I saw a little of the "party" that took place in London to celebrate Brexit. Again, whatevs, as they say. The only thing that tickles me is that Nigel Farage is being hailed a hero - and frankly only the Brits could come up with a hero named Nigel! I mean, if it were the Scandinavians I'm sure their hero would be a "Thor" or an "Igor" for the Eastern Europeans, but no, we got a "Nigel"! It's a bit Monty Python-esque and says it all really doesn't it! But I, for one, can't wait until the mask comes off!
|Farage cartoon by Gary Barker|
So what else is new? Oh, I didn't get to see the Bee Gees tribute in Geneva in the end as it was cancelled a couple of hours before it was due to start, due to poor ticket sales I guess. It's a shame really as I'm sure they were very good, but there obviously isn't the market for that kind of thing here I suppose.
But I did get to go to a live-streaming of Porgy and Bess performed by the Met in New York last night and it was lovely! Again, I'm not a great fan of opera but some of the songs were just beautiful, as you can imagine, and the cast were wonderful. Apart from the fabulous portrayal of Porgy and Bess by Eric Owens and Angel Blue I have to admit to being quite smitten with Frederick Ballentine's Sportin' Life - I just love a wicked grin and he had it down to a fine art!
|Porgy and Bess (performed by the Met)|
|Sportin' Life (performed by the Met)|
The introduction stated that it was being simultaneously relayed in 70 countries at 2,200 theatres to an expected audience of a quarter of a million (if I remember right). The wonderful thing is that apart from not being local to these hit shows, in many cases the cost of tickets would just be prohibitive so to see this live and just down the road was a real treat!
During the interval people stayed in their seats and then pulled out their picnics - and, this being France, their bottle of red of course. A few seats over from us, they even had champagne flutes and a couple of bottles of plonk! How civilized is that! And just as importantly, in my opinion, they took all their rubbish with them and dropped it in the bins on the way out leaving a near spotless theatre with very little clean-up for the staff!
I'm not sure what the next event will be (possibly The Flying Dutchman), but I'll be sure to look out for whatever is upcoming as I think I'm hooked!
South African Golda Schultz singing "Summertime"!