July 13th, 2012

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Stonewall: ‘Some People Are Gay. Get On With It!’


Photo credit: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/what_we_do/parliamentary/5714.asp

Cut and pasted from the Stonewall Website:

Stonewall calls on government to expedite Marriage Bill

Stonewall today launches a range of visual materials encouraging the government to expedite its plans to extend the legal form of marriage to gay people and permit religious denominations to celebrate same-sex marriages. ‘Some People Are Gay. Get On With It!’ postcards, social media profile pictures and banners are part of Stonewall's continuing campaign for equal marriage, following the government’s recent consultation.

Ministers have promised to introduce equal marriage by 2015, however the proposal was not included in the recent Queen’s Speech. A recently published YouGov poll commissioned by Stonewall showed that 84 per cent of people under the age of 30 support the proposal.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘The Deputy Prime Minister, a great supporter of equality, recently talked of “argy-bargy” around equal marriage. We can help him cut through it – our very straightforward Draft Marriage Bill was published months ago. Much of the work is done – it really is time for the government to get on with it.’

Follow the link to the full press release:
http://www.stonewall.org.uk/media/current_releases/7985.asp
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Chariots of Fire Back in Cinemas Today

Chariots of Fire, the original 1981 film, but digitally remastered, is back in cinemas as of today.

Hooray! I have only seen this film once before, when it was originally released over 30 years ago, and I can't wait to revisit it on the big screen again now!


Photo credit: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/news/a377610/chariots-of-fire-to-return-to-cinemas-to-coincide-with-olympics.html

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.


Photo credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/9291892/Director-Hugh-Hudson-and-his-wife-Maryam-dAbo-speak-of-their-new-film-inspired-by-the-illness-that-nearly-killed-her.html

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.

The Telegraph's film review can be found here:
Chariots of Fire, starring Ian Charleson and Ben Cross, is an Olympic flame that’s still burning brightly, writes Robbie Collin. 5 stars.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/9397135/Chariots-of-Fire-review.html

You can buy the DVD on Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chariots-Fire-DVD-Ben-Cross/dp/B0000560Y5