Day 8: Syros to Naxos

We came by boat at night. Reading our books on deck, under the stars.     To get more out of re-reading The Lord of the Rings, one collates a name dictionary in Westron, Dwarvish, and the Silvan, Galadhrim, & Ancient variants of Elvish.  With paper, one can write key names in Runes, and avoid autocorrection […]

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Day 8: Syros to Naxos

We came by boat at night. Reading our books on deck, under the stars.     To get more out of re-reading The Lord of the Rings, one collates a name dictionary in Westron, Dwarvish, and the Silvan, Galadhrim, & Ancient variants of Elvish.  With paper, one can write key names in Runes, and avoid autocorrection […]

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How to Play by Ear

My dad is 83 and plays the baritone sax for 2 or 3 hours each day. He has lessons; he is in bands; he practices reading music and other disciplines , but as yet finds it really hard to improvise jazz. We were playing together (a rare event) when I realised that he could not […]

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Jazz Club Friends

   Like most people in modern city life, if asked whether I have friends, I’d say ‘few’, and what do you mean by friends? Are friends the people you work with? Surely not! No choice there, and wouldn’t any friendship be encumbered or overwhelmed by various needs of professionalism?  People do even find fiancĂ©(e)s at […]

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Day 5: Syros

Ideally my own home would have such a window onto the sea and sky! My legs ache just to stand. The stairs and waves of Ermoupolis (City of Hermes) have punished me for the atrophy of a Springtime spent with a chair and a laptop.       

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Day 4: Syros

Concert of accordion and recorder in an Orthodox Church. Delicate. Astonishing. Varied – from Early music through Baroque to modern.     

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Day 2: Syros

A typical first day with too much sun, too much swimming, too much breakfast, and staying up too late. If we keep this up we’ll need a holiday.. Apparently this strip of hotels is called ‘Little Venice’. Cool!                

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Day 1: London to Syros

Da was singing with Uncle Dan, Uncle Matt, and Uncle Will at at wedding. Da and YiaYia got to bed at 1:30 and slept for 2.5 hours, then they woke up and went to Greece in a car, a plane, a train, and then a boat! They had galaxtabourico on the roof, and finally went […]

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