April 2nd, 2011

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All Souls

I went to All Souls for the second time last Sunday. I took along printouts of my write-up for the Rector Hugh Palmer and the Associate Minister (Evangelism) Rico Tice. I gave the printouts to Hugh and Rico at the end of the service, explaining that I had come to the Church for the first time last Sunday because I had made a new friend who was a member of the congregation, and I had felt moved enough to write something about the Church following my visit there. I left them both my contact details.

I got this email from Rico on Tuesday.

Dear Raks,

My boss Hugh Palmer was so delighted by the message you wrote about us that he read some of it out at the staff meeting yesterday morning. We are so pleased that you have found All Souls to be safe and vibrant and multinational on your visits on the past two Sundays and we are so thrilled to have you.

Thank you so much for being such an encouragement. As I say, Hugh Palmer read it out at our staff meeting.

Hope to see you next Sunday.

Rico (the preacher both weeks)

I was well chuffed about this - it brightened up my week no end!
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Digital Theatre

I was pointed to this lovely site by my friend (a fellow theatre-loving Singaporean who has agreed with me that we really ought to live in London after all because we're missing out on so many good shows!). Basically, (as I understand it), Digital Theatre is akin to an iTunes Store for recorded British theatre works, kind of like NT Live but so far it looks like they have a small selection of works from the Royal Court, Royal Shakespeare Company, Gate Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Open Air Theatre and some others. So you can pay and legally download and watch British plays. It may not be that big a deal if you live in the UK and can watch these plays, but it's a huge deal for us foreigners.

I think I might start with RSC's As You Like It. Will report back on how well the whole system works when I do. :D

Raks, can we have some tags for theatre in general? ^_^
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Raks's is off to Hindhead to see Undershaw

Today, I am going to Hindhead to see Undershaw for the first time with my own eyes. Obviously, I have seen photos but I have never before seen it for myself. It is going to be a special day.

Undershaw was one of the homes of Arthur Conan Doyle and was where he wrote Hound of the Baskervilles and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The house is now under threat as it has been bought by developers who want to turn the house into townhouses.

The Undershaw Preservation Trust are campaigning hard to protect the house – they want to turn it into a museum dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle or, at the very least, keep it as a single dwelling. Mark Gatiss is the Patron of The Undershaw Preservation Trust and I am the London representative for The Undershaw Preservation Trust.

You can find out more about the campaign at:

I will do a full report with photos early next week and this report will be our first exclusive on The Umbrella Organisation!
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Ode to the National by Rakshita Patel

I fell in love with you the day I walked through your doors for the first time. That was in 1989. You were so welcoming. You made me feel right at home. You had me at "Hello". I was a 19 year old student and you were one of the first London theatres I visited.

I keep coming back to you year after year and I now find that it has been over 20 years that we have been together. I love you truly, madly, deeply. You are buried deep in my heart. I walk through your doors and I am walking on sunshine. You make me happy. You fill me with joy. You are my safe haven. I love you. There are far too many great times I have had with you over the years to individually catalogue them all, but you have brought me so much joy and pleasure over the years that I will be eternally grateful to you.

This is actually so hard for me to write because I am shaking and choking with emotion just thinking about you, and the effect that you have on me.

And I am coming to see you tomorrow - hell, as you know, I pretty much come to see you every day of the week!!!

I am in awe of you. I respect you. You never let me down and you always blow me away. I am so sorry that I am totally and utterly incapable of expressing in words what you mean to me. But you are in my heart. And you know full well what you mean to me so I guess I don't have to explain any further.

To my beloved safe haven, my sparkling red ruby on the South Bank, you are the best thing that ever happened to me (bar my husband of course!!!). I worship at your altar.

Emperor and Galilean

I'm trying to decide whether to book tickets to see this new production at the Olivier Theatre in June/July. I know that it stars Moriarty Andrew Scott, which is exciting. But I don't think I know any of the remainder of the cast, and I'm not sure about the play itself.

I saw my first Ibsen at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, last November. It was of course John Gabriel Borkman, one of Henrik Ibsen's later plays, with the superb triumvirate leading cast of Fiona Shaw, Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman. It was very easy to enjoy, being a powerfully emotive yet intimate piece, and my friend and I were lucky enough (or obsessive enough!) to see the play evolve over three consecutive evening performances, as the director was making alterations prior to take the production to BAM in the New Year.

Emperor and Galilean, written some twenty years earlier, is an epic with a massive cast, and is Ibsen's longest play. Ibsen allegedly regarded it as the cornerstone of his work, yet it is one of his lesser known and least performed pieces. I don't think it has ever been performed in English before.

I'm not sure why I'm hesitating. Is it the subject matter? It is historically interesting – the Emperor Julian tries to roll back the times and return to the old, pre-Christian gods. Obviously this only helped to entrench opinion and establish Christianity. Is it the length of the play? I'm not sure of it's total running time, but I fear getting fidgety. On the other hand, the promise of 'a cathedral of sound and ritual' is very enticing.

So far, there are still plenty of tickets available, but I seem unable to commit. Help me out here somebody please! Persuade and prod me in the right direction... :-)

To all the little Shakespeare geeks out there

A fun way to waste away an hour or two:


"Who really killed Hamlet's dad? Can the Prince ever 'get' Gertrude, or is that just wrong? What does Richard III want with a horse anyway? And where did the gravedigger get that gorgeous pink dress? Avenge your father, defeat your evil uncle, and ascend the throne of Denmark in this faithful adapatation of Shakespeare's seminal work."

It basically follows the plot of Hamlet but there are elements from other Shakespearean plays mixed in as well, and it's full of little details that are delightful for us Shakespeare geeks - or at least I was gleeful all the time.

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& If you get stuck you can pm me, if you like - there are a couple of tricky parts, or more like so far-fetched that figuring them out is almost pure luck. I consulted a walk-through I found but that kinda spoiled the fun for me for those parts. So if you'd rather just have a hint than the ready answer, I can try to make one up!

I have to admit that this is kinda really old news (the game was launched in 2003), but I discovered it only today and wanted to promote it just in case there are others who have missed it too.
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Finsbury Park - Charity Shop - Mark Gatiss

just a quick hello:)
and even quicker random announcement:
if you leave at finsbury park or near it, in charity shop next to library/city&islington collage you can get a book by Mark Gatiss, signed byt the author HIMSELF!
(sorry, don't remember the title, saw it just in passing, since shop was already closed, but it was inside on upper shelf!, i think it was 7Ł if i saw it correctly! :) fans go and buy! :D)


p.s. yeeey! i have internet again :D