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Review of the Week – 6 to 12 February 2012

REVIEW OF THE WEEK: 6 to 12 February 2012

That Was The Week That Was

Rather sadly, this week signalled the end of Little Shop of Horrors, the school musical with which I’ve been involved since rehearsals began in October. I played Orin, the sadist dentist, and despite having few lines and only a couple of songs, I’ve been delighted with the number of ‘well done’ messages I’ve had since the curtain went down on Monday night (the first of four performances in our new Drama Studio). In fact, it’s felt rather fraudulent: many members of the cast have received far less praise, yet have actually worked harder towards the show.

OUT WITH THE OLD: Fabio Capello resigned as England football manager this week.The main news of the week was that Fabio Capello resigned as England manager, and that the American singer Whitney Houston died in a hotel room in Los Angeles. Like after the death of Michael Jackson, news of this latter event spread quite quickly, and within hours of the announcement being made, Twitter was abuzz with ‘RIP’-related tweets (as Phil Bray summarised).


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Review of the Week – 30 January to 5 February 2012

REVIEW OF THE WEEK: 30 January to 5 February 2012

That Was The Week That Was

January came to a close and February began – and what a week it’s been. Certainly one of the most ‘juicy’ stories of the week has involved the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, who’s faced serious allegations that he charged driving licence points to the licence of his wife of the time. In Dominic Strauss-Kahn style, he’s resigned from his post to clear his name. What’s made this story yet more interesting is that the ex-wife who brought the case to the media attention (Vicky Pryce), will face the same charge of perverting the course of justice for agreeing to accept the points back in 2003. That’s an embarrassing backfire for her.

IN NEED OF A NAME: Kodak wants its name off the famous LA theatre.In other news, stories about Kodak’s bankruptcy has continued on into this week, as the company becomes desperate to save "a significant amount of money" by having its name taken off the Los Angeles theatre that hosts the Academy Awards.

John Terry lost his role as England’s national football team captain on Friday, ahead of his trial relating to charges that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand during a Chelsea-QPR match last October. But, for Egyptian football, Wednesday was a much worse day, as 74 supporters died after riots at the Port Said stadium – the most violent such clash in the country for decades.

SNOW FUN IF YOU'RE ON THE RECEIVING END: A friend lobs a snowball during the lunchbreak of yesterday's rehearsal. (IMG_2845) For me, though, it’s been quite a good week, with yesterday’s (Saturday) snow providing a source of fun for the lunchbreak in today’s all-day rehearsal for Little Shop of Horrors. We did a dress-run of the show (which opens tomorrow evening) this afternoon, and it was only then that I realised what a great show we’ve got. All of us are now very excited about performing in front of sell-out audiences every night from Monday to Thursday.


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Review of the Week – 2 to 8 January 2012

Review of the Week: 2 to 8 January 2012

That Was The Week That Was

So here we are at the end of the first full week of 2012. This Review of the Week idea is to become a weekly feature, incorporating but replacing the Photo of the Week style of blogs that ran during the middle of last year.

The nation and the world has been gripped by the verdict of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, which has found Gary Dobson and David Norris guilty of the racist murder of the black teenager 18 years ago, thanks to the presence of new evidence. Other news this week includes the discovery of a murdered woman on the Sandringham estate; FrankTwitchy’s video of his dancing granny going viral; and the London 2012 Olympics ticket website breaking – again.

SPLASH FOR CASH: Me and my friends from the Dragons Explorer Scout Unit, shortly after the claxon sounded at the end of our stint at the Swimarathon on Saturday.

For me, it’s been a pretty quiet week, returning to school on Tuesday after the festive period, but with a fairly pointless school trip to the Science Museum on Thursday. Due to my attendance of Taplow Youth Choir, I was only able to swim once at the Lions Club’s 27th annual Swimarathon yesterday (Saturday), contributing towards the 56 50-metre laps my Explorer Scout unit racked up. I managed to raise some decent funds, which will be split jointly between the Lions Club’s charities and the Unit.


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