Last week I have been…

“The Lady in the Van film poster” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia 

Reading stories from Paris and wondering about the courage of people and how they carry on afterwards. I am not writing too much about Paris here. I am not sure I have the skills to do it justice. 

Taken delivery of FOW2 for a weekend. She was came home to go to a concert. You do a sort of almost imperceptible gulp at the moment when your loved ones go to a public event but we need to carry on I think. Anyway she was convinced that bombing type people would have no idea who the band “The 1975” are so she felt quite safe. In exchange for a lift to the gig she accompanied me next day as I took Aged Parent to The Range. This was a bit of a rollercoaster. After having a heated argument with HOH about whether “Lametta” is a real word, I was very pleased to find a packet there and send him a photo, however was unable to talk Aged Parent out of her instant affinity for an exploding glitter Santa.

I was slightly put out to hear that security at Plymouth’s dockyard is being stepped up in the wake of the attacks. There are nuclear submarines there. I was hoping security was already quite “stepped up” there as a general principle to be frank with you.

Out to watch The Lady In The Van. They are pushing on an open door a bit with me. I love Alan Bennett. His observation about day to day is outstanding. Maybe you have to be from the North of England to really get it but I am certain I have met around fifty percent of the people he talks about. 

I have already seen The Lady In The Van on stage. It was very good but I liked this more. It tells the “mostly true” story of an old lady who lived in a van which Bennett allowed her to park on his drive for fifteen years. She was cantankerous and had “interesting” toileting habits but Bennett said “She never impinged.”  Maggie Smith is as perfect as you would expect obviously. However, I thought Alex Jennings was at least as impressive as Bennett. I read that Jennings wasn’t too bothered about it being seen as Maggie Smith’s film but was a bit taken aback to see it billed as starring Maggie Smith and James Corden (Corden is in it for about fifteen seconds) It’s well written as you would expect and sometimes really funny. It’s not a barrel of laughs though – you won’t be holding your sides when  you come out because it is also really quite sad. People behave the way they do for lots of reasons and life is sometimes quite harsh to those who don’t quite fit the mould. There’s a lot of kindness here though and, at the moment, I can’t think of a better reason to recommend a film to you.


1 Comment

  1. November 24, 2015 / 7:54 am

    I'm looking forward to this film. I've seen the play a few years ago and adore Maggie Smith.

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