Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

No Experience Necessary – Those were the Days

Occasionally – usually while sitting at a bar, I will be asked by those younger by several generations than myself, what I studied to become a  journalist; a title I … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Life-saving Picnic Basket

I am sure many will agree with me, that there is nothing more enjoyable than a picnic in the company of friends, with choice food and in a setting of … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Traveling Before Plastic

No one was happier than yours truly, to learn the Thomas Cook Travel Company is showing a profit when only a couple of years back it faced bankruptcy. For me, … Continue reading

July 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

SOME THINGS IN LIFE YOU JUST DON’T LOSE.

On my way to a meeting this morning I was approached by a Syrian refugee at a rush-hour filled German railway station, who needed help. In English, I gave him … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Remembering Bela Bartók

It was way back when, after a madcap visit to Hungary, I became interested in all things Magyar.  Sadly the attraction, as fascinations do, faded. Being of calm Celtic, Anglo … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Learning to Love Stravinsky

I had a friend of Russian extraction who adored the music of Stravinsky. He was Stravinsky mad. One time he went so far as to organize a “Rights of Man” … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Liszt (ening):  A Cure for Lethargy

Liszt wrote fifteen Hungarian Rhapsodies, all of them originally for piano solo, but many of them have now been scored for orchestra. Of all these, the second is by far … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Inspiration from Peter Cornelius

It is strange how one thing leads to another. For the past few weeks – they seem like months – I have been fighting a losing battle with that dreaded … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Most Beautiful Love Duet

The Coronation of Poppea was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season. The Coronation of Poppea is a story of inverse morality, in which virtue is punished and greed … Continue reading

March 26, 2018 · 1 Comment
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