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London, 1987 (Part I)
To my delight, I stumbled upon this poor-quality but full recording of "Les Miserables" as it was performed in 1987 at the Palace Theatre in London when I saw it. Although the cast appears to have changed over from the one I saw in the spring, (I didn't see Martin Smith,) it's close enough for government work.

What memories!

London, 1987 (Part II)
Having found a great copy of "Les Miserables" I wondered if lightening could strike twice. It almost did. Although there is no video, here is a snippit of the audio of the RSC's production of Macbeth featuring Sinead Cusack and Jonathan Pryce. Cusack is still my favorite Lady M and this production taught me that Shakespeare could literally have me on the edge of my seat.

Title: Macbeth
Artist: Sinead Cusack and Jonathan Pryce

London, 1987 (Part III)
This is the third of the shows I saw in London in '87 that are on YouTube. (This is fun!) This one was special because it finally allowed me to see my youthful heartthrob, David Cassidy.


While I decided not to comment on YouTube on what obviously seems to be a loving tribute to David Cassidy, I will say in this blog that Time was one of the WORST theatrical experiences I ever had to sit through. Did I mention the 50-foot hologram of Laurence Olivier's head? You can see it here in the last two minutes.

What the Voters Are Trying to Tell Us
"Separate church and state. We've long had political polarization in this country and we still will. But over the last few years polarization has transmogrified into something worse: a religious war.

Trumpism and Wokeism are not equivalent phenomena, but they both serve as secular religions for their disciples. They offer a binary logic of good and evil, a cultlike membership experience, apocalyptic or utopian visions, witch trials for the excommunication of the impure and the sense of personal meaning that comes while fighting a holy war."
The Great Work Begins
"And when at last we emerge from this cultural drought, is recovery a matter of picking up where we left off, with the work that had to be canceled or interrupted? Or does the energy arising from the experiences of 2020 -- the sorrows unleased by this disease, the agony sparked by the killings of Black men and women -- lead us in entirely new directions?

In other words: Does the great work begin?"
The Social Dilemma
"It is the gradual, slight, imperceptible change in your own behavior and perception that is the product... That's the only thing there is for them to make money from. Changing what you do, how you think, who you are."

"... in that world, [of social media] any time two people connect, the only way it's financed is through a sneaky third person who's paying to manipulate those two people. So, we've created an entire global generation of people who are raised within a context where the very meaning of the word 'communication,' the very meaning of 'culture' is manipulation. We've put deceit and sneakiness at the absolute center of everything we do." -- Jaron Lanier, computer philosophy writer, computer scientist, visual artist, and composer
The Social Dilemma obviously goes about making its points by way of heavy emotional arguments. (In so doing, it could be accused of manipulation in and of itself.) But the power and relevance of this docu-drama is the way it opens the Pandora's box of ideas concerning social media's re-wiring of human beings and the decimation it's leaving in its path.

Want a good starting place to understand current global hatred, polarization, lies and ignorance? See this film and start discussing... offline.
The Tyranny of Merit
"This is a moment to begin a debate about the dignity of work; about the rewards of work both in terms of pay but also in terms of esteem. We now realise how deeply dependent we are, not just on doctors and nurses, but delivery workers, grocery store clerks, warehouse workers, lorry drivers, home healthcare providers and childcare workers, many of them in the gig economy. We call them key workers and yet these are oftentimes not the best paid or the most honoured workers."