Monthly Archives: March 2011

Strelitzia Piano Trio. St James’ Church, Wednesday 30 March

The Strelitzia Trio played a lunchtime concert at St James Church, Sydney today. The program consisted of one work, Smetana’s Trio in G Minor, a work, as pianist Lindsay Gilroy reminded the audience in her introduction, composed shortly after the … Continue reading

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YELLOWCAKE LAMENT (or how to prevent a nuclear holocaust)

Once upon a time, in a city far away, your correspondent was seconded to the Australian Uranium Export Office. These were the early days of development of Australian nuclear policy. They were defining in many ways, yet confusion, ignorance, political … Continue reading

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Australian String Quartet: The Farewell Year Begins. Friday at Angel Place

Your correspondent was the recipient of generosity last night. A friend, double booked, preferred the Nexus Piano Quartet concert. (This is understandable. Brenda Jones has a lot going for her, although Nexus seems to be suffering the problem of settling … Continue reading

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Australian String Quartet Disbands: Who will replace them?

News that the Australian String Quartet will be breaking up at the end of 2011 is sad, but unfortunately underlines the complexity of quartet life. First violinist Sophie Rowell and violist Sally Boud will leave, Ms Rowell to pursue a … Continue reading

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Life in East Berlin in the 1970s

Your correspondent wouldn’t like this blog to get too narrow (or too serious, although this post will not help much there). The following recollections from my two years with the Australian Trade Commission in Berlin, German Democratic Republic, were prompted … Continue reading

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