Til I Hear You Sing Once More … With Feeling Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies

I’d like to talk about drama, and the stylistic choices involved in staging. Specifically I want to talk about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new-ish musical Love Never Dies, the And then what happened? follow-on for the 1986 musical Phantom of The Opera, wherein the main characters find themselves on American shores, drawn together one last time to resolve their

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Work for a Living … Worked to Death When people leave your workplace, it’s almost as if they’ve died

Before they leave, everyone gathers round them to wish them well and speculate about where they’re moving on to and what they’ll do there. They are laden with flowers, cards, and other paltry tributes, and in their final moments may discuss fond memories of their time amongst you. Often they shed tears at their own departure. Even if they’re ready to

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Taurus Tattoo… Pain in the Astrology? Impossibull? We don't need the gods, except when we do.

I apologise for the truly awful puns in the title, but I’m thinking of getting a tattoo done of a variation on the astrological symbol for Taurus. I’m a Taurus myself, being dedicated and headstrong while affectionate and sensuous, prone to bouts of procrastination and stubbornness, governed by my vocal chords with a strong, thick neck. I’m also a

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The end result, sliced up for a good nomming. The crusts did rather well, but the middle pieces unravelled and became more like folded food than curly food. I'm thinking of trying this with two end-of-loaf pieces next time. Maybe at my as-yet-to-exist Annual Curly Food Party.

Curly Food Tastes Better: TOAST

And so it came to pass that I wondered what makes curly fries so much better than chips, crisps, vodka, or mash, and realised it must be one thing and one thing alone. They are curly. Could all foods be made better by rendering them curly? And if not, could a lot of fun be had trying? Seems like a bit of a challenge, doesn’t it? Take one of the

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The finished article! How good was it? Well as you can see from the picture it was so irresistible that I was over halfway done before I remembered to take a picture of it. Curly bacon: success!

Curly Food Tastes Better: BACON

And so it came to pass that I wondered what makes curly fries so much better than chips, crisps, vodka, or mash, and realised it must be one thing and one thing alone. They are curly. Could all foods be made better by rendering them curly? And if not, could a lot of fun be had trying? Truly, it was by a stroke of genius that I came upon the idea of

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Going postal? It’s in the blood… Is stealing mail the same as summoning a demon through blood magic?

Regular readers and anyone with the misfortune of meeting me for more than a while will know I’m a little obsessed with Bioware’s Dragon Age universe. I have a Qunari tattoo in the waiting and I’ve even decided where in Ferelden I want to build my house In the Dragon Age universe, as in many fantasy worlds, magic users face persistent scrutiny and

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