Raymond Williams, the Avon Lady and a brass band

On Saturday (yes, there is a slight time delay setting in on this blog) I attended the local church fete.*

I came away with –

  • 1 jar Nescafe Cafe Parisien (L’experience des cafes francais, apparently)
  • 1 litre bottle of lavendar-scented bubble bath (from Avon – is the Lady still operating?)
  • 1 copy of Keywords by Raymond Williams.

Fondly picture an epicurean evening lying in a lavendar-scented bath, sipping un tas de Cafe Parisien and reading Raymond Williams – but sadly it’s not to be. 

Do, on the other hand, make an interesting discovery – that any piece of music is improved by being played by a brass band.  Hear something strangely stately and poignant – turns out to be the Theme from the A Team.

So – picture the most irritating piece of music you can think of (in my case probably mid-period Spandau Ballet), imagine it played at half speed by a brass band and – presto! – it’s not so bad after all. 

* sorry – no accents available on this blog, or – if there are – I haven’t been able to find them.  Bit Anglocentric, I’m afraid.

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