Monthly Archives: December 2009
I’m not a big Lenny Kravitz fan but who could deny the sheer charm of his video for ‘Let Love Rule’? It’s a simple idea that made me laugh, and sometimes that’s all you want.
Posted on 9th December 2009 |
Just when you thought there couldn’t be worse presents than the ‘Invisible German’ walking lederhosen (somewhere below), I found these, all being offered as genuine Christmas presents on websites. The Regan Staircrawler model from a deleted scene in ‘The Exorcist’. How about the Anal Bleaching Kit for a favourite uncle? Or you could help granny […]
Last year I saw a play in which political prisoners’ testimonies were performed on stage. It was a very good piece, but unfortunately the audience was already there – a politically sophisticated mix of adults who knew all about the subject before they came into the theatre. Now we have the same problem with climate […]
My friend Jennifer posted this, which gave me hope for a dumb world. I wonder if we could find a similar UK crowd, or if they’re all busy voting for ‘X Factor’ singers and worrying about what kind of hair products to buy. Video: College Experiment: Nerd Bowl
Michael Holroyd’s wonderful ‘A Strange & Eventful History’ looks at the lives of Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and their troubled families – a slice of theatre history that’s as dramatic as its subject. Phil Baker’s knockout ‘The Devil Is A Gentleman’ gives us the biography of Dennis Wheatley, war propagandist and author of Satanic novels […]
Posted on 6th December 2009 |
If you’re looking to buy a Christmas gift for a child you really don’t like, how about some of these worrisome presents? Remember, it’s the thought that counts.
My post yesterday about the desirability of US football shirts as perfect gear to write in seems to have vanished on the site along with all its attached comments – I’m having a few small teething problems with the new layout. I read every comment posted, though, and hopefully it won’t happen again.
Samuel Beckett was once asked what he had given up for his art. He replied; ‘I have fairly often not gone to parties.’ EM Forster was asked why his output of novels hadn’t been greater and he replied; ‘I would have written more if I hadn’t gone out so much.’ Watching the movie ‘Nine’ made […]
It’s been pointed out to me that you can’t just have action films and something with a Victorian snow scene to watch on Christmas Day; you need a good cry too. The only moment I could think of instantly was this old favourite, as Bobby heads to the station not realising that her political-prisoner father […]
Posted on 4th December 2009 |
If Monty Python ever decide to make the Clinton story, I think we have casting.