It is a blanket statement to say that most street musicians are awful, but in my experience most buskers can play one or two tunes badly, simply using their instruments to get cash from the tourists.
But not all; in Krakow they have a great system. There are specific places where the musicians are allowed to play and they have a roster. Every hour or so all the musicians get up and move away, to be shortly replaces by another musician. They are also (mostly) very good.
Once such muso was this guy. He was playing classical guitar; most of which he was improvising on the spot. He was exceptionally good; clearly classically trained. We ended up sitting for quite a while listening to his guitar singing.
The system is Krakow is great (Prague has a similar setup). It lets you can sit on Krakow Square and enjoy the music without being harassed by buskers. Well except for the unofficial buskers that disappear at the vaguest sign of authority.
On Monday evening Lois and I went to visit the Cape Town Magic Club. The club is hosted in the cellar of the Cape Town Club, down a flight of stairs through a door discussed as a bookcase, and down into a tiny theatre in the cellar.
MC – Marcel Oudejan
The club only put’s on two shows per week – every Monday at 7pm and 9pm, and different magicians on on stage each week, and the shows are top-class. On Monday, our MC for the evening was my good friend Marcel OudejansJesse Brooks did a great job warming us up, and the headline act was some great illusions performed by Andrew “Magic Man” Eland.
There are only 2 evenings left this season and very few tickets left (really – it is almost sold out!), so hurry up and book your tickets, otherwise you will need to wait for season 2 later in the year.
One of the things I love about going for early morning runs is that you have the entire world to yourself, and the day has that wonderful brand-new feeling; feeling you can sometimes literally smell in the air.
In this case, it was an early morning run along the main beach at Langebaan – there was no wind, it was lovely and cool, and it felt like I was the only person on the beach.
The tide was way out, and this little rowing boat was stranded high and dry, waiting for the tide to come in.
What better way to explore the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna than to turn it into a training run as well? The grounds are huge (over 120 acres), so you can easily walk several kilometres to see everything. So why not run it? I ran over 6k in the grounds and I still didn’t see it all.
But the palace buildings and ground are amazing to visit. Here is a small taste of what you will see. It was pouring with rain, but who cares?
The summerhouse “Gloriette” shot from the palace
The palace from the summerhouse
I am sure we all know about the Hollywood walk of fame, where they lay stones representing the stars. In Vienna they have their own walk of fame, but of course of the classical composers.
And in Vienna it is not just in a single street; the stones are scattered throughout the city, so you are never sure when you will find something exciting.
Here are some of my favourite composers (I only posted pictures of composers whose music I can actually play).