December 9th, 2011

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Palace Theatre, London

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Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla tells the heart-warming and uplifting story of Bernadette, Tick and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. Along the way they meet Bob, the mechanic with the heart of gold. They all set off in a battered old bus (Priscilla) in search of love and adventure but end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed of.

Raks's Review:

I have been meaning to see this for so long but only got round to doing so today.

What did I think?

What can I say?

It is unlike anything else I have ever seen! (Jerry Springer is the nearest I can get). I loved the fact that everything about it was so much larger than life. I loved the sheer energy of it; I have never seen these songs performed with so much gusto and passion. I loved the numerous costumes and the shoes - all the glitter and the sparkle and the razzmatazz. It was joyful, exuberant, loud and fun. I loved the audience reaction to it - people really got into the spirit of it and everyone was there to have fun. There are - as you would expect - some great one-liners; my particular favourite was "a cock in a frock on a rock". And although it is high energy and fun and in your face, there are also a couple of scenes in here that are deeply moving, touching, and even heart-breaking. I really loved it. But it is closing at the end of the year (ie in 3 weeks) so if you want to see it, go and see it now!

Finally, I just have to give a special shout out to Oliver Thornton who is both OUTSTANDING and FABULOUS! (Oliver is the one on the left in the photo above).

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Good Luck for Tomorrow Richard!

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Four-Leaf Clover
A four leaved clover is rarely seen and, hence, is considered a good luck symbol. It is believed that finding such a clover leaf brings lots of luck. The first leaflet is for faith, the second for hope, the third represents love, while the fourth one stands for luck. In Irish culture, the 3 leaved clover, also called "Shamrock", was used to represent the Holy Trinity, by Saint Patrick. One leaflet is for Father, one for Son and the third for the Holy Spirit. And when a Shamrock bears a fourth leaflet, it represents God's grace.

The cultural highlight of my year is happening tomorrow, on Saturday 10 December.

- Mark Gatiss in Season's Greetings
- Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein
- Matthew Fox in In A Forest, Dark and Deep
- Andrew Scott in Emperor and Galilean, and
- Ralph Fiennes in The Tempest

Tomorrow (Saturday), a very special person is performing live in a local Church, as part of an amateur choir based in South West London. He is a tenor in the Choir and this is the first time I will hear him sing (I am hoping it won't be the last!). I have been looking forward to the concert for eons and I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing him sing.

So I just wanted to say - wishing you the very best of luck - do NOT break a leg!
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15 The Life & Death of Philip Knight

I saw this this evening at the BFI.

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The tragic story of 15-year-old Philip Knight, who committed suicide whilst held in an adult prison.

The '15' in the title refers to the age Philip Knight was when he took his life while held in prison; and this moving drama-documentary draws attention to the 365 other under-16s held in adult prisons in 1993. Sensitively highlighting the emotional turmoil of Philip Knight, rejected by his foster parents, this dramatised account shows the efforts of those social workers closest to him as they battled with an inflexible and underfunded system. Kosminsky's assured and measured direction draws us in to the story, and the film features some powerful performances. A disturbing tribute to a troubled life.

Raks's Review

All Philip Knight wanted was a home. A mum and dad. A family. Someone to care about him. Surely that is not too much to ask? They are all things that most of us take for granted.

The sad truth is that some people do not have any of these things; the things that give life meaning and make life worth living.

Social services tried their best in this case. They did not fail, they did all that they could, given the constraints that they had to operate under, and tried their utmost. Social services can never be a parent and they can never replace a family. They can provide care but that is very different from love.

Human beings need someone else to care. Human beings need a family, although this does not have to be a traditional family or a traditional family structure. Human beings need love. Without that, you perish, because what is the point?
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Underworld News

Cut and pasted from an email from Underworld:

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today announced that British electronic music pioneers Underworld have been appointed Music Directors for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The appointment completes the team of senior creatives that will lead the direction of the London 2012 Ceremonies.

Underworld duo Rick Smith and Karl Hyde will work alongside Oscar winning British filmmaker and producer Danny Boyle, Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremony and will be responsible for all the music in the three-hour ceremony taking place on 27 July next summer.

Brilliant news!