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When I was a child, we didn't have a television, so the rise of Torvill and Dean was among the things I missed. My violin teacher videotaped the performance of Bolero at the Winter Olympics, and let me watch it at the beginning of a lesson, but that was all.
So the first I really saw of Torvill and Dean (apart from archive clips) was on Dancing on Ice. The ITV programme about Bolero reminded me just how astonishing they are. I've watched Figure Skating coverage - when it makes the schedules - and, frankly, although the current crop of champions are fantastic, I'd rather watch Torvill and Dean. Who are twenty or more years older than the current competitors.
I think I've worked it out now. Watching Torvill and Dean, I always find myself exhilarated by the achievement of perfection. Every line is matched, every turn precise, every extension finished, polished and honed. Many of the routines we see in competitions covered on the television lack some of that polish. The Story of Bolero made clear the hours of hard, dedicated work needed to achieve that precision.
We listen to so much chamber music now that I am inclined to forget - even though I played in many orchestras when I was a student - just what a difference the conductor makes. We had the final of BBC's Maestro on this evening, and it was worth sitting through all of it, even the intermediary waffles of the presenter, just to see Maxim Vengerov and Roger Norrington bring the BBC Concert Orchestra to life.
That said, we were very impressed with the three finalists. Conducting is even more difficult than you may have gathered if you have been watching the series!
Every now and again something happens that sparks a thought, or someone does something that deserves brownie points. We had a great time exploring Hadrian's Wall in August, and several people and places contributed to that.
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