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06 December 2009


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It's such a long time since I saw Nureyev and Fonteyn perform that I'd forgotten what it was like to watch them. They did have something rather special, didn't they? And I'm not really a ballet afficionado. Thanks for that!

My goodness, that made me feel old...

There's real celebrity for you. I enjoyed the TV Margot and thought it the best of the three plays about women; Nureyev was very believable. I did see Fonteyn dance when I was much too young to appreciate her. When I was old enough to choose my own outings, I spent my money on theatre rather than ballet. If we only knew at the time!

Exquisite. Thank you for that.

Jay: yes, Fonteyn and Nureyev's appeal stretched way beyond die-hard ballet lovers.

Colleen: but no too old I hope. (Colleen is posting another of her brilliant Advent calendars this month, over at her blog http://www.rusinurbis.com/ Do take a look.)

Barbara: totally agree about celebrity and, by contrast with 21st century celebs, their private lives remained largely private - in Fonteyn's case until after her death.

Kate: glad you enjoyed it. Loved those reindeers at Dancing Beastie, by the way. (Christmas creatures over at Kate's blog http://dancingbeastie.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/prehistoric-encounters-on-cairn-gorm/ )

My God, how beautiful they both were. Truly, creatures from another planet. We were blessed to have the chance to see such perfection. And the chemistry....lets not forget as women, the difference in their ages!

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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