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Most people will probably be aware that Terry's documentary Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die won the Single Documentary BAFTA

As it wasn't shown as part of the main show on BBC1, I know a few people, including me, have been trying to find his acceptance speech

It's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jX8ck6XpIFA&feature=youtu.be
(With thanks to Discworld Monthly)

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The last performance went really well. We had a good audience

I'v enjoyed Macbeth more that I thought I would. The whole thing has gone so well. We had a large cast, many of whom (including me) had never performed Shakespeare before. It was a huge challenge and I'm so proud of what we've done

We mostly seemed to avoid the infamous curse. That said someone nearly missed their entrance this afternoon, one cast member almost tripped over, My belt did fall off (luckily it wasn't holding anything up) and when we were striking the set, some items had gone mysteriously missing.

So that's Macbeth over.
Well almost

We are doing a 30 minute extract of the play  at the Wilmslow Festival of One Act Play at the Wilmslow Guild on Wednesday 20 May
(http://orgs.man.ac.uk/wgp/plays/OneAct2012.html)
We're doing the same extract at the RSC Open Stages Shakespeare Festival at the Contact Theatre, Manchester on Thursday 24 May (http://contactmcr.com/whats-on/1079-open-stages-shakespeare-festival/)

So you should come see - if only to get a taster of what you missed

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Just a reminder that my drama group's production of Macbeth is on this week from Thursday

16-19 May 2012 Evenings (Thurs-Sat): 7:30pm Matinees (Sat, Sun) 2pm
Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk
off Liverpool Road
Salford
M5 4BS
Tickets: £7.00, Concessions £5.50
Bookings: Phone: 0161 799 4685
0161 925 0111 (Theatre)
E-mail:boxoffice@salfordartstheatre.co.uk
http://salfordartstheatre.co.uk



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Yes it is.

It's three weeks to the Opening Night so it's time to to try and sell some tickets.

Barton Theatre Company presents
William Shakespeare's
MACBETH

Barton Theatre Company presents a night of Foul Murders, Bloody Battles, Kings, Witches - and me!
Yes it's the original Game Of Thrones set not in Westeros but a place even more savage - Salford Scotland




16-19 May 2012 Evenings (Thurs-Sat): 7:30pm Matinees (Sat, Sun) 2pm
Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk
off Liverpool Road
Salford
M5 4BS
Tickets: £7.00, Concessions £5.50
Bookings: Phone: 0161 799 4685
0161 925 0111 (Theatre)
E-mail:boxoffice@salfordartstheatre.co.uk
http://salfordartstheatre.co.uk


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But I ddin't want this one

This morning whilst riding into work, I was alongside a double decker bus in the adjacent bus lane.
It seems a driver at a  junction had stopped sticking his car's nose out just a little so the bus had to pull out a little bit to avoid taking the car's front end off.

The driver of said bus did this without indicating or seemingly checking his mirrors because he swung out right in front of me. I dropped the anchors and  just about avoided slamming myself into the back of a double decker at 30 mph. Had I hit it, I would certainly have been thrown off the bike. I would probably have been run over by the closely following rush hour traffic.

Two minutes later, and still a later shaken, I almost turned right, plumb in front of an oncoming car. I had turned the handlebars and twisted the throttle but, thank gods, some warning instinct or sixth sense made me look just as I did so.  Anchors away again!

To be honest, this sort of thing is a little par for the course, though it's not usually double deckers, so you learn to shake it off. But two near misses in as many minutes is somewhat harder to recover from. I was feeling physically sick all the rest of the way into work. I should probably have just turned round and gone home but hoped I might to feel better when I got to work.

At work, people immediately thought I was ill so I must have looked terrible. I felt like I was going to be sick and I couldn't focus. Easy things like typing in my password required a second or two to recall them.  I made myself a mug of hot sweet tea, my manger sent me to have a quiet sit down but I was still feeling crap.

So I got sent home. I should probably have taken the tram and left the bike. I didn't! I've had two bikes stolen already; I'm not leaving my scooter probbaly overnight in Manchester City Cente. Besides if the horse tries to throw you, you're supposed to get straight back on, right?

As the rush hour had finished there was virtually no traffic and I took it slowly and carefully.  I am now curled up on the sofa with another cup of tea and I'm staring to feel a little better. A bit of lunch is in the oven; food will probbaly help too.

This blog is helping also. I'm able to make sense of what happened, to work out why it affected me like this. It sounds wierd but it bothered me that I was so bothered by this, getting me caught up in a circular loop. Thinking about it, I'd probably have been OK if it had only been the bus but two was probably too much to just brush off.

Anyway lunch is ready. Food, a cuppa and then after I think I will chill out and watch some DVDs. My new Millenium Trilogy box set would be cool

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Day off work today.

Got up, went to laundrette, washed up and then went into Manchester

Had lunch at Wetherspoons; It was steak and chips. I asked for it medium-well but what I got seemed more like well done. Well done probably means they cremate it.

Went to HMV to spend gift cad I got at Christmas. I wanted the original  Millenium Trilogy Extended Edition box set.  Pleasantly surprised to find it discounted in the sale from £29 to £18. With my £10 gift card, I only paid £8. So an (almost) £30 box set for £8. Score!

Then went to cinema to see the remake version. It is very good. I haven't seen the original film since I saw it at the cinema but IIRC the new film follows the  book even more closely than it did. Rooney Mara was brilliant as Lisbeth Salander, stepping into Noomi Rapace's boots effortlessly. The best compliment I can pay is that it has not occurred to me to compare her performance with Noomi

Then after that, I went to Frankie & Benny's for tea. Good food, good service until they got busy right at the end of my meal and forgot to bring my coffee.

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It's my birthday today and so far it has been great.

I've been off work since Thursday and I'm off work tomorrow as well.

Spent most of Thursday and Friday chilling out and watching some of the complete Star Trek: Deep Space Nine that I received for Christmas.

Yesterday was brilliant! My friend Bev (who had her birthday on Monday) and I went to London to see the musical Rock of Ages. But before that we went to Earls Court to a little Italian restaurant  I know. It was wonderful. Good food and great service. And when the owner of the place heard we'd blown in all the way from Manchester for a double birthday bash, we got given a complimentary glass of Liqueur each,  which was a lovely thing to do and just topped off the meal. 

Then it was time for the show. It was  brilliant. I'm not doing a review here but it has all the old 80's Rock songs I grew up listening to and- as befits the material - fails to take itself too seriously. It is a good show and if you have a fondness for overblown 80s Rock you should go see it.

Today, I have opened my cards and present (I got a copy of Stephen King's 'On Writing') and have watched more DS9.

I have also received several phone calls wishing me Happy Birthday from friends and family, including a friend in Germany, which was all the more lovely for being unexpected. On Facebook I recived loads of Happy Birthday posts on my wall. To those of you reading this on Facbeook, thank you very much. You have helped make my birthday a memorable one.

I have gone out for a splendid lunch at my favourite restaurant which was accompanied by some equally splendid glasses of wine. My pudding, when it came, had a candle on it. 

I kept the candle and it is even now adorning the mini-pizza I am having for tea.

Tomorrow I am planning to go the pictures and see the remake of Girl With A Dragon Tattoo

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It's always been this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9saX9cF248

Happy Birthday Elvis. I've always been proud to share my birthday with you

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Hey all

I am shamelessly plugging my drama group's panto which is on next week.
This time round, I've got a really good role. I play Dick, the Dames's son.

It's on from Thursday 1 December to 4 December 2011

Performances are at 7.30pm Thursday-Saturday with a Matinee at 2pm on Saturday & Sunday

Tickets are £7.00 or £5.50 concessions (kids, OAPS, unwaged)

So if you fancy a good night's entertainment with all the traditional panto ingredients at a fraction of the price the Opera House or Lowry are asking, then you really should come see the show


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I was at work.

We had the radio on for the background noise and slowly I became aware that they weren't playing any music. They were talking about New York and aeroplanes. I rang our other office to find out if they'd heard anything but they hadn't.  Then what happened began to emerge and it was unbelievable,  like  something out a disaster movie. But it was real. The rest of the day wet by in a shocked daze listening to things on the radio and that evening, seeing pictures on TV that seemed unreal but were.

Four years later, I was at work again when news of 7/7 broke. I wasn't shocked that time.Surprised  at but not shocked. Then I felt resigned inevitabilty.  I thought, "They finally got us too". Then I phoned my aunt who lived in London just to make sure she was OK. She was.

In the days immediately after , there was an online campaign (Facebook was just getting big) of people posting the defiant status, "We're Still Here" . I posted too. 

So 10 years on from September 11, I pay my repsects to all those in the four planes, in the Towers and at the Pentagon and to all the brave men and women who fought so hard to save as many as they could.

And I remember those who died in the attacks in London.

And to those who would attack us in the name of their religion - or what you think is your religion but is really a twisted and perverted mockery of it -  you will never win because always We're Still Here.

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