…the christmas season, spiritual renewal and reinforcement…

…membership in any christian religion, unnecessary…

Lessons abound from the music and the other arts. There is the still compelling Sir Thomas Beecham’s ‘Messiah’ of 1959. Then we have Charles Dickens’, ‘A Christmas Carol’; if not, the excellent, sans pareil, portrayal, ‘Scrooge’ played by Alastair Sim. With ‘Scrooge’, the existing film technology mattered not one whit in the total capture of the message of Dickens. Timeless – and still on youtube. Read the rest of this entry »

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…are there no workhouses? is there no redemption?…

‘…If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal…’  First Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians

…just as the power of prose can bring to life our imagination and put us into the scene, so too does the power of acting captured in a screen portrayal that is undiminished even by still developing camera technology. We have a classic novel that has translated so well into this seasonal classic…

And we see no definition needed of charity, compassion, love, society and the human family — in any language or culture…