First of all, I'd like to say it with a renowned Swedish group:
After that, I will introduce our Spanish musical New Year's greeting:
|To Nan, who will never more be by my side...|
|I beg her pardon for having offended her and thank her for teaching me.|
|To Mum, whom I always will love...|
|...now left an orphan. May she stand strong by me and vice versa.|
|To classmates, newly found kindred spirits...|
|...now that I seldom stand on my own.|
|This card is sponsored by Claus, Inc. Otherwise known|
as Claus Oy and based in Rovaniemi, Finland.
|Christian and Gérard as the renowned Gauls...|
Featuring Laetitia Casta as local belle Falbala.
|Voilà le sergent de Waterloo!|
|Strawberry-blond, broad-shouldered Gérard makes a better Valjean than Jackman.|
|Warming up with Cosette... Compare with Jackman and the little blond girl!|
|There we have our Corsican on the battlefield, on horseback, |
sporting his trademark overcoat...
|...and at court, in a rather elegant uniform.|
|And here's Fouché, excellently portrayed by Depardieu!|
|Mrs. Potts is played by British veteran actress Angela Lansbury. I do not own Mrs. Potts!|
|Visits from time-travelling ghosts galore!|
She bade a feast be made for him, and she spiced his wine
with something that would make him sleep. So he ate and drank, and
then felt drowsy, and went to sleep with his head on the table.
When the messenger awoke, he was rather ashamed at having slept;
and he had no idea as to what had been done while he was sleeping.
Now by her orders the servants of the queen- mother were on the watch for the return of the messenger, and when he reached Dover they in- vited him to sup at the house of their lady, whilst his horses were being got ready. He agreed, and was well entertained, and again the queen-mother spiced his cup so that he fell asleep.
This reminds me, in turn, of a 1980s Othello production,
(the "Victorian" one by Trevor Nunn, with McKellen as Iago)
in which Iago spikes Cassio's first drink with brandy behind the
young lieutenant's back.
Said detail has inspired me to include it in most of my Othello fiction,
most notably The Countess of Toggenburg,
a novella that retells the supposed real events behind
the Shakespearean tragedy in Reformation-era Central Europe.
"In this kingdom in which we are now sitting, lives a Princess, who is so immoderately clever; but then she has read all the newspapers that are in the world, read and forgotten them again, so clever is she. Lately she was sitting on her throne, when she began to sing, and the theme of her song was "Why should I not marry?" "Well there is something in that, she said, and so she determined to get married; but she must have a husband who knew how to answer when spoken to, not one who could only stand there and look grand, for that is too stupid."
"He was merry and well behaved, but had not come at all to pay court to the Princess, but only to hear how clever she was. He had every reason to be satisfied with her, and she no less so with him."