Old Luvvies and Capitalist Mantras: Thursday 10th November

Considering that the youngest member of the Gold Theatre troupe is a sprightly 61, they are all surprisingly full of beans. Motivating them is never an issue, and in fact the director spends most of his time telling them to take it down a level. That being said, they aren’t half a forgetful bunch. And it’s not just their lines that they are partial to letting slip; as soon as they are out of the firing line they are making quips about their colleagues inability to retain direction, conveniently forgetting their own earlier misdemeanors. Although in hindsight this is clearly nothing to do with their age, but is instead an inescapable symptom of being a luvvie.

Sound engineering and medical advice.

No sooner has Halloween been and gone than we are being reminded of how Christmas is just around the corner. Be it poorly translated displays, the ubiquitous fairy lights, or simply a man in a Santa outfit running through Shinjuku station (seriously, I saw him this morning, but he was too quick for my camera), there is no escaping the fact that Christmas is a mere 6 1/2 weeks away. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas as much as the next small boy living in a man’s body, and the early promotion of the festive season is hardly exclusive to Japan. However, I find it just a little odd that a country with a tiny proportion of practicing Christians, and which treats the 25th December as a normal working day would embrace the festivities so fervently. Unless of course there’s another angle to this whole Christmas malarkey that I seem to be missing, one reinforced be a rampant expansion of evil capitalist mantras perhaps…


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Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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