THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
at the Court Theatre
One toad. A whole lot of trouble!
Written by Kenneth Grahame
Adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett
Music and additional lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett
The set was impressive, costumes quirky and inventive. Effects and moving props surprising and inventive. And the acting/singing up to the usual standards of the Court Theatre.
The only problem was the script. It just wasn’t that memorable or inventive. It’s essentially the same story that has been told in various media: Toady crashes cars, gets into trouble an the rats take over Toad Hall. Toady rallies his mates to take it back and preserve the essential British Class system.
On this day in 1985, Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
Microsoft had worked with Apple Computer to develop applications for Apple’s January 1984 original Macintosh.
It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.
Despite positive responses to its early presentations and support from a number of hardware and software makers, Windows 1.0 was received poorly by critics.
Critics felt Windows 1.0 did not meet their expectations. In particular, they felt that Windows 1.0 put too much emphasis on mouse input at a time when mouse use was not yet widespread; not providing enough resources for new users; and for performance issues, especially on systems with lower computer hardware specifications.
Windows 1.0 was declared obsolete and Microsoft stopped providing support and updates for the system on December 31, 2001.