...we are fetching the new kittens. There just had to be a hurricane, didn't there. Please send us some good vibes and with any luck I'll be back later (most likely tomorrow) with the first pictures.
Meanwhile, huge sober thank-yous to my Go Sober for October donators in the past week:
Judith Mellor, my lovely neighbour
Barbara Maria Rathbone, dynamic head of Musica Universalis Collaborative Artists' Management
A kind anonymous donor.
Current amount raised for Macmillan Cancer Support by Team JDCMB: £272. Keep it coming, folks - just 10 days to go. You can donate here for this marvellous charity.
In other news, I very much regret to say that the planned Hungarian Dances concert at the Bishopsgate Institute on Thursday evening is now not happening, due to circumstances beyond our control.
And due to other circumstances beyond our control, the 23 November Alicia's Gift concert for the International Wimbledon Music Festival, originally planned for the Orange Tree Theatre, has been moved to the Rutherford Theatre of Wimbledon High School, Mansel Road, London SW19 4AB. There will now be just one performance, at 2.30pm. Please contact the festival box office for further details, and there are some special offers available. http://www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk/boxoffice.html
Apparently Mercury is in retrograde and there's also an eclipse due on Thursday. I couldn't possibly comment.
Meanwhile, The Death of Klinghoffer got a standing ovation at the Met last night, & nobody more so than its composer. "Uncle Norman" has the full story from someone who was there.