January 2nd, 2012

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the ideal Holmes smashes all Box Office records at The Umbrella Organisation

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-promotional-photos/

Not surprisingly, the Telegraph interview with Benedict Cumberbatch, focusing on his role as Sherlock, has garnered the most hits this com has ever had in one day.

The post which has smashed all Box Office records is here:

Just proves that Benedict and Sherlock are still top dog as far as this Livejournal Community is concerned!
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St Francis of Assisi

Today is my birthday and so I am just going to run two stories that are very close to my heart. I am starting with St Francis of Assisi.

The painting below is an unusual depiction of St Francis, but it is one of my favourite paintings in the National Gallery in London, and so it is the one that I have chosen:

Photo credit: http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/the-discovery-of-spain/highlights-8474

Cut and pasted from the National Gallery website:

Saint Francis in Meditation, Francisco de Zurbarán 1598-1664

The painting is one of the starkest and most austere of Zurbarán's representations of saints. The face is largely obscured by the cowl and its shadows and the light is concentrated on the coarse patched habit and on the skull clasped to the saint's body. It is probably of the early or mid-1630s. Meditation on death was favoured, especially by the Jesuits, as a religious exercise, and saints contemplating skulls are frequent in Spanish and Italian painting in the early 17th century.

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The Prayer of St Francis

St Francis is very dear to me because of his prayer. It is one that I used even as an atheist.

Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

The Prayer of Saint Francis is a Christian prayer. It is attributed to the 13th-century saint Francis of Assisi, although the prayer in its present form cannot be traced back further than 1912. A popular hymn version, adapted and set to music by Sebastian Temple ©1967 by OCP Publications, is Make Me A Channel of Your Peace. It is an anthem of the Royal British Legion and is usually sung every year at the Service of Remembrance in November at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Make me a channel of your peace

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love,
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,
And where there's doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope,
Where there is darkness, only light,
And where there's sadness, ever joy.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving of ourselves that we receive,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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Dr Who 2011 Christmas Special DVD: The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe

Photo credit: http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/12/25/review-of-doctor-who-%E2%80%98the-doctor-the-widow-and-the-wardrobe%E2%80%99/

The second, and only other, story that I am running today concerns Dr Who. I have already said that I loved the 2011 Dr Who Christmas Special - The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. My feature on it is here:

I enjoyed it so much that I watched it again yesterday, and I have also belatedly started to catch-up with Dr Who Series 6 - I watched a few of the episodes yesterday and I really enjoyed them.

Photo credit: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s7/doctor-who/news/a354649/doctor-who-the-doctor-the-widow-and-the-wardrobe-prequel-video.html

The DVD will be released on 16 January 2012 and you can pre-order it now for £6.49 (I have pre-ordered two - one for me, one for my nephews). It is available here:

Cut and pasted from Amazon:
Evacuated to a house in Dorset from war-torn London, Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril, are greeted by a madcap caretaker whose mysterious Christmas gift leads them into a magical wintry world.