1 Nicholas Hytner, 51, the normally gregarious artistic director of the National Theatre, is perched on the tip of a chair in his office and choosing his words very carefully.
'I am trying to be absolutely rigorous,' he insists.
In the Latin Church his feast falls on 3 February, in the Oriental Churches on 11 February.
He is represented holding two crossed candles in his hand (the Blessing of St.
He will go for the quick effect even if it undermines the thrust of what he is trying to say.'Watching Hytner, 51, slowly choose his words, it is hard to recognise him in Sir Richard Eyre's description of a man full of flights of ideas, gossip, enthusiasm and indignation.
Even the arrival of the coffee is treated with a degree of rigour as Hytner questions a colleague about the kind of milk and carton supplied.
The ninth-century martyrologies of Europe in their lists, which are accompanied by historical notices, give on 15 February the name of St. The historical notices concerning him in the above-mentioned martyrologies and synaxaria rest on the legendary Acts. Blasius was Bishop of Sebaste in Armenia and most of the acounts place his martyrdom in the reign of Licinius (about 316).
In the oldest known recension of the so-called martyrology of St. Blasius does not appear; it is only in the later, enlarged catalogues that he is mentioned.
I can come out with a glib one-liner quicker than anybody on the planet.
Shaw will go for the one-liner whatever the circumstances.
There are besides various recensions of the text of the Acts.