Requiem Pour Une Tueuse

By Tuesday, August 28, 2012 0 Permalink

I used to force Mama to watch French films with me at the cinema or ones I had rented out on DVD. When she died, I missed this a lot. I still do. My partner offered to be my French film buddy but after he fell asleep during a screening of Priceless in my living room one night I realised this was something I would keep for my own private time and enjoyment. After he died, I did not really feel like watching heavy or deep thinking films but instead have chosen to go with a friend to the cinema  to watch puerile films which make me laugh. But the long bank holiday weekend provided me with too much time alone to reflect so I thought I would rent a few films that only I would wish to see. I am generally quite good at knowing what I will like and am seldom ...

Russians, knickers, crosses and pop-stars

By Sunday, August 12, 2012 0 Permalink

Well, that got your attention. As the comedian Sean Lock described Twitter once  'for people who can't shut up, even when they are on their own'! However, there has been a bitchy but somewhat understandable onslaught on the continuing embarrassment that is Madonna which all started on Twitter So here it is - As a pop star she is good enough, but like many of her ilk, she goes too far in political exhibitionism and interfering in matters which do not concern her. Dimitry Rogozin (Дмитрий Олегович Рогозин) one of the Deputy PMs of Russia is clearly not a fan. Take off your cross or put your knickers on was, I think a rough translation of his thought process after she backed the Pussy Riot defendants in the high profile case in Russia. I think it is a very apt way of trying to shut her up actually. The Pussy Riot trial in Russia has gained much media attention worldwide and to most outside Russia it seems an absurd ...

The Westminster Bubble

By Wednesday, August 8, 2012 0 Permalink

I do not have much interest in Louise Mensch or hold her in particularly high regard as a politician. The news that she has resigned has not especially rocked my world. I do however have very strong feelings about this matter and in this sense have much empathy for her. Her resignation highlights two key problems with the political system in the UK. The first that strikes me is that her attitude to her constituents of Corby and her role in Westminster is totally nonchalant. Almost rude one might say. Public service is a really dirty word in Westminster. Becoming an MP for most is the culmination of personal ambition and self service and little else. The idea of helping the people who voted for you seems an inconvenient concept, and certainly one which is a hinderance to many. Being an MP used to be a respected profession but because the MPs stopped respecting it ...

London Calling

By Friday, August 3, 2012 0 Permalink

Avoiding London like most people whilst the Olympics is on I was surprised to find when I was there last week that it was absolutely wonderful! Ghost Town London I admit that lately with my own sadness London has seemed often to exacerbate the feelings of despair, reminders everywhere of places I had been with all the people I loved. However, I find I have fallen back in love with London. Which as the saying would indicate, means I have fallen back in love with life. I declared to my friend that we should start a petition to keep all the Brits wherever it was they had all gone and keep the freakishly polite and respectful foreign tourists who had descended. In fact just extend the Olympics for a few months! It would be like having a holiday in London and seeing it as tourists usually do. But in an even better way because ...