Interesting long read in The Guardian about how so many singers are buggering their own voices by continually stretching themselves too far. Apparently it’s as big a problem in opera as in popular music – the article points the finger at Wagner, Verdi, Puccini – and there’s a controversy over whether it’s best to prevent or cure (ie surgery). Made me think there’s another negative in a trend, promoted by TV talent shows, that says good singing is all about belting out loud, long, high notes. It doesn’t just make for boring music, but damages the singers while they’re still relatively young.
Sad news that he’s died – suddenly it seems.
I remember he was terrific in Jewel in the Crown, and one of those actors who always seemed to lift a TV drama by a notch or two.
A great shame. He’s one of the UK’s greatest ever sportsmen, but he just happens to be around at the same time as the tennis equivalent of the Terminator.
The BBC has announced he’s taking over as chair of The News Quiz, ending weeks of speculation over who should follow Sandi Toksveig.
To be honest, I don’t know what to make of it. He hasn’t made that strong an impression either way on me, and feel no different after just listening to him chair It’s Not What You Know.
Sad to hear one of our finest screen villains has shuffled off his mortal coil. I think these goodies provide a handy tribute. Fangs for the memories.
I’m sure that some of you out there have experience of building your own websites and I can do with a few wise words. I currently have a couple of sites hosted by a small firm and using its own CMS and design template, but it’s proving too limited in what I can do visually and not sufficiently flexible, even for my limited amibitions. I’ve been scouring the various options of hosting firms and templates and feel completely baffled. What I’m looking for is a hoster who provides a decent deal and level of support for two sites, for which I already own the domains, along with the means to build it simply, preferably with a template that is easy to use but provides some flexibility in the use of images. It needs to incorporate a blog but doesn’t need to handle any transactions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.