Don’t worry, you’ll like it when you’re older

A survey published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology carried out on 250,000 people over a ten years, has concluded something which will make marketeers of concert series (and broadcast networks) jump for joyous relief: young people’s musical tastes change as they get older.

Some of the conclusions of the survey can be found In the Telegraph report, including:

“the preference for contemporary music plateaus in early middle age and individuals start to like sophisticated music like jazz and classical.

The scientists say this marks a shift to a more solitary expression of our intellect, status and greater emotional maturity.

They also found that tastes became less pretentious with far more older people liking country, folk and blues music.”

No shit, Sherlock.

Min-Jin Kym ‘delighted’ £1.2m violin stolen from Euston recovered

“Please tell me I’m going to wake up from this dream and discover it was just a nightmare,” said violinist Min-Jin Kym to the police officer when she reported her Stradivarius missing. Two years later, the violinist has been reunited with her instrument. She now says she’s “on cloud nine somewhere”.

To those who aren’t musicians – or those who don’t rely on a piece of kit to do their work – the idea of an emotional connection between the fingers may seem a little odd. But the joy Kym still shows in 24 London News’ interview is a common one and infectious too.

I know from bitter experience. Back in my student days I ended up leaving my Buffet Crampon clarinets on the shelf of the London to Lancaster InterCity on a return trip to University. I realised I’d left them behind when the train pulled out of the station and reported it immediately. And although I only had to wait 24 hours for them to return (the station staff called the driver who in turn charged the guard to search for the clarinet case), that sense of loss was for a while unbearable.

Mind you, I knew how little my clarinets were worth at the time. I also didn’t suffer the false hope Kym did when in March of this year it was discovered what she thought was the recovered violin was in fact a fake. Little wonder she’s elated now.

Student trapped in clothes horse, provides a smashing conclusion to the day

Sometimes, there are stories on the BBC which hook me in. This is one of them.

Nobody was especially hurt. Nobody was damaged. The seemingly banal gets reported on and we all have a bit of a laugh about it. A nice little story. And a smashing looking dressing gown too.

One look at the number of shares at the time of writing – 36K – and my heart skips a beat. We all share the same love of laughing gently at someone else’s misfortune.

Oh to be a student again.


When Amanda Knox was acquitted

My mother tells me that in news terms the question over whether or not Amanda Knox would be acquitted was ‘appointment to view TV’. Such a shame then I chose the moment the verdict was delivered from the Perugia court to do a follow-up call after the weekend parental visit.

I discovered the news when my other half alerted me from the lounge.

‘She’s been acquitted!’ he said, pointing at the screen.

When I relayed the information to my mother on the phone she was quite relieved. There then followed the slightly surreal moment of me describing on the phone what I was watching on th TV in the lounge while she listened, stood in her kitchen at home.

The surprising thing (for me, at least) is that this story had passed me by today. Swamped in meetings, I’d lost track of what was going on in the outside world. ‘The cynic in me says she won’t get off,’ I said to my Mum earlier on during the phone call. ‘Really?’ she said, ‘I do hope you’re wrong.’

TV: Newsnight Manchester Rioters Interview Donal MacIntyre

Good work Harrington

An engaging piece on the BBC’s Newsnight on Thursday 25 August featuring masked looters from Manchester interviewed by investigative reporter Donal MacIntyre.

It’s worth paying attention to the way a lot of this piece is shot. The stand-up interviews featuring MacIntyre are – for the most part – shot in near complete takes. One even crosses the line. Shots aren’t composed to look visually ‘perfect’. Instead, the priority is on the subjects in the interviews. The ‘wandering camera’ adds to the gritty realism without appearing contrived.