Having enjoyed reading the book, I am currently working my way through the Amazon Prime adaptation of the novel Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen. It stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley (the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple) and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale (the guardian of the Eastern Gate of Eden), who now owns a bookshop in London. They discover From the angel Hastor that the Apocalypse is rapidly approaching and are called upon to prepare for Armageddon and the end of the world.
unfortunately one of the nuns at the Satanic Order of Chattering Nuns named Sister Mary Loquacious manages to lose the Anti-Christ when a young man suddenly arrive with his heavily pregnant wife at the same time as a prominent black American diplomat who is stationed at Tadfield Airbase, Oxfordshire. Eventually his son Warlock, the child whom everyone thinks is the Anti-Christ, turns out perfectly normal while the real Anti-christ, Adam, remains hidden. So Crowley and Azariphale decide to look for him.
They eventually arrive at Tadfield where After meeting a young woman named Anathema Device, Azariphale obtains a rare 17th century book entitled “Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” (Initially This book did not sell very well due to being incredibly cryptic) and Agnes Nutter only published the book so she could receive a free author’s copy. Like other witches Agnes Nutter was tragically burned at the stake by an angry mob due to the cryptic nature of the book; however because she had the gift of prophecy she had foreseen her own future and prepared an explosive surprise
In the meantime, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse assemble: War (a female war correspondent), Death (a biker), Famine (a dietician and fast-food tycoon), and Pollution (a young man who took over from Pestilence following the discovery of penicillin).
BaCk in Tadfield Adam is unwittingly beginning to use his powers in his sleep and Gradually the world descends into chaos, so Anathema, Newton Pulsifer (one of the two last members of the Witchfinder Army, the other being Sargeant Shadwell. Adam The Antichrist, Aziraphale and Crowley all gather to try and prevent the Horsemen from causing armageddon and stop the impending apocalypse….
Sir Edward Elgar OM GCVO
English composer Sir Edward Elgar 1st Baronet OM, GCVO, was born 2nd June 1857. Many of his works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924.
Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He felt himself to be an outsider, not only musically, but socially. In musical circles dominated by academics, he was a self-taught composer; in Protestant Britain, his Roman Catholicism was regarded with suspicion in some quarters; and in the class-conscious society of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he was acutely sensitive about his humble origins even after he achieved recognition. He nevertheless married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. He followed the Variations with a choral work, The Dream of Gerontius (1900), based on a Roman Catholic text that caused some disquiet in the Anglican establishment in Britain, but it became, and has remained, a core repertory work in Britain and elsewhere. His later full-length religious choral works were well received but have not entered the regular repertory.The first of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches (1901) is well known in the English-speaking world. In his fifties, Elgar composed a symphony and a violin concerto that were immensely successful. His second symphony and his cello concerto did not gain immediate public popularity and took many years to achieve a regular place in the concert repertory of British orchestras.
Elgar’s music came, in his later years, to be seen as appealing chiefly to British audiences. His stock remained low for a generation after his death. It began to revive significantly in the 1960s, helped by new recordings of his works. Some of his works have, in recent years, been taken up again internationally, but the music remains more played in Britain than elsewhere. Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of acoustic recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius. These recordings were reissued on LP record in the 1970s and on CD in the 1990s. Elgar sadly passed away on 23rd February 1934