Find me on Facebook

November 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

I don’t seem to get round to posting much here these days, but anyone interested who knows me can catch up with me on Facebook where I am far more active. Veronica Lambert Hall.

Hope to see you there 🙂

Sennheiser ME 3-N

April 8, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Me using my super comfy microphone!!! Posted for >Maurice 🙂Vero the Squaw

Earth Hour 2010

March 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Getting ready to turn off all my lights in just under half an hour. I’m not sure whether I should turn off all my electricity at the junction box to make sure everything is off – heating, water, fridge or just the lights. Having checked out my area on the website, I’m sad to see I’m the only person in my area signed up to participate. I’ll have to do better next year about informing the local Council in plenty of time.

http://www.earthhour.org/

Opera for everyone!

February 25, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Posted in A Better World, Music | Leave a comment

This you tube video made my day!! I think its also made quite a few other people’s day. Watch it and see for yourself how culture can be taken to any level!!

Tomas’ photos

November 21, 2009 at 1:23 am | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Today my son Tomas, a 26-year-old twin with Borderline Personality Disorder, took part in his first collective photography exhibition at our local Town Hall. The show will be open every day until December 2nd and there are several local young artists displaying their work. Tomas has 19 photos in the show and they can be seen, along with others, at http://tomasvl.zenfolio.com

It is amazing that such a troubled person is able to capture immense peace and serenity in some of his photographs. It is also a great achievement for him to have managed to put all this work together and go through with the exhibition. A few years ago it would have been unthinkable for him. Sometimes his progress seems so slow, but when one looks back to just a year or two ago, the change has been remarkable. The initial reactions have been very favourable and that is SO good for him. I’m really hoping that something will come of all  this that will help him.

Quote of the day!

May 8, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This quote, an excerpt from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, moves me very deeply as it is so full of hope in the midst of times of such grief and sadness.

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides,

that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.


Happy Birthday to you, P

May 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

P, Happy 60th Birthday!!! I hope you’re happy, wherever you are and whoever you’re with. There’s still a special corner of my heart with my happy memories of you in it. Huggles…

World gone wrong: Storm and The Birds

December 28, 2008 at 12:54 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment

These last few days the small town in which I live has been battered by a really vicious storm. The damage to the seafront has been serious. Walls that had been there for certainly thirty years and probably longer have been destroyed. Yesterday half the town had been closed off by the police and we saw why. The waves were pouring over a wall and had knocked over the large containers for separating waste which were floating down the road to a beach that it is a little lower down. Miquel, a retired fisherman in his 70s told me he had never seen anything like it in all his life. Yesterday I didn’t have my camera with me, but today I went out and took photos, at least until my camera stopped working, probably blocked up with all the salt in the air!!

One of the last beaches I visited, MontgĂł, made  me so sad, and perhaps it’s as well that I wasn’t able to take photos.  A close friend of mine who passed away just six weeks ago had been the councillor responsible for the remodeling of the beach with a beautiful promenade, full of seats and young trees which opened just a few months ago. There was a life-saving hut on the beach with a look-out perch on top, like you see in Baywatch. And it’s ALL GONE:-( The hut was washed up and broken, the promenade was covered in mud and sand. I don’t suppose we’ll see whether it’s damaged or not for quite some time.  Most of the lights were broken, but the most daunting thing was the hundreds of fish that had been washed up and were lying dead or flapping in the sand. So sad.

After all this I went home and had just driven into the drive when I heard a really loud noise that I had never heard before, accompanied by a sound that was like stones being dropped. I soon discovered that there were thousands of birds flying overhead, I’m not sure but they looked like swallows and they made the most incredible noise. The other noise was the olives they were dropping that they must have picked from the trees in the nearby fields. My camera had dried out by this time so I shot some more photos and a couple of videos because it really was just like the Hitchcock film.  It all ended when someone let off a very loud shot or something similar which, my pure chance, I got on the second video. I deduce that the birds had come over my house as they had probably been washed away from the nearby wetlands where they might have been wintering or getting ready to migrate further south.

I have posted two vidoes of The Birds on YouTube. Look for User: CatalanMoon

Joan Baez concert 28th July 2008

August 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Posted in General, Music | 1 Comment

On Monday August 28th I set out from home with a friend to head for Barcelona. We had arranged to meet Catherine, a translator friend and several other people from the Joan Baez list first in a Chinese Restaurant just across from the Palau de la Música Catalana where the concert was to take place. Apart from Hyldred, Catherine and myself, there was Bearnice, Jerry, Nadine and Sophia. Poor Sophia had mislaid her credit card and was worried that without it she wouldn’t be able to pick up her tickets, but she was allowed in!!

The Palau de la Música Catalana is a beautiful “Modernista” style building. “Modernisme” was a Catalan cultural movement at the end of the nineteenth century, perhaps its best known exponent was Antoni Gaudí (La Sagrada Família, Parc Güell, etc.), but the Palau de la Música was designed by Domènech i Montaner. Our three seats were in row 4, but they’d had to make the stage bigger and the seats started with row 3, so in fact we were in the second row!!

Joan walked on stage looking physically frail and tired, but at the same time, full of serene energy. She informed us that it was the 50th anniversary of her career, so we all gave her a hearty round of applause. Just giving a list of songs is too clinical, but I feel it is necessary anyway, so here it is:

  1. Lily of the West
  2. Farewell Angelina
  3. God is God
  4. With God on our Side
  5. Long, Black Veil
  6. I’m gonna take a trip in that old gospel ship
  7. El preso nĂşmero 9
  8. Christmas in Washington
  9. Wonderful World
  10. Love in just a Four-Lettered Word
  11. The Rose of Sharon
  12. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  13. Rossinyol
  14. Diamonds and Rust
  15. Gracias a la Vida
  16. Imagine

Encores:

  1. Blowing in the Wind
  2. Donna, Donna
  3. Here’s to you

Impromptu encore with the audience of We Shall Overcome

She introduced nearly all the songs with a short explanation or credited them to their author. She told us a little about her forthcoming album (Day After Tomorrow) and sang God is God, which will be one of the tracks. I have to say that we were a very responsive audience and there were some wonderful bits of repartee going back and forth. At one stage, some of the people up in the gods behind the stage called out “Joan, we’re here” to which she replied “And I’m down here!” (Both Joan and the band were very good about acknowledging the audience in that strange place every time we applauded). Another time, a guy called out “Catalonia loves you” to which Joan replied “It’s mutual” and another guy in the audience called out “I love you” and after a second’s thought Joan said “I’m sure I love you too”, which made us all laugh! For Wonderful World, she invited us all to sign along with her, which, of course, we all did!! Towards the end of the show, she sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot a capella and for a few lines she turned away from the microphone and sang to the people sitting up in the gods behind her. It was a very special moment of the concert. When she started singing Russinyol there was a happy uproar and we all joined in (at least all of us who are familiar with Rossinyol as a traditional Catalan song). We were also encouraged to participate in the chorus of Imagine (Joan cued us with the words). After Imagine, Joan went off stage and came back a few moments later for the encores: Blowing in the Wind, Donna, Donna (wow!!!) and Here’s to You. She was given a huge bouquet of flowers by someone who went up on the stage – I don’t know whether he was a fan or someone representing the Palau de la Música. She also accepted a gift from someone in the front row. And then went off for what should have been the end of the concert….

But we were stubborn!! We applauded so long and loud, and all started singing We Shall Overcome, that 5, maybe even 10 minutes later, Joan came back on stage to acknowledge all the applause. Her microphone had been turned off by then, but she stood on the stage and sang along with us. I really think she was moved by such a thundering ovation despite telling us that she was really tired and needed to get some sleep! She moved along the stage shaking hands with the people in the first two rows, which I think was very brave of her as who knows what would have happened if things had got out of control. When she reached me, I handed her something which for me is very special and which I hope she will at least have had the time to look at. It is a silver moebius bangle with a Buddhist Metta prayer inscribed on it.

May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to the light of their true nature.
May all beings be free.

I’m sure Joan would approve of those words!

It was an absolutely wonderful concert, it is impossible to describe in words the feeling of “togetherness” of the audience. Certainly, where we were sitting, everyone had a fantastic time and on the way out all the comments I overheard were positive ones.

After the concert those of us who had met up for supper, minus Jerry, and plus Fran who couldn’t make it earlier, hung around for ages trying to work out where we might find Joan and eventually we found where they were loading up the lorries and after a loooong wait Joan finally appeared and went straight to the bus. Several of us thanked her for the concert and she in turn thanked us!! I expect she got straight into the bus and fell asleep very quickly, but we hung around a little longer just in case!!

What a memorable evening, and how nice it was to meet some other Joan fans too!! Nadine was even following on to Segovia for the concert the next day!!

Thank you Joan for an unforgettable evening and I hope you’re now enjoying a well-deserved rest/holiday after your tour!

You can see a couple of my videos of this concert on YouTube. Look for User: CatalanMoon

Posting

July 30, 2008 at 10:03 pm | Posted in General | Leave a comment

So many posts to write, so little time to do them!! I will catch up one day, honest!!!!

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