The other night we went to see the RSC production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Stratford-upon-Avon and really enjoyed ourselves. It is one of Shakey’s lighter plays and it really delivered on humour. The sets and costumes were excellent and the whole cast were superb. There was one star that shone brighter than the rest – Ade Edmondson as Malvolio. He was grumpy and brusque in the first half, then colourful and absolutely hilarious in the second.
There are some musical numbers and I was disappointed that we did not get the opportunity to hear Kara Tointon sing solo. Dinita Gohil as Viola is a rising star to look out for!
We had a fabulous time at the beautiful Yorkshire Sculpture Park earlier this year. Here are a few of the extraordinary things that you can see there. Pics include: Sitting by Sophie Ryder; Wilsis by Jaume Plensa; a collection by Zak Ové; and many more from the outstanding outdoor art gallery. We love the way the amazing pieces are displayed in the equally glorious Yorkshire countryside.
I know very little about fungi but – I am fascinated when I see some interesting examples. These are all from my latest walk around the National Arboretum at Westonbirt. They include: an inkcap, possibly a Magpie Inkcap; a Southern Bracket or similar; and other species that I have no clue about.
Any help with identification will be greatly appreciated…
We loved attending these championships and we were lucky enough to have tickets for the final night. Our highlights include: the GB 4 x 100m women receiving their silver medals; the GB 4 x 100m men receiving their gold medals; the 5000m women’s final; the 1500m men’s final; a streaker being removed by officials; the silver medal winning GB 4 x 400m women’s team; and the GB team captain, Eilidh Doyle.
It has not been a great week for British athletics…apart from Mo. But the spectacle of the best in the world competing in London has been fantastic. We were there for two sessions and here are a few of our highlights from day 2: KJT after a decent hurdles; roving camera; Sophie qualifies with first throw; and Bolt fans.
And from day 3: Jess receives a retrospective gold; Usain receives his bronze from Seb Coe; Holly clears 4.55m; decathletes collapse after 800m; KJT fights to the end; and the ArcelorMittal Orbit at night.
Looking forward to week 2.
We had fabulous day at the Women’s World Cup cricket match between England and the West Indies on Saturday. Held at the County Ground in Bristol on a cloudy but mostly dry day. England batted reasonably well to set the Windies a modest target of 221 runs. Then England bowled really well to restrict their opponents to 128 for 9 and win by 92 runs. The cricket may not have been as exciting as we had hoped but the atmosphere was great – lots of vibrant Caribbean support, plus a few songs at lunch from the Rock Choir, all helped to bring some excitement to the crowd.
It was extraordinary to see F Murray Abraham, one of the main stars of Homeland, live on the stage of a tiny theatre in Bath. Well supported in a cast of just four people, he played the role of the mentor with great humour, fabulous timing and every now and then he showed us some of the power that he has as an actor.
The Mentor is a new German play, beautifully translated by Christopher Hampton.