Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas 2012 – the house in the season’s colours!

Thanks to Brendan for these photos of the house in the season. And yes, I know, I must lose some weight…some being a metaphor for a whole load… I hope you like the pictures…..more to follow

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Why the Christmas spirit isn’t just for Christmas….

A less than seasonal greeting to our political masters….   If it is as blessed to give as to receive then taking benefits from the poorest means much more than saving the odd billion. It means it is a Christian … Continue reading

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Get Aladdin – a Genii-al-Affair in Clapham

Get Aladdin – ATS Fringe theatre in exile at Landor SW9   When Aladdin and his widowed mum stumble on a magic lamp, they find themselves pursued by the evil Abanazer and a detective on secondment from G4S. They stow … Continue reading

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Belshazzar – Barbican – Friday 13th December 2012

Belshazzar:  an Oratorio by G.F. Handel Allan Clayton Belshazzar Rosemary Joshua Nitocris Caitlin Hulcup Cyrus Iestyn Davies Daniel Jonathan Lemalu Gobrias Les Arts Florissants William Christie conductor It was  a very lucky Friday 13th for all of us at the … Continue reading

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HIV Photo Project

Stand Tall & Get Snapped It was 27th June 1987 when a group of grieving friends first hung a 40-panel quilt from a balcony in San Francisco. They made a quilt of life to remember the lives of forty loved ones … Continue reading

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From Gaudete – Advent adventures to the fourth sunday

Rose Tinted spectacle in a penitential season From Martinmass to Christmas was in its entirety the same length as Lent. Originally therefore Advent was another 40 day penitential season. Save the Sundays – the Lord’s Day –  the other days of the week were … Continue reading

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Wigmore Hall :Florian Boesch & Roger Vingoles – Winterreise

Wigmore Hall 12th December 2012 Florian Boesch & Roger Vingoles Franz Scubert – Winterreise In my youth – now – rather like the interior of great medieval cathedral lost in time’s mists and today decorated with a graceful restraint we … Continue reading

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ROH Covent Garden 9th December – Robert Le Diable

G. Meyerbeer : Robert Le Diable   Alice:MARINAPOPLAVSKAYA Isabelle: JENNIFER ROWLEY Robert: BRYAN HYMEL Bertram: JOHN RELYEA Raimbaut: JEAN-FRANÇOIS BORRAS Alberti: NICOLAS COURJAL. G. Meyerbeer was to opera in the nineteenth century as Puccini was to the twentieth century. It was … Continue reading

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Welcome Yule – From Martinmas to Candlemas

The ancient roots of  our seasonal delights I travelled back from New York last Wednesday night. The city was basking in a golden sunshine of late autumn and temperatures in the high 60’s (18 Celsius)  – the USA still happily addicted to the scale of Fahrenheit whilst the rest of … Continue reading

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