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WHERE EAGLES DARE.

2-11-17. A Night in Birmingham. Attending Much Acclaimed. Welsh National Opera Production. Of the Janacek Opera " From The House Of The Dead ". In Three Acts, Sung in English.

Opera Staged at The Birmingham Hippodrome. After Early Arrival. Enjoy Ginger & Honey, Ice Cream Tub !.

Tomas Hanus Conducts. He is Also Musical Director of the WNO. Tomas Studied with Jiri Belohlavek. Tomas a Brno Native. Janacek,s House was Only Two Blocks from Tomas,s Childhood Apartment. Belohlavek Helped Teach Tomas to Discover. What Your Own Way, Should Be.

Opera Design Very Good. By the Late Maria Bjornson. Could Make Out Tonight,s Singers. Before The Action Begins. The Opera is Set in a Siberian Prison. Based on the Notes from Fyodor Dostoyevsky,s " Notes From The Dead ".

Opera Starts with a New Inmate. A Nobleman, Goryanchikov. Who is Questioned. Then Beaten. To a Inch Of His Life.

A Eagle is Baited by the Prisoners. I Reckon Eagle is Rather Brave. Coming Here. Even if it is W…

FOR WHO THE BELL TOLLS !.

4-7-2017. Reach Prvni Pivni Tramway. Nearest Thing to a Local, For Me. The Tramway has a Certain Something. Atmosphere, The People are Great. Sporting Events on the TV. Tennis When i was There. Music to Die For !. The Pivo Cannot Be Touched. Everybody Speaks Czech. So i can just Chill. Sporilov is a alright Housing Estate Too !. Ticks Everything on My Checklist.

Stand at the Bar. Drink in Order. Gwern Zlobiva Blondyna. Then Miloto Faltus 11%. Ceska Trebova. Finish with Beskydsky Pivovarek. Oregon IPA. Ostravice. Nothing Really Matters Really. Ring Them Bells !!!.

MISSED GINGER.

4-7-17. Number 11 Tram from I P Pavlova. Stop Off at Pivovar Kolcavka. Nuselska 159. Praha 4.
Good Sized, Tidy Building. Eat Fine Classic Cheese Burger. With Fries.

Pivo Start. Well it is Summer !. 13% Summer Ale ( 5-5 abv ). Dobre. Follow up with Just as Good. 12% Horka. Time would not Allow. Must Keep My Powder Dry. Would have Liked to Sample Their Ginger Beer 14%.

Tram Beckons for Prvni Pivni Tramway !.

PIVO BY THE VLTAVA.

3-7-17. When Back In Praha. Things are a Changing. Engineering On Metro. X Bus Replacement on C Line Metro. Between Prazskeho Povstani - Florenc. Very Hectic in Rush Hour. Found the Bus 135, Very Useful.
Later it was Found Water is Seeping in to the Museum Metro. Which will now be Closed for Five Months.

The Orginal Prague Beer Museum is Now Closed. Fine Replacement Near By. Lod Pivovar. Stefanikuv Most. Dvorakovo Nabrezi. Kotviste Cislo 19. 110 00 Stare Mesto.

While on the Vlatava. You Can Watch the Moving Boats go By. On the Top Deck. Even Have a Bite to Eat. Pivo is Dobre. Standard Bitter or Just a Bit Stronger.

Evening Down Below, you Can Delve Further in to the Lod Pivo Catalogue. A Good Addition to The Pivo Praha Map.

FRIED CHEESE TO THE RESCUE.

1-7-17. Wonderful as Pivo is. Food is Now Required. Nearby is Mirror Pub. Zborovska. Students have Been Known to Drink Here !!!.

Dark Interior. Decor Inspired by the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Alcoves are Prominent. Love the Retro Feel. Drink Fine Radigast. Inquire over Food. Bar Snacks Available. Sausage was Mentioned. To Cut to the Chase. She Suggested the Fried Cheese. Was a Safer Alternative. Much Say it was Much Enjoyed.


Leave Ostrava to Torrential Sunday Morning Rain. Charmed by Ostrava. Hope Not Too long to a Return.
Dekujeme Za Navstevu !!!.

HOBIT CLUB.

1-7-17. After Some Relaxation at My Hotel. Cross the Road to the Hobit Club. Home Of the Qasek Brewery.

Start with Qasek Shpeq 12% Lezak. Good Quality. Group of People Eating. Would have Liked to Been Offered Food Menu.

Still Pivo is Very Good. Really Enjoyed Next Pivo. Qasek 14% New Zealand IPA.

Finished with Hoppydog. Hoptimist IPA 15%.

Good Bar with Excellent Pivo. Would Not Hesitate with Recommendation.

COLOUR,S REHEARSAL.

1-7-17. Head to Forum Nova Karolina. Ostrava Transport. 80 KC For 24 Hours.
Partake Food. Burger King. In Karolina. Impressive Shopping Center. Not Unlike Andel in Praha.
Have Steak Burger, French Fries + Sprite.

Ostrava Festival U Ulicich. Acts as Rehearsal for Upcoming " Colours Of Ostrava ". Begins 19 TH Of July. Stars this Year Include Jamiroquai, Nora Jones, Imagine Dragons & Midnight Oil.

Could Very Well Imagine " Colours ". CZ Do a Good Festival. Food, Pivo, Street Art. Many Families . Everybody at ease.

See Set of CZ TV Presenter & Singer, Emma Smetana, Plus Her Band. . Highlight Being " No Fire ". Rain Shower Could Not Dampen Mood. At Scena Arcelormittal.

Before Venturing Back to Base. See Lively Programme at Scena Cooltour ( Jump into Colours ). By Two Finger Slide. Some Songs to Celebrate Canada,s 150 Years.

RESTAURACE U SKAKAVEHO PONIKA.

30-6-17. Direct Across From My Hotel. Evening Meal. Have Table Overlooking Garden. Hard Work Being Done Erecting Wooden Terrace.

Had Wonderful Golden Fried Pork Tender Loin Schnitzels. Served on Wooden Platter. Served with Side Order of Baked Potato, Garlic & Onion.

Washed Down with Good Quality Pivo. Nelson IPA 14 %. Plus Qasek Special 13 %.

Good Service with Reasonable Prices.

LOWER VITKOVICE.

30-6-17. Pavel Kindly took Me By Car. To National Site of Industrial Heritage. Lower Vitkovice.
Sheffield, Rotherham Share Many Things in Common with Ostrava.

Both Had Big Steelworks & Coal Mining. Some People had the Wrong Impression of Dirt & Smog. Associated with the Two City,s. Now the Industry,s are Gone. Sheffield & Ostrava are Clean. Plus Transformed in to Exciting & Forward Thinking Places.

Lower Vitkovice Site was Founded By Olomouc Archbishop Rudolf.

You Can Soar Up in a Lift to the Top Of Vysoko Pec ( Blast Furnace ) NO 1. Where You can Listen to a Talk on Iron Making. Fantastic Views are Before You. Of the Ostrava City Landscape. Or Have a Coffee in the Bolt Tower cafe.

Ano, the One & Only Usain Bolt. The Jamaican Legendary Sprinter. Additional Storey Named After Him.

Looking Round the Industrial Area. It is Impossible to Take in the Huge Scale of the Place. It Just Blew Me Away !!!.

You Could Hire a Helicopter to Fly Over. Plus Take Fine Photos.

So V…

OSTRAVA BECKON,S.

30-6-17. Catch 10-42 Ceske Draha Train - Ostrava. Taxi to Hotel Maria, Privozska 23, 702 00. Room is Large, Traditional Czech.

Meet Pavel, Photographer with Photo Website. His Work Which i Admire. He has had Work Exhibited in Polska, Ostrava, & Soon in the UK.

Appreciate His Time. As He just Finished Work. Plus has a Pending Family Holiday in Bohemia Paradise.

Head by Foot to the City Center. Pavel Explains at the Weekend. City is Empty. However this Weekend there is a Festival.

Drink & Talk in Delightful Masarykovo Namesti. At Lovely New Bar, Radegastovna. Pavel Says the Food Here is Excellent.

Drink Two Volba Sladku. Well i am on Holiday with Good Company. Golden Pivo is Very Good.


Pavel Shows Me Ostrava Center. Plus We Look Round the Festival Site.

DRUMBLA.

3-6-17. Attended the Slovak Embassy Garden Party. London. Good Chance to Socialize & Catch up. With Friends. From Sheffield. Plus John & Czech Friend. Fellow Dvorak Society Members, From Southampton.

John is a Volunteer at a Local Southampton Church. We Talked with a Church Minister from Cardiff. With Social Cuts in Society. Was Mentioned that the Church, Could Fill this Void.

Fine Food & Pivo,Wine, Consumed. Some Excellent Slovak Dancing was Performed. Folk Music from the Slovak Mountains .
Instruments Played are a Fujara. And a Very Distinctive Sounding Instrument. A Nose Flute ( Jews Harp ). Called Drumbla in Slovak.
The Dancers & Musicians Play From Within Themselves. Faces Beaming. A Inner Radiance. From Enjoyment in the Traditional Music.

There was a Uluv Clothing Exhibition. Work by Mojmir Benza. To Coincide with the 70 TH Anniversary. Of the Founding of the Center of Folk Art in Bratislava.

A Very Good Event. Leave to Walk Down Kensington Gardens. Sunny …

FRENCH CONNECTION.

Dvorak Society AGM. Being Hold in the Delightful & Charming. Velehrad Building, Barnes, London.
Round the Back. Lovely & Restful Gardens. Birds Singing Merrily. Oasis of Calm in Vibrant London.

Velehrad, gives Assistance to Migrants in Need. From the Former Czechoslovakia. A Registered Charity. Gives Religious Guidance, Catholic in Particular.


After the Meeting. Piano Recital. By French Pianist, Patrick Hammerle. Plays for 50 Mins. A Long Piece for the Piano. By Czech Composer, Vitezlav Novak. Pan ( Symphonic Poem ) OP 43. In Five Parts. Enjoyed " Hory ", ( Mountains ), Sea, & The Slow Movement, Les ( Forest ). There is also a Prolog + The Closing V Zena ( Women ).

Patrick Plays in Fine Style. Would Like to Hear it Again. May Grow on You. For Me, a Tad Too Long.

Music I Enjoyed More. Heard on BBC Radio 3. Serbian Pianist, Ivan Ilic. Archives He Discovered in Paris. Revealed the Piano Music Composed. By Czech, Antoine Reicha. Famous for His Brass Music Compo…

ALOIS NEBEL. Q & A.

1-3-17. Film Screening + Q & A. From the Films Director, Tomas Lunak. Film " Alois Nebel ". The Film Highlights. The Thorny Subject of Sudetenland. Near the Czech & Polska Border. It Centres on Loner, Train Employee, Alois Nebel.

I have Seen Before at Andel, Praha. No Hardship, Watching again. Still Find the Mental Health Issues, Difficult Viewing. Film is Dark in Nature. Though Captures Period in History Well. The Czech Republic as Moved on. Still can relate to Scenes. I have witnessed. While in the Country, Over the Years. Film Ends Well with Loves, Knowing Look.

Sheffield Showroom Organised Viewing Well. Much Thanks to Neil & Colleague. For Introductions & Translation.

Director Tomas Lunek is a Nice Man. Answers & Explains the Films Development. From Comic, Through Rotoscope Animation. I was under the Wrong Impression. It was Cutting Edge Technique. When it is Older. Even Used by Walt Disney. Film was a Labour of Love. Seven Years in the Making. Act…

I WAS SO GOOD. I KISSED MYSELF !.

25-2-17. Morning of "Night at the Opera ". Opus 47 By Dvorak " Bagatelles ", On Radio. Something Dvorak Knocked off. In Evenings, Playing with Friends. Very Much at Ease with Himself.

Arrive in Good Time for Sheffield Cineworld Screening. Of Metropolitan Opera Production. " Rusalka " By Dvorak. Live from the Big Apple. Late Entry to be Seated. Due to Tests on Live Feed from New York.

It is Very Impressive. Vast Stage on Large Screen. Healthy Cinema Audience. Opera Based on Mermaid Fairy Tale. First Act Begins after Overture. Water Nymphs Dance in The Lily,s . This May be Enough for Some Nymphs. Not Rusalka !. She has big Ideas of Being Human. Warned by the Water Sprite. It Will All End in Tears. Love For a Prince Wins Over. Rusalka Summons Witch " Jezibaba ". Potion is Supplied. Are You With Me So Far ?. Well it is a Czech Fairy Tale !. Alas, it Does Not End Pretty. What Opera Does ?. The Aria " Song To The Moon " is Sung in the First…