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Long time no see

You would think it would get easier but it doesn't. The longer you leave it the more you can't work out how to break the ice again. Not that it matters really, since most of the people reading this don't know me from Adam. Hello, people who don't know me from Adam, if you are indeed still reading. Nothing of great moment has happened in the intervening period.

It's a good job I don't resort to drugs out of boredom or else I would be smoking crack with a tyxilix chaser most weekends.

Labour are still in power, though the odious Blair is almost departed. When he announced that he was finally, praise god, ding dong the witch is dead going he delivered a speech which pretty much summed up his time in office -- it sounded fantastic, he delivered it brilliantly, he spoke about no one but himself, he expressed no true contrition whatsoever and when you analysed it, it came to bits in your hands.

Basically, as fatally tarnished as this government is by Iraq and Blair's mystifying decision to ally himself with George W Bush and his neocons, this has not been a bad government. It has done a lot more good for poorer families, for aid to Africa, for economic stability and for inclusiveness than is acknowledged.

And now Gordon Brown is a cert to take over. Good. Let's see how he does after 10 years of lurking in the shadows and briefing and counter-briefing.

I'm still *never, ever* voting Tory. I thought about it in the last elections when I was at the height of my disgust over Iraq but somehow I just couldn't bear to do it. It's a visceral sort of thing.

I've got this week off, and it was supposed to be a week of zen, wherein I didn't actually have to do anything much but it hasn't turned out that way. It's almost Thursday and I've done eff all that I wanted to for various reasons. Though I have read a lot about plague pits in London, and Defoe's Journal of a Plague Year. I also watched The Office while on the cross trainer, which was fabulous. I've opened about ten LJ comment windows and then closed them when I realised that what I really wanted to write was "you know what? fuck off", which is scarcely constructive.

On the Guardian's Comment is Free website they have this lovely abbreviation -- FFS. As in "But Blair didn't even say anything FFS". I need an icon with OFFS on it.

I also went to see The Lives of Others, the winner of the best foreign film Oscar, which was just fantastic. The performances are beautifully judged, you never quite know what's coming next and I gasped out loud at least four times. I am sure some Hollywood pointyhead is trying to work out right now how to adapt it into an American context, which would work if they had either (a) the political bollocks or (b) ... nah, I can't work it out, but I am sure they would be dying to cast Kevin Spacey in the main role.

Next up 28 Weeks Later and This Is England.

Next week I am going to Italy, where it will be sunny, praise the Lord.


May. 17th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)

I've been meaning to see "The Lives of Others", but it only played here for, like, a week then was yanked out of the theater before I could go. Rats. Will have to keep an eye out for DVD release.

I'll be interested to hear what you think of 28 Weeks Later, which I thought was well-made (although not as good as the first one) but it left me... well, kind of undecided about how I feel about it.
May. 17th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Honestly, I think you would love it. It's really carefully constructed and well-shot, showing the shabbiness and comfort of the GDR. It makes you ache for the leads and despise the people who are pressing them into these impossible shapes

One of its leads is a truly good man, idealist and mistaken because of his coddling perhaps, but a good man and I think that's incredibly difficult to pull off in film without making the person a dull paragon.

Anyway, I am no longer annoyed that Pan's Labyrinth didn't win best foreign picture Oscar -- I think they are both amazing films for different reasons and I know why the Academy went with the one they could comprehend more easily