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Uk Bluray / DVD Out Today: When Marnie Was There Review

Studio Ghibli, the revered Japanese house of lushly animated dreams, has enjoyed something of a protracted farewell. It’s more than two years since it announced its creative hiatus, with co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata having made their respective final films. But the lovely When Marnie Was There (Studiocanal, U) is, to all intents and purposes, Ghibli’s official farewell. Directed by the nowhere-near-retired Hiromasa Yonebayashi, this gentle, supernaturally tinged tale of young female companionship doesn’t seem as much a work of artistic closure as, say, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, but it’s a suitably wistful, whispery note to go out on.

The bond at its centre, between a lonely orphaned teen and the radiant, ethereally elusive girl who lives across the water, walks a gossamer line between friendship and romance. Though there’s an unearthly streak to the narrative, this is one of the studio’s most honestly human stories, run through with conflicted, bittersweet emotion.

Source: The Guardian Guy Lodge 

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Court Circular

25 January 2017

The Prince of Wales today visited Leicester and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire (Jennifer, Lady Gretton).

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince’s Trust, this morning visited City of Leicester College, Downing Drive.

The Prince of Wales afterwards attended a British Army Community Cohesion Flagship Event, St. Philip’s Centre, 2 Stoughton Drive North.

His Royal Highness this afternoon visited Westcotes Library, Narborough Road.

The Prince of Wales later visited Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre, Bond Lane, Rothley.

The Duchess of Cornwall was today installed as a Liveryman of the Vintners’ Company, Vintners’ Hall, Upper Thames Street, London EC4.

Her Royal Highness, President, the United Kingdom Vineyards Association, this evening gave a Reception at Clarence House to mark their Fiftieth Anniversary.

The Prince of Wales was represented by the Duke of Devonshire at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Sir John Bather (formerly Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Derbyshire) which was held in Derby Cathedral this afternoon.

26 January 2017

The Prince of Wales this evening attended a Reception for the Anglican Centre in Rome, at Lambeth Palace, London SE1.SE1 7JU

His Royal Highness, President, Scottish Business in the Community, later gave a Dinner at Clarence House.

The Duchess of Cornwall was today installed as an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers at Skinners’ Hall, Dowgate Hill, London EC4.

27 January 2017

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

30 January 2017

The Prince of Wales this morning visited 77th Brigade, Dennison Barracks, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire.

His Royal Highness, Patron, World Jewish Relief, this evening attended a Dinner at Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2.

31 January 2017

The Prince of Wales this morning received Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (Chief of the Air Staff).

His Royal Highness, Patron, Youth United Foundation, this afternoon attended the Youth United Social Action Awards at St. James’s Palace.

The Prince of Wales, Patron, the Churches Conservation Trust, later received Mr. Peter Ainsworth (Chairman).

His Royal Highness, Founder, In Kind Direct, received Mr. John Patullo (Chairman) and Mrs. Robin Boles (Chief Executive).

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, St. John’s Foundation, this morning reopened Rosenberg House and visited City Centre Almshouses, Chapel Court, Bath, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset (Mrs. Richard Maw).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, St. John’s Foundation, afterwards visited Southside Family Project, Meade House, Wedgwood Road, Bath.

1 February 2017

The Prince of Wales today visited Yavneh College, Hillside Avenue, Borehamwood, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire (the Countess of Verulam).

His Royal Highness later received Mr. John Kampfner (Chief Executive, the Creative Industries Federation).

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, this morning visited Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Old Windsor, Berkshire and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey (Mr. Michael More-Molyneux).

Her Royal Highness, Commodore-in-Chief, Naval Chaplaincy Service, later gave a Reception for the International Military Chief of Chaplains’ Conference at Windsor Castle.

2 February 2017

The Prince of Wales this morning attended a Meeting of The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit, at the British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.

His Royal Highness, Duke of Cornwall later received the Secretary of the Duchy of Cornwall (Mr. Alastair Martin).

The Prince of Wales this afternoon held a Meeting at Clarence House with representatives from the Crown Estate.

His Royal Highness, Patron, afterwards held a Meeting for the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

The Prince of Wales, President, and The Duchess of Cornwall this evening attended a Dinner given by the British Asian Trust at Guildhall, London EC2.

3 February 2017

The Prince of Wales, on behalf of The Queen, held an Investiture at Buckingham Palace this morning.

6 February 2017

The Prince of Wales, President, this evening held a Gala Concert for the Royal College of Music at Buckingham Palace.

7 February 2017

The Prince of Wales this morning held a Meeting with representatives from the Duchy of Lancaster.

His Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, later received Lieutenant Colonel Jody Davies upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 1st Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel Charles Crowe upon assuming the appointment and Colonel Marcus Reedman upon relinquishing his appointment as Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion and Lieutenant Colonel James Murray upon assuming the appointment. Brigadier Gerald Strickland (Colonel) was present.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon received Prince Albert II of Monaco.

His Royal Highness, Duke of Cornwall, afterwards held a Duchy of Cornwall Meeting.

Professor Leon Krier was later received by The Prince of Wales when His Royal Highness presented him with the Insignia of an Honorary Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

The Prince of Wales this evening held an Accounting for Sustainability Dinner at Clarence House.

The Duchess of Cornwall, President, the Ditchling Museum, President, the De La Warr Pavilion, and Patron, the Charleston Trust, this morning visited the “Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion” Exhibition, Two Temple Place, London WC2, and was received by Dr. Paul Knapman (Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London).

Her Royal Highness this evening attended a Reception at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7.

8 February 2017

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today visited Kingston upon Hull and were received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire (the Hon. Mrs. Susan Cunliffe-Lister).

Their Royal Highnesses today visited the Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane.

The Prince of Wales this afternoon visited Holy Trinity Parish Church, King Street.

His Royal Highness, President, the Royal Shakespeare Company, afterwards visited the former Church of the Holy Apostles on the Great Thornton Estate, Walker Street, and attended a rehearsal of a production of “Hypocrite”.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Patron, Emmaus UK, this afternoon visited Emmaus Hull and East Riding, 32 Lockwood Street, and was received by Mr. Stephen Larard (Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire).

Her Royal Highness, Patron, First Story, afterwards attended a creative writing workshop at the Deep, Tower Street, to celebrate First Story’s partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall this evening attended a Dinner at Lambeth Palace, London SE1, to mark the retirement of the Bishop of London (the Right Reverend Richard Chartres).

9 February 2017

The Prince of Wales, Colonel, Welsh Guards, this morning held a Regimental Council Meeting at Clarence House.

His Royal Highness, Patron, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, this afternoon held a Reception at St. James’s Palace.

The Prince of Wales, Honorary Member, Royal Geographical Society, later received Major Levison Wood (Fellow).

His Royal Highness, President, The Prince’s Trust, this evening attended a Reception at the Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2, for the Trust’s Invest in Futures and was received by Wing Commander Michael Dudgeon (Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London).

The Duchess of Cornwall, President, Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust, this evening held a Dinner at Clarence House.