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Whoohoo, LJ is back! I truly am a sad addict - when the site was down I was checking it every half hour to see if it were back up again. Anyway, here's a list which summarises my post-sickness weekend....

Good Things

1. barsine and daegaer coming over on Friday to eat curry, drink wine, consume an entire box of Celebrations and watch Lord Peter DVDs, which involved much mocking of Bunter's suspiciously '80s bouffant. Daegaer also introduced us to Weiss Kreuz, which really is one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. And now I've discovered that the assassins are also florists it's even madder!

2. Green Ice, an amazing (and unfinished!) Wooster/Wimsey crossover with an incredibly poignant twist. Reading it, I discovered that I find the idea of Bertie suffering in WW1 almost unbearable, which seems a bit odd when you consider he's a comic character. But he's a comic character I've loved since I was 10. Anyway, it's a fantastic story, and I very, very rarely like fic which is based on writing I love because it's so incredibly hard to recapture the right tone, but this one manages it.

3. The Aviator, specifically Leonardo DiCaprio's performance. I've always thought he was an incredible actor, ever since I saw him in What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, and he's fantastic in this. It's very unshowy acting - it's the opposite of, say, Al Pacino - but it's perfectly convincing and very physical - he's almost unrecognisable towards the end, when playing the older Hughes, and it's all about the way he carries himself. I liked the rest of the film too - Rufus Wainwright! Fabulous clothes! Wonderful '20s/'30s pop song soundtrack! Amazing camera work! - and was bewildered by reviews which said that it had a "happy Hollywood ending". Yes, the last few scenes of the film show Hughes back on track after his first serious breakdown, finally getting the "Spruce Goose" to fly. But in the very last scene, he's experiencing another paranoid/OCD episode during his victory celebrations, and as most people watching the film will probably be aware of the fact that just a couple of years after the film ends, he's going to be holed up in his house for the rest of his life pissing into bottles and wearing tissue boxes on his feet, we know that he's not going to get better again.

Bad thing:

My Radio 4 reception is kind of fuzzy, which is very annoying. I've always thought it was slightly miraculous that I could get Radio 4 on FM with perfect reception, so I'm never surprised when it goes (temporarily) awry, but for a couple of days now it's been all funny - as if there's a weird feedback in the background when people are talking, although I can hear their voices perfectly, which is weird. Anyway, it's kind of irritating, and I hope Radio 4 goes back to normal soon. How can I enjoy the Archers when their rural conversations are accompanied by a fuzzy whining noise?


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Jan. 16th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I hope you're watching the 1980s Lord Peter DVDs, with Edward Petherbridge in them (who, in real life, has a bizarre north of England accent, I think). Because I bought, as an experiment, a Lord Peter DVD of Clouds of Witness from the 1970s (also by the BBC) and did not like it AT ALL. Lord Peter was played as some kind of Bertie Wooster, most of the time. AND he was much too old - surely in his 50s. Also, he was insufferably annoying, always tapping people on the shoulder and saying, 'Now then, old lad...' and other things that were neither whimsical enough for Wooster nor suave enough for L.P. (I know L.P pretends to bumble as a sort of facade, but really, not to the extent of being completely fatuous). Oh, and the Duke of Denver appeared to be moderately intelligent and not a Stupid Farmer at all, so it was all wrong.
Jan. 17th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Yes, it was the Edward Petherbridge ones - much, much better than the Ian Carmichael ones (which I've seen too, and I agree with your damning verdict). Harriet was absolutely perfect. Although I'm annoyed that Lord Peter didn't propose in Latin in the version of Gaudy Night....
Jan. 16th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Ahhahahaha! I love Weiss Kreuz! So bad it's good.

Did you guys watch the dub outtakes? They're the best part of the DVDs.
Jan. 19th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
I can't get Radio 4 at ALL in my city centre flat, surrounded as I am by tall buildings. But I was staying in Sandymount last night and often listen to it there in the mornings as the reception is usually good. We had the same interference problem this morning, but listened to bishops rambling about women having babies via the BBC website instead, which gives you perfect reception, albeit with occasional delays, which until you get used to them make you think the politicians are suddenly stuck for words...
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