Eur D' Cision 2020

"The 1808 concert included two symphonies, No. 5 and No. 6 ("Pastoral"), the Fourth Piano Concerto, two movements from the Mass in C, a concert aria for soprano and orchestra, an improvisation on the piano and, as a rousing finale, a hurriedly composed work that involved all the performers (pianist, singers, chorus and orchestra), the Choral Fantasy.

In effect it was two demanding concerts rolled into one hopelessly lengthy one. The obvious question is why did Beethoven set it up in this manner? Why not have two concerts a few weeks apart? Romantic biographers will suggest that it was the product of an idealistic creative figure with little or no sense of practicalities.

"There may have an element of that, but the unhelpful practices of public concert life in Vienna at the time – familiar enough to Beethoven – certainly did not help. Compared with London, Paris, and several cities in Germany, such as Leipzig and Munich, public concerts (as opposed to private concerts) were a patchy affair in Vienna: there was no regular concert series from year to year and composers and solo performers had instead to seek out spare dates in the calendars of the main theatres...

He retained this determination when he discovered that the date coincided with a charity concert for widows and orphans of musicians, held in another theatre. Performers in the city naturally gave that concert priority, making it difficult for Beethoven to assemble the best players and singers."

"Some of the world's top business people and politicians - plus a smattering of celebrities - will gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) this week. US President Donald Trump, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and Uber boss Dara Khosrowshahi are among the guests.

But what is the jet-set event for and is it elitist?"

"WEF typically attracts around 3,000 people, about a third of them from business. To go you have to be invited - in which case the event is free - or a member of WEF, which can cost £480,000.

World leaders, key figures from the UN and EU and the heads of major firms like Coca-Cola, Goldman Sachs and IBM attend.

Regular guests include billionaire financier George Soros, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and U2 singer Bono.

However, new data from the World Economic Forum indicates that only 239 people from the UK will be attending this year - the lowest UK attendance since 2010 - after Boris Johnson banned ministers from attending the event."

"Talk of “levelling up” the north, the rhetorical trope that has become highly fashionable among ministers since the election, is no more than blather until we see the colour of the money. It is not a bad idea to recast the Treasury’s rules to help regional projects to secure more approvals, but it will only be a winning formula if productive ideas result. Beaten-up high streets will not be reinvigorated easily or overnight. Higher skills and better employment opportunities cannot be magicked up with a wave of Whitehall’s wand."

"If … you’re drinking Bacardi...

What can you say? Other than: why are you still here? Did someone order some more wrong, with a side order of obnoxiously erroneous"

"In an age of cynicism and spin, Jess Phillips was authentic and frank in a way which illustrated perfectly why she seems to have little or no chance of becoming Labour's next leader...

"Should a party leader tell members what they don't want to hear?", with a rapid and sincere "absolutely"...

A moment later, she was in full flow. The promise of free broadband was "rubbish," mass renationalisation of utilities, including water, should not be a priority "while there are still homeless people on the street and still, you know, young lads getting murdered on most streets in most cities."

In other words, she was saying, forget about these totemic ideologically driven pledges. There are many, much more important things to do."





Black Rock

I need to flip an egg.

"No, what really worries him and his shadow banking peers is the “fundamental reshaping of finance” threatened by climate protesters, and what this means for his company’s interests."

"But, before we get too laudatory, it’s worth asking: what is BlackRock?"

DAVOS 2020

"The WEF said the world’s biggest economies – the US, China, Japan, Germany and India – had the most to gain from increasing social mobility, adding that the four priorities were fair wages, social protection, lifelong learning and better working conditions

“The social and economic consequences of inequality are profound and far-reaching: a growing sense of unfairness, precarity, perceived loss of identity and dignity, weakening social fabric, eroding trust in institutions, disenchantment with political processes and an erosion of the social contract, said Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF."

"“I might not look the most like a prime minister in this race, because apparently looking like a prime minister is a thing. I cannot win that war, so I am going to stop fighting it. I am going to do the thing that made tens of thousands of people ask me to run to be the leader. I am going to say what I think. I am going to give honest answers. I probably won’t win, but I am guessing that I might just inspire others to give it a go too,” she wrote."...

There are fewer than four weeks left until the 14 February deadline for gathering nominations."

the “do-nothing” scenario.


Wait Watching

"“It’s chilling,” says analyst Alex DeGroote, “but we have this cohort of trillion-dollar firms [Apple, Google’s owner Alphabet and Microsoft] that are basically unstoppable.”

“At least we are spared the sound of Big Ben being chimed at our discomfort.”

I have a dragon to paint ..

"That the leader of the revolution enjoys imagining his trustiest followers as the Wurzels suggests the awkwardness of the question. For the great problem of Brexit is that it is a populist project without a people, a nationalist project without a nation."

"At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight.”

"You would need to be half blind on scrumpy not to see the fatal contradiction."

Little Briton

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hail the "dawn of a new era" later, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union after 47 years.

In a speech to be shown at 22:00 GMT - an hour before the official departure time - he will say Brexit is "not an end but a beginning".

He will describe severing ties with the other 27 EU nations as "a moment of real national renewal and change".

Little will change immediately, as the UK begins a "tranistion period".


"There will be no "Big Ben Bongs", no church bells and no fireworks - ... "

Good Moaning..

"OneWeb and SpaceX are in the process of launching big networks of spacecraft to deliver broadband internet to every corner of the globe.

The numbers of platforms involved are unprecedented in the history of spaceflight.

The RAS gathering was intended as an opening move in what is hoped will become a continuing dialogue. Media were excluded to allow the delegates to have a frank discussion...

It's understood two new, soon-to-be published research studies were presented.

One, from the University of Southampton, has investigated the reflectivity of SpaceX's Starlink satellites and what's driving their brightness in the sky."

"Talks to negotiate a free trade deal between the UK and the EU are due to start next month, following the UK's formal withdrawal from the bloc."

The Frozen Stare

"The head of one of the US's national observatories says the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe needs to be taken more seriously.

Dr Anthony Beasley told the BBC that there should be greater government support for a field that has been shunned by government research funders for decades.

His backing for the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (Seti) marks a sea change in attitudes to a field regarded until recently as fringe science..."

"Astronomers will sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for alien civilisations.

The project is a collaboration between the privately-funded Seti Institute and the Very Large Array observatory in New Mexico, one of the world’s most powerful radio observatories. Gaining real-time access to all the data gathered by VLA is considered a major coup for scientists hunting extraterrestrial lifeforms and an indication that the field has “gone mainstream”."

"So we'll actually take you all the way around the station; in and out the changing rooms, the crew rooms and all the training facilities."


The Boris Bounce

"Markets have been rattled by the threat of a price war between oil exporting group Opec and its main ally Russia.

The wobble compounds fears over the effect of couchy couchy coup on the economy."

"suddenly sxx is the strongest miner on a market"


Temptation is futile ...

"It is nowhere to be seen. Because this man isn’t your “drunk, criminal and feckless working-class” cousin, who dropped out of school at 14 and fell in with a bad crowd, or a young immigrant who must now be deported for dealing the kind of drugs Michael Gove used to neck in the Notting Hill 90s. No. This feckless criminal is our prime minister, Boris Piccaninny Watermelon Letterbox Cake Bumboys Vampires Haircut Wall-Spaffer Spunk-Burster Fuck-Business Fuck-the-Families Get-Off-My-Fucking-Laptop Girly-Swot Big-Girl’s-Blouse Chicken-frit Hulk-Smash Noseringed-Crusties Death-Humbug Technology-Lessons Surrender-Bullshit French-Turds Dog-Whistle Get-Stuffed FactcheckUK@CCHQ 88%-lies Get-Brexit-Done Bung-a-Bob-for-Big-Ben’s-Bongs Cocaine-Event Spiritual-Worth Virus-Handshake Three-Men-and-a-Dog Johnson. And normal rules no longer apply. If indeed they ever did."

Exciting, innit ;-0

Social Engineering.

Never Do Nothing

"They usually stay in hibernation - which is like a deep sleep that helps them to save energy - and survive the winter without eating much.

But Europe has just had its hottest ever winter - and the US also experienced warmer temperatures in December and January - which has been linked to Couchy Coup change.

All of which has caused bears to be on the prowl a bit earlier than normal.

According to wildlife expert Boris Johnson, the early emergence from hibernation isn't good for the bears or humans...

He says there'll be "a lot of cubs" that will be born with parents who won't be strong enough to feed them "the right kind of food".

That could have knock-on effects like greater bear and human interaction, which would be potentially bad news for humans too.

"Normally a bear will not want to engage with humanity, they just want to do their own thing," Boris says.

But if there isn't enough food, they'll look further afield - which means getting closer to humans.

"They'll be going into areas where humans have food and they'll try to get that food."

"Boris says if humans come into contact with bears, they should stay away.

"They won't be looking to attack humans unless the humans actually get in the way."

The best thing to do is get out of the way and call the relevant authorities. The North York Moors Park Service also suggest keeping bear spray as a deterrent and staying calm.

"I certainly wouldn't advise anybody getting too close to them because they're fearsome."

Sounds like a plan ;-0



Friday the 13th ... 


“If we stop moving around, the occupiers will steal more of it.”

The Unexpected.


The Cybil Service

Somin useful to do ...

Government schemes updates:


Employees & furloughed:

British Buisness Bank (link to partner page):

Resistance is futile ;-0

Keep Busy...

Hampstead Heath is a bit muddy at the moment.


Captain Black's picture

'Experts at Work'

"US President Donald Trump has said he is going to halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) because it has "failed in its basic duty" in its response to the coronavirus outbreak..."

"How well Trump’s scapegoating of the WHO will play in the US election is impossible to predict, but on the world stage it will undoubtedly be seen as yet another step in an accelerating US abdication of global leadership."

"He said his 6ft tall friend had even lain down on the ground to help demonstrate that they were even further apart than the recommended distance of two metres (almost 6.6ft)."


"Given her career choice, Liz has a special interest in health, especially the public health agenda. She also has a particular focus on regenerating the borough’s economy.   When not engaged in council duties, Liz enjoys growing her own vegetables, keeping generally active and busy ..."

""The Cinder Track is now renowned for its botanical treasures, stretches of grassland and wildflowers. Some of the old railway station platforms now have flowers and rich grassland.""

Think she's settling in ;-0

Izzy Wizzy


"Cllr Liz Colling, Deputy Leader of authority, said:  "Whilst we were all staying in, our staff were  working.  Some of them were working delivering food parcels etcetera to our vulnerable and elderly people.  The finance team, and other people across the council, were working over the weekend doing those business grants...   I'm really sorry but not everyone can be first..."