Archive for May, 2009

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May 27th, 2009

  • Pavia is a Medieval University town south of Milan. John is here lecturing. I was very proud of him today. Brilliant. #
  • It’s unseasonally hot here. 35%! #
  • Brilliant hot sunshine here in Pavia! It is called THE ITALIAN CAMBRIDGE. Because of the colleges. #
  • We lunched at high table yesterday. The music director, Giulio Prandi is amazing. An extraordinary prog of concerts #
  • ‘our’ college, where we are staying in a HUGE suite, is GHISLIERI. There is a top notch pro choir and ‘amateur’ college choir. #
  • He specialises in 18th century Italian choral music. He will email me some Perti. I will arrange exchange prog! #
  • Last night’s dinner in local osteria Gianni Vaggi we gossipped about Sraffa and Chomsky and high table at Trinity College in THOSE DAYS #

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May 26th, 2009

  • I was just on 5 Live (live by phone from Pavia!), taking about Susan Boyle. Hope you all heard it! #

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May 25th, 2009

  • Off to Pavia via Milan today! #

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May 24th, 2009

  • Lars von Trier’s Antichrist? Dying to see it. Where’s it on? He is the greatest movie genius since BERGMAN #
  • He is the Kurtag of modern cinema. #
  • He is the Lucian Freud of modern cinema. #
  • Hooray. The 2 gardens I liked best at Chelsea won!: Laurent-Perrier and Daily Telegraph #
  • It is clear to me we are living the DECLINE OF THE WESTERN EMPIRE. A world re order will emerge. #
  • Symptoms. 1. Collapse of economy 2. Sexual excess and general decadence. 3. Fundamentalism… #
  • ..4. Collapse of UK political system 5. Social regression (tribalism- football culture AND collective hatred – witch hunting of politici … #
  • Oh, and disease fostered by long term human intervention. #
  • This Twitter is off the cuff stuff which I’m going to collate and develop into weekly blog. Bon idea? #
  • Sitting in ultimate garden, looking at ultimate medieval Lodge (our home), happy punting sounds in one ear.. #
  • …organ music from the Chapel in the other ear. Brilliant hot sun and light English breeze.. #
  • ..few could refute that I am the luckiest, happiest person on this PLANET #
  • ..despite our civilisation being in decline. I’m going shopping #

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May 23rd, 2009

  • Yesterday’s meeting at P3 with my director Patrick Kinmonth about our 2011 Matthew Passion was THRILLING. #
  • It will be THE Arts event of London and GROUND BREAKING. #

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May 21st, 2009

  • I host 2nd in series of lunches for all staff of Queens’- porters, bedders, catering, office etc. Love it and very appreciated #
  • Singing Day at my Cambridge school (50% special needs and challenging profile). After 3 years there, the results are astonishing… #
  • … I was very proud and MOVED #
  • 1st Fellows’ choir session of the season last night. Another source of great pride! Love it! #

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May 19th, 2009

  • Last night’s Chelsea Flower Show gala preview was wonderful. Gardens understated this year but heavenly to have the place uncrowded! #
  • Late dinner with business colleagues and LATE back to Cambridge. Set up Harry with Fi for GCSE Revision in my London home! Love you Fi #
  • Where is the Prime Minister??! Parliament is falling apart and not a squeak. 🙁 #
  • I now know all about Ricardo’s Pure Labour Theory of Value 🙂 (testing Ali for her FINALS) YIPPEE! #

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May 18th, 2009

  • Sat night concert for Music in Country Churches at STUNNING Winchcombe in Gloucestershire… #
  • …I am a trustee. Our wonderful patron, Prince Charles attended. I presented Ed and Jess. Chatted about lots. He is fantastic. How luck … #
  • …buffet dinner. Sat bet Rev John Partington (witty! Ex Peterhouse) and Pol Roger boss. So proud of Ed and Jess and John! #
  • … I am commissioning website for Music in Country Churches. CHECK IT OUT and support us please 🙂 #
  • ..Also met and bonded with Manon, Ffion’s sister, our Patron’s private sec. Great girl! #
  • Sunday BREAKFAST with Ed and Jess drive back from Cotswalds. BRUNCH with 150 finals students. CARNIVEROUS! #
  • Stayed at over expensive but rather naff (beautiful Cotswalds hotels should never try to be “uber cool”) #
  • Maybe I will stand for Paul Judge’s party!! Parliament is F****D 🙂 #
  • Off now to see the Chelsea flower show (and the QUEEN! :)) #
  • Chapel last night- Dame Sarah preaching (ex UK Head of Nursing) DRINKS with US economist friends. Formal Hall #

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May 16th, 2009

  • Very special cello recital in Trinity Chapel last night. Natalie Clein played 2 bach suites AND THE AMAZING,.. #
  • .. Kodaly cello sonata. WHAT A SEMINAL WORK and experience for us. A little inter-regnum for Ali’s finals MACRO ECONOMICS study #
  • All yesterday was the Queens’ part of House and Garden shoot on my lifestyle. It’s set to be 10-page spread in Sept issue. #
  • ..they (brilliant photographer Rory, outstanding writer Virginia Fraser) did superb job. Very full-on day, incl. Chapel choir etc… #
  • .. Trying to cover many aspects of my life here in this divine place. #
  • My John says he’s very uxorious, which makes me very happy 🙂 #
  • Oh. I didn’t mention our event at the Russian Embassy on Thurs, preceded by an excellent and reassuring meeting at ARK. #
  • A LOT OF FRIENDS at Russian Embassy for 10th anniversary of my beloved friend, Jean Galitzine’s Galitzine Library in St. Petersburg… #
  • Please – all my followers- become Friends by giving £1 a week to the library. It is wonderful and very important. Let me know if I and HELP #
  • We are in the Cotswalds on the way to something special… #

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May 14th, 2009

  • Who would have thought that MPs EXPENSES would represent the rot that heralds the end of public confidence?! #
  • YESTERDAY. Busy changing the world via my phone and computer. Interspersed with keeping Ali (I week to final) topped up with.. #
  • AND a FAMILY curry dinner in the Lodge at which we were experienced in equal measure the pain of a death and the joy of news of a new fo … #
  • Today we went to Joy’s funeral at Sidney Sussex. In many ways a wonderful occasion marking a clearly wonderful and adored woman. #