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O Come, All Ye Faithful
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Painting by Franz von Rohden, German artist, 1817-1903
Photo credit: http://psychscribe.wordpress.com/2008/11/

Even as an atheist, I loved Christmas Carols (singing them) and Carol Concerts. As a Christian, carols obviously mean that much more to me. I especially love the traditional Christmas carols. This is one I got to sing today and that I love.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him,
Born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb:
Very God,
Begotten, not created;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

See how the shepherds,
Summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Child, for us sinners
Poor and in the manger,
We would embrace thee, with love and awe;
Who would not live thee,
Loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the highest;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O Come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.
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Coriolanus Preview Screening, BFI, Tuesday 17 January
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Photo credit: http://www.screendaily.com/reviews/latest-reviews/coriolanus/5023781.article

There will be a preview screening of Coriolanus at the BFI (NFT1) on Tuesday 17 January.

Cut and pasted from the BFI website:

A clever contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's play of political power and intrigue, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes.

An impressive, muscular version of Shakespeare's sometimes overlooked play about power and political pragmatism. The setting - 'a place calling itself Rome' - is a recognisably modern Balkan warzone, and writer John Logan skilfully adapts the Bard's words for more contemporary phrasing. Fiennes takes the role of Coriolanus, the war hero turned politician whose abrasive and autocratic personality does not endear him to the masses. Striking a fine balance between action and political intrigue, Coriolanus is a clever contemporary adaptation, and a most accomplished debut.

I have been championing this film ever since I saw it as part of the London Film Festival. I am going to the preview screening and, if you can, I think you should join me! Public booking opens tomorrow.

For more information and to book tickets follow the link:
http://www.bfi.org.uk/whatson/bfi_southbank/events/previews_in_conversation/preview_coriolanus

My feature on Coriolanus is here:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/166776.html

Ralph Fiennes is giving a Platform on Coriolanus at the National Theatre on Friday 6 January. For more details follow the link:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/167940.html

The planned UK cinema release date for Coriolanus nationwide is Friday 20 January 2012.

Sherlock: New DVD Release Date
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Amazon has just informed me that there is a new release date for the Sherlock Series 2 DVD - 23 January 2012.

Pre-order yours here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sherlock-2-DVD-Benedict-Cumberbatch/dp/B005UL537Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1323702593&sr=8-3

The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar, Donmar Warehouse
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Photo credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00vcwm7

The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar, Donmar Warehouse
9 February - 14 April 2012

'Unless we could make ourselves some pleasure amidst the pain, no mortal man would be able to bear it.'

It’s with the promise of money, glory and adventure that Captain Plume is recruiting the men of Shrewsbury for the King’s army. He’s also determined to make a conquest of Sylvia, but as she’s now an heiress she can afford to put him to the test. All the while, the scheming Melinda is toying with the affections of Captain Brazen and the gentleman Mr Worthy.

From military manoeuvring to sexual strategies, Farquhar’s triumphant The Recruiting Officer, written in 1706, is an unashamed celebration of love, lustiness and victory in battle and in the bedroom.

Mark Gatiss back on stage - hooray! I have got a couple of tickets in for this as I think the play will be fab, and I love seeing Mark on stage.

For more information and to book tickets follow the link:
http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/pl142.html
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Sherlock/When a Knight Won His Spurs Mash-up
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Artist panijeziora

This is one of PJ's original artworks that I am lucky enough to own. I was revisiting some of my favourite hymns yesterday and the lyrics of the hymn below triggered in my mind the image above.

When a Knight Won His Spurs

When a knight won his spurs, in the stories of old,
He was gentle and brave, he was gallant and bold;
With a shield on his arm and a lance in his hand,
For God and for valour he rode through the land.

No charger have I, and no sword by my side,
Yet still to adventure and battle I ride,
Though back into storyland giants have fled,
And the knights are no more and the dragons are dead.

Let faith be my shield and let joy be my steed
'Gainst the dragons of anger, the ogres of greed;
And let me set free with the sword of my youth,
From the castle of darkness, the power of the truth.

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:
When a Knight Won His Spurs is a children's hymn written by Jan Struther and set to a folk melody (Stowey) and harmonised by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The hymn first appeared in Songs of Praise in 1931.