Tag: UK

The Final Three

We are now coming to the end of our aural Advent Calender, I have tried to show some good, some bad, some pop, some classical and whatever else came to me in various moments of Christmas inspiration. As you have…

1st Sunday Of Advent

For the last two years Miss Mussel has posted an Aural Advent Calendar. Instead of a chocolate each day, you get a new video of a Christmas song/carol. It’s certainly better for your waistline and, considering the percentage wax in…

Not Available In Your Area

Miss Mussel can live without Hulu, Pandora, NBC.com, Comedy Central and Spotify (nearly). What she cannot abide is being denied access to the BBC iPlayer. While Miss Mussel resented the shakedown letters that arrived at her televisionless house in Manchester…

Day 13: Walking In The Air

While Miss Mussel may be all ga-ga for Charlie Brown, over in Jolly Old her contemporaries are crazy for The Snowman. It’s been a huge hit since the special was first broadcast in 1982 and everyone knows the song. Walking…

Rowan For A Sunday

Rowan Atkinson during the 1981 Secret Policeman’s Ball. Why does Miss Mussel feel like she’s seen every single one of these moves at various concerts she’s attended? Except for maybe the air oboe. And then, of course, the Pathetique, Piano…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 15

A bit of a backlog in the Calendar department these last couple of days folks. A terrible disappointment indeed, but there is a bright side, so not all is lost. What is this mysterious upside of which Miss Mussel speaks?…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 13

We’re back to Jolly Old today, more specifically, St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The choir has been singing for 660 years although it is thought that its members have changed substantially during that time. I Saw Three Ships belongs to that…

Aural Advent Calendar: Day 4

It’s back to England for the next bit of ear chocolate only this time we go west from Cambridge to Gloucester Cathedral. At 102 years old, this carol is a relatively new addition to the Christmas hymn repertoire and joins…

On Mountains and Molehills

On Saturday, The Guardian published a story about the 1994 Turner Prize quoting British artist Antony Gormley. “Any of us could have won,” Antony Gormley says of the artists shortlisted in 1994. “All of us have made important contributions to…