April 9th, 2012

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Easter Sunday Hymn

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One of my new favourite hymns from the Easter Sunday morning service at All Souls. Again, it is a hymn that I did not at all know until I started attending All Souls. It is now one of my favourites and very relevant for Eastertime.

See, what a morning, gloriously bright
With the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
Folded the grave-clothes, tomb filled with light,
As the angels announce Christ is risen!
See God's salvation plan,
Wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
Fullfilled in Christ, the Man,
For He lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

See Mary weeping, "Where is He laid?"
As in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
Hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
It's the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
The voice that spans the years,
Speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
Will sound till He appears,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!

One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
Through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty,
Honour and blessing, glory and praise
To the King crowned with power and authority!
And we are raised with Him,
Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
And we shall reign with Him,
For He lives, Christ is risen from the dead!
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I give you the Holmes Brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft

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Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes is a character in the stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the elder brother (by seven years) of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

Possessing deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, Mycroft is nevertheless incapable of performing detective work similar to that of Sherlock as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions.

... he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points ...
— Sherlock Holmes, speaking of his brother in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter"

Though Sherlock initially tells Watson that Mycroft audits books for some government departments, he later reveals that Mycroft's true role is more substantial. While Conan Doyle's stories leave unclear what Mycroft Holmes' exact position is in the British government, Sherlock Holmes says that "Occasionally he is the British government":

“You are right in thinking that he is under the British Government. You would also be right in a sense if you said that occasionally he is the British Government … Mycroft draws four hundred and fifty pounds a year, remains a subordinate, has no ambitions of any kind, will receive neither honour nor title, but remains the most indispensable man in the country. … His position is unique. He has made it for himself. There has never been anything like it before, nor will be again. He has the tidiest and most orderly brain, with the greatest capacity for storing facts, of any man living. The same great powers which I have turned to the detection of crime he has used for this particular business. The conclusions of every department are passed to him, and he is the central exchange, the clearinghouse, which makes out the balance. All other men are specialists, but his specialism is omniscience. … They began by using him as a short-cut, a convenience; now he has made himself an essential. In that great brain of his everything is pigeon-holed and can be handed out in an instant. Again and again his word has decided the national policy.”
— "The Bruce-Partington Plans"

Mycroft has appeared or been mentioned in four stories by Doyle: "The Greek Interpreter", "The Final Problem", "The Empty House" and "The Bruce-Partington Plans". While he does occasionally exert himself in these stories on behalf of his brother, he on the whole remains a sedentary problem-solver, providing solutions based on seemingly no evidence and trusting Sherlock to handle any of the practical details. In fact, Mycroft's own lack of practicality is a severe handicap despite his inductive talents: in "The Greek Interpreter", his blundering approach to the case nearly costs the client his life.

Mycroft resembles Sherlock, but is described in "The Greek Interpreter" as being "a much larger and stouter man". In "The Bruce-Partington Plans", the following description is given:

Heavily built and massive, there was a suggestion of uncouth physical inertia in the figure, but above this unwieldy frame there was perched a head so masterful in its brow, so alert in its steel-gray, deep-set eyes, so firm in its lips, and so subtle in its play of expression, that after the first glance one forgot the gross body and remembered only the dominant mind.

Mycroft spends most of his time at the Diogenes Club, which he co-founded.
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Chariots of Fire, Hampstead Theatre

Image of Harold Abrahams winning the 100m in the 1924 Olympics courtesy of Mary Evans Picture Library.

Cut and pasted from the Hampstead Theatre website:

Chariots of Fire

Adapted for the stage by Mike Bartlett
Directed by Edward Hall
9 May to 16 June 2012

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

1924. The Paris Olympic Games.

A devout Scottish Christian runs for the glory of God. The son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew runs to overcome prejudice. Two young track athletes who live for the beautiful purity of running and who prevail in the face of overwhelming odds.

Based on the extraordinary true story of Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, Chariots of Fire is an Olympic tale of hope, honour and belief.

Mike Bartlett is bringing one of the most thrilling Olympic stories to the stage for the first time in a dazzling new adaptation from Colin Welland's original screenplay (His plays include 13 for the National). Directed by Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director Edward Hall, Chariots of Fire promises to be the theatrical event of our Olympic year. Award winning designer Miriam Buether will be transforming Hampstead Theatre into its very own stadium giving an immersive experience that evokes the 1924 Paris Olympics.

For full details and to book tickets, follow the link:

Raks's Says:
In the London Olympics year of 2012, this is my hottest tip for the theatre event of the Summer; yes that is right, over and above anything that is on at the National! Public booking is now open and I have already got my tickets in!
I am not going to a single sporting Olympics event (I will be watching at home on my telly, like most people, or at All Souls on the big screen) BUT I am going to see this!

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Cut and pasted from Wikipedia:

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who runs to overcome prejudice.

The film was written by Colin Welland and directed by Hugh Hudson. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture. It is ranked 19th in the British Film Institute's list of Top 100 British films.

The film's title was inspired by the line, "Bring me my chariot of fire," from the William Blake poem adapted into the popular British hymn "Jerusalem"; the hymn is heard at the end of the film.

If you cannot get to Hampstead Theatre, you can buy the 1981 film on Amazon for under £5:

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The Undershaw Alliance now numbers 500 academics and other scholars

The Undershaw Alliance: Campaigning for a Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing

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Conan Doyle's Epitaph:

Steel True
Blade Straight
Arthur Conan Doyle
Patriot, Physician and Man of Letters

The Undershaw Alliance now has 500 fully signed up academics and other scholars opposed to the destruction of Undershaw and favouring a Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing. Crime writers who support the Underhshaw Alliance number nearly 50.

What are the Undershaw Alliance campaigning for?

To save Undershaw for the Nation by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond.

How are its proposals different from the current development plans and also the plans of the Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT)?

There are three plans in contention:

(a) our own aim to save Undershaw for the Nation by relaunching it as the Conan Doyle Museum and Centre for British and Irish Crime Writing, thus affirming its cultural value and Conan Doyle's place in the literary heritage of Great Britain and Ireland, and beyond, open and accessible to the public all year round (including school visits), with a library, shop, conference facilities, crime writing courses and a writer in residence;

(b) the aim of the Undershaw Preservation Trust for Undershaw to be turned into a single private residence; and

(c) the aim of Fosseway Ltd for Undershaw to be turned into multiple private residences.

Join Our Campaign

If you would like to join the Undershaw Alliance, please write to us at undershavian@gmail.com.

Do not worry if you are not an academic or a crime writer - you can still join the Undershaw Alliance campaign. You can add your name to our growing list of supporters, or write a message of support saying why you think Undershaw is worth saving, and why it should be a Museum and Centre for Crime Writing.

David Charles Rose, Rakshita Patel

The Undershaw Alliance website is here:

Undershaw as it is now: