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Head's all empty and I don't care
Today's fun fact: "orchestra" and "carthorse" are allegedly the longest single-word anagram in the English language. No carthorses involved in last night's rehearsal with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra though, just lots of good music. It's essentially a light music orchestra -- medleys from musicals and operettas, film scores, light classics -- and the emphasis is on fun. Their concerts are generally charity gigs, and subs for orchestra members are under £10 per term. All in all, it's exactly what I was looking for, and I wish I'd found them 3 years ago.

Given that this was the first time in about 6 years that I'd played in an orchestra -- good heavens, is it really that long? -- I think I acquitted myself reasonably well from my position skulking at the back of the 2nd violins. Lots of very tentative playing but no glaring blunders, and without wanting to blow my own trumpet (not being a brass-player) I made a better go of sight-reading Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" (from "Rodeo") than most of the rest of the section. Nice to see that I've already played some of the music that we're doing this term, too ("Danse Macabre"; a selection from "Guys and Dolls"; the theme from "Exodus") and a lot of the rest of it is well-known stuff, so I don't feel too much at sea. I think I gauged my ability about right, though; while I'd have definitely been able to hold my own in the 1st violins 7 years ago (at the time, I was leader of the Leicestershire Schools Concert Orchestra...) I equally definitely couldn't do it now. Still, they're fairly flexible about moving sections, and hopefully I'll be able to pull my standard back up to where it was.

The other good thing about the orchestra is that they rehearse at the Community College on Gilbert Road, i.e. about 1 minute's cycle ride from the Carlton Arms. Wandered down there for a pint of Black Beauty Porter and met up with some of the usual crowd who were there for the quiz.

In other news: my soul is worth £10318. 77% of people have a purer soul than me. (How much is your soul worth?) Obviously I know it's only a game, but I find it somewhat disheartening that selling my soul would only just pay off all my debts. Of course, they don't say who you're selling your soul to -- that would be ungrammatical. Nor, and yes I know how irritating I'm being, do they say to whom you're selling your soul. I suspect I could get a better deal if I shopped around, or (yawn) sold it on eBay (I'd certainly hope to do better than this poor chap, anyway).

. . .

The last bit of waiting is always the longest part. At least the end of waiting is in sight now (currently somewhere around Cumbria). Concentrating on work is a bit of a lost cause, but if I turn the music up loud enough and stare intently at the screen I can at least do a passable impression. Roll on the long weekend.

Current Mood: coming home
Now playing: Rory Gallagher: "Hands Up"

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keirf From: keirf Date: September 11th, 2003 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
disagreement = demagnetiser. I'm sure there must be longer ones, however.

Music is good.
imc From: imc Date: September 11th, 2003 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)


The extra-large ispell dictionary offers lots of pairs such as (pathophysiological, physiopathological) which probably counts as cheating - similarly, (electromagnetic, magnetoelectric). The longest one which actually mixes up the letters is (prerealizations, proletarianizes) but the former isn't in the OED. Continuing down through (nomographically, phonogramically) and (algorithmically, logarithmically) (both of which are pairs that mean distinct things even though the letters don't move much), we end up at (propitiousness, superpositions) which I think holds up to most criticisms.
sion_a From: sion_a Date: September 11th, 2003 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: anagrams

Your next task is to think up a definition for any of those pairs along the lines of "large, cumbersome, and inclined to go in its own direction unless controlled by a man with a stick".
imc From: imc Date: September 11th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: anagrams

Clever. . . but pass, I'm afraid.

Others include (disintegration, disorientating) but that's too easy, really.
ceb From: ceb Date: September 11th, 2003 06:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, an orchestra. I really should get round to playing in one of those again sometime. Are they nice?
rejs From: rejs Date: September 11th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
So should I. Unfortunately, being a double bass player and non-car-owner is rather incompatible unless I live within about 10-15 minutes' walk of a rehearsal venue. My bass has lived with my parents for over five years now owing to lack of space in Oxford. Maybe when I have a place of my own...
j4 From: j4 Date: September 15th, 2003 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, very nice, very friendly. Mostly quite a bit older than us, but there were some younger folks there as well. Email me if you want the phone number to ask about joining!
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: September 11th, 2003 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
My soul is worth £24009. Or will swap for pet wolf.
acronym From: acronym Date: September 11th, 2003 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
If you say you're against the war on terror, then the value of your soul drops drastically (from $40k to $10k in my case).

Suffice it to say I think they need to work on their axioms...
k425 From: k425 Date: September 11th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Roll on the long weekend.

Sounds like you need the break.
Which reminds me, I really must clear the babyclothes off the bed!
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