Thursday 4 December 2008


Fans at the Brisbane Andre Rieu concert were forced to take refuge inside Suncorp Stadium after the thunderstorm struck, delaying proceedings by one hour.
Damaging winds, large hailstones and severe lightning across South-East Queensland forced Rieu fans standing on the grass and sitting in uncovered sections to take refuge inside the stadium.
The concert, which was scheduled to start at 7pm, did not start until 8pm.
Organisers say they were very close to cancelling the concert as an 8pm starting time meant the concert could go as late as 11.15pm.
"The LORD is slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit the wicked; the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm and the clouds are the dust of his feet." nahum 1:3
(Note from Dan Best, who knows god better than I)

While "Rieu's popularity has distressed many classical music buffs,... Those who got drenched last night will be relieved to learn their favourite will return in October next year, but he'll be indoors at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at Boondall."
Also, "There would have been smiles from fans (of local footy team The Broncos) watching the Imperial Ballet of Vienna making their stage entrance from the players tunnel behind the stage."

If Rieu is unknown to you, here he is at Radio City knee deep in syrup playing My Way. I like the way the camera keeps going back to the Italian looking geezer in the audience (is he a famous bloke?) with tears running down his mush. He couldn't find a taker for his $250 ticket.

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Blogger spacedlaw said...

Goodness me. That bloke does get about, doesn't he. Got subjected to more than an honest share of his works when I lived in Holland.

4 December 2008 at 01:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

PBS seems to adore him. They trot him out when they want money. I wish they'd realize it has the opposite effect.

4 December 2008 at 01:52:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Plenty of people do like him though. Just like they loved Richard Clayderman years ago.

4 December 2008 at 09:29:00 GMT-5  
Blogger MarkSullivan said...

I haven't heard this guy, and I may keep it that way. I love that headline about the concert spoiled by rain, though. Though it does presume that God has good taste in music, which I'd say is otherwise unproven.

6 December 2008 at 12:59:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

my pal, cartoonist glenn Dakin , once drew a story titled 'God Loves a cliche'

6 December 2008 at 16:48:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Unknown said...

All I can say is "Sorry". 'Tis the worst export product I can think of at the moment.

12 March 2009 at 08:09:00 GMT-5  

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