Won’t even bother describing the hour at which I woke this morning. Dozed to an accompaniment of people discussing the issue of tai chi in church halls – Should it be Banned? Personally I don’t know what the people banning it are afraid of. I get the same thing about yoga sometimes, though fortunately less and less these days.
Holly had an unfortunate experience last night – went to the youth club at Trinity and – according to her – went in and stood there for 15 minutes and nobody spoke to her. It may not have been quite 15 minutes – but someone definitely should have spoken to her. So that was a shame. The drama is going well though – she read us a bit of her script.*
Watched an interesting programme about – fuck! – people with Tourette’s. I can’t imagine what it must have been like before the condition was known about and understood – life must have been impossible. One poor boy ate his lunches alone because he couldn’t help spitting his food. His parents also split up and he blames himself for that.
I found myself wondering after that – what happened to the “7-up” series? If they’re still doing it, I must have missed at least a couple.
Apparently the last one was in 2006. I can’t remember if I saw the 1999 one. I think I saw one in the 90’s. My memory is so bad at the moment, it’s playing havoc with my life. The other night I had to look up directions to the Black Boy, a pub I’ve been to dozens of times – and last week I got lost going to the beer festival. It’s frightening sometimes – it’s like bits dropping out of my brain.
Got depressed yesterday due to a critical comment from a student coinciding with a book review of mine being rejected. Really, the only reason anyone writes is because you can’t not do it. Not doing it is not an option. Why else would you bother? The hours are terrible, the conditions variable, the pay non-existent for the first few years and then who knows?
Why do I do it?
Because I can’t not do it.
PS Went to see “Alice in Wonderland” with Daniel. Visually stunning, great acting and casting with some real stalwarts in there (Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, and Johnny Depp excellent as the Mad Hatter – explained on the way home to Daniel the origin of the phrase “mad as a hatter” which led on to a discussion of hats and how people don’t wear them any more apart from woolly ones and baseball caps.) I thought the film was brilliant, although like every film adaptation it mixes parts of “Wonderland” with “Through the Looking-Glass”. I also thought the plot limped a little at times and lacked a real sense of climax. But I forgave it.
Go and see this before the *******s at Disney pull it from the cinemas and start releasing it on DVD. It really should be seen at the cinema.
* PPS Took this up with the youth leader at Trinity – he said they weren’t there so she must have wandered into another group by mistake, which does explain it somewhat. Although they still could’ve spoken – couldn’t they?