Tuesday, 29 January 2008
As has been pointed out to me recently by comic-genius BPP and blogging-legend Five-Centres I've been a bit lax with my posting of late. There's a couple of reasons for this. Father had hip replacement, Mother had seventieth Birthday, Sister requires an operation (Good Luck for tomorrow JJ!), and there's the apathy which seems to have afflicted many of us through January.
So here's one of those posts which tell you what I've been watching and reading. This should demonstrate the vapid hollow observations and lack of insight for which this blog has become famous (largely ignored) for.
Firstly in my 'books and films about mental illness' section, I read 'A Spot of Bother' by Mark Haddon. I really enjoyed his 'Curious Incident' novel, but this one's very ordinary. It' concerns the breakdown of a retired man in the run-up to his daughter's marriage. But it's mental illness written like a sitcom and the characters didn't strike me as real. So thumbs down.
I watched a film called 'Reign Over Me' starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle. Adam lost his family in 9/11, Don' his college ex-roommate trying to help. The film itself is diverting enough in a Hollywood feelgood way. Again I have to question the realism. I was in a similar situation some years ago, when a close friend went through a breakdown. In the movie, Don has to nod stoically whilst Adam, primally lets his grief trickle out. In my reality, I remember lots of screaming, and pinning people down to stop them self-harming. Happy days.
I've been listening to Cat Power's Album 'Jukebox', which is soulful and mellow. I love her 'Song to Bobby', which is a song to Bob Dylan (why has Adam Sandler never been cast as him?) in the style of Dylan. Excellent. And the picture on the cover makes me 'feel funny'.
I went, with pal JT, down to look at how the Severn was looking, as we've been starting to think about when we can get start messing about in kayaks again. On out last trip we got out of the river about three miles downstream of Ironbridge, at a pub called 'The Boat'. To get to this inn, we had to drag our boats about seven feet up a steep bank, and then another few feet of grass verge to the door. Last week, the pub looked like this.
Reading back, this has not been the most cheery of posts, so I've included a picture of my dogs. Scroll back up to the top and enjoy them, and my nice new logo!