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 1   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: The Pheasantry - Wed 31st January 2018  01.12.17 at 22:49 
Started by Pete Atkin | Newest post by Seán Kelly
Much obliged Messrs A & B !   Smiley
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 2   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Birmingham gig next February  29.11.17 at 12:53 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
Now 15 at wegottickets.com
 
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 3   Atkin admin / Tech / Apologies for outage  16.11.17 at 03:20 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Some may have experienced difficulties accessing the MV Forum yesterday (Wednesday) evening, after the hosting service upgraded our server to a newer version of Ubuntu Linux. It seems the Forum's antediluvian perl code was employing a deprecated syntax in one dusty, cobwebbed corner of its source files, which triggered an error message when one attempted to view any post. I've amended the code, and things seem OK at present, but I haven't exercised every Forum function so it's possible there may remain other instances which could cause issues. Anyone encountering an unexpected response, please post in this thread to let me know just what you were attempting, and what you actually got.
 
Thanks
 
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 4   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: Clive James: 'Injury Time'  14.11.17 at 19:44 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Revelator
The TLS reviews Injury Time:
 
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Continually drawn to music
JOHN GREENING
 
“There is no reason to shoot critics as long as they quote you”, writes Clive James in “Letter to a Young Poet”, the essay that concludes this substantial book of poems (which is dedicated to the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge). James is a sparkling critic, of course, and poets young and old should read his thoughts on the art in Poetry Notebook 2006–2014 (TLS, July 10, 2015). But what of his own verse? After Sentenced to Life, which was very warmly received, he did not expect to publish more: “This is a pretty trick the fates have played / On me, to make me think that I might die / Tomorrow, and then grant me extra time . . .”. So begins the title poem (a sonnet). Although he would doubtless rather not have discovered the fact, elegy suits the gifts of one who rarely strays from the iambic pentameter. The steady drum beat of a funeral march sounds through Injury Time, most powerfully in poems for his family such as “This Coming Winter”, and we know James well enough not to be surprised when he diverts from the cortege towards Fawlty Towers.
 
There is plenty that is ambitious in this collection, but there is nothing pompous. Sometimes the engine is left idling, however; and the risk for all formalists is the resort to syntactical inversion, or slightly unnatural diction – such as that useful stand-by, “for” (which sounded archaic even in Frost’s “For I have had too much / Of apple-picking”) – to maintain a metre. Nor are a ferociously active mind or the ability to entertain and move us quite enough to make a poem, as Clive James knows. Indeed, he discusses it in one of his best pieces, “Too Many Poets”, which begins:
 
Too many poets pack a line with thought
But melody refuses to take wing.
It’s not that meaning has been dearly bought:
It has been stifled, by a hankering
For portent, as if music meant too much.
Sidney called this a want of inward touch.
 
Continually drawn to music, James is especially impressive in a poem on Beethoven’s late quartet, Op. 131, which mimics the quartet’s structure. Part biopic, part personal testament, “The Rest is Silence” repays rereading. As we will return to much of what Clive James has written, not least for the engaging personality, the distinctive voice – humorous, poignant and, naturally, metrical.

 
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/clive-james-injury-time/
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 5   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Bruce Beresford  14.10.17 at 13:32 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
The Age
 
OCTOBER 14 2017   
 
Edited extract from The Best Film I Never Made: And Other Stories About a Life in the Arts by Bruce Beresford   
 
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I first met Clive James in 1959. We were both students at Sydney University. I think he started there in 1958.
 
I saw Clive often over the next three years, although we were not great friends at this time. We were both indifferent actors, though I was the more indifferent, and came across each other occasionally during student productions, most of them dominated by students who went on to make a mark in Australian theatre: John Bell, Arthur Dignam and John Gaden. I still remember Clive's colourfully bizarre performance in Lysistrata and in annual university revues.
 

Bruce Beresford, Clive James at Clives party. January 01, 1980. Photo: Fairfax Media  
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read on  
 
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 6   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Benjamin Whitrow (1937 -2017)  05.10.17 at 13:40 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
The Guardian

Brief letters
Wednesday 4 October 2017  
 
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Why do your obituaries of actors only ever seem to concentrate on what said actor did on stage or screen, but never radio? Your obituary of Benjamin Whitrow (30 September) failed to mention that one can still hear his mellifluous tones on Radio 4 Extra on Friday mornings in Simon Brett’s series After Henry. Here, Whitrow’s character, Russell, serendipitously plays the part of a second-hand bookshop owner.
 
Helen Adams
Guiseley, West Yorkshire

 
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 7   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: The Pheasantry, 18th August 2017  27.09.17 at 22:50 
Started by Pete Atkin | Newest post by amarkmcq
18 August 2017
 
Girl on the Train -    https://youtu.be/NmSUPBfhYa0
 
Honky Tonk   https://youtu.be/lg0pSBJaOio
 
Sessionmans’ Blues https://youtu.be/69I6hXCc400
 
Thirty Year Man https://youtu.be/qCP1kZLHWNU
 
The Magic wasn’t there https://youtu.be/KPAqTq2BzGw
 
Colours of the Night  https://youtu.be/1LCXE6PWrtA
 
Thief in the Night   https://youtu.be/os6OX80tfyk
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 8   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / Walter Becker R.I.P.  05.09.17 at 07:27 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
The Guardian
Walter Becker obituary  

 
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Superbly talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who co-founded Steely Dan
...........

 
Walter Becker
 
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Walter Carl Becker, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, born 20 February 1950; died 3 September 2017


 
Kevin Cryan
 
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 9   Pete Atkin / Music / The Flowers and the Wine  04.09.17 at 20:48 
Started by Kevin Cryan | Newest post by Kevin Cryan
Doug Ashdown
 
Play
:
The Flowers and the Wine(Atkin-James)
 

Album
Winter In America (2007)
amazon.co.uk
 
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 10   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Re: Return to The Pheasantry  30.08.17 at 08:21 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by Seán Kelly
Excellent - thankyou for that !  Smiley
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