Jessica Duchen's Classical Music & Ballet Blog. Novelist/journalist JD writes for The Independent, London
Look on it as an offering to the Shrine Of Celebrity, otherwise known as the DCMS. According to recent archeaology ancient shrines of this kind inhabited by Oracles were situated over geological vents whose chemical vapours inspired their ramblings.
I know he's your editor n all, but you must surely have cringed at the article, and the one it accompanied in the print edition...http://onemoretake.blogspot.com
Not really, no: I don't have a problem with conflicting opinions being expressed in one newspaper. Indeed, I think it is rather healthy. The Indy has a range of commentators drawn from across the political spectrum, unlike certain others... And at least someone in a national paper did stand up and say 'let's hear it for Beethoven'. Seen a similar defence anywhere else?
I don't really think it was 'conflicting opinions being expressed in one newspaper' (I agree, though, that normally this is healthy). In this case it was David complaining about how the media only covers the novelty stuff in its coverage, on the same page that the Indy did exactly that. The main article about the proms wasn't an opinion, it was a report. And a pretty poor one that proved David's point. It didn't show the paper in a good light, IMHO of course. I agree that it's good that someone stood up and said 'let's hear it for Beethoven' (I've been saying this about Radio 3 for years - see previous blogs). But to accuse the Proms people of being the ones that sell only the novelty stuff was silly and inaccurate. It's the newspapers wot done it. Hope you shake off that flu soon, Jessica!TP
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