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Dying for your Art

Every job has its demands, and many people make sacrifices in their personal lives to advance their careers.   However, actors and actresses sometimes experience some peculiar demands on their physical appearance, well beyond the common restrictions in other professions that may simply require neatly-trimmed hair of a natural color.  There are limitations to what can be done with stage makeup and padding. When performers make real changes to their physical appearance for a part, such that they look different in the mirror in the morning, that’s commitment. That’s “dyeing for your art”.

A Brazilian actor was extremely unfortunate recently when he did, quite literally, “die for his art” after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas in an Easter Passion play.  Tiago Klimeck, 27, was re-enacting the scene in which Judas commits suicide in repentance for his betrayal of Jesus Christ in a performance on Good Friday in the city of Itarare and was hanging for four minutes before fellow performers realised something was wrong.  He was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia but died on Sunday.

Initial Police investigations have found that the knot may have been wrongly tied but an autopsy is still to take place.

It certainly brings a whole new meaning to the term “corpsing on stage” … ouch!!!

News Flash! Easter Bunny at the Vatican!

Apparently the Easter Bunny has arrived early at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI was presented on Wednesday with an enormous, 250-kilogram (550-pound), 2.2-metre (7.2-foot) tall chocolate Easter egg by Italian chocolatier Tosca, which specialises in oversized cocoa confections.  The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said Benedict plans to donate the egg, which features the papal coat of arms, to a juvenile detention centre in Rome.

I have 3 observations to make about this story:

  1. How appropriate is a chocolate egg as a gift for the head of the Catholic Church? 
  2. Looking at the picture, the egg itself seems to be aping the leaning tower of Pisa with a definite tilt to the left!
  3. I bet that woman wished she hadn’t borrowed her (somewhat larger) husband’s jumper for the photo call!

Breaking News

I stumbled across this video today – the Easter story told as a news report by puppets – hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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