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northernvicarwalks – March 2021

This lockdown is harder than last year’s. We were encouraged to take part in a National Day of Reflection on 23 March, which they said was the first anniversary of lockdown. In fact it was the day lockdown had been … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”

Hamlet is one of those plays that you know is marvellous, but you also know is long. We haven’t seen it that often ‘in the flesh’ but we have DVDs with Kenneth Branagh, Maxine Peake and David Tennant. For some … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale

We watched The Winter’s Tale on a Saturday evening in March. I am writing this blog up on a snowy day in April. The version we watched was the one Jonathan Miller produced for the BBC in 1981. I remember … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks February 2021

I called these monthly blogs “northernvicarwalks” because the dream was 1,000 miles a year. The reality for the last couple of years has been 500. January was 27, February has been 5. We have been staying at home with a … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

I don’t know why it has taken several weeks before we got round to sitting and watching our next Shakespeare. “Romeo and Juliet” is one of those plays we are are convinced we know. We are sure we have seen … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks January 2021

We moved into the new year, opened the schools for a day to give the virus lots of opportunities to spread, then went into lockdown again. I find it hard to believe that any government can be so incompetent. Vaccines … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor

“Have we ever seen this?” I asked the Oracle as we decided what we watch on a cold, frosty, lock-downed Saturday evening. “No” replied my wife. We pooled our collective knowledge of the play – “Falstaff is in it”. So … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We continue to work our way, slowly, through the canon of Shakespeare’s plays, but when Julie said “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” I wasn’t very enthusiastic. We did it at school – my recorder ensemble provided the music – and have … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Henry V

As we’ve watched the last three plays in the BBC’s Hollow Crown series of 2012, it makes sense to do the same here – and it is good that the main characters are played by the same actors as before. … Continue reading

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northernvicarwalks December 2020

The November lockdown made zero difference as so many things remained opened, government is incompetent, test and trace is a complete failure, and the virus has become more efficient. The death toll is horrendous, yet crowds still gather outside hospitals … Continue reading

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