Posted by: jkirkby8712 | February 13, 2012

Sunday, 12th February 2012 – getting excited about golf!!

After a night disturbed by a nagging toothache [this time], and which saw Susan not return home from her night outing, it was good to get up to the radio station, and play some relaxing and pleasant classical music.  The featured composer today was Samuel Barber, and in particular, his Adagio For Strings  – selected last year by the ABC Classic FM listeners as No. 7 choice

in their list of the Top 100 twentieth century classical compositions. Played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, this relatively short piece of music was first performed as an individual piece of music in 1938 on NBC Radio in the US. It had immediate public appeal, and that enthusiasm has obviously continued to this day. Early in the period, it’s public appreciation was demonstrated for example, with performances at the funerals of people such as President Roosevelt, and Albert Einstein.  To some extent, it’s popularity would prove a little frustrating to Barber who had composed many other much longer pieces of music which tended to be overshadowed by The Adagio.

Thinking of the arts and the music & entertainment world,  sad news came through today, as reported   –  ‘Singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, publicist Kristen Foster says.  Sources said Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles this afternoon, US entertainment news site TMZ reports. A police crime lab vehicle has been photographed outside the hotel. The singer was filmed leaving a restaurant in LA just last weekend with her on-again off-again boyfriend Ray-J — who is famous for making a sex tape with Kim Kardashian in 2007.  The Emmy Award winning singer has one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown.  She ended her 14-year marriage to Brown in 2006 after widespread media coverage of the couple’s drug and alcohol abuse. Houston holds the Guinness World Record as the most awarded female act of all time.  She is famous for her debut acting role in 1992 film The Bodyguard, which included the hit single “I will Always Love You”. The song became the best-selling single by a female artist in music history at the time’.

Another One Day International cricket match [50 overs] played today, in Adelaide – Australia 8 for 269 lost to  India. 4 for 270 [with 2 balls to be bowled] – glad I didn’t see the end of that game!

In the meantime, now I wouldn’t generally have considered golf to be a terribly thrilling event to watch on the TV, but was pleasantly surprised late this afternoon. I was watching the closing stages of the 4th and final day/round of the  Australian Women’s Open Golf Championship at the Royal Melbourne Course [unbelievably, instead of the cricket]  – with part of the afternoon’s play undertaken  in driving rain such are the vagaries of Melbourne’s weather today. At the end of the 18 holes, there were six women sharing first place despite the fact of a number of chances for an individual to grab the prize in the closing stages. That meant a playoff of the final hole again. Again, a couple of definite opportunities for a winner to emerge with the ball just missing the hole on a couple of occasions. But no, after the first play off, these six players could still not be separated. Around they go again, attempt number two at a playoff.  This time, the 18 year old American, who earlier in the afternoon had seemed headed for a certain win, came back from a slump, and was the only one of the six to complete the second attempt under par, with a birdie shot.  Exciting, almost emotional stuff – lucky for viewers it wasn’t on the commercial channels – they would have left the finishing stages for a news or some other program commitment. The ABC stayed with the golf. And the results: –  1st [after  playoff]:  Jessica Korda [USA] [who happens to be the daughter of Peter Korda, who in 1998, won the Australian Open Tennis Championships!].  Equal 2nd –  Juliaeta Granda [Paraquay], Brittany Liacicombe [USA], Stacey Lewis [USA], So Yean Ryu [Korea], and Hee Kyung Seo [Korea].

 

 

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