Twilight in Norway – Journal Entry, 26 April 2008
“Highlights of Bergen trip: drinks prices (£4.30 lager, £6.00 glass of wine).
Dreadful piano player in the Navigator Bar; technically v good (lots of trills) but incredibly wooden. He sang stilted versions of Elton, Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel.
Dinner in Blue Riband; I gave them a £9 tip which brought the bill to 1000 KR.
Coach trip through fjords: amazing scenery, dead calm lakes, pretty hills, twisty roads, tunnels and two gas-powered ferries. We had glorious sunny weather for two days even though Bergen has reputation for awful rain.
But – we arrived at 11.00 p.m., then had to disembark for passport control then had to wander round town before getting back on, then had to get up at 6.15 a.m. to join coach to Stavanger.
The cabaret singer managed to perform all his soft rock songs (Mr Mister etc) on three nights, and all sounded exactly the same on each night. Uncanny. His wooden renditions gave me an insight into what makes the original recordings work.”
Twilight in Stretford – Journal Entry, 27 April 2008
“After reading Chapter 1 of ‘Symposium’ by Muriel Spark, I started to get some ideas for my humanities project.
We will have a group of people brought together for a job interview and two of them get into a discussion about ‘Le mort de Cleopatré’ and ‘Song of the Lotos-Eaters’, which they attempt to bring together as an analysis of the loss of personal and national identity – not necessarily a bad thing.”