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Various Things In Brief [Jun. 1st, 2016|11:55 am]
Tony Grist
1. There's a blackbird's nest in the tool shed with two chicks in it. They're just at eye level. Baby birds look remarkably reptilian.

2. Another cold wet breezy day- of the kind that's becoming typical of the English summer.

3. I just picked rhubarb. The first of the season. I did wonder about making ice cream with it, but, no, it's too stringy; I'd have to put it through the blender first. Even the Italians don't make rhubarb ice-cream- which tells you something. I suppose Heston Blumenthal might.

4. Ailz is reading a website about the odd things people ask Google. A favourite is "Where is the internet?" That's rather deep. Here's a follow-up question I thought up all by myself- "Would the Internet still exist if everyone went off line?"

5. I dreamed I was playing a hangman in a school play. I was giving a rumbustious, improvised performance- but the acoustics of the hall were lousy and I was having to shout.

6. I'm liking Kenneth Branagh's final season as Wallender. The Altzheimer's is beginning to affect him- and the stories count for less  than the character's growing awareness of his own mortality. What an extraordinary force of nature Branagh is. In the past five years he has- among other things- released a super-hero blockbuster, directed Cinderella for Disney, played Macbeth on stage, resumed his role as a TV detective and mounted a season of plays in the West End. Has any actor ever enjoyed such a varied and charmed career?

[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-06-01 12:43 pm (UTC)
Utterly crap day really.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-01 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that.
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2016-06-01 02:30 pm (UTC)
he does a great job on the alzeimers thing
talking with his dad like that

now i understand why his dad always
painted the same place repeatedly
he wanted to remember it.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-01 05:12 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that.
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[User Picture]From: Michael John Grist
2016-06-03 10:24 pm (UTC)


Wallender this season is let down by him not falling asleep miserable in his favorite chair every night, with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He actually gets into bed! I don't know what they are thinking.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-06-04 11:29 am (UTC)

Re: wallender

I'm trusting the final episode will be overwhelmingly grim- because the book it's based on certainly is.

I imagine they've mellowed the character in episodes 1 and 2 in order to make the ending all the more terrible.
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