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June 29 2012

Posted on June 29, 2012
This just in from Mari in England about an opera based on the life of Amy Johnson.


www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01k2f7n Amy Johnson’s achievements as a pilot captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world in the 1930s. At the age of 26 she became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia, but tragically her life was cut short in 1941 when she was forced to bail out of a flight in adverse weather conditions. She drowned in the Thames Estuary and her body was never found. Now her life has inspired a contemporary opera. Amy’s Last Dive sets to music the tempestuous life of Britain’s most famous female aviatrix. Jenni is joined by the opera’s composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad who’ll explain how the achievements of Amy Johnson are still providing inspiration for women today. Amy's Last Dive is performed at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds 28th June at 7.30pm and at The Spa, Bridlington on 6th July at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
 

http://amyjohnsonopera.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/why-amy-johnson.html -Kim [...]
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June 20 2012

Posted on June 20, 2012
For all the completists out there ...  Friday Music has re-released "Year of the cat" as a  180 gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue Ltd. Ed. with gatefold cover.   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/year-of-the-cat-al-stewart/23837074 http://www.fridaymusic.com/ -- Kim

June 18 2012

Posted on June 18, 2012

Al is mentioned in an interview with Alan Parsons in Goldmine Magazine.   Among the things he says about Al is "Well, I still believe to this day that he’s one of the greatest living songwriters. He’s an incredible lyricist and incredible historian, and a lovely guy, a very talented artist."

http://www.goldminemag.com/article/going-eye-2-eye-with-alan-parsons -- Kim

June 12 2012

Posted on June 12, 2012

Some news for the wine buffs amongst us:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/shipwreck-champagne-auctioned_n_1580697.html
In 2010, a crew of divers discovered the kind of booty we really get excited about: 79 perfectly preserved bottles of Champagne in a Baltic Sea shipwreck. Today, 11 of them were auctioned off in Finland for an amazing $156,000.

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Because there isn't much to do when you're out at sea but drink, wine, beer and liquor casks are often found at shipwreck sites. These nearly 200 year old Champagne bottles were in such perfect condition because they were lucky to land horizontally, under pressure, at a low temperature and in the dark. In 2011, a centuries-old Roman shipwreck filled with wine jugs was found off the coast of Albania, but the stoppers on those jugs had long since disintegrated, allowing the contents to flow out.

-- Kim

June 4 2012

Posted on June 4, 2012
Those of you who have followed Al on tour in the UK might well have seen Gabby Young performing with him.  This amazing young woman has a new album coming out  soon that you might want to pay attention to.  She 's grown a great deal from the shy girl we met years ago. http://gabbyyoungandotheranimals.com/ -- Kim Dyer


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