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Scroogey Shenanigans and a Spellbinding Story by Jas (Blog 205)

December 23, 2013 • Culture & Community, Entertainment, News

We were treated to a wonderful seasonal treat last night in the London Sims – at St Mary Abbots Church in Kensington. Church Leader Pilgrim (aka Scrooge) read aloud the abridged version of “A Christmas Carol”, which was adapted from the original by Dickens himself for the purpose of public readings such as ours. The audience – although fairly small- were absolutely spellbound for the hour and a half event.

Pilgrim definitely has a talent there- and I, for one, will be pushing to make story-telling a weekly event in London.

What do you think. Please leave a comment. Would you come?

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Wikipedia describes Dicken`s novel as “playing a major role” in  reviving the modern Christmas festival. They say  “Dickens sought to construct Christmas as a family-centered festival of generosity, in contrast to the community-based and church-centered observations, the observance of which had dwindled during the late 18th century and early 19th century. Superimposing his secular vision of the holiday, Dickens influenced many aspects of Christmas that are celebrated today in Western culture, such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games, and a festive generosity of spirit.”

Debs and I listen intently

Debs and I listen intently

Debs Regent, Owner and Manager of the London Sims, was looking totally angelic, and seemed enraptured by Pilgrim`s recital. Luckily,Scrooge, it seemed was not put of by the lure of a sexy lady at the event.

The Sexy Brooke Tries To Lure Scrooge Into Her Lair - Loves Ya Really Brooke xx

The Sexy Brooke Tries To Lure Scrooge Into Her Lair – Loves Ya Really Brooke xx

What happened to Victorian outfits everyone? Lol – never mind, at least you all came and enjoyed it. There were cheers at the end when Scrooge finally decided to celebrate Christmas heartily!

For all pics of the event please click here:-http://www.flickr.com/photos/107369297@N08/sets/72157638948146764/

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol
“And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”
In short, I should have liked to have had the lightest license of a child, and yet be man enough to know its value”
― Charles DickensA Christmas Carol

And there is the promise of more similar events this season. For instance Pilgrim is going to do a Nativity service – along with some reading aloud, on Christmas Eve at Midday (Second Life Time). Make sure you all make it, as it`s the perfect way to get into the spirit for the big day. You could  just come along and listen while you are wrapping last minute presents, after getting those over-excited kids to bed. Or let your kids stay up and listen. Pilgrim`s soothing  tones will lure them off to a sleep filled with wonder at their favourite season. 

As for Scrooge, he seemed to have turned over new leaf by the end of last night.

He even put in an appearance at Chubby Checkers later on, where he took Snapshot_057 (3) his new found love of merry-making to extremes. He played the double bass to DJ Madhatter`s fifties and sixties tunes- and then turned into a real animal on the drum-kit! You go Scrooge – enjoy yourself in the London Sims!

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Don`t forget tonight (23rd Dec) there will be a four-hour mammoth Christmas party at Chubby Checkers. Things kick off at Midday (Second Life Time), which is 8pm for us Brits. There will be two 1000L contests, too, for the best Christmas outfit.            Come along and let your hair down at Chubby Checkers!Snapshot_059 (3)

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