September 13th, 2011

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Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887)

This is dedicated to Richard, Dave, Ahmed and Janice:

"Thus ended our little talk: yet it left a pleasant impression. True, the subject was strange enough; my sisters might have been shocked at it; and at my freedom in asking and giving opinions. But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort -- the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person -- having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

Somebody must have done a good deal of the winnowing business this afternoon; for in the course of it I gave him as much nonsense as any reasonable man could stand ..."

- Chapter 16, A Life for a Life, Dinah Craik, 1859
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Third Star

I know Benedict has another film out this week (and I will talk about it very soon, I promise) but I have to be true to myself and admit that I would much rather focus on, and talk about, this film:

Photographer: Jamie Stoker
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This is what I mean when I talk about Benedict looking so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable in Third Star.
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British Museum - Shakespeare: staging the world

I love the British Museum. I love Shakespeare. I love theatre. I love London. So I am recommending the British Museum's Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition as THE hottest exhibition ticket during the Olympics next year (yes I am really sticking my neck out with this one!).

Cut and pasted from an email from the British Museum:

I am delighted to tell you about Shakespeare: staging the world – a major exhibition at the British Museum next year, supported by BP and presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

400 years ago, the playhouse dominated society. William Shakespeare was at the centre of this exciting new medium and his tales echo down through the ages. The exhibition will provide a unique insight into the emerging role of London as a world city around 1612 seen through the lens of Shakespeare’s plays. Maps, prints, drawings, paintings, tapestries, arms and armour, coins and much more will retell Shakespeare’s stories to London in 2012 – a time when the whole world will once again focus on this truly global city.

Neil MacGregor
Director, British Museum

The exhibition opens in July 2012, and runs until November 2012. Follow the link for more details and to book tickets:

Part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which is part of the London 2012 festival
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Operation Hope & Recovery - The launch

Something that I am passionate about - STRENGTH IN DIVERSITY. It features in the video I have highlighted below. It is a concept some people in Government understand 100% - they live and breathe it. Others have no clue! (I am not talking about Ministers - they get it!).

Cut and pasted from the Operation Black Vote website:

Over 700 people were in attendance at the launch of the movement on August 19 at Friends House in Euston, London to listen to a number of prominent speakers including Lee Jasper, Simon Woolley, Diane Abbott MP and Bishop Wayne Malcolm amongst others spell out the vision of Operation Hope & Recovery.

Operation Hope & Recovery is a response to the recent riots which have blighted the nation.

Operation Hope & Recovery is a collection of individuals, organisations and churches working together to attempt the largest political empowerment programme this nation has ever seen.

Follow the link to see a short video about the launch:
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Promoting a Positive Young People's Image - 99% Campaign Poster

During September, commuters travelling on Transport for London’s (TFL) tube and over ground network will see posters promoting Independent Academic Research Studies’ (IARS) youth-led 99% campaign.

The posters highlight some of the positive activities that young Londoners are engaged in and signposts opportunities to make the capital a better place.

The poster is below:

To read the full story, follow the link:

The campaign was developed by young Londoners and run by the charity, Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) with the support of a Core Partners Group including the Mayor’s Office, the Crown Prosecution Service, Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Youth Justice Board, TFL and London Councils.

Independent Academic Research studies:
99% campaign::
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Benedict attends the TTSS premiere at the Venice Film Festival

I cannot (yet!) bring myself to talk about the film, but here is a photo which just HAS to be posted on the com of Benedict attending the premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at the Venice Film Festival. The premiere was on 5 September 2011:

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More photos from the premiere here: