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yet another five point post

1. It is still raining. I suspect it may never stop raining. In a month or so we will all be going two by two into the nearest ark. It is all very depressing. I'm meant to be going to a barbecue this evening but I suspect it will end up being a plain old party.

2. I have caved in and started watching The Wire. It really is the greatest TV programme ever. No, seriously, it is. A zillion times better than the Sopranos, too - as Patsington said, The Sopranos in Shakespearean - big and grand and not really very much heart - and this is Dickensian - sweeping and socially conscious and funny. And also very moving at times. The people behind it really give a shit about the characters, and it shows. Anyway, we're nearly finished Season 2 and I have no idea what I'm going to do when it's over. I don't want to say goodbye to these characters forever!

3. Did I mention it was raining? Very, very hard? Sob.

4. I am reading an excellent book called The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, or The Murder at Road Hill House, which is about the investigation of a sensational murder in 1860. It's a gripping mystery in its own right as well as a fascinating account of mid-Victorian detective work and also looks at mid-Victorian attitudes to the police and the sanctity of the family. Recommended to anyone who likes Wilkie Collins (who based the detective in The Moonstone on Mr Whicher!).

5. You may remember (although you probably don't) my unfortunate tummy ailments. They have slightly improved thanks to the magic of an anti-tummy-spasm medicine called (I think) Spasmodal (I can never remember the names of medicine that I am meant to be taking, which isn't very sensible). But what's really helped is the biofeedback specialist's advice: drink hot water. It relaxes the tummy muscles very quickly. Also, it's free! So if you do get stomach cramps and spasms and what have you, I strongly recommend this magically simple technique.


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Aug. 16th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just read a review of the Whicher book, and it's on my "to buy" list. I'm so glad to hear that it's worth the time! I love that kind of thing.

Sorry to hear about the depressing weather for your barbecue. Bah.
Aug. 16th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Possible Mr Whichter spoilers!
I am so very pleased you're watching The Wire! Just wait until you get to season four. It will destroy in the most wonderful way possible.

I think I've heard of The Suspicions of Mr Whichter - is that the one which was published fairly recently, and there was a lot of confusion over whether a maid or a daughter were involved?
Aug. 16th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Grr about the rain. It sounds like it wouldn't be very much fun sitting outside, even if by some miracle, it actually stops... There was a brief threat of rain here earlier, but then nothing - which means that I should really be working in the garden right now. Clearly, I'm not. Anyway, I hope that even if the barbecue doesn't happen, the plain old party is still good.

That's good news about your tummy ailments, and especially to have something that will help so quickly when you do get a spasm. I'm really glad that you're finding ways to deal with it.

Aug. 18th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, THE WIRE! So so amazing. (You might enjoy this article.)

And glad you've found something to help the stomach issues!
Aug. 20th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
The Wire
Here in America, I bought the Wire season 5 the day it came out(already seen the others) and watched it all in one day despite my willpower and wanting to savor it. I work in Philadelphia theatre and I had the additional pleasure of seeing Philly actor cameos. I agree it is the best television show ever. The complexity and how much you invest in the characters, I do agree it's like watching a novel. The characters are Dickensian. The seen where Bunk and McNulty investigate a crime scene using only one word...is brilliant. Omar's character is so enjoyable. His moral code, he represents the legacy and myth of American Cowboy. I adore it. It puts all other American dramas to shame.

And yes, you do feel hollow after there are no more. (sorry)

I started reading your journal because we have similar likes and aesthetics. Nice that this is another one.

Glad your stomach is feeling better.

Tom Reing
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