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Cats, Carpentry and Cold Case Crimes [May. 21st, 2008|09:42 am]
Tony Grist
1. On monday we had five cats in our front yard. Five- none of them belonging to us. They were lounging about under the hedge, like teenagers in a bedsit, trying to look cool, as if the reason for them all hanging out together was not that one of them was in heat. Next day they were gone. I wonder if the owners of Mrs Tabith Twitchit are prepared to have kittens?

2. Monday afternoon we went to Housing Units of Hollingwood with Ruth. She's looking for a dining table. We found one made of reclaimed European oak which we all thought was fabulous. Sturdy, honest, beautiful. And for £700-1 you also get four equally unkillable chairs. I took photos so she could show them to Keith. Just look at the grain on that!

3. We've watched the whole of the latest series of Waking the Dead. Uneven of course, sometimes frankly incredible, but the premise- using the investigation of cold case crimes to examine political and social issues of the recent past- is neat.  Last night's final show was the best of season. The case was a war crime committed during the conflict in Yugoslavia and the treatment was emotionally literate (which isn't a given) and so painful I kept finding myself wanting to look away. Waking the Dead isn't a cult show, but it's capable of great things- and the stars- especially Trevor Eve, Sue Johnson and Tara Fitzgerald- are terrific.   

[User Picture]From: margaretarts
2008-05-21 02:15 pm (UTC)
2. I love the finish on this European oak, too, which lets the beauty of the wood shine through. It's hard to find anything that's not too blond, not too dark over here.

3. I can't quite imagine how the premise of the show even works, but I'd love to see the series sometime on DVD. We just saw Vaclav Havel's 1960s Czech play "The Garden Party" here, and it seemed like a page out of a contemporary American book on how to succeed in bureaucrazy (sic).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-21 04:43 pm (UTC)
The Czechs have a great tradition of satirizing bureaucracy and petty officialdom. i guess it comes from having lived under the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then as a Soviet satellite state.

Edited at 2008-05-21 04:44 pm (UTC)
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