Settling Down

Here is the less than overwhelming Martha Towers News.
Things are returning to normal here after the Christmas shenanigans. FOW 2 has returned to university burdened with only an extra heater for her bedroom and the knowledge that she will need to try and find two of this term’s films online as the university have found that they will be unable to supply them. This has made me want to stage an intervention as in “intervene to ask the university what they think they are playing at”. You know that a university education is charged for by the second now right? My feeling is that if uni is telling students to download these films from Amazon, then maybe the university who are extracting several thousand pounds a year from the students, could possibly think of rousing THEMSELVES to do the downloading. Too radical? Too much like hard work? Possibly. I have been commanded by FOW2 to say nothing.

Went to the pictures to see La La Land. It’s very pretty – lovely colours. Lovely performances – especially Emma Stone. It’s just that – for a musical – I didn’t think the dancing was very good. I think maybe it was supposed to not be very good – sort of modern and messy. I am afraid that I am used to Astaire and Kelly levels of excellence in my musicals not just pretty people having a pop at it. There is big dance scene on the motorway which everyone raved about and I just thought it was a bit of a mess. Still, not to complain too much. It’s about time someone had a go at something a bit different and it is really lovely to look at. Also, no one gets their throat slit. Hope that’s not a spoiler. 

We didn’t get any snow in this round but that didn’t stop Spotlight News from sending a man to stand on the highest point on Dartmoor and predict an apocalypse. It was all a bit embarrassing as he pointed at various donkeys and sheep and tried to canvass them for their opinion. It went a bit cold and a bit rainy then it stopped. 
Glad to see Endeavour back on Sundays and Sherlock obvs. People have been complaining about Sherlock. I’ve been enjoying it. Just me probably. 

The house has been full of students. Well just the one who has been staying with us. Why does it always feel like there are more? 

And in the most important event of the week is…I HAVE A COLD! I NEVER GET A COLD! This is unacceptable. I have a really busy week at work. FOW1 graduates at the weekend and I will be needing all my strength to try and look good in clashing prints. I have no time for this. So I am off to try and get warm and all that stuff. Petitionary prayers gratefully received. 



  1. January 16, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Sherlock had a little too many McGuffins for me. Not seen latest Endeavour yet. I did get round to watching the Bronzes walking invisibly last week and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. What are the films FOW needs? Maybe one us has them lurking on a shelf somewhere and could help. Horrified by the costs of acquiring a degree these days. Get well soon, praying you feel better soon x

    • January 16, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      I'm not sure what films she needs. I think they are very obscure and French but thank you anyway x

  2. January 17, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Hope you're feeling a bit better from your cold.

    I totally agree with you about the poor return for the huge price of University degrees. Used to get furious about it on a regular basis while mine were still studying.

    • January 24, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Much better thank you. It's very frustrating. I have a friend whose daughter studies at Salford and they didn't see fit to open the library until three weeks after term started. Apparently the renovations were not complete.

  3. Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 / 12:04 am

    Two movies I think you would enjoy – Queen of Katwe and A United Kingdom. Both were based on true stories and I am interested in your reviews. After binge reading your blog you went quiet on me! Josie in Perth, Australia

    • January 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

      So sorry Josie. I am trying to be more consistent – not always successfully! Queen of Katwe is certainly on my must see list. It doesn't seem to be having much of a release here though so will have to chase up.

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