September 5th, 2011

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Hymn: All Souls


Finally, today, at All Souls we sang a traditional hymn that I remembered very fondly from my childhood. Here it is:

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

W. Chalmers Smith, 1824-1908
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Operation Black Vote

Cut and pasted from the Operation Black Vote (OBV) website:

Operation Black Vote exists to ensure that Black communities have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.

They work specifically, but not exclusively, within the democratic and civic framework to deliver their objectives.

They seek to inspire BME communities to engage with public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities they face in areas such as education, health and employment.

Their work spans a number of areas including voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.

After nearly 15 years of campaigning their voice is now heard at the highest level of Government, both nationally and locally, but perhaps of greater importance is the fact that they are often viewed as a beacon of hope and support for their own communities.

To find out more, explore the website:
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National Theatre: New Season Brochure Out Now

The National Theatre just the way I love it - lit up at night.

The new Season Brochure is out now. Check it out here:

My top tip is Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge. The main reason I am backing this production is that it is directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin.

Details here:

Happy booking!
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Sidney Paget Illustrations: "Holmes was working hard over a chemical investigation"

Here is the second of my iconic Signey Paget illustrations from the Strand magazine.

Picture credit:

"Holmes was seated at his side-table clad in his dressing-gown and working hard over a chemical investigation. A large curved retort was boiling furiously in the bluish flame of a Bunsen burner, and the distilled drops were condensing into a two-litre measure. My friend hardly glanced up as I entered, and I, seeing that his investigation must be of importance, seated myself in an armchair and waited. He dipped into this bottle or that, drawing out a few drops of each with his glass pipette, and finally brought a test-tube containing a solution over to the table. In his right hand he held a slip of litmus-paper.

"You come at a crisis, Watson," said he. "If this paper remains blue, all is well. If it turns red, it means a man's life." He dipped it into the test-tube and it flushed at once into a dull, dirty crimson. "Hum! I thought as much!" he cried. "I will be at your service in an instant, Watson. You will find tobacco in the Persian slipper." He turned to his desk and scribbled off several telegrams, which were handed over to the page-boy. Then he threw himself down into the chair opposite and drew up his knees until his fingers clasped round his long, thin shins.

"A very commonplace little murder," said he. "You've got something better, I fancy. You are the stormy petrel of crime, Watson. What is it?""

- The Adventure of the Naval Treaty

And here is the modern day equivalent, from Sherlock:

Photo credit: aithine
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Mayor of London: Team London

I have been researching volunteering opportunities in London and I have come across this site which is excellent:

Cut and pasted from the Team London website:

What is Team London?
Team London is the Mayor’s action plan for volunteering, a bridge between London’s greatest needs and the volunteers that help to make London a better place to live. Team London will make the best of these efforts and ensure that individuals and the public, private and voluntary organisations work more effectively together.

To find out more follow the link - I recommend you watch the video which is inspirational:

If you are interested in working with young people, as I am, follow this link:

I will own up now and confess that I did not vote for Boris. However, credit where credit is due, he has impressed me with what he has done since becoming Mayor and this is one of many examples of good work being led by the GLA. Inspirational leadership in action!
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Nominate your London Star today

Cut and pasted from the Team London website:

After the recent terrible disturbances, the Mayor would like to champion the Londoners who have shown the true spirit of our city in rejecting the violence and helping to rebuild their communities. If you know someone who's done something amazing, brave or generous during the riots, nominate them today as your London Star, so they get the recognition they deserve through the Team London Star scheme.

The Mayor's London Star initiative is part of his Team London vision to get more people volunteering to help tackle crime, increase opportunities for young people and improve the environment.

Follow the link to find out more: