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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 09:54
In my review of the malevolent anti-Romantic Wagner, the Kant of music, I said it was a shame such stellar vocalists as Simon O'Neill weren't, in this context, given any actual music to sing. Here's some music, Gounod, set to Shakespeare, in which I'm sure Simon would excel. In the meantime, let's revel in Roberto Alagna:
Yeehaw! — by Don E. Klein on Tue, 2012-08-14 00:10
Benevolent Universe — by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-09 08:10
What centuries? — by Don E. Klein on Tue, 2012-08-07 14:09
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 07:34
It can be an existential, but most assuredly not philosophical, coincidence, that the American Olympic uniform this year, made in Communist China, sports a grayness that would make the totalitarians who ran the former Soviet Union green. What the US athletes are mandated to wear, in fact, makes them look even more drab than Air New Zealand flight attendants, whose uniforms are similarly gray, bland and frumpy.
UK Olympic sports are funded... — by Marcus on Wed, 2012-08-08 09:50
Am I right in saying... — by Ross Elliot on Wed, 2012-08-08 09:46
Usain Bolt's 100 metres victory attracts over 20 million viewers — by Marcus on Mon, 2012-08-06 14:31
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-08-02 06:25
"A woman convicted of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning and is being held with her 6-month-old baby in jail, activists said Wednesday, in the second such sentence in the past few months in the country. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said last month that Sudan would adopt a '100 percent' Islamic constitution, prompting concerns that the country would apply Islamic law more strictly after the secession a year ago of South Sudan, which is mostly non-Muslim."
"Or even blogger..?" — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-08-21 23:02
Breaking news — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-08-21 09:57
exactly — by Damien Grant on Tue, 2012-08-21 09:47
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-08-01 09:04
Author Gore Vidal, for better or worse a towering literary figure of our times, has died.
Not brain dead... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-08-03 12:29
Very true Ross — by gregster on Fri, 2012-08-03 11:36
That's right, Mark — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-08-03 08:52
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-07-31 12:13
Man sentenced to jail for collecting rainwater in Oregon
Joe — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-08-05 08:02
Damien — by Richard Goode on Sat, 2012-08-04 14:39
Persistance — by Jmaurone on Sat, 2012-08-04 14:33
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-07-28 06:40
Tunes Will Out
"I've been to the theatre a few times and heard Wagner's Walküre, from which I carried away memories of two or three glorious minutes and a whole ocean of boredom and utter emptiness."
"In Vienna I heard Wagner's Die Walküre and was able to confirm my first impression from Bayreuth. If music really is fated to have in Wagner its principal and greatest exponent, then that is enough to cause one to despair. Can this really be the last word in music?! Will future generations really enjoy this pretentious, cumbersome, and unsightly nonsense, as we now take delight in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which in its time was also regarded as nonsense? If yes, then that's terrible."
Jealous? — by Shane Pleasance on Mon, 2013-01-28 04:07
Wellington — by Rory Sweeney on Wed, 2013-01-23 04:06
Malevolent Universe — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-08-21 05:07
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-07-27 22:15
In the Age of Bland, this kind of straight talk is astonishing:
If you are asking me, sir..... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-29 08:15
Well ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-29 08:10
Not good enough, Linz.... — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-29 07:59
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-26 08:06
Gay Marriage Is for Suckers
Well, I guess we all knew that and embraced it, but what I mean is, the fact that a Labour MP's Private Member's Bill that would allow for the bestowing of the status of "marriage" on gay partnerships has been drawn from the ballot and may well be passed by Parliament (heck, Barack Obama would support it) is a double-edged sword.
Sam Austin — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-08-03 22:11
Personally ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-08-03 21:45
Word games — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-08-03 14:58
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-26 01:05
This exceptionally promising young tenor is Jonathan Abernethy, whom I met at the Wagner the other night. He's the son of my heart surgeon.
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-19 22:52
First They Came for the Smokers ...
Philip Morris Tobacco has started a website where visitors can seek information about, and comment on, the National Socialist regime's ongoing lunge toward tobacco prohibition. In the tradition of Adolf Hitler and Comrade Clark—she of recent honourable mention here—the NatSocs are intent on:
"closer to your conscience" — by Robert on Thu, 2012-07-26 16:43
That wasn't really my point... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2012-07-26 09:08
"made more sense" — by Robert on Wed, 2012-07-25 15:44
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-19 01:51
Career Mordi Try It On
According to the NZ Herald, "The Maori Council has asked the Waitangi Tribunal for a ruling that the relationship of Maori to the water was one of full-blown ownership, saying although Pakeha did not understand the concept of taniwha as guardian spirits of waterways, there was strong evidence of Maori belief that they 'owned' the water.
Goode god... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-07-20 12:12
Marcus — by Richard Goode on Fri, 2012-07-20 10:10
Gregster... — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-07-19 21:49
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-07-18 00:23
NZ's Version of Organised Crime: the Police
Item on stuff.co.nz this morning:
Guilty of compassion — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2012-09-05 06:41
Brutalising the sick — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2012-09-05 06:41
Cannabis is medicine! — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-09-04 06:54
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-07-17 22:38
Comrade Clark's Clanger
The Marxist-hued face of former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is an even deeper red after her bestowing of a business award upon an Indian tobacco company.
Heh, heh — by Sam Pierson on Wed, 2012-07-18 08:40
Ah, the moral contortions of — by Kiwiwit on Tue, 2012-07-17 23:38
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-07-16 10:39
The Anti-American President has surpassed himself:
RIP America—serves you right, as someone said.
I was glad that Isambard — by Tom Burroughes on Mon, 2012-08-13 10:54
Marcus — by Richard Goode on Tue, 2012-08-07 12:12
So what's Usain Bolt... — by Marcus on Mon, 2012-08-06 16:07
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-07-16 00:05
I know I've posted countless versions of the Rach 3, but when I discovered this one I couldn't contain myself. These are the second and third movements played by Andrei Gavrilov, an outstanding Russian pianist whom Karajan signed up to record all the Rach concerti in 1979. As the time drew near, the Soviet regime seized Gavrilov's passport and placed him under house arrest (later in a psychiatric institution)—he had been publicly critical of that regime.
Key Matters — by Marcus on Tue, 2012-07-17 12:34
A piece that will still be — by Sam Pierson on Mon, 2012-07-16 13:25
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-12 23:42
SOLO-NZ Press Release (Lindsay Perigo): Ban the Ban-Mongers!
The nanny-statists in Labour are behaving true to their bossyboot-busybody form in calling for "changes to stop the normalisation of alcohol by sporting and cultural heroes amid an explosion of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome," says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.
Ross — by Richard Goode on Wed, 2012-07-18 04:02
You see Linz... — by Marcus on Sat, 2012-07-14 08:22
Playboy... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-07-13 10:04
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-07-10 02:19
I'm refreshed and impressed every time I see Allen West on television. The Florida Congressman seems to be fearless. He's an ex-military man who likes to quote Alexander the Great's "Fortune favors the bold." He's being savaged by Dem-scum and the illiberal media right now for calling Social Security Disability a form of slavery, and for saying that Obamarx wants Americans to be his slaves.
No, Lindsay... — by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2012-07-20 10:42
Stealing — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2012-07-18 21:14
Full disclosure... — by Robert on Wed, 2012-07-18 21:05
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-08 09:47
In his short life, Chopin wrote 2 piano concerti—by the age of 20! This one was written first but published second: hence its being called No. 2. Yevgeny Kissin, a little older now than the baby-faced cherub of earlier renown, is mesmerizing in this performance released in 2010 to mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. Be warned: the first video ends with ugly abruptness. The concerto is concluded in the second video, where Kissin performs the Revolutionary Etude as an encore. Full screen and full volume essential! Value-swoon rating: 15/10.
KASS question? — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-08 22:19
Hush, Mark: one should not — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-08 22:15
Gareth — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-08 10:47
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-08 05:16
PC informed me this morning, and has posted on his blog, of the death of Wim Verhoeven:
Linz, about "stalwarts" — by Craig Ceely on Wed, 2012-07-11 22:21
Funeral — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-07-11 04:24
Very sad — by Scott Wilson on Tue, 2012-07-10 11:16
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-07-06 06:08
The following, with an exhortation to pass it on, came in the Foundation for Economic Growth (FEG) newsletter today. Salutary and unsurprising reading.
The Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side
By Jan Gindrup
And Bill Wyman... — by Ross Elliot on Thu, 2012-07-12 08:22
French Beatles — by Craig Ceely on Sat, 2012-07-07 15:11
Au contraire... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-07-06 21:28
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-05 23:20
SOLO-NZ Op-Ed (Lindsay Perigo)—NZX Dildoed by MWA
There are two types of people in life: those who get on with the business of living, and those who try to get in their way. Politicians—of whom Cicero said they were excreted, not born—and bureaucrats are of course foremost in the latter category, but in this crony-capitalist society we have now it is not uncommon to find those who ought to be in the former category sidling up to those in the latter.
Professor's letter: — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-07-09 02:33
Linz — by Mark Hubbard on Mon, 2012-07-09 02:25
The same day this was released — by Sandi on Sat, 2012-07-07 01:18
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Thu, 2012-07-05 07:27
SOLO-NZ Op-Ed (Lindsay Perigo): Eco-Fascism in NZ—Beginning of the End?
If the Green Party calls them "a major assault on the [Resource Management] Act and on sustainable development," then, sight unseen, I'm for them.
The advisory group set up by the government after the Canterbury earthquakes to examine quake-related issues relevant to the Act has apparently exceeded its brief in a most edifying way.
Never had anything as evil as the RMA... — by Marcus on Thu, 2012-07-05 12:14
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-07-02 05:39
It was his facility with this aria and its 9 High Cs that earned Luciano Pavarotti the sobriquet, "King of the High Cs," in the sixties. Here, in 2007, Juan Diego Florez picks up the mantle, and pings out the high notes as though they were bullets. The tumult at the end is not booing—it's the crying of "Bis!", meaning, "Again!" Juan obliges. This is magic:
Currently number one... — by Marcus on Fri, 2012-07-06 16:43
Linz, you wrote: You might be — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-07-03 09:33
Bending notes — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-07-03 08:46
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-01 06:31
Fox News has long sabotaged its free market message by seemingly trying to validate the stereotypes of free market journalism—for instance, by having its early morning warm-up show fronted by 3 naked, quacking, airhead women sitting cross-legged on stools and doing Sharon Stone impersonations (it's most annoying that they won't do the same with the men. And I mean Bill Hemmer, not Bill O'Reilly).
quality programming — by Damien Grant on Tue, 2012-07-03 03:21
This is my take on the demise — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2012-07-03 00:15
There's little demand, my parents hardly leave TV1 — by gregster on Mon, 2012-07-02 11:34
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2012-06-29 01:08
RIP America—and It Serves You Right!
America, qua Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, just died. Qua travesty thereof, good riddance. Cowards and cretins—now a majority of Americans—don't deserve the liberty that has just been definitively removed from them. They don't deserve the freedom they won't miss.
treii28 — by gregster on Fri, 2012-07-20 10:34
But is it really? — by treii28 on Fri, 2012-07-20 02:04
Greg — by S Wissler on Wed, 2012-07-18 16:58
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-06-25 04:25
A stylish rendering of this old warhorse. Note, at the end, who in the audience is impressed!
Oh yes... — by Olivia on Wed, 2012-07-04 07:54
Credit — by Craig Ceely on Sun, 2012-07-01 22:09
Ha, Craig! — by Lindsay Perigo on Sun, 2012-07-01 22:05
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-06-25 03:32
The Dunce-ification of Everythink
A shock-horror headline emblazoned on the front page of The Dominion Post's June 23-24 weekend edition asked, “Are we raising a nation of dunces?”
Bob Jones plagiarises Perigo? — by gregster on Thu, 2012-08-16 01:40
Excellent article... — by Marcus on Mon, 2012-08-06 12:55
Reproduced ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Mon, 2012-08-06 08:57
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Sat, 2012-06-23 23:03
I'm obliged to Marcus for drawing this to our attention on the "Which laws ...?" thread. My only misgiving is that this Mr Duncan does not appear to live up to his self-description as a "grammar fascist"—he hasn't gassed anyone, which omission represents a grievous oversight. In a libertarian society, of course, there would be leverage going forward for the narrative that anyone who used the terms "narrative," "leverage" and "going forward" would be summarily executed. This would impact the humanitarian space going forward big-time.
Grammar tests are attack on teachers, says Union — by Marcus on Sat, 2012-07-07 21:47
It’s cruel not to teach children grammar — by Marcus on Sat, 2012-07-07 18:33
another hurrah for Mitchell — by Craig Ceely on Tue, 2012-06-26 09:24
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-06-19 23:53
Recently, Sam Pierson and Julian Pistorius came to stay. Amid the relentless and unforgettable carousing we visited the Southward Car Museum.
So, Pierson ... — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-06-20 04:14
Silly game — by Sam Pierson on Wed, 2012-06-20 03:51
Wow! — by Lindsay Perigo on Wed, 2012-06-20 01:08
Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-06-19 07:52
I shall try from now on to get back to posting a gem a week, even though I know the music gems are SOLO's least popular feature. I shall do this because it is in significant measure what SOLO is about, however quixotic my mission may be given the overwhelming preponderance of airheads, headbangers, Faecesbook flibbertigibbets and bestial brutes in the contemporary culture. Time was when I was posting one of these a day—that truly was sacrificial on my part. Once a week will give time for these gems to percolate among those prepared to make the effort. The fact is, in a world dominated by sub-humans unable to appreciate these masterpieces, freedom—much less reason—doesn't stand a chance.
Yes, even on my iPad. — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:46
Bro Hubbard — by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:35
Following. — by Mark Hubbard on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:29
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