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Culture Vultures 24.12.20

Today is 'National Eggnog Day' ; anyone remember having a snowball? (a small drop of advocaat mixed with loads of lemonade in a little bottle).

So a question for the 'Chat' at the Brolly Cafe page this week:

If you were asked by a cut price supermarket to name their own products with similar names to the upmarket products what would you come up with? Head over to the chat forum to share your ideas, its a great opportunity for all of you poets & masters of puns' to get creative...

My suggestion is: maybe a washing powder called 'Razz' for the brightest shine with a razzling-dazzling effect!

Culture Vulture suggestions for the coming weeks:

Free online version of a Christmas Carol

The Everyman and playhouse are showing this at 5.00 pm this evening.

Book via link:

The Nutcracker

This video will be available to watch any time after its premier YouTube channel through to January 1.The New Paltz Ballet Theatre’s 22nd season presenting this classic holiday event, with many fine regional artists together to create this beautiful production. Dancers, designers, and technicians have all contributed to make this great production. Come along with Marie as she dreams of a fierce battle between giant mice and toy soldiers followed by a magical journey through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.

A Christmas Carol goes to court.

Published on the 19 December 1843, one of Dickens most successful books. However Dickens found a cheap rip off book was being sold by unscrupulous publishers, Christopher Day reveals how Dickens sued them in the court of the Chancery, where the courtroom wasn’t the only thing in for a trial.

Peter Pan

Bring the magic of theatre home for the holidays, and let faith, trust, and a little pixie dust sweep you off to Neverland. From December 19th to January 1st, audiences of all ages, from all around the world can enjoy FREE access to a newly re-mastered, 80-minute feature film. Based on J.M. Barrie’s beloved tale about the boy who wouldn’t grow up, this heartwarming musical dazzles with a score written by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drew. Sail away on a high-flying journey with Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael to the enchanted world of Neverland—but beware of Captain Hook and the ticking crocodile. Filmed by multiple cameras in front of a live audience, you can join the fun from the best seat in the house.

The stream will be available from this page, starting 12:00 a.m. CT on Saturday, December 19th, 2020 through to Friday January 1st 2021.

Marvels first on screen Muslim superhero.

Comic book fans found something to celebrate this September. Marvel Studios announced the casting of its first on-screen Muslim superhero, Kamala Khan, the alter-ego of Ms. Marvel.

Maritime museum

New Crescent Society founder Imad Ahmed explains how he and the Royal Observatory have joined forces to highlight the links between Islam and astronomy, while conservation manager Karen Jensen reveals what she's been doing to keep the Museum's collections safe during lockdown.

Cutty Sark

A reminder of Britain’s sea trading past and it's easy to forget how much we still rely on ships and ports to keep our food shelves stocked.

Over 85% of trade to and from the UK is transported by sea, and half of all the food we eat is imported. What is the history of this crucial maritime connection? And what's happening right now to keep those supply lines open? Find out more with this talk on Ships, Sea and the Stars.

50th anniversary of Apollo 13

Royal Museums Greenwich invites you on an adventure unlike any other. From deep sea to deep space via some of the most epic voyages in maritime history, find out what it’s like to venture into extreme environments – and what we’ve learned thanks to these remarkable human endeavors.

An introduction to Stargazing from Restless

When you gaze skywards of an evening and sight a bright star, or notice the majesty of a new moon, you are witnessing phenomena that have captured the imagination of generations and entire civilisations, throughout history. Simply by looking, you are engaging with the universe – and with a little know-how and insight into astronomy, you can make that engagement all the more satisfying. Just a few pointers will make the world of difference; turning a casual glance upwards into a rewarding experience with the heavens above.

On the 26 December is the celebration of Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism or Mazdayasna and is one of the world's oldest continuously practiced religions. It is a multi-faceted faith centered on a dualistic cosmology of good and evil and predicting the ultimate conquest of evil with theological elements of henotheism, monism, and polytheism. Sometimes called the official religion of ancient Persia, Zoroastrianism has teachings older than Buddhism, older than Judaism, and far older than Christianity or Islam. Zoroastrianism is thought to have arisen “in the late second millennium B.C.E.

Mindful art session

Join in with this mindful art session where you will have the freedom and support to unwind and to get creative in a series of guided drawing activities with artist Pui Lee.

As a warm-up exercise, you will get the opportunity to practice mark-making, before turning a simple scribble into something beautiful using line, colour and creativity! . She will then show you how to complete your picture by either adding tone and/or colour using the drawing tools and/or using collage possibilities. Art is always great for relaxation, reduction of stress and above all, is good fun! This workshop is well suited for those not so confident with drawing, aiming to help get you started with some creative work . You'll need:

  • Pencils. Rubber

  • A4 White paper

  • Colouring pens/pencils (optional)

  • Soft pastels (optional)

  • Scissors (optional - for collage)

  • Glue (optional - for collage)

  • Unwanted newspapers & magazines.

Ricefield Arts Centre Scotland book via Eventbrite:

And lastly , the final note on this years Culture Vultures; its Happy Hogswatch Night!

If you're a Terry Pratchett fan then you'll know it’s 'Hogswatch Night' on the 36th December. So 'Happy Hogswatch' to all! And I recommend the Hogfather, it's a really good seasonal book and film to watch if you want something different...

Thanks for listening!

Sending everyone many best wishes and look forward to seeing you all again next year.



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24 dic 2020

Best wishes Gail, hope all’s well with you, have missed you. Best wishes for Christmas and see you in the New Year xxxxx

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24 dic 2020

Thanks Gill hopefully one day we will all be able to out on a trip. Hope you have a good Christmas best wishes xx

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24 dic 2020

Thanks Gill. Best wishes to you too and your lovely cat 😊

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24 dic 2020

Besr wishes Corinne& Gailxxxx

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24 dic 2020

Thank you Corinne. Best wishes to you too

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