July 25th, 2012

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Bert and Dickie: Wednesday 25 July, 8.30pm, BBC1

Photo credit: http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/rjbpz/bert-and-dickie

Cut and pasted from the Radio Times:

Writer William Ivory’s unabashedly sentimental fact-based drama about plucky rowers Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell, who won gold in the double sculls rowing at the 1948 London Olympics.

Bert (Matt Smith) is a working-class young man who’s chippy and rude when he first meets his sculling partner, Dickie Burnell (Sam Hoare). Dickie is Eton and Oxford educated and a member of the Leander Club (the rowing equivalent of the MCC). But they soon bury their differences as they power through exhaustion to find glory.

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Raks's Says - This DEFINITELY looks like one to watch! Go Matt!
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The Fire Garden, National Theatre, courtesy The World Famous and Watch this Space

This is what happened at the National Theatre yesterday!

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Photo credit: http://www.whatsonstage.com/news/theatre/london/E8831343208790/Photos:+National+Theatre+lights+up+for+Olympics.html

Cut and pasted from the National Theatre Inside Out Website:

The Fire Garden - The World Famous
As the Olympic torch approaches its destination, the iconic National Theatre comes to life with flames, turning it into a massive riverside hanging garden of conflagration, to celebrate the start of one of London’s most memorable occasions.

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Cut and pasted from the Whatsonstage Website:

National Theatre lights up for Olympics
The stalwart concrete buildings of the National Theatre were illuminated last night by the flames of thousands of torches to mark the opening of the Olympics. Entitled The Fire Garden, the display by the humbly named World Famous Pyrotechnic Company turned up the heat as part of the National Theatre Inside Out festival. It will return between 9.30pm and 11.30 tonight (25 July) and tomorrow (July 26).

Raks's Twitter Review

Fire Garden @NationalTheatre. Great Scott! They REALLY have set Theatre Square on fire! Flames and flares everywhere. Feels like an oven. Wow!

Fire Garden @NationalTheatre. Flames. Flares. Fire. Heat. Spectacular. Wow! Quite a sight to behold.

Fire Garden @NationalTheatre. Completely and utterly mesmerising. I was transfixed!

I just LOVED this - it was amazing!
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Gay marriage to be introduced in Scotland

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Good on you Scotland! As always, leading the way!

Cut and pasted from the BBC Website:

Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. Scottish ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue.

Political leaders, equality groups and others support gay marriage, but it is strongly opposed by the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland.

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