February 22nd, 2012

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Goodbye James Blunt and Good Luck!

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James Blunt put out this message today:

Hola Bedlamites and Boardies!

Our world tour is over, so I thought I'd write you a little thank you and goodbye note. We've had an amazing time, simply because of you guys turning up and having fun with us.

I've really enjoyed getting up on stage and playing each night. The band and I feel musically closer and tighter than ever before, and it's been fantastic to see what a third album brought to the live show. We've covered so many miles over the past year. As ever, the response in the US, UK, Canada, mainland Europe and Australia is what has kept the tour on the road. You guys have given such incredible support on so many occasions, which has then enabled the tour to go to visit places further afield. And for the places we've only managed to pass by briefly, like South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the warmth of your welcome will leave us with lifelong memories.

On a musical level, I've got three albums that I love, each with their own personality. I'm going to go away and do some other stuff now. I always have a guitar with me. Maybe I'll write about it. Maybe I won't. Either way, I'll check in occasionally. I wish you well. I have a picture of every audience and a million golden moments engrained in my mind. Thank you so much for sharing it all with me.

Adios y hasta luego!


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Raks's Reaction

This quite broke my heart in two! I only discovered James as a "live" experience last year - 2011. Anyway, he was a shooting star who burned with the most amazing brilliance, radiance, and light. He has so much positive energy and love around him that I am 100% sure he will be a great success at whatever he chooses to go on to do. All I can say is, I will miss him truly, madly, deeply; but I wish him the best of luck in whatever he goes on to do. Onwards and upwards!
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Lent Begins Today

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Cut and pasted from the BBC website:

Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. It is preceded by Shrove Tuesday and begins with Ash Wednesday.

Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (today), Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion by Rome. This is believed to have taken place in Roman occupied Jerusalem.

The Christian churches that observe Lent in the 21st century (and not all do significantly) use it as a time for prayer and penance. Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is more common these days for believers to surrender a particular vice such as favourite foods or smoking. Whatever the sacrifice it is a reflection of Jesus' deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.

Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast. Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some other churches hold special services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death and sorrow for sin.

In Ash Wednesday services churchgoers are marked on the forehead with a cross of ashes as a sign of penitence and mortality. The use of ashes, made by burning palm crosses from the previous Palm Sunday, is very symbolic.

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