Thursday, May 03, 2007

Salon News

Northern exposure | Salon News: "American soldiers are fleeing the Iraq war for Canada -- and U.S. officials may be on their trail. North of the border is no longer the safe haven it was during the Vietnam era."

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Private Education: 5 Feb 2007: Written answers (

Private Education: 5 Feb 2007: Written answers ( "Andrew Rosindell (Romford, Conservative) | Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in England are being educated outside the state education system.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight (Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills) | Hansard source

The number and percentage of pupils attending independent schools are given in the table.

A primary/secondary indicator is not collected from independent schools, so a breakdown by age group has been provided.
Independent schools( 1) : Number and percentage of pupils( 2) as at January 2006—England
Number (headcount) of pupils
Pupils aged( 3) All schools Independent schools Percentage of pupils in independent schools( 4)

Under 5 905,940 64,040 7.1
5 to 10 3,618,470 200,440 5.5
11 to 15 3,238,020 233,820 7.2
16 and over 453,230 82,210 18.1
Total 8,215,660 580,510 7.1
(1) Excludes direct grant nursery schools, city technology colleges and academies
(2) Excludes dually registered pupils.
(3) Age as at 31 August 2005.
(4) The number of pupils in independent schools expressed as a percentage of pupils across all schools.
Pupil numbers have been rounded to the nearest"

My serious comment is again I would like to see the danish model in UK.

The local authorities should be obliged to pay 80% of the price of the school place they do not provide directly to the private school of the parents choice.

This enabled me as a "mere" taxi driver to give my daughter a private education with more emphasis on the arts in Copenhagen Denmarrk.

This would increase equality in our democracy an d freedom of choice and avoid the wealthy paying twice for their children's education.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Musical Times in 1962 and 1963

JSTOR: The Musical Times: Vol. 104, No. 1448 (Oct., 1963), p. 727: "Woodwind
Hugh Watkins
The Musical Times, Vol. 104, No. 1448 (Oct., 1963), p. 727

I stopped writing reviews because of a conflict of interest with my career as a performer and conductor. I had started with the Record Review in May 1960.

I was a serving soldier in the Royal Engineers Staff Band. and under British Army regualtions I was forbidden to speak to the press and would start as a student bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music in 1964. "hugh watkins " -cardiomyography - Google Search


Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 103, No. 1438, 859. Dec., 1962. Wind Almost every wind player I know has a few duets stowed away somewhere, ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Brass

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 103, No. 1427, 45. Jan., 1962. Brass MALCOLM ARNOLD. Quintet for two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. Paterson. ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Woodwind

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 104, No. 1448, 727. Oct., 1963. Woodwind Virtuosi of the flute may be interested in James Pellerite's transcription of ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Woodwind

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 104, No. 1441, 202. Mar., 1963. Woodwind Jurriaan Andriessen has composed a comely little piece for solo flute with ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Wind Music

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 105, No. 1451, 51. Jan., 1964. Wind Music The New Wind Music Company have sent another interesting and useful batch of ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Wind Music

Universal now have a catalogue of band works published by Presser, including some of the classics of the repertory. HUGH WATKINS. - Similar pages

JSTOR: Suite, Op 63, for Flute and Piano

The piece con- sists of three simple, short movements, which will be adequate to occupy most classes for an hour. HUGH WATKINS 181. - Similar pages

JSTOR: Four Movements from 'Les Petits Riens' for Flute, Four ...

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 102, No. 1420, 375. Jun., 1961. Variations on a French Tune, for flute and A clarinet. Novello. ...'PR%3E2.0.CO%3B2-R - Similar pages

JSTOR: Two Diversions for Flute and Bassoon

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 103, No. 1429, 181. Mar., 1962. ... HUGH WATKINS PAUL GRAENER. Suite, op 63, for flute and piano. ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Horn Studies

Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 104, No. 1441, 202. Mar., 1963. Horn Studies It is interesting to compare Etudes for French Horn by Verne Reynolds and ... - Similar pages


Hugh Watkins. The Musical Times, Vol. 103, No. 1430, 255. Apr., 1962. ... I hope this is the first of a series for all wind instruments. HUGH WATKINS 255. - Similar pages

JSTOR: Scherzola, for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

As a wind player I naturally welcome any new source of music, and offer my sincere good wishes for the New Wind Music Company's success. HUGH WATKINS 575. - Similar pages

JSTOR: Wind Chamber Music

WIND CHAMBER MUSIC Re Hugh Watkins's review of Anthony Baines's Nine Easy Pieces for Wind Groups in your September issue, may I say that while your critic ... - Similar pages

JSTOR: Pierre de la Rue's Masses

HUGH WATKINS employs several melodies from the Gregorian Ordinary of the Mass. Missa De Virginibus and Missa De Sancta Anna are mature compositions, ... - Similar pages

Friday, December 30, 2005

Payback time at Sotheby

I Photo Central News and Archives: "Meanwhile a different federal judge approved a $70 million settlement of a shareholder class-action lawsuit against Sotheby's related to the same scheme.
The settlement of the suit on behalf of auction buyers and sellers, which the auction houses agreed to pay last fall, includes $412 million in cash and the balance in certificates that can be used to receive discounts on future commission fees at either auction house. These discount certificates have a face value of $125 million, although a market value of only $100 million."

I got £46

National Novel Writing Month - 2005

National Novel Writing Month - FAQs: " Roxann Grissom, I understand that you, your mother, and two sisters are all writing different versions of the same novel this year. Where did this idea come from?

A: My mother, two sisters and I are participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. We've written two previous books, both memoirs: Myopic Memories: Girls Who Wear Glasses and Are We There Yet? Girls on the Road.

We write as one, under the pen name Rumor Perkins. We wanted to write a murder mystery, so participating in National Novel Writing month was our motivation. We met once and discussed characters and a bare-bones plot. We're each now writing our version of the story, being careful not to read too much of each other's stuff because it's too confusing.

When the month is over, we'll read all four books and decide what to use and not use! In other words, 4 rough, rough drafts to compile one smooth, smooth (we hope) final draft, eventually.
I have just published for all the chapter I wrote in November this year

my second effort

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

Sign ups for the next NaNoWriMo will begin on October 1, 2006

this year 31 participants from Denmark
59750 authors all together

9769 authors completed the task

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Bedst på Nettet

Bedst på Nettet
In danish, reviews of danish websites

Tuesday, June 21, 2005


When ever I am in Denmark if I am late to bed - or up at first light when the birds sing - I watch ARD TV for my favourite railway programme Führerstandsmitfahrten.

Die schönstenBahnstrecken Deutschlands (documentaire)


Fliege - Die Talkshow - I hardly understand a word but it is so soothing

Die schönsten Bahnstrecken Deutschlands Führerstands-Mitfahrten
Plauen - Gera - no commentary just background noises:- of wheels, squealing flanges, clicks of relays. his of compressedair brakes, the guard "all clear" , coms radio

Tagesschau - NEWS with pictures I can get the gist of that in any language Bush is Bush for example.

I have to look at text tv page 304 to check the actual running times - often readjusted.

yesterday a wonderful run through morning mists and golden sunshine

running from south to north Greiz towards Gera

from Karte Jena-Gera telehotelführer

the train has just emerged from wooded valleys and stopped at
Stadt Berga an der Elster, Thüringen
and gooes on through a flatter flood plain

A single track line with semaphore signals pointing right like the old tinplate marklin models from before WWII which were "wrong" seen with the eyes of a 10 year old GWR fan.
gauge one US $127.78 today more
Welcome to, the web site of EISENbahn Model Trains, Inc., Michigan's Factory Direct Märklin and Trix Dealer!

just arrived at Gera hbf

Weischlitz an incredible bridge
ok a model but we glimpsed it from below yesterday
Die Göltzschtal- und die Elstertalbrücke im Vogtland

more images

in company with some better known bridges

a good google word Elstertal

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Misc.writing Wrevels hosted by

kulørte krigsromaner or nazisploitation and Sven Hazel AKA Sven Hassel

Bizarre Magazine: "SVEN HASSEL


The king of naziploitation crushes weaker authors once again
For some years now the books of Sven Hassel - once traded feverishly in every playground across the UK - have been out of print everywhere except Finland. For kids of the 1970s, these luridly titled paperbacks (Legion Of The Damned, Blitzfreeze, SS General), with their even more lurid covers, were their first introduction to the horrors of war. Supposedly based on Sven's own wartime experiences, the books followed the misadventures of the 27th Penal Regiment - a motley collection of deserters, criminals and other undesirables - as they fought their way from France to Russia and back again. Hassel's books were perfect school reading; a world away from the heroics of Saving Private Ryan, they told what it was like to survive the brutality and insanity of the Nazi war machine, helping develop in their young readers a hatred of all forms of authority, a love of cursing and farting, and an awareness of the similarities between sadistic Prussian officers and vicious, sexually repressed physics teachers."

I was really surprised to find some of these available in english, I have read most of them in Danish - there was a book club edition - which are excellent as easy readers for non-native speakers of danish and for a nineteen-fifties soldier like myself the slang seems authentic. Essentially antewar books they only hint at the brutality of it all.

Google Search: "sven hassel" "Cassell Military Paperbacks"

in Danish bookclub edition from Peter Asschenfeldts nye Forlag, bogklubudg. : 1998 14 books

Google Search: "Sven Hazel" site:dk is the alternative spelling
Født: 19-04-1917 1917 Note om navn pseudonym
for Villy Arbing, ved dåben Børge Villy Redsted Pedersen

kulørte krigsromaner or nazisploitation
Google Search: nazisploitation

why now?
because on the Danish Connection we are discussing SS-Obersturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg

Google Search: Obersturmbannführer Christian Frederik von Schalburg

SCHALBURG, Count Christian Frederik von
Born: 1906 at Poltava, Ukraine.
Killed in Action: 2. Jun. 1942 at Demjansk.

Kdr., Freikorps Danmark: 1 March 1942 — 2 June 1942.
National Youth Leader, D.N.S.A.P
From a wealthy family of Baltic-Germans, who emigrated to Denmark in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution. Became naturalized Dane, serving with the Royal Danish Life Guards as a Lieutenant. He served in Finland with a Danish battalion in the 1939/40 winter war.
Buried, in an elaborate state funeral, with full military honors, Denmark.

Decorations & Awards:
1939 EK I/II Denmark