Is it thy will, thy image should keep open
My heavy eyelids to the weary night?
Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken,
While shadows like to thee do mock my sight?
Is it thy spirit that thou send'st from thee
So far from home into my deeds to pry,
To find out shames and idle hours in me,
The scope and tenor of thy jealousy?
O, no! thy love, though much, is not so great:
It is my love that keeps mine eye awake:
Mine own true love that doth my rest defeat,
To play the watchman ever for thy sake:
For thee watch I, whilst thou dost wake elsewhere,
From me far off, with others all too near.



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Book: 'The Seven Against Thebes' - Aeschylus.
Sounds: Synaulia.
TV: Up the Women.
Subject: Russian (Unit 4).
Site: The Ministry of Burlesque.
Wiki: Ancient Rome.
Project: Sequin Studio.
Dailies: Arkadina | Pepys | Chaucer | Bronte | MedievalSoc.
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The Forsyte Saga

Bart: Election next month. Your Labour friends can start lying Michael.
Michael: Do you think they'll get in?
Bart: Not this time, Bonar Law's got it all tied up. Wouldn't be a bad thing if they did: taste of office might help them grow up .... Suppose they did get in? What could they do? Cure unemployment?
Michael: They might, Bart.
Bart: I doubt it, and what else? Would they abolish the cinema? teach English women to cook? make us grow our own food? will they hang all dabblers in poison gas? destroy all bombing aeroplanes and submarines?
Michael: They could try.
Bart: And what about the possesive principle that you disapprove of? Would they abolish that? No, not on your life m'boy. No! All party politics are top dressing. We're ruled by inventors and by human nature.
Michael: Oh-hoo you have got it bad guv'ner.
Bart: But seriously, do you find reality in politics now?
Michael: Oh-hoo, do you find reality in anything now?
Bart: Income Tax, perhaps.
Michael: Such simple faith, it touches me.
Bart: Everything fine and splendid is off: no big schemes; no great principles; no far-sighted views; no great religion; no great art. Just a lot of little men in little hats.


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Past: The Bangles. 1980s all-girl pop rockers who gave us the beautiful Eternal Flame and the eccentric Walk Like an Egyptian.
Present: Sandi Thom: classy UK singer whose career began on the internet.
Dedication: China in Your Hand by T'Pau. More 1980s pop, with a surreal feel. Will either make you nostalgic for past fun or grateful for it being 2007.
Future: Leona. Just won the X-Factor, so she's going to be everywhere for a wee while.



Past: The Worst Witch series by Jill Murphy. My favourites books from childhood, these always provoke an enormous nostalgia trip.
Present: Anything by Margaret Atwood; powerful stories poetically told.
Dedication: Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. For anyone interested in love.



Past: Lark Rise by Keith Dewhurst (based on the novel by Flora Thomson). The first play I was in, it will always have a place in my heart.
Present: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. Intellectually fascinating although it does fall down a little on the emotional front for me.
Dedication: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. A must for everyone; human nature beautifully presented for our consumption.
Future: Noel Coward's The Vortex. A wonderfully powerful, dramatic play that has been lost to his fluffier, lighter, comedic works. The time is right for it to be recognised more widely.



Past: The Wilton Diptych - artist unknown.
Present: Grayson Perry.
Dedication: Leonardo Da Vinci.
Future: Graphic Design.



Past: The A-Team. All action and fun. 'Nuff said.
Present: Dancing on Ice. I love celebrity-based reality TV, getting the chance to see people I know a bit about as they really are. And learning a new, terrifying skill at the same time. Priceless.
Dedication: Mirrorball. For anyone wishing for good cheer. The funniest thing I've ever seen and I'm on a mission to get as many people as possible watching this one-off Jennifer Saunders pilot.
Future: Comic Relief Does Fame Academy. More celebrity-based reality TV. Two years ago this was the best Reality programme I've ever seen. I hope this years lives up to it.

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