14. September 2006 · Comments Off on Traveling News · Categories: imported, Ramble

It looks like the UK airline restrictions are being lightened a bit, and musicians will be back in business.

Norman Lebrecht has something to say about the issue.

Me? I never have had to deal with the whole issue. But I can tell you I’d do carry-on with the oboe or I wouldn’t take it. Period.

In Other News

More than a quarter of classical music fans have tried cannabis, says a study from the University of Leicester.

Well, I can honestly say that I am not part of that “more than a quarter”. Never did the stuff. Really. Never really wanted to. So there you go. But a number of my colleauges used to ask to use some of my cigarette paper (I used to use cigarette paper for “water issues” on the oboe). I have moved from cigarette paper to end papers and no one ever asks to use them.

I remember a photographer for the San Jose Symphony (RIP) being shocked to see some classical musicians doing a little “secret smoking” at a party. He seemed to think all classical musicians were upright, uptight, and all that jazz. Ain’t necessarily so.

Fans of musicals come out as the most mild-mannered group, with the lowest level of drug-taking and criminal acts.

They also drink less regularly than other music fans, and are among the most likely to do charity work.

Hmmm. I think they need to break musical theatre folk into two groups: those that go to the old-school sort and those that only like the new musicals. But that’s just me.

Anyway, if you want to know where I’m gettng this information, go here.

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