Lara Takes On HBO and Game of Thrones in an Open Letter

(NOTE to all the hardcore gamers out there: please read this before commenting: http://wp.me/pBqA1-4q) Dear HBO: I am a violinist and the owner of the Ancalagon record label. I excitedly looked forward to your Game of Thrones series in 2011 as I was awaiting the fifth book. I could hardly wait for either. As the season went on, I…

Variations on “Is That a Violin???”

Variations on “Is That a Violin????”  by Lara St John I have noticed, whilst travelling a few million miles hauling a violin, that carrying an oddly shaped case gives random folks a queer impetus to talk to you about what might be inside it. Some people love to talk about what they do. I, however,…

Lara’s Salome Rap Overture

SALOME RAP         An overture, by Lara Intro. Direct Quote from Oscar Wilde; Iokanaan says: “Behold! The time has come! That which I foretold has come to pass! The day I spake of is at hand”. RAP Back in the days of the holy Bible A princess there lived who loved a disciple Her crib was…

Tricks for Getting your Violin On a Plane

Are you like me? Do you constantly get told by snippety airline employees: “Ma’am, you’ll have to check that”. Yes? Well here are a few ways to get around the tribulations of Travel With Violin Case. It is of utmost importance to have a case with backpack straps. If you are a rather tall and…

A HUNDRED DAYS OF HELL

A HUNDRED DAYS OF HELL Ten bits of advice (kind of) when ending nicotine addiction. NO PUNCHES PULLED If you are a real addict, like me, it’ll be 100 Days of Hell. So be it. And if you aren’t ready, just don’t do it! SOLITUDE Although help will come from unlooked-for places, it’s best to…

Dentists

As most people assuredly do, I wish to have my dental checkups in a sparkling clean, bright environment, preferably overseen by a youngish, soft-spoken, sober, clean cut and caring dentist.