‘There’s a first time for everything’ they say – well, this week saw two definite ‘firsts’ for me.
The ‘first first’ took place in Ludlow, where I joined some friends in the audience for ‘Nabucco’ which was screened at the Assembly Rooms. I have seen the advertisements for similar opera screenings, but never got around to giving one a try. I am now completely converted – it was absolutely incredible – wonderful, moving – even devastating at times – and I was completely transfixed throughout.
The ‘second first’ was attending a book launch – my very dear friend Kathy was celebrating the launch of the book for which she painted pictures – in collaboration with John Elinger: poet. ‘That sweet city – Visions of Oxford’ (published by Signal Books) is a compilation of ‘walks’ – each comprising 7 sights or foci along the way. Each one of these has its poem and its painting. As a novel way of exploring Oxford, it could be a launch-pad for anyone with a little creativity, a strong pair of walking boots and time to stand and stare. The book itself is a delight to the senses – holding it is a pleasurable experience even – it feels so wonderful. It looks beautiful and its foreword is extremely informative. Buy a copy for yourself and one to give to a friend – it’s that kind of book!
There’s an old saying that ‘things come in threes’…. well, these were the first two firsts… I can’t wait for a third if these are true examples of the genre!