Not an English phrase, as it turns out, but American. Who'd have thought it? Nonetheless, as Ian Hislop's recent series showed, it came to sum up a kind of Britishness - stoicism in the face of adversity, keeping calm and carrying on. Hislop's series, inevitably, raised as many questions as it answered - it would be interesting to analyse further how the notion of the stiff upper lip varied according to class, for example, or the different forms it took between the sexes, or whether it is British, or English.
- no #wildgoosechase after all! Found it - it was Berlioz's Enfance du Christ: choeur des bergers. 1 day ago
- another unexpected gem, Schoenberg's Weihnachtsmusik. Again, not what we were looking for ... 1 day ago
- On our quest randomly heard something by William Mathias, not what we were looking for but v v good, must track down more by him 1 day ago
- listening to random Christmas choral music, trying to track down a tune, poss. not Christmassy, poss. more than one tune... #wildgoosechase 1 day ago
- RT @kathryninstereo: My Christmas. ift.tt/IUkHJb 1 day ago
Currently reading:Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled; Marcel Proust - La Prisonniere Re-reading - Michel Butor - L'Emploi du temps Just finished - Louise Doughty - Whatever you Love; Stephen King - Joyland; Ian Rankin - Standing in Another Man's Grave; Reginald Hill - Dialogues of the Dead/Death's Jestbook
Recommended:Orphan Black - scifi-ish series, hiding away on BBC3, but one of the best things on TV since The Returned. Full of surprises, and featuring virtuoso performance(s) from Tatiana Maslany. Arnie Somogyi's Scenes in the City - superb band (esp. Tony Kofi on baritone sax) performing Mingus. Catch them if you can.
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