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Bladerunner Channel 4

Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was published in 1968. Ridley Scott’s adaption Bladerunner set in a Los Angeles of 2019 follows a similar storyline. Deckhard (Harrison Ford) a former cop is told he must retire six replicants that have escaped from the Tyrell Corporation. Retire is a euphemism for kill. Killing replicants is not an offence because a machine or android cannot be killed. Replicants are property in the same way...

The Girl Who...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, Channel 4 27th, 28th, 29th December, produced by Yellow Bird, directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Based on Stieg Larrson’s posthumous Millennium series and staring Noomi Rapace as the eponymously named Girl (Lisbeth Salander) and Michael Nyqvist (as Mikael Blomkvist ,) publisher of the Swedish political magazine Millennium, who in the first scene is...

Christmas

Hope everyone is okay and not suffering from this dreaded virus. had it a couple of weeks ago and wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Just a quick note to say Merry Christmas to one and all. For me it's a quiet Christmas day by our standards just six of us. We've had up to twenty for dinner in previous years. Boxing day will be busy as just about everyone comes to us. Just glad the West Ham game has been called off otherwise i would have had to...

Alone for Christmas

Oh I am enjoying this. Being alone Christmas eve. I can do exactly what I please, when I please and how. I don't know why I am so happy when in fact I should be sad being alone on this special evening when so many are making an effort to be happy together with family. I feel strangely at peace and happy. As though going against the flow is giving me pleasure. I think that may be the reason. That I am doing something so few are doing- by being...

I don't mind

Not much. I am very much alone this Christmas. My son didn't come yesterday. Love got in the way. He may come by today- for a short moment- I'm not getting my hopes too high. Well- I'm used to being alone so Christmas days are no different than any other time of year. The past several christmases have been much the same and a bit sad in a way- I see nobody- far removed from the christmases of past where the whole family was gathered- relatives,...

Attention Span

Thanks to charity we now have enough food to see us this month out. And sweets- it's a Christmas hamper so they put in a lot of sweets: chocolate, marcipan licorice. I don't eat sweets and neither does my son- at least very seldom. But there is also some fruit which I will enjoy and nuts to crack. I found a nutcracker- didn't know I had one! I haven't bought one present. I.e I have bought a couple of books for myself but buying books at amazon...

Survival

I survived a mild psychosis this week. It wasn't fun but I am touching earth again- grounded. Now I have mixed emotions about this time of year. I am happy and indifferent.Strange- perhaps I am still slightly psychotic.I know I am depressed. These days -cloudy and freezing. Yesterday morning the sun peeked through the clouds for a short while. I enjoyed the few moments. Otherwise it has been grey for days - especially after the snow has melted...

Basketball Season - Will they reach the Final Fours of The Nationals?

Dec 2012 - half way through the season. So far the boys have beaten Plymouth Marjon 122-44, Solent Kestrels away 68-71, Ipswich Tomcats 113-54, NASSA away 75-76, Reading Rockets away 49-92, Westminster Warriors 67-62, Brentwood Fire away 41-79, London Greenhouse Pioneers 70-57 and Medway Park Crusaders away 70-71. Warriors will get to the national knock-out stages, but it’s vital to finish either 1st or 2nd in the South Premier League. Currently...

Christmas Present

No no presents- but it is soon Christmas Eve and the big evening- families wil be gathered- kindness,love and care will be shared. An extra effort this time of year to make it a festive and happy occassion. Okay- I hate Christmas. This year I hate it. Uptil now it has only been a pain. A dog who had to be operated on, a tooth pulled out, a row and now endless days of dark skies, freezing temperatures, slippery paths, gammy knee- I could go on...

Scales

If you take all the mistakes- tiny and huge I am sure they would outweigh the good. But that is what makes loving, kindness, care and good intentions so intense and so much worth. Sometimes it strikes me: what would we do without the Bible? Without the 10 commandments, the story of the birth of Jesus and God? If all this hadn't been passed on and been such a big part of Western civilization what would it be like? Sometimes I think it would be...

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