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Seasonal Gifts including Ruby Wax!

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Merry snowyness to all of you. We’ve got some last minute gifts which we hope you’ll enjoy.
First off, inspired by Stacy Dangare at SLAM, who mentioned that she’s got Buddy as her screensaver, I’ve flung together some Star Wards’ screensavers, including one with my fave Buddy pics in it. You can download them from:
http://starwards.org.uk/freebies
And sticking with computery things, here’s a couple of hyper-joyous youtube videos:
http://bit.ly/serendipity2011
http://bit.ly/flashmobxmas

And finally, a gift for yourselves, colleagues and friends. Some of you will have read in the recent Chanukah newsletter that Ruby Wax and Judith Owen generously put on their Losing It show for Star Wards at my local, St Ann’s hospital in Tottenham. It was an exceptional experience – all the warmth, humour , edginess one would expect from Ruby and the poignant and exquisitely delivered songs from Judith. The show also had courageously personal and moving accounts of Ruby’s wrangles with her mental illness. Her perspectives on how she and others deal with this were really enlightening, even for an audience already steeped in mental health expertise, and resonated strongly with service users, fundraisers and health professionals alike.
Now, I’m not going on about this just to frustrate people who weren’t able to be at the show. In another ground-breaking combo of entertainment, awareness-raising and stigma-busting, Ruby and Judith are performing Losing It in the West End from 15th Feb – 19th March. A perfect last minute seasonal gift that can be looked forward to and then enjoyed in 2011. You can get tickets by phoning the Menier Chocolate Factory Box Office on 020 7907 7060, (not to be confused with the Menier Chocolate Box Factory, as the show is actually in a real fancy theatre) or online at www.menierchocolatefactory.com.
Wishing all of you a very happy Yuletide and a gorgeous 2011
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