Great evenings out in Leicester!

5th October, 2011

This week I have not had to get up at the crack of dawn. Much as I enjoy doing radio interviews, three slots before 7am in a short time have not led to a desire to become an early morning presenter on Radio Leicester! I am sure Ben, and Julie are hugely relieved. I have had a good response to the stories about the GE site in my ward, the Abbey Mills building and the future of the Council’s HQ. So thanks Radio Leicester for the opportunity.

Radio Leicester is doing a great job in promoting the city especially with Jonathan Lampon’s Celebrating the best the city centre has to offer in the evening.  Next Broadcast tomorrow night 7pm. Along with the Leicester Big Eat out with lots of 2 for 1 offers, there is always a lot going on in the city that people don’t know about so this is a welcome addition.

We attended the fantastic opening concert of the Philharmonia at DeMontfort Hall. Opera highlights from the great bass singer Sir John Tomlinson.  Mozart and Wagner with an

encore of Gilbert & Sullivan. What could be better! I then managed to fit in a rare visit to the Cinema De Lux to see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I was prepared to be disappointed having been a fan of Alec Guinness in the TV series, but I wasn’t. Gary Oldman’s performance as George Smiley was outstanding. Nearly as good as his Beethoven in Immortal Beloved, a rarely seen and wonderful film.





The week ended on a high note at the New walk Museum with the opening of the Blake, Faine and Neiland art exhibition – Icons Perceptions Metaphors: Blake, Faine, Neiland. The high light of which was a conversation between the three artists chaired by Dominic Shellard.  It was a fascinating and amusing insight into some of Britain’s greatest living artists.

Perhaps the most revealing question was put by Lucy Chaplin, who asked what they would be if they weren’t artists. With wry amusement we heard Sir Peter Blake tell us he would have been a Wrestler; Brad Faine would have been a professional criminal and Brendan Neiland the Pope! You can decide what you think by visiting the exhibition. Its on at New walk Museum until the 16th October.



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