Thursday, 5 May 2011

It's Just Like Reading Geoff Hamilton - David Pountney Blogs

And God created Gardening God

Following in the footsteps of other artistic luminaries such as Katie Price (Paradise –shortlisted for the Tango Prize), Naomi Campbell (Swan longlisted for the Joan Wilder Prize) and Sharon Osbourne (Revenge – nearly listed for the Senokot Prize), David Pountney declined my offer of coaching as he embarks on blogging the eponymous David Pountney’s Blog*.

Whether or not he comes to rue his decision depends on how much he would miss having to fend off accusations of stupidity, and slack use of the comma. As it is, the man with the arguably the best Rabbie’s in opera, has made an interesting foray into the world of blogging. And, to the best of my knowledge**, is the only head of a major opera company who has taken to blogging while in office.

His first instalment – the first of many I hope – is refreshingly honest with his thoughts on WNO’s financial situation, while at the same time brimming with excitement at moving the company forward, and also includes an interesting sideline in horticulture.

*Please note Daily Mail journos – this, of course, is an attempt at humour, not a statement of fact.

**I haven’t got a clue.

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