Category: Watch

Introducing: Basia Bulat

Miss Mussel saw Basia Bulat in concert a couple of weeks ago and has not been able to get this catchy tune out of her head. Have a listen and you’ll see why. Happy weekend, all!

Video Vocab

Today’s word is bailiwick (2) He explains what is going on at about 1:20ish. PS: Miss Mussel’s bedroom window is frozen open. Presently it is -6 degrees outside. The atmosphere is approaching the outer limits of what can accurately be…

Video: Alex Ross on Colbert

Well, at least a link to the video. For reasons that still baffle Miss Mussel’s not insubstantial technical brain, embedding from a variety of sources has simply refused to work. So, for perhaps the first time in the history of…

Siegfried’s Calling.

She is labelled only as Superwoman in the notes but if any of the comments can be believed, she is/was assistant principal at the Stockholm Opera. Update [26/01/08] Operabouffe kindly informs that Superwoman is also known as Annamia Erikson and…

Yellow Lounge Berlin

A delightful discovery today courtesy of Helen Pidd and The Guardian: Yellow Lounge in Berlin. The premise is classical music in a club, with the idea of Yellow Lounge thought up by Deutsche Grammophon’s Ruud de Sera. The first concert…

Twelve Lords-a-Leaping

“I’d like to say that I believe in God but as a thinking person who cares about the world around him there are two very good reasons why I simply can’t. A) Wasps. Can’t see the point of a wasp,…

Eleven Ladies Dancing

“You brought the ladies? All eleven of them? But are they dancing is more to the point. I don’t trust you BBC people an inch.” Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Ten Pipers Piping

“Crickets, as you know, are very tricky to train. Almost untrainable. Very individual creatures with precious little discipline, so in practice, all they did really was a lot of leg rubbing as and when they felt inclined. Tempermental little sods.”…

Nine Drummers Drumming

“You see, MI6’s view is that if you know exactly what every single person in the world is going to do at any given time, we’ll be able to anticipate what they’ll do next but, as you can imagine, the…

Eight Maids-a-Milking

“We always use maids, Filipina maids, working in teams of eight. Seven on each team were employed by me secretly milking up to a hundred cows each night. The other one worked for my father doing any secret washing up,…

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

“Fraud is really in the eye of the receiver isn’t it. What I was doing was not so much fraud as teaching people a lesson.” Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Six Geese-a-Laying

“The Streeb-Greeblings for some genetic reasons have been blessed with fourteen toes, so obviously having one missing here or there doesn’t make a blime bit of difference. In fact it probably saved me a fortune in later years as I…

Five Gold Rings

“I was chatting to a couple of blondes and Hitler drifted over with the sausage rolls and asked me to run in the Olympics.” Day 1, 2, 3, 4

Four Calling Birds

“Well, a lot of things in nature are unlikely. Who could imagine a animal called a prottle made entirely of curtain rings?” Day 1, 2, 3

Three French Hens

“The nightlife in Brussels is very similar to the day life..but..uh… a bit darker and nothing’s open.” Day 1, 2,

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

A special Yuletide video presentation from your Omniscient Mussel. There’ll be one a day until Epiphany on 6th January. Bon appetit. A Life In Pieces is a series of twelve, five minute shows. Originally broadcast on BBC2 at Christmas 1990….

A Joy Shared Is A Joy Doubled

Marc Geelhoed directed our eyes and ears yesterday to a video of Julia Fischer and Gordan Nikolić making an audio recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Quite simply, it was a joy to watch. At the end of the day, after…

Holiday Monday

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canadia. Ours is a Pilgrim-free holiday, which is fitting considering that…well…people were coming to Canada to make a buck or ten trading fur and timber rather than trying to escape religious persecution. It is a…