October 23rd, 2007

prattling

Much Ado: The Musical

On my way in to work this morning, I was listening to one of my recent musical purchases that actually didn't come to me via Youtube (not directly, anyway): Bernard J. Taylor's musical version of Much Ado About Nothing. I'm enjoying it a lot, despite not really actually remembering much of the plot of Much Ado About Nothing. (Judging by the musical: A and B fall in love; C and D, despite despising each other at the beginning, fall in love; hilarity and weddings ensue.)

I enjoyed it enough that the first coworker who greeted me as I arrived asked me why I looked so darned happy. She asked me to send her a link to the website for the CD, and I figured it was worth posting here, too. Do check out the link above - you can stream some of the songs from the website. I haven't heard the whole disc yet, but my favorite song so far is "Disdain". Because listening to people who are fated to fall in love bitch at each other is hilarious.

The same composer has done musical versions of Pride & Prejudice and, even more mind-bogglingly, Wuthering Heights. (Which inexplicably does not contain a song entitled "Love Me, Emo Angst-Puppy".)
language, voyage

Prime Minister's Questions

I just discovered that you can podcast Prime Minister's Questions. Or watch them online.

Way back in the day when Margaret Thatcher was PM, when I was in middle school, I used to watch Prime Minister's Question Time on C-SPAN. Somehow, I got my friends hooked on it. We treated it like a spectator sport. Some of us were pro-Labor, others pro-Tory. I remember spending at least one lunch break discussing the poll tax. I had a strange sort of political crush on Neil Kinnock, who was the opposition leader at the time. (Hey, he was an unabashed leftist and Welsh.)

Somehow I doubt that Gordon Brown and whoever-the-opposition-leader-is can provide the kind of quality political theater that Thatcher and Kinnock could dish out, but I'm going to have to have a listen just for old time's sake.