Puzzle Piece(s) 4…

Since this is the fourth segment in our series of clues (see previous posts), let’s have it in four parts…

Part One

From a recent news article…

European Observatory releases Internet piracy report

March 1, 2012

The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) just published its written submission to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, listing countries that it believes should be on the “priority watch list” regarding movie, music, videogame and software piracy. The “most wanted” countries this year are Canada, China, Russia and Ukraine.Monitoring developments in this area, the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, just released its latest “IRIS plus” report, “Answers to Internet Piracy,” which offers a new analysis of what is being done to combat piracy in Europe, with a special focus on Russia.

Part Two

A book review…

From Library Journal

A first novel, Rutherfurd’s sweeping saga of the area surrounding Stonehenge and Salisbury, England, covers 10,000 years and includes many generations of five families. Each family has one or more characteristic types who appear in successive centuries: the round-headed balding man who is good with his hands; the blue-eyed blonde woman who insists on having her independence; the dark, narrow-faced fisher of river waters and secrets. Their fortunes rise and fall both economically and politically, but the land triumphs over the passage of time and the ravages of humans. Rutherfurd has told the story of the land he was born in and has told it well. The verbosity of a Michener is missing, but all the other elements are present, from geology and archaeology to a rich story of human life. Highly recommended.

Part Three

A short history of the Glastonbury Festival…

 The first Festival was held on the day after Jimi Hendrix died, over a two day period and before long “word had got around”. It was the Blues festival at the Bath & West Showground that had inspired Michael Eavis to begin a festival of his own although on a smaller scale.

Acts included: Marc Bolan, Keith Christmas, Stackridge, Al Stewart, Quintessence

Attendance: 1,500.

Price: £1 including free milk from the farm.


2008 was a year for electrifying sets by golden oldies interspersed amongst the wealth of new music; Solomon Burke, Joan Baez, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, and Neil Diamond  all went down a storm, but Leonard Cohen stole the entire weekend in dapper style, leading the crowd in an astonishing chorus of ‘Hallelujah’, and performing a taut set of his greatest hits as the sun went down on the Festival’s final day.

Others who provided great moments included Manu Chao, Massive Attack, Groove Armada, Seasick Steve , Lupe Fiasco , Mark Ronson , Dizzy Rascal , Ozomatli , Eddy Grant , Stanton Warriors , Natty , Dr Meaker , Fun Loving Criminals, The National, Tunng and Laura Marling. Katie Melua and Will Young gave intimate sets at the Avalon Stage.  Late night entertainment was varied and stunning with the Park going from strength to strength, and Trash City, in its new home, and Shangrli-la keeping festival goers dancing til dawn…

Attendance 134,000 Weekend Tickets, 37,500 passes(for crew, performers, stewards,traders etc,) and 6,000 Sunday Tickets. Tickets were £155 including programme.

No festival this year…
We’re very pleased to confirm reports that Glastonbury Festival was this week granted its new licence by Mendip District Council. The new licence covers the Festival from 2010 to 2016 (although, as previously announced, there will be no Festival in 2012, which will be a fallow year).

Of course, Glastonbury is known for other things

Glastonbury Tor
Part Four
Spring is coming… both here and elsewhere…

Another Quartet…

Here are four enterprising young men…

Frightening what you can find when you simply type quartet on youtube

Quartet the Third…

We’ve already made mention of one of the most famous of popular quartets of the last century… and you know who I mean…

If you’re keeping score, you’ll realize we’re at the third quarter of our “quartet of quartets” post.  That got me thinking about 3/4 time.  It’s common enough in classical, gospel and folk music… in “popular” music, not so much.  In fact, if you scan the Beatles catalogue, you’ll be able to count the number of  entirely 3/4 (metre) songs on the fingers of one hand, with maybe a finger or two left over.   So I’ve dug down a little and found this example… one I’ve heard often enough but never, until now, played.  Here we go…

Even better, here are the boys live at Shea Stadium…

And… we’re now 3/4 through this post!!

A Final Quartet

So far, you’ve endured

a) a four-part clue in my ongoing puzzle

b) two quartets of a dubious nature

c) a quartet’s song in 3/4 time

And since 4/4 equals one whole… here are four quotations which contain whole

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, ‘Is there a meaning to music?’ My answer would be, ‘Yes.’ And ‘Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?’ My answer to that would be, ‘No.’

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.

Will Rogers (1879-1935)

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.

Ellen DeGeneres (attributed)

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you,” that would suffice.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)

Back come the spring… 


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