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12 years ago
Diomede
Oops! Guess I made a mistake. Sorry about that. Happy New Year. John
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12 years ago
Diomede
Well Rob, all I can say is nevermind my Shanghai experience so much. I stayed in China/Inner Mongolia for more than five years. The subsequent New Year celebrations (and others festivals) in city's such as Lanzhou, Beijing, Hohhot were just as amazing. For sure, perhaps not on the level you have just experienced because one cannot equate such experiences. Anyway, you enjoyed it (as did I), wh
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12 years ago
Diomede
Hi Rob (again)' A moot point and I am certainly not nit-picking. You wrote: > "What it'll be like next year, I can't imagine because I could not ever have imagined or anticipated what happened tonight but at least next year, I'll be certain to have my camera battery charged! > "2006 has arrived with, hopefully, a new and different way of seeing the world. Are you perchance
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12 years ago
Diomede
> "Did the fireworks you saw extend for a radius of 25 miles all around? If not, I doubt it was as spectacular as the firworks here in London for NYE 2005, judging by your description..." I cannot compare and I certainly didn't measure it :-), but yes it was spectacular in every direction. The sight as I said was to me, absolutely astonishing. The 'Ocean Hotel' in Shanghai is 27 fl
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12 years ago
Diomede
Hi Rob, What a really great post and may I say, elegantly described. However, may I also say (of course without 'black-catting' you) that what you witnessed was probably nothing (by comparison) to what I actually witnessed and observed from the top of the 'Ocean Hotel' in Shanghai (across from the Huang Po River, opposite the Bund), during the advent of their then New Year in 1991. As you have
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12 years ago
Diomede
Hi Deep, I went out earlier today (idea is to start early, finish early) Strewth, Poitin sure is strong! Happy New Year to you too. John
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12 years ago
Diomede
For me, this trumpet playing is quite astonishing: I first heard this piece played more than 30 years ago and as a budding cornetist myself at the time, I wondered whether this guy was for real. Still do actually. Anyway, Audio only I'm afraid, but it does show what can be done with the "circular breathing" technique, precise "double-tonguing" and of course a well develope
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13 years ago
Diomede
Ghia, In short may I say: "Look not upon the wine when it is red, for at last it will biteth like the serpant and stingeth like the adder". But I do enjoy beer! One day soon (I hope), I will make to Peru (and even the Panticolla region). I would love to check-out those Pyramids (even despite any beer!) Best (My Queen), John
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13 years ago
Diomede
Ghia, You wrote: > "Nope, > "and good, coca leaves and the siroche pills , get in the way of taste and impact for beer. it's best super cold, I would say. > "PM, me and i shall send you photos, but there are up to 3,000, i will warn you.... As your post was directly aligned to my own query and of course your own personal well-being, I (being ignorant of course), do
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi Ghia, I envy your having been to Peru. Having travelled myself a fair bit of the world and sailed in all the major oceans, Peru is one place I sure would like to visit. Among the many mysterious places, it is the 'Muribecca Pyramids' in the Panticolla region that interest me most. Have you been there, or overflown the region? Also, on a lighter note, what is the local beer like? Cheers J
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13 years ago
Diomede
Claude, The most astonishing part is that Paul Mayers plays the piece on what is known as a 'Piccolo Trumpet'. I am glad you appreciated the post, because to play as he does requires untold hours and hours of practice, not just a few hundred here and there...but literally thousands of hours of practice spread over many years. I know, because I have played similarly myself, albeit on a cornet a
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi all, For any of you trumpet/cornet fans out there (such as me too), Listen to this snippet (it is less than a few minutes long): It is demanding for a flautist to play this piece accurately, but he (Paul Mayers) plays the piece as if he's on a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park! Astonishing! Cheers John
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi Johnny, > "You know I'll always be on hand to object to your "bunkum theories" :D Im sure others here could also step in to help too. It may not be the same as fuzzys objections, but we will try our best ;)" Sure, I know that too and welcome yours or anyone else's input on any subject. However, all I can say is that Fuzzy has a knack of responding somewhat differently
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13 years ago
Diomede
Rob wrote: > "You need to loosen up, Richard... don't take things too seriously..." Agree. Of times when I've been singled out for ridicule or worse and are down in the dumps etc (which no doubt has occurred to us all at some stage or other during our lives), I generally fall back on an old aphorism: Obviously, everything is "what's so" Not so obviously, everything is &
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi Jared and all, Even further! Jared, What about this, especially on the subject of breath control: Only lasts a few minutes or so, but a good lesson for any aspiring cornet/trumpet players etc. Tell you something, why did Raphael Mendez played so well? He concentrated on perfecting "low notes" (as his father directed). That it the "secret" as I well have learned (wi
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13 years ago
Diomede
Further Jared, I came across this: Are we getting there? What do you think? Cheers John
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi Jared, Thanks for your most interesting reply. Regarding "circular breathing", should I ever find out the technique, of course I'll let you know. Anyway, perhaps its a natural phenomenon, because during times of disagreement here and there, my now ex-wife could never stop talking! Perhaps she had unwittingly mastered this technique :-)! It seems that nearly everyone is secretly t
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi Jared, I do remember attempting this circular breathing technique myself years ago, having listened to Mendez play Paganini's 'Moto Perpetuo' in one breath (lasting 4 minutes and twenty seconds of continuous "double-tonguing") On more than one occasion, with my face turning blue, I nearly passed out! So I gave it up. Apparently Mendez learned the technique from an Indian 'snake-ch
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13 years ago
Diomede
Hi all, Here if you like, is my cornet/trumpet "Idol" (playing up close) Raphael Mendez... ...and he mastered "circular breathing" Only lasts for around four minutes or so. Fantastic! Enjoy John
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13 years ago
Diomede
I used to be a cornetist...until I broke my jaw. I now play a 5-string banjo.
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14 years ago
Diomede
Hi Fuzzy, Sorry to hear about your recent retirement as a moderator of this board. Over the years, you have been an absolute "stalwart" and have done an excellent and demanding job! Best wishes for your future pursuits. Yours, John
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14 years ago
Diomede
Avatar wrote: > "Were do we go on from here? > "wake up. > "Stand up. > "Make your direction. > "Go!!!!! Anything that makes you and those around you, Happy! Cheers John
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14 years ago
Diomede
Deep1, May I return to you your well thought-out compliment. I am just a man of this world and having travelled the world quite extensively, I do know mostly where genuine people actually come from. I am "smitten" by the tradegies in this world and so should you be if the truth be but known to you. Anyway, no matter... I have said my piece (peace?) Cheers, John
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14 years ago
Diomede
Fuzzy, Overall (and perchance maybe I have acted somewhat poignantly of recent times), I meant the term endearingly to Ghia (Christine), as indeed I do with most posters on this site, including yourself. But Fuzzy, I certainly ain't gonna marry with you... for one you're too old and two, most important, you're not of the same gender :-) In the meantime, I trust that we can always remain frien
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14 years ago
Diomede
Look here Fuzzy, You wrote: > " ...yet more thanks because I am fast falling in love (affection) with Ghia (Christine), but of course purely on a plutonic level." Is there a problem here? > "GHMB isn't a dating agency but we can give credit to at least one couple meeting at GHMB and getting married. Geoff and Margaret in Tenerife come to my mind. Great! Fuzzy, I've been
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14 years ago
Diomede
dEB wrote: > "Quote: > "Because I've been working hard these days (as no doubt you all have too). Okay, big deal! > "No, I don't think some of these people have jobs.... maybe on disability? but obvious that some of them do not go to work to make a living. Rubbish! > "No knock on people who have disabilities.... or need to stay home for one reason or another.
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14 years ago
Diomede
Cheers for that Rob, John
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14 years ago
Diomede
Ghia (Christine), ALL women are "Queens" Regards, John
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14 years ago
Diomede
Hi Ghia (Christine), I understand and respect what you have said. Sorry for the late reply (shiftwork you see) My point is this: To my mind, there is nothing wrong at all in using the word "love" (as I did during my last post towards yourself), as a measure of genuine appreciation and indeed affection for what you have said, delivered and otherwise mentioned here and there, on this
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14 years ago
Diomede
Platonic, Plutonic...it all means the same. John
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