Monthly Archives: November 2014


In my last entry, I wrote of Celtic Connections, a massive two plus weeks folk, roots and world music festival of 300 events, with  2,100 musicians and other participants, to take place in Glasgow early next year.   In 2014, 110,000 crowded  the various .venues. Over the past few  weeks I noted with envy (alas I cannot now travel) a series of recitals in Glasgow this month  by well known concert pianists.  But an article in the 15 November 2014 edition of  The Herald .  by columnist Keith Bruce revealed that two had been cancelled due to poor ticket sales.  The report was written within the framework of Glasgow’s title of UNESCO City of Music.   .Mr. Bruce does point us to Glasgow’s  otherwise very active ‘normal’ concert music scene.   Nevertheless, it is disturbing to read of signs that all may not be well in the city’s  music life.


Perhaps it’s just me.  After all, I am 6′ 5″ – a tall lad.  Although I have not checked the statistics, I have been around long enough to  reasonably assume that the population is taller than it was a few decades ago.

So why are sofas and chairs now designed so low. making it more difficult to arise from the seated position, not to mention the cramped seating position – especially for those folks  of a certain vintage and length?  One case in point is the so-called stressless chair which is very high-priced but of low seating altitude.  They don’t offer much relief to this fellow.

Perhaps the banking crisis has something to do with it, forcing furniture makers to shorten the legs of their products because of the need to reduce costs as well as their inability to get loans from their distracted bankers to finance an inventory of higher chairs and sofas..

Perhaps it’s a plot to force us tall people to stand, or sit on the floor.

Perhaps furniture designers and manufacturers are  not long limbed.

Another of life’s annoying but trivial questions.

In the meantime, put that fat  cushion on the sofa so I will be able to eject with greater ease and less strain! .