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Burnished Bernstein and Cosmic Cacophony

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-05-14 03:37

New Zealand's premier Big Band were in outrageously good form in Wellington on Friday and Saturday nights. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's hallmark precision and passion, their flagrant virtuosity and sinful zest, were on such shameless display that one feared the arrival of some branch of the Fun Police.


Hideous Hillary in New Zealistan: the Huddle of the Harridans

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-05-07 10:45

That thing came to New Zealistan yesterday, apparently, hard on the heels of Obama bin Laden. Evidently, Comrade Clinton forgot to apply her usual barrow-loads of make-up.

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And the job of the press is — by Richard Wiig on Sat, 2018-05-12 09:28
The Thing ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-09 05:45
Godzilla Strikes! — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Wed, 2018-05-09 05:40

#MOGA! Open Letter to Objectivists—Make Objectivism Great Again! Repudiate Obleftivism!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-02-06 02:44

[This is an expanded version of the opening statement I had prepared for my aborted debate with Yaron Brook on Amy Peikoff's BlogTalkRadio show, "Don't Let It Go." I withdrew from the debate when I realised I could not in all conscience comply with her last-minute request that I refrain from making "sweeping statements" critical of Yaron. Warning: the following contains a number of sweeping statements critical of Yaron.]

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Yawon the Shapeshifter — by Bruno Turner on Tue, 2018-05-22 23:31
Obleftivist Twaitor Yawon Attacks Hungawy — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-22 06:38
Weal Thweat to Western Civilisation 1980 — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-05-22 06:30

Fottles, Fatwas and Free Speech

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-02-22 09:31

The Fascists of the Left (FOTLs, pronounced “Fottles” and spelled that way henceforth) have won. Free speech in New Zealand is dead. It has been throttled by Fottles.

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Pigeons — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-04-21 00:37
Commie Cuomo Video Got Removed! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-04-19 06:15
Contemptible Cuomo — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-04-18 07:46

#MOGA! Ghastly Ghate!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-11-27 23:22

In an article earlier this month marking the one-year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump, Obleftivist Onkar Ghate, Senior Fellow and Chief Content Officer with the Ayn Rand Institute, began:

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Imagine ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-01-01 06:19
ARI Fund Raising — by Neil Parille on Sun, 2017-12-31 15:57
Fund-Raising for ARI — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-12-31 14:08

Make Western Civilisation Great Again!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2016-12-29 04:25

Undeniably, the biggest events of 2016, seismic in their enormity, were Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Because of those two events, for the first time in eight years we could say that Western Civilisation had rallied to mount a rearguard action against The Anti-West, aka Islamo-Marxism, aka The Filth. The latter were in pouting, infantile retreat, alternately sullen and hysterical, unable to comprehend that the seeming hegemony of their loathsome, totalitarian world view was not invincible after all.

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Groan! — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-02-23 03:27
"White males are the scum of the earth . . ." — by Brant Gaede on Fri, 2018-02-23 02:56
Guess Linz is a Klansman because he listens to Verdi & Puccini. — by Ed Hudgins on Wed, 2018-02-21 23:09

NZ on Screen: New Linz Profile (with very old pic: hair warning!)

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-06-21 07:20

https://www.nzonscreen.com/per...

... In the 1989 Post profile Perigo expressed concerns about the depth of debate he was able to elicit on television: "we’ve become a sort of society where people don't analyse an argument: they attach brandnames to people who proffer arguments and think that they’ve dealt with the argument that way". In 1993 he infamously abandoned the medium, claiming that TVNZ news and current affairs was "braindead", and that stories of celebrities and trapped cats had superseded politics.

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Fish! — by Olivia on Fri, 2017-09-15 21:29
More Memory Lane :-) — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2017-09-15 20:40
Andrew — by Richard G McGrath on Fri, 2017-06-23 02:44

Bravo Bosch!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2015-05-05 10:32

Bosch Fawstin, who graced the pages of SOLO during the embryonic stages of his campaign against Islamotrash, was the winner of the Draw Mohammed Competition in Garland, Texas, organised by the beyond-courageous Pamela Geller, where ISIS scum tried to shoot attendees but got themselves shot instead.

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Great — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sat, 2018-04-21 14:30
Bosch's new book — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-04-20 06:26
Incompetent Slimeball — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Thu, 2015-05-28 16:55

The Movie Thread

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2009-10-11 07:26

If like me you haven't yet seen Dark Knight it's just about to screen on Sky Movie Channels 1 & 2.

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Death of Stalin — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-05-18 09:56
Raphael: The Lord of the Arts — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2018-04-20 05:55
Melanie Phillips ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-03-01 06:00

Music of the Gods

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2008-04-21 06:11

"The emotion involved in art is not an emotion in the ordinary meaning of the term. It is experienced more as a 'sense' or a 'feel,' but it has two characteristics pertaining to emotions: it is automatically immediate and it has an intense, profoundly personal (yet undefined) value-meaning to the individual experiencing it.

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Just wonderful. Absolutely — by PhilipD on Thu, 2018-05-17 01:43
God Yes ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-16 08:40
Incredible! — by Olivia on Wed, 2018-05-16 08:20

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Intro to 'Total Passion'

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2014-06-14 23:05

Kyrel Zantonavitch's new review on Amazon of my book, 'Total Passion for the Total Height,' prompted me to start re-reading the thing myself. As I made my way through the Introduction I became quite exercised by the trenchant accuracy of my own observations, and motivated to lift myself from the pessimistic funk induced by the horrors of which I write. It occurred to me that I'd never published that Introduction here. Here it is (oh, and of course, buy the book if you want more!):

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Tore — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2014-06-15 22:33
i Did buy the book... — by Tore on Sun, 2014-06-15 08:05

Submission to Tax Working Group

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-04-26 07:14

From: Lindsay Perigo
Date: 26 April 2018 at 18:35
Subject: Submission to Tax Working Group
To: submissions@taxworkinggroup.govt.nz

Dear Sir Michael and members of the Tax Working Group,

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Good on you, Linz. — by Mark Hubbard on Wed, 2018-05-02 09:01
Republished ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2018-05-02 06:34
Yep — by Mark Hubbard on Fri, 2018-04-27 10:52

NZSO—Sex Cymbals!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-04-23 07:24

Berlioz, Debussy and Ravel
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edo de Waart, with Sasha Cooke (mezzo)
Michael Fowler Centre, April 21

Things got underway in a rather puzzling fashion on Saturday night at the Fowler. With the obligatory preliminaries over—switch off cell-phones, join the players in the bar for drinks after the show, etc.—the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra appeared to spend the next eight minutes repeating its tune-up routine and not quite succeeding at it.


It's Official: New Zealand's Prime Minister Declares Her Country a Shithole!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-04-12 08:08

It's Official: New Zealand's Prime Minister Declares Her Country a Shithole

In more enlightened times, within the living memory of many of us, Reaganomics, Thatchernomics and Rogernomics went some way to restoring the characteristics of First World status to the United States, Britain and New Zealand respectively.

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on a related horsey note — by J Cuttance on Fri, 2018-04-13 07:56

Momentous Mahler

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-04-09 03:14

It is said of Gustav Mahler that as a conductor he was a despot and a perfectionist. "To him there was no such thing as a minor detail," Harold C. Schonberg writes. "... Mahler would not tolerate inattentive or careless playing. Never in his life did he encounter an orchestra that satisfied him in his search for perfection." After conducting the premiere of his 5th Symphony in 1904, Mahler himself said, "Nobody understood it. I wish I could conduct the first performance fifty years after my death."


Elevate Sir Robert Jones to Lord Jones of Melling!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2018-02-15 03:57

I'll be giving my own take on the Jones brouhaha and National Business Review's disgusting, loathsome, nauseating, evil, beyond-contemptible cowardice for Muriel Newman's NZCPR-Weekly over the next few days (and publishing it here of course). Meantime, SOLOists can strike a blow for free speech by signing this petition:

https://www.change.org/p/rt-ho...

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Great! — by Olivia on Thu, 2018-02-15 05:50

Back to the Future Indeed!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-02-12 02:56

Summer Pops: Music from the Movies
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich
Michael Fowler Centre, February 9

The NZSO seemed a few players short of an orchestra last Friday night. Maybe some of the musicians were still on summer break; maybe it was felt that the relatively light fare didn't require a full muster. The enthusiastic, if not full, house didn't seem to mind in the least.

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Nino Rota — by Jmaurone on Tue, 2018-02-13 18:58
 Two of the deepest — by yonderwings on Mon, 2018-02-12 16:47

Matthias A Marvel!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-02-06 23:41

NZSO National Youth Orchestra
Music by Beethoven, Elgar and Dvorak.
Conducted by Guy Noble, with Matthias Balzat (cello).
Michael Fowler Centre, February 3.

Preposterously precocious and horrendously handsome cellist Matthias Balzat comprehensively stole the show the other night at the Michael Fowler Centre.


Music of the Gods—'Mario Lanza: Poetry and Passion'

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-02-05 03:34

"Pretty much as close to technically perfect as you can be."

Hot contemporary tenor Joseph Calleja describes one of his most illustrious predecessors, Mario Lanza, in this way in the 2017 Screenbound Pictures documentary, Mario Lanza: The Best of Everything.

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Grazie! — by Derek McGovern on Mon, 2018-02-05 15:18

Amy Peikoff Out-Reasons Tucker Carlson

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-01-23 06:03

Notwithstanding my bitter disagreement with Amy Peikoff over her slavish support for Obleftivism, ARISIS and Bwook the Cwook, I was very impressed by Amy's acquittal of herself on Tucker Carlson Tonight today. Of course, I'd love to eliminate her juvenile quacking and upward-inflecting, but her sentiments were magnificent.

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force and suicide — by Brant Gaede on Wed, 2018-02-14 04:11
Lowest Rung of Hell — by edpowell on Tue, 2018-02-06 05:36
Linz... — by Olivia on Tue, 2018-01-30 04:56

Music of the Gods—Heroic Romanticism for the New Year

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2018-01-01 06:30

Saint-Saëns' breath-taking, KASS Fifth Concerto, a triumph of life-affirmation. Called "Egyptian," but really more Spanish, and even more ... Quintessentially Human ... an emphatic, universal "No!" to headbanging caterwauling, nihilism, death-worship and The Filth:

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A new concerto for me... — by Olivia on Mon, 2018-01-01 09:37

"Forget Football Players, Go to the Ballet!"

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-12-24 05:05

A joyful little YouTube vid to value-swoon us into a gay Xmas, featuring the sinfully gorgeous Roberto Bolle.

Merry Christmas to everyone playing a part in promoting life-worship, reason, freedom, aesthetic grandeur and the all-round preservation of Western Civilisation—in particular to President Trump and the sinfully gorgeous Melania.

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More gratuitous ballet beauties... — by Ed Hudgins on Sun, 2017-12-31 15:34
Sophia and Allegra after "Nutcracker" workshop! — by Ed Hudgins on Mon, 2017-12-25 01:13
Don’t overdo it — by gregster on Sun, 2017-12-24 09:53

Islamosavagery Hits Melbourne, Australia

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-12-21 08:14

... while the PC police say they don't know what the motive was. Yeah, right:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/...

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Knowledge is Power — by Kyrel Zantonavitch on Sun, 2017-12-31 07:32
Iran and Obama's Hollow Moral Core — by Ed Hudgins on Sat, 2017-12-30 16:19
Iranians Rising Up — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2017-12-30 07:22

Worthy Was This 'Messiah'!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-12-13 21:36

Worthy Was This Messiah!

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"Handel has for me an entirely fourth-rate significance, and he is not even entertaining."

Doubtless the throngs of people of all ages who packed the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday night for the annual recycling of The Messiah would beg to differ with the mighty Tchaikovsky's brutal appraisal above.

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Indeed... — by Olivia on Sun, 2017-12-17 06:26
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2017-12-16 09:41
Isn't it curious.... — by Olivia on Sat, 2017-12-16 08:15

Gallant Geller

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2017-12-03 00:11

The virtue most lacking in public life is courage. Cowardice is universal; the craven fear of social opprobrium makes lickspittles of almost everyone. Never has this been more true than now, when the dictates of Islamo-Marxism hold sway, manifested in a suffocating Political Correctness and the relentless advance of Sharia Law.

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reply — by Mark Hunter on Tue, 2018-01-09 17:39
"Nutty as a fruitcake" ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2018-01-09 07:42
Enemy of enemy but no friend. — by Mark Hunter on Tue, 2018-01-09 02:28

A Bland Brahms, Vibrant Wagner ... and Sensational Sibelius

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-11-14 01:43

Brahms's Third Symphony is his shortest and quietest. In the hands of Maestro Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Fowler Centre on Friday night it was altogether too quiet in this reviewer's humble opinion.


Rach Packs 'Em In!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-10-30 02:43

Wellingtonians fair flocked to the Fowler Friday night to hear the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in an all-Rachmaninoff programme. They left more rapt with Rach than ever.


NZSO Revives Berlioz, Literally

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2017-10-18 22:15
Berlioz-revived

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra kept a secret from us in the lead-up to Friday night's concert at the Michael Fowler Center.


The Freddy Storm Pt 2

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-09-25 04:08

For the two weeks leading up to Freddy Kempf's Pianomania concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington on Saturday night, I had been praising it to the skies without having heard it.

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Auckland "critic" William Dart ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-09-25 06:06
I've just caught up with my... — by Olivia on Mon, 2017-09-25 05:51

The Freddy Storm!

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2017-09-18 05:28
FreddyStorm

Pianomania, featuring Freddy Kempf and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in six glorious high points of Western music, is taking New Zealand by storm.

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Ha, Pierson! — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2017-09-21 10:53
I made sure it wasn't too — by Sam Pierson on Thu, 2017-09-21 03:04
I just had a note ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2017-09-19 06:58

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