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2020 stock market recovery: how I’d invest in dirt-cheap UK shares to retire rich

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. A stock market recovery from the 2020 market crash is likely to take place, judging by the past performances of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. They’ve always bounced back from their declines to post fresh record highs.As such, buying a diverse range of dirt-cheap UK shares now could be a shrewd move. It may enable an investor to maximise their returns in a likely stock market rally. Doing so could improve their chances of building a nest egg from which they may retire earlier than previously planned.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Investing in dirt-cheap UK shares ahead of a stock market recoveryDespite showing signs of a stock market recovery in recent weeks, the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 continue to trade significantly down on their 2020 starting prices. As such, many shares are priced at low levels relative to their averages over the past few years.Buying stocks at a discount to their long-term average valuations has historically been a sound move. Stock prices have often reverted to their average levels over the long run. This could mean that today’s cheap shares have significant scope for upward reratings.Furthermore, today’s dirt-cheap UK shares may have prices that don’t factor in their long-term growth potential, in many cases. Investors may be expecting ongoing economic challenges that persist for many years. However, fiscal and monetary policy stimulus could lead to improving operating conditions for many businesses that prompts a stock market recovery.High-quality companies trading at low pricesThe prices of many altra-cheap UK shares don’t appear to factor in their potential to take part in a stock market recovery. In fact, many high-quality businesses currently trade at prices that don’t account for their competitive positions, financial situations, or their capacity to adapt to changing market growth opportunities.Therefore, a number of buying opportunities may exist for investors who are willing to take a long-term view of their portfolios. With many investors who are planning for retirement likely to have a long time horizon, they could have sufficient scope for today’s unpopular shares to gain momentum, as investors begin to price in their strong balance sheets and wide economic moats.Avoiding value trapsOf course, not all of those cheap UK shares will take part in a stock market recovery. Inevitably, some stocks will fold or struggle to regain lost sales in the current economic crisis. Therefore, avoiding value traps could be a key concern for all investors. This is where a cheap stock is priced at a low level because it’s a low-quality business. Such companies could act as a drag on a portfolio’s performance over the long run.By undertaking an analysis of cheap stocks to determine whether they offer good value for money, it’s possible to build a surprisingly large nest egg. This could improve an investor’s chances of retiring early. 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Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2020 stock market recovery: how I’d invest in dirt-cheap UK shares to retire rich Peter Stephens | Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

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7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes

first_imgSave this picture!+ 21 Share 7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard ArchitectesSave this projectSave7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes “COPY” France Area:  1030 m²Text description provided by the architects. Located just outside of Paris, and protected from a very busy thoroughfare, the building is on a dead-end street surrounded by small buildings, houses and workshops. The architects had to work on the contradiction between the scale of individual housing and the desire to create density (in the face of ecological concerns).Save this picture!Recommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsLike a small medina, the seven houses are built around an alley. Four of the houses have their living rooms on the second floor, connected to the sky through a series of terraces leading onto the roof, where a small kitchen has been placed. The contrast between the austerity of the façades and the generosity of dimensions and light of the inner spaces is surprising. The handcrafted finish of the white façades gives an almost Mediterranean atmosphere to the construction. The use of simple and economic materials allowed for very generous spaces inside (double story living rooms) and outside (terraces) for a low budget. A car park is also available underground.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessHerzog & de Meuron’s VitraHaus VideoArticlesNorwegian Mountaineering Center / Reiulf Ramstad ArkitekterArticles Share CopyHouses•Paris, France ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/64364/7-houses-bigoni-mortemard-architectes Clipboard Houses Projects Architects: Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/64364/7-houses-bigoni-mortemard-architectes Clipboard 7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes CopyAbout this officeBigoni-Mortemard ArchitectesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesParisHousesFrancePublished on June 15, 2010Cite: “7 Houses / Bigoni-Mortemard Architectes” 15 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/71759/the-six-courtyard-houses-ibarra-rosano-design-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•United States Photographs:  Bill Timmerman Text description provided by the architects. In our desert town, plagued by sprawl and lacking in public transportation, The Six is a project comprised of six courtyard houses that demonstrates the possibilities for higher density, urban infill desert development that is respectful of its time and place. While the Six takes cues from Tucson’s architectural past and neighboring residences, which manifest as central courtyards, low-rise masonry construction, and thoughtful solar orientation, the project is an emphatic expression of its place and time. The Courtyard is a traditional concept employed in hot arid regions because it takes advantage of cool desert nights by affording the house the ability to open into a secure and private space. Each house’s primary spaces expand onto the central courtyard, while the more intimate bathing areas extend into private landscaped light wells. This interconnectedness of indoor and outdoor space is a consistent trademark of the development. In the hallway, glue-laminated wood beams were crafted to form a dramatic window seat overlooking the courtyard. The master bedroom shares access to the large outdoor “room” while the master bath and guest baths look onto small private outdoors spaces, giving one the sensation of bathing outdoors. Directly above the expansive kitchen island, the ceiling dramatically rises to provide a demarcation for the cooking area, and allow clerestory windows to provide balanced south and north light into the voluminous dining and living areas. Save this picture!© Bill TimmermanThe magic comes from the manipulation of the human experience, not the form. We feel that timelessness is attained when every decision is based on something important and when the space is given as much consideration as the object.Project gallerySee allShow lessKoolhaas Houselife / Ila Bêka + Louise LemoîneArticlesOcean Imagination / Unsangdong ArchitectsArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/71759/the-six-courtyard-houses-ibarra-rosano-design-architects Clipboard United States The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects Save this picture!© Bill Timmerman+ 21 Share “COPY” The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects Year: center_img ArchDaily Projects “COPY” Photographs Architects: Ibarra Rosano Design Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project 2009 Houses CopyAbout this officeIbarra Rosano Design ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesUnited StatesPublished on August 04, 2010Cite: “The Six: Courtyard Houses / Ibarra Rosano Design Architects” 04 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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TCU salutes western heritage at 2015 homecoming parade

first_imgLinkedin Previous articleFrogwire tells personal stories of students on campusNext articleFree time is at a premium for student athletes Cristian Migliarese RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Cristian Migliaresehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-migliarese/ Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Cristian Migliarese TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Cristian Migliaresehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-migliarese/ ReddIt Tri Delta students join alumnae to benefit Cook Children’s TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Facebook TCU students participate in LEAPS day of service TCU’s Interfraternity Council continues Movember campaign with 6K Recovery Run printThe TCU community lined the sidewalks Friday night as the floats, band, cheerleaders, color guard, Super Frog and chancellor filled the streets that surround the TCU campus to celebrate TCU’s roots in Cowtown.Ali Stowe, student activities coordinator, said that she worked with the student government to this year’s theme: TCU’s Texan heritage in the heart of Cowtown – Where the West Begins!“Since TCU plays the University of Texas and Fort Worth is the home of the original longhorns, we wanted to play off celebrating the best in Texas and decided on a vintage Texan theme,” said Stowe.“I see a lot of green and a lot purple for Cowtown and the Horned Frogs, so that is good,” said Theron Smith, a senior at TCU. “I got to see the most school spirit with a lot of students watching from the BLUU.”Various fraternities, sororities, alumni, faculty, and staff made some 10 floats in the parade to express their unique TCU spirit in light of the theme and engage the crowd.“I think the parade is the one event we do that brings the whole community together,” said Stowe. “The floats make the parade more visually appealing and exciting.”It brings out school spirit in students like Emma Boren, a junior at TCU, who was excited to cheer for the parade participants.“All the TCU students are out and so happy for the frogs. The parade really brings in the alumni, community members, and everyone who lives in the neighborhoods surrounding TCU,” said Boren.The floats are judged by quality, effort, completeness, theme application, visual identity of homecoming, audience participation, and incorporation of TCU spirit.“Although no trophy award is presented, essentially it’s a sense of pride for best float,” said Stowe.Beth Wright, a 2002 TCU alumna, attended the parade with her husband and children.“It’s significantly changed since I was in school. There’s a lot more school spirit, more pride, and just more involvement,” Wright said. “I love seeing their personalities (in the floats).”The parade also brings children to Fort Worth. Young kids traditionally line the streets in anticipation of candy.TCU Frogfest in the Commons Friday, Oct.2, 2015Rafael Abreu, 2006 TCU alumni, and his daughter came from their Kansas City, Missouri home.“Every year it brings a great experience especially for the younger generation so that they can feel the community and know they belong here, said Abreu. “They can have a dream to come to college here and be a part of it.” I am a Communications major and a Journalism minor. I am a reporter for TCU 360 and I am working on the Greeks beat ReddIt Twitter + posts Journey of Hope 2017 holds special meaning for TCU Pi Kappa Phi members Cristian Migliaresehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-migliarese/ Linkedin Students represent spirit of Cowtown in TCU Homecoming Parade. Friday, Oct.2, 2015 Cristian Migliaresehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-migliarese/last_img read more

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Foyle constituency has 4th highest unemployment rate in the UK

first_img Twitter Foyle constituency has 4th highest unemployment rate in the UK By News Highland – November 16, 2011 Pinterest News LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Facebook 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleLetterkenny Councillors to recieve mental health trianing to help people in needNext articleMan shot in both legs in Derry shooting News Highland Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also The Foyle constituency in Derry ranks at number four in a league table of UK constituencies worst affected  by unemployment, according to new research.The House of Commons study looked at all 650 parliamentary constituencies and ranked them.The report from the House of Commons Library examined the number claiming benefits as a proportion of the economically active population.Foyle MP, Mark Durkan said that it is not a lack of work ethic which is the problem, its a lack of work…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/mdurk.mp3[/podcast] Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota last_img read more

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Questions raised over proposed Letterkenny-Burtonport Greenway

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Questions raised over proposed Letterkenny-Burtonport Greenway AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSuccession planning ‘huge issue’ for Donegal farmersNext articleHugh McFadden looks to start Super 8 with victory News Highland By News Highland – July 10, 2019 Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook A Glenties area councillor has questioned Donegal County Council’s commitment to the proposed Greenway between Letterkenny and Burtonport.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher says the proposal has been on the agenda for five years with no progress, and people are asking whether it will ever progress.Officials told a municipal district meeting this week that a lengthy process of consultation is ongoing with landownersHowever, Cllr Gallagher says people need to see movement:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/marietheregfhgfhgfhfse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 last_img read more

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Businesses urged to apply for special restart grant

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest A Donegal County Councillor is urging small and micro businesses across Donegal to apply for the new €250m Restart Grant, which will give direct grant aid to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re employing workers following COVID-19 closures.The Grant will be available to businesses with a turnover of less than €5m and employing 50 people or less, which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to 30th June 2020.Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh says the Grant is designed to help businesses get back on their feet:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/RestytrytrytrtartGrantweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – May 18, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Twitter Pinterest Previous articleCleaning & sanitation set to become priority issues for workplacesNext articleCouncil urged to suspend parking charges until years end News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Businesses urged to apply for special restart grantlast_img read more

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Pioneer Museum selling memberships

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 7:03 pm Friday, August 8, 2014 Pioneer Museum selling memberships Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Next Up“We will continue our fund-raising efforts, continue to apply for grants that are available to us and encourage donations,” Kervin said. “And, we will focus on growing and restoring memberships. Memberships are the lifeblood of the museum.”Barley agreed that memberships are extremely important to the museum because they provide the interest and energy to the museum’s programs year around. Individual memberships are $25; family memberships (immediate family) are $45 and group memberships up to eight are $60.The memberships provide free admission to the museum and all museum events and activities with the exception of special events. The Pioneer Museum of Alabama kicked off its annual membership drive with a dinner and silent auction at the museum on Aug. 1. Although memberships will be available throughout the year, now is the best time to join.“Our annual memberships begin on Aug. 1 and end on July 30, so, now is the time to become a member of the Pioneer Museum of Alabama,” said Kari Barley, museum director. “Those who join now will be able to take advantage of our programs all year long. You won’t find a better value for your money.”Jeff Kervin, museum board of directors chair, said there are several ways the museum is funded and the dinner/auction was a fantastic fund-raising event and laid the groundwork for an annual event.center_img Those who would like to support the museum on a different level are invited to become a sustaining member for $100, a pioneer member for $250, a heritage member for $500 and an underwriter for $1,000.Barley said everyone who enjoys history and the great outdoors is encouraged to become a member. “We have 21 historic structures on 40 beautiful acres with walking trails. We have a picnic area with plenty of space for children to play and an amphitheater. Inside the museum’s main building, we have 18,000 artifacts and four thematic exhibition halls.” Email the author For more information about the museum or to become a member, call 334-566-3597 or visit the museum on U.S. 231 north in Troy from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like New international students tour downtown Troy Above, international students view artwork that is displayed at the Johnson Center for the Arts on Thursday during a welcome… read more Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Print Articlelast_img read more

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RICS delays introduction of new compulsory survey rules ‘due to Covid’

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » RICS delays introduction of new compulsory survey rules ‘due to Covid’ previous nextRegulation & LawRICS delays introduction of new compulsory survey rules ‘due to Covid’Organisation says surveyors are too tied by ‘upheavals’ of Covid pandemic to implement huge changes to way surveys are marketed and conducted.Nigel Lewis2nd November 202003,547 Views RICS has delayed the much heralded shake-up of home surveys until March 1st next year after ‘listening to surveyors’.Originally planned for June this year, its Home Survey Standard’s introduction is a victim of Covid as members deal with the upheaval caused by the lockdowns during the pandemic.“We’re listening and responding to what our professionals are telling us on the ground,” says Ana Bajri, RICS Global Property Standards Associate Director (left).“A cocktail of changing Covid-19 measures requiring changes to business practices, alongside a busy marketplace after the stamp duty holiday, mean more time is needed to make sure these changes are included in members’ current survey standards and processes.”The new standard will better protect buyers and sellers, ensuring that consumers understand the importance and benefits of using a home survey and what will be included in it before buying a property.This includes simplifying the process and language used in surveys and standardising their format.RICS own research shows that home buyers are confused by the bewildering array of products on offer and even those who do use them aren’t aware of which survey they have paid for.The overhaul has been completed following a lengthy industry consultation. RICS says the key change will be a new ‘professional statement’ that RICS members and regulated firms in the UK who deliver any level of residential property survey must adopt.The statement will be the sole standard for home surveys,replacing all previous guidance notes and statements for all levels of condition surveys.Read more about the new survey.ana bajiri RICS survey new home survey RICS surveys November 2, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Music Review: Sirens

first_imgby Tom Sandeman Sirens: The Seductive Lure of the Female Voice. How could such a title fail to entice a curious audience, despite any initial apprehension created by the evening’s description as a ‘lecture-recital’? Hannah Rosenfelder expertly retained this sense of intrigue as she led her listeners deep into the mysterious sound-world of the Siren; an age-enduring symbol who has featured regularly in literature ever since her initial appearance in the mythology of Ancient Greece. Rosenfelder is remarkably well-qualified to present such a programme. She studied Classics at Cambridge before beginning her vocal training at Guildhall and her infectious charm and vivacity made her a fitting narrator for, what she described as, a story of ‘women, danger, seduction and song’. She began with a study of the female voice; describing its seductive quality and suggesting that it was a realisation of this trait that led to the exclusion of female vocalists within many religious contexts. For Rosenfelder, the Siren embodies the dangerously seductive element that is inherent in the female voice. And Rosenfelder’s rich mezzo certainly does have a beguiling and compelling power. She illustrated her talk with songs, beginning with Siren’s Song, a setting of Homer’s Odyssey by Benjamin Wolf, a graduate of University College, in which the singer was accompanied by fellow Guildhall student, Anneke Hodnett, on the harp. Songs by Arne, Bizet and Gershwin showed that musicians throughout the centuries have been equally captivated by the Siren. Two settings of Heinrich Heine’s, Der Lorelei, by Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann, exhibited a stark discrepancy in mood, which Rosenfelder attributed to gender. Where Liszt’s setting is gently passionate, Schumann’s is violent and stormy. The hot-blooded Liszt falls victim to the wiles of the Siren of the Rhine, whereas Schumann’s feminine sensibilities expose the true character of the creature – an appalling disgrace to womankind. Rosenfelder concluded by demonstrating how the seductive charms of the Siren have overflowed into twenty-first century culture. A reading of Margaret Atwood’s poem Siren Song highlighted the strong hold that the creature retains on the literature of today. Even in the ubiquitous logo of Starbucks, the Siren advertises the alluring power of the coffee. Undoubtedly, the eager audience that filled Magdalen Auditorium on the chilly night of Halloween 2007 was a testament to the enduring appeal of the Siren. Evidently she is still capable of attracting a sea of admirers, despite reaching a truly epic age.last_img read more

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