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

Category Archives: History

Never Look Back and Regret. Look Back and Smile

As my old mate, Sid used to say, “You’d after be gormless not to know the difference between a glass of Bowjolly and one of them fancy Portugese, Mattu’s”. Sid’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

Arnold Schönberg: Atonality and Polytonality for Beginners

  Although I enjoy listening to, reading about and sometimes even writing on, the peripheries of classical music, I confess to not understanding the works of some of the composers … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 3 Comments

The Cobbler of Nuremberg

Apart from classical music enthusiasts, a smattering of the admirable citizens of Nuremberg, elder Germans or the general public outside of that country, I wonder how many have heard of … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

HONEGGER’S “RUGBY”

There must be hundreds, if not thousands of rugby songs – the majority obscene – which are sung après “le crunch” but, until recently, I did not realize that rugby … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Slow Train to Frankfurt

If you should ever have to travel by train from Cologne to Frankfurt, there are two choices. There is the super fast ICE train which stops at Bonn-Siegburg and can … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Captivated by Two Mesmerizing Waltzes

Regardless of the times I have heard them, in my eclectic taste of music, I continue to be enthralled by two distinctive classical waltzes, both composed by early 20th-century French … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · Leave a comment
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