Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paul Simon & Sting at the O2 Arena, London

I went to see Paul Simon & Sting at the O2 last night. The energy and enthusiasm of the 73-year-old Paul Simon and 63-year-old Sting belied their ages as they played for 3 hours, and were superb, as were their backing musicians, including the wonderful Jo Lawry, one of the stars of 20 Feet from Stardom, on backing vocals, Dominic Miller guitar, David Sancious keyboards, Vinnie Colaiuta drums, Peter Tickell violin and Marcus Roja on tuba. I have never heard a tuba used to such good effect before.

Some of the many highlights were Sting singing Paul Simon's America, the songs from 1987's Grammy- award-winning album, Graceland, including Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,The Boy in the Bubble and You Can Call Me Al, which are so much better live than on record, and Sting's poignant song about a pair of foxes, The End of the Game, which he preceded by saying he shared Oscar Wilde's view that foxhunting was the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable, until he kept chickens.

 This was, without a shadow of a doubt, a 5 star concert. The only quibble I have is with some of the audience who arrived late. The concert was scheduled to start at 7.30pm, but at least half of the audience were still drifting in after that, which meant the start had to be delayed by 20 minutes. The knock-on effect was that members of the audience from outside London had to leave before the end in order to catch their last trains home.

This was their setlist:

Paul Simon & Sting
        1. Brand New Day
        2.The Boy in the Bubble
        3. Fields of Gold
        4.Mother and Child Reunion
        5.So Lonely
        6.When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's  Still Around
        7.Englishman in New York
        8.Shape of My Heart
        9.Driven to Tears
        10.Walking on the Moon
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       11. Mrs. Robinson
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        12.50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
        13.Dazzling Blue
        15.Still Crazy After All These Years
        16.Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
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       17. Fragile
       18. America
        19.Message in a Bottle
        20.The Hounds of Winter
        21.The End of the Game
        23.Ain't No Sunshine
        24. Desert Rose
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        25.The Boxer
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        26.That Was Your Mother
        27.The Cool, Cool River
        28.Hears and Bones
        29.Mystery Train
        31.The Sound of Silence
        32.Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
        33.You Can Call Me Al
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        35.Every Breath You Take
        36.Bridge Over Troubled Water
        37.When Will I Be Loved?

The London Evening Standard review 

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

I have moved back to England

After a lifetime spent abroad, I have finally moved back to England, which makes it difficult to continue posting as An Englishman Abroad. I'll  either have to change the name of this blog or move abroad again. I am, as yet, undecided, but as I set out to live in twenty countries and I've still only lived in nineteen, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that I'll venture abroad again.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Aerosmith at Calling Festival

One of the things I've been doing in England is going to lots of concerts: classical, jazz, country, pop and rock. Photography is not permitted at most of them but I was able to take these at the Calling Festival on Camden Common. I'm not really a fan of Aerosmith's music, but there's no denying, they are an exceptionally photogenic group.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

I've moved to Alexandria

I've been travelling since my last post. Journeys around Italy, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan have been followed by a move from Salalah to my new home in Alexandria.

I have been lucky as I have found a little oasis of green in the heart of the city.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Corner View - Animal

Oriental Garden Lizard

Oman is the western limit of the Oriental Garden Lizard  (Calotes versicolor). They are especially colourful right now as it's their breeding season. This makes the males very flushed and also causes them to fight a lot.They are, you might say, real animals.

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Birdwatching in Oman 2

Red-billed Tropicbird

Green Bee-eater

Now it's June and the migratory birds have passed through on their way to Southern Europe and Central Asia.

The breeding summer residents are here now, including the  Red-billed Tropicbird and the Green Bee-eater.

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