Sunday, February 29, 2004

Here's a class act. And a new Britishism: "splashing out."

JK Rowling celebrated her elevation to the world's official list of billionaires by splashing out more than £125,000 during an auction at a charity ball.

The author of the Harry Potter books successfully bid £50,000 for a dinner to be cooked by the television chef Nick Nairn and served by celebrities including Kirsty Wark, the BBC Newsnight presenter.

Miss Rowling also bought a motorised scooter for £70,000 and spent another £7,000 on a guided tour of Edinburgh conducted by Ian Rankin, the writer behind the Inspector Rebus crime novels.

Her bids were the main talking point of the ball at the Edinburgh Conference Centre on Saturday, which raised £184,000 to fight meningitis.

More Howard Shore, again via NPR. Very sophisticated musical concepts, even to extent of asking Renee Fleming to sing without vibrato because Shore wanted a feeling of very early music.

"Howard Shore won the Oscar for this category in 2001 for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Trudeau says his approach is far more classical than one usually finds in movies -- in part because Shore and director Peter Jackson regard the music as one giant epic divided into three parts. The result, Trudeau says, is a massive film score crafted with intelligence.

And Trudeau's pick for best film score is…

'There's only one score in this bunch that I believe will be long-remembered and will really be considered an important part of film music history. It's such an incredible achievement that there's no way I cannot say that the best score this year is Howard Shore's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.' " --per NPR.........

One for the music fans..... ^_^

Duly Warned!
is what it will be like here tonight. Neighborhood be warned.

Saturday Lecture

Well, I bet we will be here on Saturday.