The occult as theme was highlighted by Uberto's use of Tarot cards to illustrate Angus's evocation of Hollywood spiritualism. Philip failed to find Kenneth Anger to continue a glimpse into the secret life of the stars, but a sonnet in prelude to Erik's 'Nightcrawler' invoked Sunset Boulevard ghosts. Kelly added a lament by Dorothy Parker, while Charley brought us back to place via John Betjeman's lust. Emir's original about a Manchester friend preceded John Donald's apt reading of Yeats; later came the opening of Byron's 'Manfred'. Interspersed with these was Bernd's recitation of Pushkin, rendered into English by his friend Simona; a new poem by Seki; a reminiscence from Chris; and 'Life is What You Make It' read by newcomer Caspian. From the ephemeral to the grounded suggests that the new week's theme might be REALITY, and instantly one wonders 'What on earth is that?'
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