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A weekend in London…

A weekend in London…

WARNING: This was written over 10 years ago, and I think marks the beginning of a vague attempt at a diary-style update. If you bear in mind I was 23 then and had no real idea who I was writing to, let alone about … it’s cringing to read now but I’m putting it up for archival purposes!

Well, this Sunday I thought I was going to see The Hamster Factor, a documentary on the making of the superb Terry Gilliam film 12 Monkeys – alas I’d forgotten to buy the tickets beforehand and it was sold out. Plus, previous to that I was taking my friend for some dim-sum in Gerrards’ Street, London (Chinatown) but it took forever to get served at the restaurant, and when we were served the food was a wee bit over-steamed. So not a good day.

It was rounded off by us traversing six lanes of traffic to see Hamlet – the four hour version by Kenneth Branagh. I don’t know about anyone else, but to me half the time the characters were speaking complete gobbledegook with the odd catchphrase that has permeated itself into British culture – “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”, “A tradition more noticed in the breach than in the performance” (or something like that)… The chromakey was awful and Kate Winslet should win the award for person most likely to be a Doctor Who companion. But all in all, a big epic film technically well done and to me, any film with both David Yip, Don Warrington and Charlton Heston in it can’t be that bad!

Oh, and surprise surprise Spice Girls are no.1 with their new single. Unfortunately, it’s a Comic Relief single which continues the annoying tradition of not even being remotely funny. Let’s face it, it would have gotten to No.1 without Comic Relief’s help. Still, it’s all for a good cause. Though I seem to remember a group called Right Said Fred, who were big at the time, did a Comic Relief single, everyone loved them – even the critics. And then their second album disappeared without a trace, only to emerge in bargain bins all over England and the US.

At work, we were discussing the phenomenon that is The Spice Girls – it’s not a good news day unless I can squeeze a Spice Girls mention into the “Books in the News” column at Bookpages! And I was reminded by the Wannabe video, and the god-awful clothing they wore in that one. Still, they’ve dressed themselves up (?) a bit – their performance at the Brits was rather stunning, if I may say so myself.

Well, it’s back to late nights at Bookpages – especially if I’m going to get time to do this redesign of the site – so bye for now!

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