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Jan. 3rd, 2011 01:57 pm Sad Start to 2011

I'm paraphrasing Stephen Fry's message on Twitter: "The loss of the great
Pete Postlethwaite is a very sad way to begin a year."

I can remember watching him in countless films and TV series, with a feeling
of great contentment as I enjoyed a very wonderful and talented performer.
Anytime I saw that Pete was in a production, I can remember thinking "Yes,
this is going to be GOOD!" and I was always right.

RIP Pete Postlethwaite



Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

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Jan. 1st, 2011 07:38 pm State of the world

This was sent to me by a friend - I can remember smiling wryly as I read it and I agree that it has enough merit to be shared.

I am happy to call myself a Christian, but I also realise that there are many who would be unconfortable in hearing such a statement aloud. I try as much as I can to "do the right thing" but also acknowledge my humanity - the 2nd wry smile was as I was forwarding the original email, and realised that I was picking carefully who I was sending it to (sigh)

That's when I decided to post it here:

"I think that this is worth reading even though it was on an American programme.   MRB
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday  Morning  Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish.  And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees...  I don't feel threatened..  I don't feel discriminated against.. That's what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.  I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.  In fact, I kind of like it.  It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu ...  If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians.  I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period.  I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country.  I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?  I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.  But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different:  This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina)..  Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response..  She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives.  And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out.  How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... Terrorists attack, school shootings, etc..  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide).  We said an expert should know what he's talking about..  And we said okay..

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell.  Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.  Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing.  Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not, then just discard it... No one will know you did.  But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards,  Honestly and respectfully,

Ben S"

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Sep. 8th, 2010 07:53 pm Dr Who Prom

Have just spend an extraordinarily wonderful hour (ish) with my two children listening to the Dr Who special Prom concert on BBC3

The music was fabulous, it was hosted by Matt "The man himself" Smith,  Karen "Call me Amy" Gillan and Arthur "Finally married her" Darvill and we had lots of extra bits of wonderment, including clips in concert with the music!

An extended version is going to be on Friday (10/09/10) at about 8.00pm on BBC3 - if a fan - YOU MUST SEE THIS!

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: DR Who themes

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Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:37 pm I Am ... a List meme

I can remember doing this in 2006.
Having read through my answer then, I can't honestly change any - so I thought it might be fun to dust it off and see if anyone else remembers their answers, or whether anyone new would like to give it a go?

Copy & Paste into your journal and take out my answers after the elipses ("...") then add your own!
You can be as descriptive as you like :-)List Meme under here ...Collapse )

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Have fun!


Current Location: At home
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: Paloma Faith "Do you want the truth or something beautiful?"

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Jan. 20th, 2010 10:24 pm 77 - Cutting it fine!

As per hunter 's post - SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, post to your LJ and paste this as a note. Then, put +'s next to the films you've seen, add them up, and use your number as the header.

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Thank goodness not all of my films were on there :-)Read more...Collapse )

Current Mood: curiouscurious
Current Music: Paloma Faith album

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Jan. 12th, 2010 10:14 pm For My Wonderful Mum and best friend Paula

In memory of family and friends who have lost the battle with cancer; and in support of the ones who continue to conquer it! Post this on your LJ if you know someone who has or had cancer. 93% won't copy and paste this. Will you?

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

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Jan. 10th, 2010 07:53 pm Still a good series ...

Take me where I cannot stand
I don't care, I'm still free
You can't take the sky from me
Take me out
To the black
Tell 'em I ain't coming back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me
There's no place
I can be
Since I found Serenity
You can't take the sky from me...

Thanks gipsy_dreamer for posting this - still can't believe that they cancelled it (sigh)

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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Jan. 8th, 2010 02:03 pm As instructed!

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Current Mood: coldcold

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Dec. 5th, 2009 10:51 pm What song is this from?

Stolen ... I mean borrowed from Khitomer's page!!

I call you when I need you, my Ssirienna's on fire.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful

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Dec. 2nd, 2009 10:02 pm

Hello All,

Apologies for not posting anything sooner, but it's been pretty manic since I last posted here ... in fact it's been quite a while snce I even READ stuff! (Phew) Must make an effort to read at least once a week (sigh)

However, wanted to share one thing with people - Having passed my Grade 7 singing (eep!) I was persuaded to help out in one of the local churches lunchtime concerts! Basically it was me trying to fill 30 minutes with my singing accompanied by my music tutor (who happens to be the resident organist of the church - coerced much ... No!! ;)

It was rather disconcerting starting with a small audience of about 10 - 12 people and ending up with over 20, as people came off the street (it's a city church in Gloucester) to listen to the music!

I can't believe it's been over a YEAR since I posted last!

Will try to DO BETTER


Current Mood: bouncybouncy

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