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Weather, Shakespeare, Handy DVD

Weather, Shakespeare, Handy DVD

Clear skies, 13 degrees at 6.30 in the morning, we’re doing well here. Sorry if you’re stuck in snow and having power-outs where you are. The yUK never seems to get the hang of its own famous weather. There’s always the wrong kind of snow or leaves or even the wrong kind of trains on the line, so the railways fail. There’s always a problem with gritting lorries being stuck in the garage because the roads haven’t been gritted, and no-one seems prepared to deal with snow when it comes, even though you get snow there every year. I don’t know. At least here on Symi, we don’t very often have to worry about snow and ice, though it has been known in the mountains and lower down on rare occasions.

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Don’t know where that came from. I was going to tell you about a bit of Shakespeare. If you have anyone at school studying ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ then you might want to get hold of a new version of it on DVD. You may have already seen it. We saw it the other day, and it struck me that if we had adaptations like this when I was at school, I’d have understood what was going, and also probably managed higher marks in my exam. Mind you, we were studying Henry IV Part Two, so it probably wouldn’t have helped to know about where the wild thyme grows and all that fairy stuff, but you know what I mean.

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Apart from the cast (including Maxine Peake and Matt Lucas) it’s a good adaptation and makes the story make sense, while still in the original language of the play. Not all of it, there have been cuts, but still… Anyway, I just thought it might be a good tip if anyone is ‘doing’ Shakespeare at school and this one in particular. Here’s a link: A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Which has nothing to do with anything here on Symi except we are approaching a midwinter’s night, I guess. Clearly, there’s no other great news to tell you from up here in the village where I tend to only see the computer, the keyboard, the sea from the window and occasionally the TV in the Rainbow bar, and not much else at the moment. (Writing deadlines.) So, I’ll leave you wondering what the point of this post was (clue: there wasn’t one) and let you head off into the rest of your day.

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