Lunedi Lunacy

Well the fall season has started here in Ottawa – both weather-wise and culturally. The trees along the Canal are turning red and gold, there is a decided chill in the air, and the concert and theatre season is well underway.

In honour of Alexander Shelley, our new maestro at the National Arts Centre, I thought this little cartoon by Halas & Batchelor would be fitting for a bit of lunacy as the season begins.

H & B (if I may so bold as to call them that) used many of Gerald Hoffnung’s witty and wise drawings for their cartoons and I have featured at least one of them here before.

But I shouldn’t really single out the Maestro – given a few things that occurred during the first concert of the Festival that began this week perhaps the audiences here in Ottawa should know the score!

Music ... Always Often Music

On this day in 1216: John, King of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge.



Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

4 thoughts on “Lunedi Lunacy”

    1. The style is much the same – however as I recall there was very little colour in those wonderful cartoons. It looks like Jay Ward and Co adapted the H&B style (which had been around since the early 40s) in their work.

  1. Ah, the famous applause-after-third-mvt-of-Pathetique syndrome. I don’t blame the unwary listener, it should be euphoric – so it’s up to the conductor to hold up an arm and plunge straight into the tragic finale.

    Beecham said that in the silence before the final victory bash of Tchaikovsky Five – and there a listener should hear it’s not a final cadence – he heard one woman saying to another ‘I fry mine in dripping’.

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