Saturday, August 04, 2007


A wonderful coincidence this morning - one which gladdened the heart of Mr B in the midst of much preparation for a busy week. Radio 3 was on, playing an excerpt from Mahler's 1st Symphony. At a passage from the first movement which includes bird-calls, our clock, which rings on F#, struck in a perfectly-timed counterpoint. If you have played in an orchestra, or even if you ever consider the complexity of such a piece, you will realise how amazing was this coincidence - not just the note being in tune, but also in time. Symphony indeed.

And we realised that the clock had been striking these chimes since long before Mahler was born - over 60 years before. Good, eh?


  1. This may jar against your artistic sensibilities... but I remember an accountant telling me the sheer pleasure he experienced when a column of figures he was working on added up to £1234567.89 :-)

    It is often simple coincidences like that bring us pleasure.

  2. Anonymous6:42 PM

    One of the minor pleasures & coincidences of my teaching career was finding that the surname of a particularly repulsive pupil was 'leprous'. I smiled for days. (Work out the original for yourself.)

  3. Well, see accountants ...

    abf, you lost me, kid. Give's a clue?

  4. Anonymous12:25 AM

    Move the last letter to the beginning; take the now 2nd & 3rd letters to the end. Ecce cognomen!
    I hesitate to spell it out in full, in case, by some awful chance, the persons in question (there were two of them - identical twins)have somehow acquired computing skills and come a-hunting.
    Apart from one pupil sociopath encountered in my career, they are the only ones with the power to make my skin positively creep when I think of them. I know I shouldn't... but.... ugh.
    On a happier note, have a fruitful weekend! (Question: Why are some Matins Mattins?)

  5. Got it now. Was one of them perchance named after a king beloved of certain Protestants?
    And as for Matins/Mattins - I have always wondered, but note that my spellchecker does not care for the latter.
    And now for the monastery ...

  6. Anonymous12:47 PM

    No. They were both female.
    Sois sage.