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Today is the 84th day of the year

Frank Zappa once said:

I'll tell you what classical music is, for those of you who don't know. Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago. And it's formula music, the same as top forty music is formula music. In order to have a piece be classical, it has to conform to academic standards that were the current norms of that day and age ... I think that people are entitled to be amused, and entertained. If they see deviations from this classical norm, it's probably good for their mental health.

Amsterdam

Visited : August 2016


My experience of Amsterdam is fleeting. Just one day, but I want to go back!

There's, only so much you can see in a hurry, so you have to be picky. In my case I went for the culture, so the main item on the agenda was the Rijksmuseum. Like the Louvre in Paris, the place is a wondrous mix of the old and the contemporary. There weere some great buskers (violin, accordion and a big bass balalaika) playing a storming rendition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons. And the walk through the city, through the narrow, tall streets was a treat, even if you do spend lots of time avoiding trams and cyclists.

Another unexpected treat was a nice moment of street theatre in Dam Square, courtesy of a performaer called Crystal Ball Paul, a "full body fakhir". However, like in London, there's still an inexplicable queue to go in Tussauds...

Just not enough time to do all the things!


Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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Valletta

Valletta

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Montréal

Montréal

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