Every day and hour media bring us a never ending barrage of bad news. No wonder many people feel depressed. This blog tries to balance this by concentrating on the things to enjoy in life.

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  • Two great duets
    on Jan 21, 2011 in music
    Sometimes two voices - even if the singers are great individually - just don´t sound good together. And vice versa, when the voices fit together, the result is wonderful music, like these two favourites of mine: The great Tony Bennett and...
  • Antique maps
    on Jan 20, 2011 in maps books
    .Nova Delineatto Totius Orbis Terrarum Per Petrum Vander Aa. (18th century)I have always been fascinated by old maps. Their beautifully drawn, hand coloroured details are pleasing to the eye. At the same time antique maps illustrate bygone...
  • Czech beer - still going strong
    on Jan 19, 2011 in beer Czech Republic
    Having lived in Prague for four years, I learned to appreciate Czech beer. Although the new international owners of some wellknown Czech breweries have done their best in order to give also Czech beers the international taste of euro-beers,...
  • Traveling by freighter
    on Jan 18, 2011 in travel
    Usually I write about things that I enjoy - or have enjoyed. Today I want to draw your attention to something I would like to do (hopefully in the near future): To travel by a freighter that accepts passengers. As I am not the kind of person who enjo...
  • Aksel Schiøtz - a great Danish tenor
    on Jan 17, 2011 in Denmark music
    Aksel Schiøtz (1906-1975) is probably not as wellknown as many other famous post World War II tenors - but he would deserve to be. Particularly Schiøtz is remembered as a great lieder singer. His recordings of Schubert´s and Schumann´s...
  • Rififi - a film noir masterpiece
    on Jan 16, 2011 in France film
    The other day I rewatched Jules Dassin´s Film Noir masterpiece "Rififi" (1955), which now is available on dvd with fully restored picture and sound. And what a great movie it is! No wonder François Truffaut called it "The best Film Noir I´ve ever...
  • Peck in Milano - the finest delicatessen in the world
    on Jan 15, 2011 in Italy cooking food
    Milan is one of my favourite cities, for many reasons; the fine art museums, some of the best shopping in the world (especially clothing and design) and the outstanding restaurants. But there is one more food related favourite that makes Mi...
  • Broadcasting live opera performances to international audiences
    on Jan 14, 2011 in music opera
    The Metropolitan Opera´s Live in HD broadcasts to audiences all over the world - now in their fifth season - have been a deserved success. The extremely high technical quality of the HD picture and sound makes the experience the closest po...
  • The Aldeburgh Festival - a world class festival
    on Jan 13, 2011 in UK music
    "The annual Aldeburgh Festival, arguably the best musical event in Britain” Charlotte Higgins, Guardian, 2009Charlotte Higgins is certainly right about the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948. It ha...
  • The Great Jussi Björling
    on Jan 12, 2011 in Sweden music
    (Image: cover of an excellent Björling cd box)Among all the great tenors my personal favourite has been - and still is - Jussi Björling. Nobody can rival him when it comes to the pure beauty of the voice. Listen to Björling (together with Ren...
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