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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The google doodle today celebrates Gioachino Antonio Rossini's 220th birthday, or in leapers years his 53rd. Back in the late 1980's, early 1990's when I used to get up at 4 a.m in the summer and go and played golf before going to work I would begin the day listening to the overture from The Barber of Seville. The overture lasts less than eight minutes but I used to try and time the drive to the course so that I would arrive in the car park for the final two minutes.
Of course Rossini features in one of the oft quoted sayings regarding the definition of an intellectual, it being somebody who can hear the William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger. It could equally be applied to anybody hearing the Barber of Seville ad not thinking of Bugs Bunny.