Nice feature about The New Yorker from Naomi Gryn on Radio 4 the other day and, if you can still get it, you should pick up Metropolis Magazine’s April issue which is a 25th anniversary special and is full of brilliant stuff, like Bruce Sterling on being a ‘visionary in residence’ and Peter Hall on The Aeron Chair and Karrie Jacobs on computer typography and Paola Antonelli on the iMac…
This morning two men came to my house and, with something I can’t call anything but grace, delivered a piano. Watching Sean and his mate from Elstree Piano Removals moving quickly and smoothly – tilting and guiding and tipping and rotating a 75 year-old, iron-framed upright piano into our back room in about two minutes from knock-on-the-door to thanks-and-see-you-later was a rare treat.
They managed the piano’s stupendous mass like ballet dancers manage a big lift. To watch them you’d have thought the thing was a piano-shaped helium balloon (the weight-lifters’ belts were a bit of a giveaway, though). They seemed to have a perfect, fingertip understanding of the thing’s moment, steering it as if self-propelled through the obstacle course of our hallway without touching a thing and their communication was impeccable – they could give seminars or, I shouldn’t doubt, turn the whole thing into a successful West End show (not unlike Stomp). Truly amazing.
By the way, we got the piano (thanks Din and Helen) from Freecycle.org for precisely £0.