Thursday, 11 February 2016

richard iii

On Saturday 30th January I went to see a one-woman version of Richard III at the Draper Tenants Hall - less than two minutes away, my shortest-ever journey to a venue.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

interstellar; looper

On Saturday 6 February we all watched Interstellar together in the evening. We enjoyed it.

Monday, 8 February 2016

rt france on matthew

On Saturday I finished reading RT France's commentary on Matthew, in the IVP Tyndale series. It was the one I'd been reading to accompany our house group studies in Matthew over the last year or two; we finished Matthew before Christmas, but I was just finishing off reading sections on a couple of studies I'd missed. Both series and author are usually pretty reliable, and this was another good commentary.

We're doing Judges now, and I've started the IVP Tyndale one on that. (IVP Tyndale series is my preferred series, in general, for house group preparation, more studious/academic rather than sermony/devotional, though without lacking warmth and application.)

Saturday, 6 February 2016

a ten-year-old girl rings donald swann

Sally Phillips, in a Radio Times article (30 January) promoting radio programme Talking To Strangers:
'Radio is also the most intimate of mediums. When playwright Lily Bevan, my co-writer on Talking to Strangers, was growing up, her heroes were Joyce Grenfell and Flanders & Swann. One afternoon she looked up Donald Swann in the phone book. "I was about ten and he was in his 80s. I rang him at home and told him I liked his songs. We chatted. We got on. We sent each other cards until he died."'

The idea that you could look up a pretty famous person's number in the phone book and just ring them. A different world, alright.

Which also made me think of this Dial-a-Disc-related article by Torcuil Crichton on the death of David Bowie (English version follows the Gaelic).

the joker; flat 2

On Tuesday 2nd February I finished The Joker by Edgar Wallace, and, which I hadn't previously noted, on Wednesday 4th March last year I finished reading his Flat 2.

Friday, 5 February 2016

mirror mirror

On Monday 21 December we went to the matinee of Mirror Mirror, Charles Court Opera's panto (based on Snow White) at the King's Head Theatre. We enjoyed it.

the case for faith

On Wednesday 3rd February I finished The Case For Faith by Lee Strobel. It was a very similar structure to his earlier The Case For Christ - interviews with different experts on different areas of tough questions for Christian faith (hell, suffering, evil, the Old Testament, etc) - and I'd say pretty much the same about it as I said about that: didn't like the style, but the content was worth it.

january's morris folk club - parcel o' rogues and life on mars?

At the January Morris Folk Club, on Tuesday 26th January, I sang Parcel O'Rogues (to mark Burns night, more or less, though he probably didn't write it), which went fine, and Life On Mars?, which we shall file under heroic failure.