I saw Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma on DVD last night: another utterly enjoyable opera which moved me by   its music and fascinated me by its story too. This is an ancient tale long Before the Common Era when the Romans were in Gaul as occupiers. At the time the Druids were practicing their religion in Gaul, […]

Geriatric Musings

Following many ahead of me while others are following my chronological footsteps, by calendrical reckoning I am now an octogenarian: a stage I never consciously contemplated being in or worked towards reaching. This is no personal achievement, but the result of fortunate circumstances that have shaped my physical and mental states. I don’t regret this […]