They that have power to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself, it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.



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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

Jolyon Forsyte:No, you're right Irene. It's more than satire. These young people are tired of us, our Gods and our ideals. Smash down our idols; off with our heads. Let's get back to nothing.


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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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