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Cutting my hair off… (Part 2)

As you may be aware, I had a charity haircut scheduled almost two weeks ago to donate 7 inches of my hair to charity and raise money at the same time. Currently I have raised just under £275 for Evelina London and hope to reach my target once my friends get their student loans in! If you want to donate, my JustGiving page is here: https://www.justgiving.com/bethcarrhaircut. The hair has been donated to the Little Princess Trust and you can find out more about them here: http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/.

My hair, 4th April 2016

My hair, 4th April 2016

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Mark Drama

Last night was my second time seeing the Mark Drama and it was just as powerful knowing what was to come that when I saw it this time last year. It’s one of the most unique pieces of drama I have seen and if it is being put on anywhere near you, as it is a worldwide phenomenon, I would truly recommend seeing it. Egham locals can catch the final performance tonight at 7:30, location tbc due to the weather. And you can read my review here: http://theorbital.co.uk/christian-union-present-mark-drama/

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Cuffs Review

Tonight sees the conclusion to the gripping BBC series Cuffs. I have been eagerly anticipating the series for some time and I have not been disappointed.

Following the CID department at fictional South Sussex Police, Cuffs features the acting talents of Amanda Abbington, of Sherlock fame, and rising star Jacob Ifan. Although I knew of very few of the cast before I started watching the show but eight weeks later I wish I could see more of them.

It is the Brighton setting that really enticed me into watching this show and I particularly enjoyed playing spot the location each week. The one thing that annoyed me was the fictional street names but considering they didn’t want to damage the reputation of any real streets, I can understand why they changed the names.

Focusing on family relationships, professional relationships and romantic relationships, Cuffs not only reflects modern policing but modern life in general. The storyline features twists and turns but it has been a thoroughly enjoyable watch and I would recommend it to any fan of police procedurals.

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Into Film Project: 12 – Under Milk Wood

The next film (albeit out of order) in my Into Film Project is Under Milk Wood for Dylan Thomas’ birthday on 27th October. As he died on 9th November 1953, it seems fitting to post this review now. I watched the recent BBC adaptation, originally aired on 26th October 2014 to celebrate the centenary of Thomas’ birth.

The format of the production was unexpected, although understandable considering its description as a ‘play for voices’. You probably need to pay much more attention to it than I did to really understand the plot, as I certainly did not have a clue what was going on. However, for anyone who is prepared to give the hour long programme their full attention, particularly those interested in literature, I would definitely recommend it.

The casting in the film was truly fantastic. A who’s who of Welsh stars, it showcased the talents of the likes of Tom Jones, Eve Myles and Michael Sheen, along with many many others. Each scene brought me many gasps at the new stars involved and the vocal talents of Katherine Jenkins were also much welcomed.

The other aspect of the adaptation I loved was the subtle modernisation of the play. Technology was abundant yet it did not overshadow the power of Thomas’ words and was mingled seemlessly into the story, with video calling taking a key role: not surprising when the film consists of separate shots of individuals cut together to form a coherent story.

A superb cast bring Dylan Thomas’ literary work to life in an up to date fashion, but concentration is needed to truly appreciate the production. Two stars.

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Saturday 26th September 2015

Today is the 26th September, which this year marks three years since my operation. Sometimes it feels like an age, sometimes it feels like no time at all, but it is amazing to think that this time three years ago I was under anaesthetic and unsure how well everything was really going to go.

Some people did not expect me to be able to complete my AS Levels by the end of my first year at sixth form but I did, and they were all As apart from one C in French which was hindered by that month off college for the operation. Now I’m starting my second year at university and later on today I will be working as a Steward at Twickenham Stadium for the prestigious England vs. Wales match in the Rugby World Cup.

I wouldn’t change anything in my life right now and I continue to be extremely grateful to Mr Lucas and his team for all the care I received throughout the operation process. Bring on the next three years!

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Compassion

Today I went to church. Today I watched Doctor Who. These aren’t strictly linked but there was one thing that both made reference to: compassion. Spoilers for Doctor Who.

The sermon at church was the start of a series on compassion and took a different angle on the feeding of the five thousand. Yes, it is about Jesus feeding a massive crowd of people, but it is also a practical outpouring of his compassion for the people. This compassion is not limited to feeding the people but also nurturing them spiritually through his teaching.

Now, Doctor Who. Close to the end of last night’s series opener Davros engaged in a conversation with the Doctor over why he had been allowed to live. The answer: compassion. In fact it is described as the Doctor’s “greatest indulgence”, as if it is a bad thing. Requesting the Doctor to say “Compassion is wrong” is only emphasising that fact.

So, you can see the two conflicting views on compassion very clearly. Obviously Davros is the evil nemesis in this scenario and some would argue that his view is therefore invalid, but the inference from the end of the episode is that the Doctor, our hero, agrees with him.

But seriously, don’t agree with Davros. In light of the recent migrant crisis, can you really say that compassion is a bad thing? Caring for others and meeting their needs is one of the greatest things we can do. Some people call it a symbol of humanity, but it is more than that, it is something we can model from Jesus, and I feel privileged to be able to do that!