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Sep.30.2012
  “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”  We all know that one.  That a true friend stands by you during adversity, is an accepted, unquestioned assumption in, I dare say, all cultures.  Does the same friendship remain unshaken during your times of triumph?   I hold the...
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Sep.26.2012
You tell a friend you are going on holiday to New York.  This person is most likely to exclaim (at least in England), “You lucky thing! I wish I were going!”   You may find this reaction offensive on two fronts.  Firstly, the suggestion that you have done nothing to deserve the...
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Sep.23.2012
When I was at university, my best female friend said she preferred sharing a house with other friends.  I said I preferred living alone, if I could.  Then she said something that has always stayed with me, "I like to be with people, but have the option of being on my own."  I guess...
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Sep.18.2012
You’ve just had a major disappointment, heartbreak or mishap; or you’re just having a bad time.  You’re feeling low, sad, upset or angry.  Whatever the reason, you’re basically in a lousy place, from which the view is – begging your pardon – crap.  You need a friendly ear, so...
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Sep.16.2012
  All the news headlines in the country, in the past few days, have mentioned what I understand to be the recent publication, by a French magazine – and now, apparently, also an Irish newspaper – of the Duchess of Cambridge seemingly sunbathing topless in a French château.  It now appears...
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Sep.09.2012
  I used to be a theatrical agent. A young actor from RADA, whilst deliberating whether or not to accept my offer of representation, asked, “What, would you say, sets you apart from other agents?” I struggled to come up with an original answer.  Then I caught sight of the engraved...
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Sep.02.2012
Sometimes, the wind carries in through my windows the faint sound of bells from a Tudor church that stands right by the river.  On a Sunday morning, it is a joyous pealing.  In the evening, the sound is more measured, more akin to the Anglican chant of the evensong it precedes.   A...
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Aug.26.2012
  A couple of years ago, my colleagues and I were watching BBC News 24 during our lunch break.  There was a report about the Chilean miners trapped underground for several weeks.  Finally rescued, the men were telling the interviewer about the bond of solidarity that had developed...
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Aug.19.2012
It was Michael who first taught me the difference between soundtrack and cast recording.  “Soundtracks are from films, darling,” he said, pushing up his glasses, his mellow Irish accent softening a vague distaste for my ignorance, “and cast recordings are from stage shows.” I...
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Aug.15.2012
  As some of you may already know, I write a Sunday blog – both on WordPress and here, at The Red Room. Last Sunday evening, I received an e-mail from one of the editors at WordPress, informing me that my latest post The Delight of Hand Writing had been selected for the Freshly...