Irritation? No, I'm just taking a few deep breaths.

Struggling to stay afloat with lead weights for shoes, all with the help of a manic dog called Bonzo.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Find me on MySpace and be my friend!

Let's see if this works?
Sorry Blogger but I've abandonned you again. My .Mac blog has just gone pearshaped so I got fed up and hit the delete key. Instead I've taken the plunge and joined the mass blurr of american teenagers that is MySpace. How this will pan out is unpredicatable.
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Things have been a little quiet here recently.
Over here though things aren't so quiet.
(I hope that link works... if it does you should be transported to my latest blog creation - more ramblings)
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Sunday, June 04, 2006

Anthony and Cleopatra:
My review is a little late since I saw this production on Bank Holiday Monday. I’m no theatre critic, in fact I would guess I’ve been less than half a dozen times to the theatre so I’m not going to make any great comparisons between performances. My opinion is based purely on the gut reaction, having read the play a few times and approaching the experience from a relatively open mind considering I’m a child of the eighties more familiar with films, video games and being spoon fed thought.
I’ve always thought if you’re going to experience something, experience the full monty. In Shakespeare, if you want to see it done well, I’ve been told the guys to see are the Royal Shakespeare Company, known as the RSC to their mates, so to Stratford I headed.
Stratford On Avon is a bit of a trap for tourists eager to see Shakespeare’s birthplace and I can confirm that on a Bank Holiday they’re out in droves in red sight-seeing buses. So many cameras eagerly clicking at black and white houses with the ever present Starbucks catering to the headaches caused by bored children and stressed out americans here to see little-old-England.
My irritation with tourists aside (although I suppose I was technically one although I live in the West Midlands) onto the play itself.
The first thing that struck me was how small and intimate the Swan Theatre is. The design is obviously based on Elizabethan theatres but I wasn’t expecting to be nearly so close to the action. My only other experience of seeing an RSC production was Macbeth about a decade ago in the main theatre, where we were so far away we might as well have watched a video. Here though, despite me being in nearly a back row, row H, I was still close enough to see tiny details of costumes and expressions. Although to be honest not all the action is restricted to the stage, the actors entered and left from all angles so the audience really did get a 360 degree assault of Shakespeare.
The play itself was just amazing. The time seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. Despite the difficulty of the location jumping from Egypt to Rome to battlefields to the sea and then around some more, this wasn’t an issue for this performance. I was impressed since reading the play I’ve always found it difficult to maintain my focus on where the characters are. So that was a major hurdle jumped.
I enjoy reading Shakespeare for the hidden messages, double meaning, imagery and fascinating description of character. Reading this four hundred year old text out loud however is beyond me, the words just don’t form together in my head in fluent patterns. I sat there amazed at just how easy these actors breathed life into this almost foreign language, making it ebb and flow effortlessly. The age of the text was irrelevant, its meaning was inescapable as Shakespeare jumped off the page.
My other draw for going the Stratford was the chance to finally see one of my favorite actors live - Patrick Stewart played Anthony and he didn’t disappoint. There was that horrible niggling thing at the back of my head wondering if it would be simply too difficult to see him as a character other than those he’s typecast as. Well, I can safely say that this was blown away within maybe the first thirty seconds of the play. I had that initial ‘wow’ factor thing when I realized just how close I was sitting to this amazing performance, but it quickly passed as the play got going and the audience were transported to the world of Shakespeare.
I would go again at the drop of a hat, but I have the feeling the play is sold out and probably had been for months. It was definatly worth the ticket cost and the drive over to Stratford. I’m just amazed that I had the good fortune of getting a decent ticket way back in September 2005.
Now I have ‘The Tempest’ to look forward to.

P.S. On a less than serious note, and I’ve been trying to keep serious so far honest, but this has just got to be said on behalf of all the red-blooded women out there (and possibly a few guys too) - just how does a man of 65 keep so in shape? What is Patrick Stewart’s secret? I’ve been out with guys under 25 who don’t have such good looking abs and arms!
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Two important things have happened in the last week.
Last Tuesday will forever be stuck in my mind for one very simple reason. I still can't decide whether it's OK to feel proud of this event or not. Well, anyway, last Tuesday I was formally sworn in as a member of the TA. Yes, I finally finished my paperwork, stood up, with a Bible in my hand an swore allegence to the monarch. I'd just like to comment that the oath was a real mouthful, just like one never ending sentence but I feel very happy that I've finally made it in formally.
To celebrate this event, which I haven't yet told anyone about, I ordered a new computer, a Macbook, last night. I'm now eagerly checking the order status every day to find out when it'll arrive.
So those are my two 'happiness causing' events.
But wait! There's more! This one is just as cool. Next Monday, the Bank Holiday, I'm going to see 'Anthony and Cleopatra' in Stratford. I dont know how, but after buying the tickets ages ago I put them away and nearly forgot about them. Now all I need to do is re-familarise myself with the play.
Maybe I'll even write a review.
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

I have my eye on a new toy, a MacBook. Only got one big question, why stick an extra £130 on the price tag for changing it's colour to black?
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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Knuckle Bruiser

People Iced:Seven
Car Bombs Planted:Seventeen
Favorite WeaponSack full of doorknobs
Arms Broken:Nineteen
Eyes Gouged:Eight
Tongues Cut Off:Five
Biggest Enemy:Knee Bender

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Welcome to the mid-week lull. I've done four nights and have three left. All enthusiasm has drained away.
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