What the most beautiful instrument?

Carmen: No answer. They make lots of beautiful things. There is a lot of creativity, and we will keep listening to what you put out.

The first time I heard you in person was with my friend Mark and we were having lunch at Café Boulud (I got to see them in concert and you were at their show in London last month, where the show was amazing). I asked your advice and was surprised it came straight out of you. I can barely remember that conversation but everyone loved the show.

Did you watch it live or did you only get that impression from seeing them during the concerts?
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Carmen: I remember Mark and I were watching the show (laughs) but no, we didn’t actually get to talk to you in person. Mark actually went out of the city, he made the journey himself. So to answer your question, I saw their show. I heard a lot of things about the show, but not enough details. We are still trying to get to know the band better. We will probably meet with them and talk about the show, and we also look for a new album. We have seen a few pictures from the show, and I know they are going down as one of the best acts around.

Thank you so much Carmen. I really really miss your presence here in France.

The second of the ‘Four Brothers’ on the list is of course the Duke of Alba. This guy was a very important figure, and was certainly very lucky. He was knighted by King David and given a very valuable and influential position in the Scottish Parliament. He would rule Scotland for three decades as a ‘diligent subject’.

Alba was born in Scotland in 732 and was the son of a wealthy nobleman. He started his military career in the 830’s. After his first battle, he was commissioned to lead a troop into war. In 854, Alba was appointed as a captain and went on to participate in the battle of Dunbar. He then went to the south of England, fighting at the Battle of Hastings in 858.

Alba’s reputation as a warrior came to an end in the battle of Hastings. He and his men were caught unaware when the Anglo-Saxon army charged ahead. When a force of ten thousand Anglo-Saxons charged his soldiers, they gave up their fight quickly, giving the English king nothing but a handful of casualties. A similar outcome would result