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Think on these things!

“Think on these things!” My friend threw this remark over her shoulder as she went to make us coffee. We had been discussing topics for my next blog and this comment stopped those thoughts completely.“Think on these things!” I exclaimed. “That was the title of a radio programme when I was a child.”I remember it

The Indomitables!

The Third World War has begun! Only this time we do not have to evade machine gun bullets. We do not have to worry about falling bombs. We do not have to keep a watchful eye for men leaping out of cane fields armed with pangas. Oh no, our enemy is far more skilled and

My Passionate Friend!

Passion! That is what struck me about Karen Tungay. It was distinctive and all-embracing. Her passion! “Hello!”I looked into those mischievous, dancing eyes and instantly made a friend. Karen and I met in a lift club when I was ten. I changed schools a few years later but I saw Karen often when I went

My Multifaceted Friend!

“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”– Unknown Actor, director, scriptwriter, screenwriter, editor but more importantly, one of my truest friends – Shirley Johnston!Now please, all of you non-theatre people, don’t think: “Ah uh, this blog’s not my type!”Shirley goes much further

If at first……..!

Creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our ‘inner’ pool of resources – knowledge, insight, information, inspiration and all the fragments populating our minds – that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.” Maria

Songs of My Heart!

“You love music. Why don’t you write this next blog on your five favourite songs?” I thought my friend’s suggestion was great, so set about picking out the five tunes I enjoyed the most. I soon realised what an utterly impossible task this was. It was totally unthinkable! If I looked at the various shows

Hampstead Happiness!

Giddily, my laughing head tilted back, my arms were thrown upwards as I gave a Gaynor-twirl. Gaynor-twirls are not always successful. Often instead of going in a perfect round spin, my body teeters, leaning Tower of Pisa like, and then plummets to end up in a most undignified heap. This time however, my body did

Beyond the Stage!

“Which musical would you like to see when you visit London?”Each year B spoils me in this way.“Les Miserables“, I said without hesitation. “It’s strange, B, I know the songs off pat. Probably I owned the CD before my fall.” I mentioned to a group of friends that B and I were going to see Les

The Giver!

Bam! Bam! Kapow! Crash! Bam!Bam! Bam! Kapow! Crash! Bam!!!That was how Nathan’s musical career began.With drums!!!!! He would drum at the kitchen table when he should have been hurrying for school. He would drum on the counter while his mum got the food out for lunch. And he would drum out a tune when he

A Dance on Paper!

A child sitting on steps looking out. I just adore this work of Margi Larlham’s. It was created from a photo of her when she was much younger. It reminds me so much of a photograph I have of Emily, her daughter, taken in 1982. Excepting this is a picture of the child from the

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