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Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet represented a step forward in story-telling from Strictly Ballroom, with the power of the story stronger than the stylistic idiosyncracies that I think overwhelm the characters and narratives of his later movies.
The support actors are all superb. Especially Pete Postlethwaite and Miriam Margolyes.
And Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are wonderful and well-matched as the titular characters, especially in light of how their respective careers have grown from these performances. DiCaprio’s skill is more easily discernible without the distraction of his teen idol reputation clouding perceptions.
Although, on the whole, Rosaline did well to hold out and give him the cold shoulder.

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Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat by Stubby Kaye

Guys And Dolls is an interesting musical. The third and fourth leads, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine are much stronger singers than first and second leads, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons; yet Brando and Simmons are better actors which lends the whole piece more gravity than might be expected from such an unlikely story.
All four leads do not sing together, the two female leads don’t interact at all.
The closest thing to a closing number is led by a side-character Nicely-Nicely Johnson, played by Stubby Kaye.
In a revival meeting.
Giving testimony.
This is a bit different to our church.
Not that I want to cause any waves.
Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat.
The performance of Stubby Kaye’s career.

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I Will Sing The Wondrous Story – Sunday Songs repeat

I Will Sing The Wondrous Story features on EMU Music’s new album of traditional hymns Praise Without Ceasing.
I’m featuring these, even though I’ve had most of the hymns that are part of the album on Sunday Songs before.
In the case of I Will Sing The Wondrous Story it was back in November 2011.
EMU’s version is not too slow. Let’s call it ‘thoughtful’ or ‘reflective’. The tune HYFRYDOL has been simplified a bit, but is still quite recognisable and if you know it you’ll be able to adjust quickly enough. (And there’s no added chorus. yay)
I think it’s meant to be celebratory and joyful, but there you go.

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New City Catechism Question and Answer 39

Question 39
With what attitude should we pray?

With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

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A Better Summary For ‘Strictly Ballroom’

The IMDb summary for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom is “A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.”
Thanks to Christine we think it should be changed to “Footloose meets Kath and Kim.”
And there should be some sort of warning that Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice, though both wonderful in their parts, are meant to be teenagers, not the nearly 30 somethings they both obviously appeared to be. It would make some other aspects of the movie less confusing.

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…Make Them Get Married, Or Something Even Worse – Support Your Local Sheriff

James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff is a very amusing comedy western in which a group of actors who could play dramatic roles in keep a straight face while sending up some familiar scenarios.
Garner’s Jason McCullough gets diverted on his travels to Australia and becomes the titular sheriff of a lawless frontier town and apprehends one of the sons of a local outlaw family.
The mayor, played by Harry Morgan isn’t entirely convinced the arrival of law and order is entirely a good thing; for wherever there’s law and order, can the churches be far behind?

Mayor Olly Perkins:
That must have been some show you put on at the saloon this afternoon. It kind of sobered up the whole town.
Jason McCullough:
Well, that’s good.
Mayor Olly Perkins:
Maybe… maybe not. It has been a lot of fun around here up to now. I mean, everything all kind of wide-open and relaxed. Nobody looking down their noses at anybody who happened to shoot someone else. Nobody poking their noses into nobody else’s business without them getting their big noses blasted off in the process. Ah, I guess now that we got law and order, churches will start moving in.
Jason McCullough:
Yeah, that’s usually the next thing that happens.
Mayor Olly Perkins:
And then the women will start forming committees and having bazaars. And then they’ll chase Madame Orr’s girls out of town, or make them get married, or something even worse. But, what the hell, like you said, the law’s the law, and we got to face up to it sometime.
Jason McCullough:
When did I say that?

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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Preliminary Finals / AFL Grand Final

One AFL game and three NRL games to go.
To win the AFL grand final Richmond need to keep a winning streak going that stretches back to the last week of June.
That’s a long time in football. A very long time.
GWS should be pretty fearless, but backing up after last week’s effort will be a real test.
In the NRL Easts should give Cooper Cronk one more week, and even though I’ll tip Canberra, Souths are are more than capable of beating them.

NRL (last round 2/2; season tally 125/196)

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 128/205)