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April 22nd, 2014


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09:13 pm - Just under the wire....
So, two quick posts in one!

Let's do a Tuesday/Wednesday Wish-Place for today, with a special theme -- because 23 April 2014 is Shakespeare's 450th birthday!

[blows happy-birthday horn]

My wish-place is thus, of course, Stratford-upon-Avon.

I'd like it to be a nice day, first of all, and in my wish-place so it is. A picnic by the Avon first, I rather think, and then a trip to see something wonderful at the Swan Theatre in the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre complex, and then a drink at the Dirty Duck afterward before falling into a lovely soft bed in a hotel somewhere near.

So what play would I want to see at the Swan? I could talk about past productions I'd have liked to see, but you know, I am always in the mood for A Midsummer Night's Dream. And so, the end of the play:

Puck: If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended --
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend.
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call.
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

Happy Wednesday-wishing, and happy Bard's Day to you all.

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From:mobile_alh
Date:April 23rd, 2014 01:33 am (UTC)
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Mmmm...a pleasant reminder that we're off to Ashland in a week, although there may be no Shakespeare on this round. Mostly the Bard is played outdoors there started mid-June.

(For me the link to the Swan took me back to the namesake birds afloat, but that could just be the iPad. A lovely image and worth seeing twice!)

Happy Bard's day back atcha!
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From:anne_d
Date:April 23rd, 2014 03:48 am (UTC)
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I got swans too. Very pretty swans, but these are not the droids, errr, swans I was looking for...
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
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Sorry, it's fixed now.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
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Sorry, it's fixed now.

Hurrah for Ashland trips, regardless of Bard availability!
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From:janus_74
Date:April 23rd, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
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I enjoyed visiting Stratford, we saw Hamlet and something else, that I can't remember but I know I didn't care for, in 2008. David Tennant AND Sir Patrick Stewart. It was wonderful :)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:54 am (UTC)
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Oh wow, David Tennant's Hamlet -- with Sir Patrick Stewart as a Claudius for the ages!

That's a perfect memory for Shakespeare's birthday. :)

Cheers to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:April 23rd, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
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Lovely. You have such a way of painting with words.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:55 am (UTC)
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Thank you -- and happy Wednesday, happy Bard's Day! :)
From:gwynnega
Date:April 23rd, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
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A perfect wish-place!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:56 am (UTC)
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Thank you, and happy Shakespeare's birthday! :)
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From:kathyh
Date:April 23rd, 2014 08:48 am (UTC)
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The perfect place to be :)

Happy Bard's Day to you too.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:57 am (UTC)
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And happy St George's Day to you too, K!

Hugs hugs. :)
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From:ljrags
Date:April 23rd, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
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Happy Bard's Birthday! Definitely seeing a play at Stratford-Upon-Avon is on the bucket list! Happy Day to you and Master Danger!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
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It is a wonderful thing. The Swan is more fun than the old Royal Shakespeare Theatre, but I haven't been to the 'new' one....

Good thoughts for a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon for you someday!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
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Hee, ANOTHER good Stratford! Although I haven't been to that one. :)

Cheers and hugs, L!
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From:mamculuna
Date:April 23rd, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I so love Midsummer Night's Dream, in almost any production, including the first one I saw, with Hippolyta caged like a beast and a jukebox on stage, the one where my son played Thisbe (all 6 foot 4 of him, in a blonde wig), and the classic one you make me imagine at the Swan. And greatly love Puck's speech! Thanks for the lovely thought.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, what a great memory of a production! Belated cheers for your son's Thisbe. :)

Hugs and joy today!
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From:paratti
Date:April 23rd, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
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I hope you get that soon.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:April 23rd, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Since now my trips are usually in December.... I can't think a picnic by the Avon is QUITE in season then. Alas!

Cheers, hugs, December!
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From:freixenet
Date:April 24th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this is one of my favorite speeches! Such lovely timing for you to post this...thank you!

:hugs:

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From:laurawise
Date:April 24th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for Puck and for you!

[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:May 3rd, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Stratford swans like showing off, don't they?
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From:laurawise
Date:May 4th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
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They do! :)

Cheers, Stevie, and happy Sunday.

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