June 4th, 2011

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It is fated - Nick Hytner, V&A

So, I turned up at the V&A for the Dorian Gray screening only to find out that Sir Nicholas Hytner was there to do a talk about his career and his tenure at the National Theatre. Obviously, my priorities changed as soon as I heard this!

The Nick Hytner event was fully booked but I got onto the reserve list (I was the only one on the reserve list!) and managed to get into the event.

The event was chaired by Al Senter who chairs all the best events! The talk was excellent and I will post selected highlights as soon as I am able.

The event was a treat in itself. However, after the event, the V&A actually said that Nick Hytner would have a bit of time for people who wanted to stop and talk. And so I achieved my lifetime's ambition and got to chat to Nick Hytner.

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The Wizard of Oz - Rakshita "Dorothy" Patel

Photo credit: http://www.walkforlife.co.uk/

This year the Walk for Life are using their Wizard of Oz theme to reflect how well you are doing re raising sponsorship money.

Cut and pasted from the Walk for Life Website:

"From the moment you register, you become a character from the story. From Munchkin to Dorothy, and beyond, each new character becomes available once you have reached certain sponsorship thresholds. The breakdown of thresholds is as follows:

£0-49.99 : Munchkin (Green) – The place where we all start on our journey
£50-99.99 : Scarecrow (Bronze) – Getting to this level should be a no-brainer for most
£100-£249.99 : Tin Man (Silver) – Becoming a Tin Man shows that your heart really is in the right place
£250-£499.99 : Lion (Gold) - An extraordinary achievement – do you have the courage to take it further?
£500+ : Dorothy (Red) – Reaching this level makes you the star of the show, give those heels a click."

My personal target was £500. Today, after much begging and pleading, my running total hit £504. That means I have made it to Dorothy (Red).

£500 for me, given that it is the Age of Austerity, and no one has any money to spare, was a stretch target. I have delivered my stretch target! However, I am greedy and would like to raise even more money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. I know a few more friends are going to sponsor me this weekend, and I can also get further sponsorship in next week when I have completed the walk and have the proof ie me dressed in my Witch's outfit along the walk and at the finish line.

So keep the money coming in please! Sponsor me here:

Further details:

A few of my favourite messages:
Roger Johnson "May the weather and the roads be easy on you!"
Pauline "Good luck with the walk, and I hope that you don't melt before you finish! :-)"
Lucy Dawes "Go girl...you can do it".
Bola Shoderu "OK you can stop begging now! Good luck!"
Dr Watson "You go girl."
Jigs Patel "Go Sis! Love Jigs, Jeet, Mehul & Surya xxxx"

And the winner of my favourite message is ... Richard Harries!
Richard Harries "I know you'll make it to the Emerald City."

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who have sponsored me so far!
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PJ's Art: Mycroft and the Umbrella

Unfortunately, this is now the last of PJ's postcards that I have in my possession and therefore the last art from PJ that I can post. However, PJ is always working up new pieces and so I have every confidence that either PJ or I will be posting more of her art on The Umbrella Organisation in the not too distant future.

The final pieces feature Mycroft and his Umbrella. I dedicate this to Mark Gatiss.

The original:

Credit: aithine

PJ's version:

Artist: panijeziora


Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

Mycroft Holmes is a fictional character in the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the elder brother (by seven years) of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

Possessing deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, Mycroft is nonetheless incapable of performing detective work similar to that of Sherlock as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions.

Mycroft has appeared or been mentioned in four stories by Doyle: "The Greek Interpreter", "The Final Problem", "The Empty House" and "The Bruce-Partington Plans".

While he does occasionally exert himself in these stories on the behalf of his brother, he on the whole remains a sedentary problem-solver, providing solutions based on seemingly no evidence and trusting Sherlock to handle any of the practical details.

Artist: panijeziora
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Goodbye In A Forest, Dark and Deep

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One brother, one sister, one thrilling evening.

In A Forest, Dark and Deep closed today and I was at the closing night. The production is outstanding, as I have said too many times. Matthew and Olivia are excellent. I always give the production a standing ovation; tonight the whole of the audience gave Matthew and Olivia a standing ovation. That was very well deserved!

Matthew Fox - Thank you for coming over to London. I, for one, massively appreciated it. And it was a real privilege to see you live. Especially playing a character that is the antithesis of Dr Jack Shephard. Although the common thread running through the two characters is that they are strong men who provide shelter when you need it (and God knows, that is in short enough supply these days!). I wish you a safe journey home.

I will miss the production and I will miss Matthew Fox!