If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.

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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.

 

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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.
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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.

 

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

 

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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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