I have never heard enough classical music to be able to enjoy it; & the simple truth is, i detest it. Not mildly, but will all my heart. To me an opera is the very climax & cap-stone of the absurd, the fantastic the unjustifiable. I hate the very name of opera - partly because of the nights of suffering i have endured in its presence, & partly because i want to love it and can't.
When i'm at our house in france i totally cut myself off from the rest of the world. I never have to listen to phones ringing and that's because - and vanessa would confirm this - phones are banned from the house. We have a beautiful life and i feel that spending time in france has just calmed me down and made me stop worrying about things which aren't really important.
The proverb says, "born lucky, always lucky," and i am very superstitious. As a small boy i was notoriously lucky. It was usual for one or two of our lads (per annum) to get drowned in the mississippi or in bear creek, but i was pulled out in a 2/3 drowned condition 9 times before i learned to swim, and was considered to be a cat in disguise.