When newspapers were worth reading

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  • The photograph is obviously more than a hundred years old. It is a miracle that many things from that period survived to this day, in spite of the predictions of many. The classical music was supposed to have died many years ago, the computers replacing musicians. It is incredible radio survived television & people still go to the cinema, which I must admit is a puzzle to me (I haven’t been to a cinema for at least twenty years). I am not sure whether newspapers will survive in paper form, but they will certainly survive online. The important thing is not the format in which they appear, but their content. As far as I am concerned dumbing down is the biggest sin one can commit culturally & is the only thing that worries me, not the format.

  • Absolutely fascinating.
    Verdi looking unmistakeably Verdi. The surroundings. The people moving, in perfect focus.

    Is it from a collection?

    (This is not a caption, but a reaction.)

  • Damn those critics! If they saw me walking across the Tiber they’d say it was because I couldn’t swim!

    (A variation on a quotation by Margaret Thatcher) 🙂

  • Caption: “I wish they’d invent something that would let me read the news while I walk and would fit into my pocket, too.”

  • According to Verdi’s facial expression, he is just reading about the splendid success of the premiere of Wagner’s Parsifal in 1882.

  • “Sig. Verdi’s latest opera merely proves that he is an over-rated tune-mongerer”…. See, this proves that critics know nothing when it comes to music!

  • “What ineffable twaddle!” I cried, slapping the magazine down on the table; “I never read such rubbish in my life.”

  • Goodness. A letter to the editor about something in yesterday’s paper — and published already, when it is still topical. Not like some of these here blogs, where the same story sits uncommented on for days.

  • These damned kids today, staring down at their cellphones while they walk the streets, not looking where the hell they’re going… !

  • It’s interesting how news has changed. I get most of my news from blogs like this rather than “traditional” news sites, let alone printed news. It wasn’t that long ago that it was all printed.

  • Giuseppe was frankly dismayed at the way the Daily Mail had dismissed Rigoletto on its London premiere. Especially the bit about ‘thank God that after Brexit we shall no longer have to suffer the interminable rigmarole these wops produce’.

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