AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – WOODSTOCK – 50 YEARS ON

15
Aug
I have been thinking a great deal about music since the Savannah VOICE Festival’s seventh season is underway (www.savannahvoicefestival.org). This great non-profit organization has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years, with over 30 events this year, featuring something for everyone:  opera, Broadway and pop concerts, and one of my personal favorites next week: ‘Old Time Rock and Roll: Music of the 70’s. This, in turn, lead me to thinking about another important date on the musical calendar – the 50thanniversary of Woodstock.   On August 15, 1969 - exactly 50 years ago today - the Woodstock...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – A NEW PRIME MINISTER FOR THE UK

01
Aug
Last week, the United Kingdom saw a new leader as the Queen, in the British ceremonial tradition, welcomed Boris Johnson as the nation’s new Prime Minister.  Now remember that in the land of my birth the Prime Minister is not directly elected by the people but instead the Members of Parliament (MPs) decide among themselves who should lead the party and therefore become Prime Minister. Because Teresa May, the previous Prime Minister, “blew it” and could not get parliament to support her proposed Brexit agreement, she resigned.  That led to a leadership contest which Boris Johnson won, paving...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – WEATHER, ROYALTY AND POLITICS BACK IN BLIGHTY

18
Jul
There is a lot happening back in Britain right now – big sporting events, political change and manoeuvring, and press speculation about relationships in the royal family.  All this comes at a time of unusually high temperatures in the mid-80s. Remember that very few homes and a lot of businesses do not have air conditioning in the UK, so that weather is not quite as nice as it sounds to our Coastal Georgia ears!  Don’t feel too sorry for the Brits, though, since by this weekend they are likely to be back to the normal highs...