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distributing joy to the masses

For my Transatlantic Friends and my Missed It On Friday Friends (of which I am one), I am hoping that these are not region-locked:

Doctor Who Comic Relief Special Thing Part 1 and Part 2, further supporting my firm belief that Jack Harkness and Amy Pond would get on like a house on fire. (Er, there's a line in Utopia.)

The Lovely Gareth Teaches Celebrity Chefs How To Sing Part 1 and Part 2 and vaguely drunken Take That-ing.

I cannot criticise the vaguely drunken singing, as I went to a twenty-first birthday party last night and ended up standing around a crate of Becks with twenty-odd quite pissed choristers and two conductors singing murdering a number of Tudor anthems. Gibbon in particular was rolling in his grave last night. We are Episcopalians and this is how we party.


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Mar. 20th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned recently that I love you? :) Especially for putting up the links to the second parts, since for reasons unknown the Beeb couldn't be bothered and they don't appear in the related video list!

Our Gareth has nerves of steel, doesn't he? And that's before we even saw him in the robe (does he realize that he looks even more like an overgrown 12-year-old in it? And were those red chucks he was wearing, too?). Bless him.

We are Episcopalians and this is how we party.</q>

With all due respect, you might want to amend to "We are Episcopalian choir geeks and this is how we party," as I'm sure the non-choir-geek-kind among you might object. ;) (You could go with unqualified "choir geeks" and be absolutely accurate, too!)
Mar. 20th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
Well, the non-choir-geeks were sitting around giggling at us and, judging from what has since popped up on Facebook, taking pictures with which to later blackmail us. But yes. The other type of Pisky party features ceilidhs and ice-cream, which is also an excellent way to party. :)

does he realize that he looks even more like an overgrown 12-year-old in it?

I know. And in the bow-tie, he makes Matt Smith look positively like a grown-up.

Edited at 2011-03-20 11:54 pm (UTC)
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It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up, something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.

But happiness floats.
It doesn't need you to hold it down.
It doesn't need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing, and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house and now live over a quarry of noise and dust cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own.,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records.

Since there is no place large enough to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you into everything you touch. You are not responsible.

You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it, and in that way, be known.

- Naomi Shihab Nye

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