September 8th, 2011

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Reviews in for The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes

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Reviews are now in for The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes. Here are the key broadsheet ones:

Those of you who know me, will know that I only ever run reviews from The Telegraph and The Guardian, and that I favour The Telegraph.

On this occasion, The Guardian loved it and The Telegraph hated it. I was torn. I checked The Independent and they loved it.

So the Ayes have it! (Can you see how I have rigged the vote?!).

I have not seen the production yet so I cannot possibly comment but I know Ralph Fiennes is always outstanding live, especially when performing Shakespeare, so I have given you The Guardian and The Independent reviews first, even though in normal circumstances I always prioritise The Telegraph. Yes I am completely and utterly biased - I admit it!
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The Good Samaritan

This is dedicated to my four favourite men and my favourite woman - they know who they are as I have sent them all the link!

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In case you are wondering why I am always citing the King James there are 2 key reasons:
1) First and foremost, it is by far and away MY favourite version of the Bible (I have tried a few and I always keep coming back to the King James)
2) 2011 is the 400th Anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible and this fact needs to be celebrated!

King James Version (KJV) Luke 10:25-37

25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.

33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
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How to fight the gang culture

This is from the letters page of the Evening Standard on Monday 5 September 2011. I could not agree more!

"While sending ex-gang members and surgeons into schools are good ideas, we need to go further to tackle the lack of ambition, employment and self-esteem - and in many cases a combination of family breakdown, educational failure, poverty and addiction too - which drive children into joining gangs. The key thing that seems to effect change is when a young person believes they have a place in the world, and can find a purpose. As someone once said to me, "hopeful kids don't join gangs".

I wonder if David Cameron's "tough love" strategy will include listening to us and investing in measures to address these root causes, or simply be a series of well-intentioned but short-lived knee-jerk reactions."

Patrick Regan, CEO, XLP; author, Fighting Chance