Right, dead busy, sorry. No planning or anything about this today. Well YES it is usually planned meticulously actually. So just musing and reviewing (posh way of saying if I liked something or not. However, I do have exceptionally good taste so you can trust me.)
To the piccys this week to see Philomena. It was a three tissue movie about how nuns in Ireland made “fallen women” sell their children. (All proceeds to the nunnery – not to the women, you will be surprised to learn.) Dame Dench was wonderful and Steve Coogan was excellent as well. I was a bit surprised to find out how many laughs there were. Also, it wasn’t just the usual one dimensional, “If Christians can behave like this, then there is therefore obviously no God” drivel that you usually get. There are some Dick Dasterdly level wicked nuns and I couldn’t help thinking that things were probably a bit more complicated than they were presented. However, it was (and still is) a horror story about man’s inhumanity to man and highly recommended.
Also to the theatre to see People by Alan Bennett. This could have been made a bit awkward as the two seats next to us were filled at the last minute by someone I know slightly from work. Nothing
wrong with him – very nice person. However, he was with his lovely lady-friend and I was with Head of House and you are thinking – Do we want to spend half time together chatting and trying to be interesting or just split up and run off to separate corners of the same room? In the end, we went for the latter as we had an appointment with a pre-order of gin at the bar and I think that was for the best. The play wasn’t my favourite Alan Bennett ever – I am not sure what the National Trust have done to upset him – however, it was still head and shoulders above half the stuff that is out there at the moment and his way with words makes me think that I am playing at it.
Read as promised Pen Wilcock’s Breath of Peace and loved it. I love the way that she has built these characters so that when the plot starts to develop the way that it does , you think that this is exactly how they will behave. If you haven’t read The Hawk and The Dove series, may I respectfully recommend that you check it out. If you know what is good for you.
OK, that’s it. Back to de-cluttering. Am trying to get house something like normal as Christmas approaches and we have to make room for people to sleep here who don’t normally do so. Including, apparently, my mother. This is bizarre because she now only lives five minutes up the road. Conversation as follows
Me. Mum, will you be ok to sleep in the back room on Christmas night so we won’t be getting you back too late?
Mum Oh yes, I will be fine for one or two or even four nights.