One Of The Perils Of Documents (Or Tomes) Written By Committee

Granted, I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure that Bruce Bould, the actor probably best known for playing David Harris-Jones in the excellent TV series ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’ didn’t actually have the upbringing described here.

(Apologies if the link’s been removed or corrected by the time you click it – if it no longer refers to a certain set of mountains, then you can probably assume reason and fact have prevailed. Ah well.)


I Know This Much Is Trew


Even The Evening Standard Classifieds Would Be More Dignified Than This, Surely?


  1. Great! Super!

    And it turns out that Ronnie Hazlehurst wrote for SClub7…

    PS: The Bruce Bould article’s been unchanged for over a month!

  2. Blimey, I knew Ronnie was prolific, but that’s impressive…

    (Love the Friedrich picture on your blog, by the way, Jon – but is it just me, or was it ripped off by Sir Clifford on his Heathcliff album cover ?


  3. Ooh, that’s a truly horrible ripped-off album cover!

    I thought only Deutsche Grammophone used Friedrich paintings as covers…

    Ronnie Hazlehurst: not quite as prolific as you might think, I’m afraid!

  4. Such a disappointment about RR – thought it was faintly plausible in that ‘the Club’ had TV shows and the like, and wondered if he might have written the theme for that, like David Arnold (but not the Bond-scoring David Arnold)…

    I seem to recall seeing that CDF painting on an LP of my father’s – Liszt or Mahler, perhaps? I may be showing my ignorance here, mind…


  5. In a perfect world it should have happened!

    Friedrich has tended to be sneered at by the British art establishment and he tends to get far more praise in Germany. Being a Romantic Painter he tends to get used for Romantic Composers… Liszt, Beethoven, Schubert, etc. I have the blog picture on a Schubert disc certainly, however…

    I have this Friedrich picture, The Polar Sea on at least three covers… notably a great disc of Beethoven piano sonatas.

    Mahler tends to get Klimt to do his cover art… rather predictable really! 😉

  6. I’d imagine it was probably a Schubert LP I saw as a nipper, he’s certainly one of my father’s favourites. As is Mahler (especially the Cooke performing version of the Tenth Symphony).

    I really like that picture you link to – in an odd way, it put me in mind of ‘Europe After The Rain’ by Max Ernst. something to do with the deserted landscape, I suspect.

    By the way Jon, thanks for linking to me on your blog – shall return the favour!


  7. Schubert sounds like prime Friedrich-as-cover-artist material.

    I love the Mahler 10 (Cooke edition) but I’m still waiting for the ‘perfect recording’. (Ditto: 5 and Das Lied Von Der Erde.)

    The Ernst is intriguing and this has brought to mind the man in Lawrence Of Arabia who asks something along the lines of ‘what is it with you English and deserted places?’… certainly applies to me!

    As for the link- my pleasure; and thank you kindly for the return!

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