Musical journeys with Naxos

coverI’ve been trying out the musical journey videos on Naxos Video Library.
I am keen to go to Cordoba and Toledo after watching them on a film, accompanied by the music of Lalo, Sarasate and Saint Saens.

The only part of Spain I have seen is Majorca which was certainly an eye-opener  – think of a dilapidated version of Surfers Paradise, a sort of tourist slum.The countryside on this video is magnificent, the buildings are mellow, very old and fairytale-like. They seem to grow out of the ground. The ‘newer’ buildings are elaborately decorated with every kind of carving and sculpture you could imagine.  What a cultural heritage.

Take a look at all of the different musical journeys – which one would you choose?

Homage to Alice

Alice in Videoland
photo courtesy of Alice in Videoland


There’s a business in town that has become a cultural icon, celebrating 25 years of promoting good film in Christchurch. Alice in Videoland has been around since May 25 1985, providing a treasure house of art house and classic movies,  first on video and now on DVD.  

Movie fans will remember the original Alice in Hereford Street complete with  giant tea-pot counter and  a little humpbacked bridge at the entrance. When Alice moved into the old Post Office building on High Street they were among the pioneers of funkiness at that end of town. The new digs provided even more space and today the place is an institution. Long time Alice identity Nick Paris is a regular spokesman for the International Film Festival which starts later this month.