Author Archives: David Adlam

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas

Singapore Fling

Arrival at Singapore’s Changi Airport meant a stroll along the corridors and a peremptory look at my passport and I was free to discover- or RE-discover the delights of this proud island state. Long known as the “fine” city-$500 SGD … Continue reading

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We Will Remember you….

Today they celebrated Remembrance day in Grahamstown. Aptly at the 11th hour of the 11th day ( in fact the 10th as it is a Sunday) and the 11th month (when the First World War ended in 1918), they had … Continue reading

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Just who is in the cage….

Yesterday I made a trip to the Addo Elephant National Park – an hour out of Port Elizabeth.   Travelling past a brickwork factory, I had to wonder if the road had been made out of the broken bricks from … Continue reading

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The Tortoise sets the pace

From Capetown to George and Knysna for work, but not until after a day spent looking around. There is a Botanical Garden in George. The highlight there was a bird hide, from where I was able to watch the Weaver … Continue reading

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Wine with Attitude

For me, a visit to South Africa would not be complete without tasting some of the amazing wines that this country produces. On this trip, I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit the Stellenbosch area – just … Continue reading

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Fair Winds and Stormy weather

After a fairly rigorous 33 hour journey, I arrived into Capetown, ready to take on new challenges. There is so much that seems familiar in South Africa to a person from New Zealand. the pragmatism, the seeming casualness and the … Continue reading

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Mysore + Bangalore does not = Mangalore!

Tonight is Divali here in Bangalore. There is no need for thunder and lightning here, as the sound of fireworks and crackers has been incessant (and loud!) since about 5.30 in the evening. The crackers are seriously large (and loud), … Continue reading

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