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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 9.53 am, Friday 27th February, 2009
Subject: To put these circumstances in the scale, and assign to each its proper poize and influence
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Forgot to set my alarm and only woke when M came to play the piano. Hour and half late for work, but then a quite lovely day helping students and generally taking it easy. Discovered that Cokk is a 14th century euphemism for god. To London bridge after work to go to Shunt to see Guruguru by rotozaza. Which was fully booked by the time I got there. Shunt was really shit, but the company was lovely. There was a Steve Reich thing in the corridor with microphones on long cables swinging over speakers to produce rhythmic feedback. as the ceilings are all roughly the same height, the feedback is roughly in time. What was lovely was that two of the tones produced were exactly a fifth apart (D and A). Then home and hot chocolate and the last 30 seconds of Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Album of the day was Benny Hill - The Ultimate Collection. Of this 25 track album, most, say 22 or 23, are very similar. Comedy songs constructed out of modular verses with repetitive choruses. Some of these verses are really good jokes, and some of them are used in several different songs. Sometimes there is an overall theme to the song, but often it's just an assortment of gags. There are a couple of exceptions with the obvious being Ernie, which is a well constructed story song with modular jokes dropped in where appropriate. I've also got to say the vocals demand attention and not in a bad way.

Outside the bar in Toledo where you had had more than your fill
A man stood rotating a chicken on a flaming hot infra-red grill
You staggered up to him and shouted with a voice just like a town crier
You said "hey mate you barrel organ is broken and what's more your monkey's on fire"

Benny Hill - The Ultimate Collection

Play of the day was Richard Greenberg - Jenny Keeps Talking. Lovely set of three monologues all performed by the same actor. Jenny has lost her job as a journalist. Her sister blames her for never making it as an opera singer. They both look to their grandmother for support. A play ruined by having read the back cover, and perhaps running a little short (the grandmother speech especially) but that's just how long that plot takes to tell.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 5.01 pm, Wednesday 8th April, 2009 (UTC)
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i'm very sorry you couldn't see GuruGuru and that Shunt wasn't any good. the work was in v.early stages, and the next version will be better! But thanks anyway for doing the trip to see the new work. how did you hear about it? all best, Ant
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User: weaselspoon
Date: 9.31 am, Thursday 23rd April, 2009 (UTC)
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I heard about it because I was taking my girlfriend to see etiquette a few days later and was checking the details on your website. I've seen (seen? performed?) etiquette twice now and I think it's fantastic. Shunt, however, seems to be on a sharp decline.
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