Monday, 21 November 2016

Fantastic Beasts make this old Granny cry for joy

Have you seen the new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them?   If not, go quickly because you will be enthralled and amused and you will gasp a bit here and there and maybe shed the occasional tear and you won't want to miss it.  It was lucky I had 3D glasses on because no-one could see this fairly respectable Granny crying in St Neots new Cineworld over digitally created beasts.  I thought about the cleverness of J K Rowling, the cleverness of the digital artists, the brilliance of the actors, but most of all I thought about the amazing creative power of people who just dig into their selves and produce extraordinary things.  I also thought that most of the brilliant things which are created by people, however marvellous they are, must be based on what we have in nature but have got so used to that we forget to gasp and smile and then feel for them.  It often takes a film or a book or something recreated by creative people to wake us up to what is really around us.  Once we get our eye on the wonder, then we move in a different world.  We move from the world of the dull senses, transcend its dullness and everything becomes bright.  That is why on Wednesday morning at St Martin-in-the-Fields, there won't be fantastical beasts exactly but what you will hear about will make the world which is bright and fresh and wonderful, a little nearer.  Come along and listen to Neville Hodgkinson, Lama Zangmo, Ian Mason and Father Laurence Freeman or tune in via the live stream from  It starts at 9.30 in the morning. 

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