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While rugby, football and cricket had their adherents, boxing was the sport which most stirred the blood of the locals," he writes.
Fanfares in Rutter's world premiere Behold, Go Forth and Be Joyful stirred the blood, beginning this splendid evening with a fine flourish, contrasting with mellifluous thoughtfulness and chirpy optimism.
Horowitz has given us his The Power of Five sequence in the interim, but it hasn't stirred the blood in the same way, for me.
The fest did serve up more stars than ever, generating an exponential increase in German media coverage (important for politicians and sponsors who bankroll the event), but neither the market nor the competition stirred the blood of the critics or business crowd with any hot-button issues or must-have movies.