly, six local musicians entertained a relaxed, 200-strong audience for three hours.
There was a lovely inclusive atmosphere, with an excellent barbecue, a bar and plenty of tea and cakes - something for everyone, from dancing toddlers to persons of maturer years (ie even more mature than mine!) reclining on tartan blankets.
Young Colchester singer-songwriter Laura Younger rounded off the day's music making.
It's so wonderful to see the garden and folly being put to such good use. Altogether a jolly good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, albeit a disappointingly chilly one (but that's May bank holiday weekends - at least it wasn't tipping down with rain).
The next Sunday Service at the Minories - and let's hope it's bathed in summer sunshine - is on Sunday 31st May at 3 pm and will feature Ragged String Band, Dionysus (Rob, Chris and Tony from the New Town Kings playing dub), Animal Noise and Tony Gibson. Andrew Poonian will be providing an African drum workshop, too. Tickets are £5 on the door. See you there!