Slightly later than planned (my bad – blame trashy chick lit), I bring you something to wile away what is left of a lazy Sunday afternoon.
I was always concerned by jelly (jell-o) as a kid, but that was because of my allergies to the colourings and flavourings – at least I never mistook it for toxic waste.
Just when the Crazy Canalman is looking forward to a retirement cruising round the waterways of Great Britain, it looks like they are going to be closing some of them. Timing never was a family strong point.
Thank you everyone who sponsored me for this years Race for Life – here’s what you were supporting.
Despite every character I’ve ever RP’d ending up as a barmaid in some dive or another, I’ve never actually worked in a bar (though I’ve flirted wiht the idea a time or two – getting thrown out of the last establishment I was tempted to work for has kinda dampened my enthusiasm) but even after one night the smoke gets to me – so it’s good that a recent study has shown that since the smoking ban in Scotland, the health of bar staff has drastically improved. Bring on the ban in
Britain England (thank you for pointing that out Moose)! It would be so nice to come home from a night out and NOT have to shower the smoke smell out of my hair before I stumble into bed. Not to mention not inhaling enough carcinogens and tar on a night out to pave New York.
In yet another stunning blow to civil liberties, scientists are suggesting tagging air passengers in order to combat terrorism. If you will excuse me I’m off to live as a hermit on some remote Scottish isle. At least there I’ll only be at risk from terrorist sheep and I think I like those odds.
I’ve been meaning to link to the MangoFalls Digital Project for some time, but I just kept forgetting. The situation is now remedied. I love the idea of this project – old slides and images are scanned and a new one presented daily. Some beautiful, quirky and down right amazing pictures come to light. Each one has a story that is just begging to be told. In fact, if you are a writer stuck for inspiration, you could do worse! (There is an RSS feed because I’ve subscribed to it, but it is a little buried. In fact, your best bet is to hop on over to 9rules photography community and nab the feed from there. It’s worth the investigatory work).
I’ve loved Mata since I first saw Mittens and Snowdrop way back… Certain people can still be brought to helpless giggles by well placed “I can smell your brains” comments. Anyway, he has a new strip – Trouble Down the Pit. It’s a classic story – angel meets devil, angel needs a place to live, fun, frolicks, and Cyber Ninga’s. Because why not? (Does contain religious imagery, sarcasm, and general light satire. Don’t click if you are easily offended – or have no sense of humour, though if that is the case what are you doing still reading my blog! – or if you do click, don’t come back at me with pointy sticks. Please?)
I’ve never been a fan of David Blunkett (then show me politician I AM a fan of these days) but I will admit his diaries make interesting reading.
I haven’t linked to, or talked about, movies in a while. That’s partly because this summers movies have sucked (apart from The Departed, that was good. Oh, and Children of Men, and The Queen, and The Assassination of a President) and partly because I got out of the habit of watching movie trailers. Well, I got back into the habit in a big way yesterday and here are a few that caught my eye (apologies for if I am out of date on any of these):
- Eragon – what is it with Jeremy Irons and fantasy? Didn’t D&D put him off? Either way, this looks good, if only for the chance to see John Malkovic chew the scenery as the supreme bad guy. He does do such a good bad guy.
- The Good Shepherd – I’m not sure what it is with me and spy’s, but it’s something that fascinates me. I could never do the job – for starters I abhor violence – but still I’m hooked on the genre. I blame my brother and a child hood of making me watch Bond movies.
- Hollywoodland – Adrien Brody and Ben Affleck among others? This just looks totally delicious.
- Freedom Writers – this might be one of those times when I’ve been suckered by a good track on the trail. Very Dangerous Minds but who DOESN’T like a nice stirring story of kids overcoming their backgrounds? And by writing? Grumpy sods 😛
- My First Wedding – there are no excuses but this trail did genuinely make me laugh. And snigger. So every now and then a girl needs not to think at the movies! From the look on Moose’s face when I mentioned it this one might be a rental however.
- Edmond – from the trail I could be watching large chunks of this from behind my hands (lots of icky violence) but William H. Macey going psycho? That’s gonna be good cinema.
- The History Boys – and lastly, The History Boys has been getting a lot of press attention over here. It’s done well at the various festivals. And it has a good cast. I’m looking forward to it.
And to finish, all good things come to those who wait…