Ice Age (the first one, not the sequel). Pretty decent Pixar-imitation animation: there was someone on K5 who worked on it a while back. Animation's a little plasticky without much texture, but I liked the Dodo sequence. Plot: utterly predictable.
Saw another Marx Brothers: A Night in Casablanca. Another late one, but I really liked it, though the fans don't seem to think much of it. This one keeps the obligatory late-Marx love story to a minimum, and the straight musical stuff is also mercifully brief. The big ending is impressively large scale, but doesn't work too well comically. I'd rate it higher than "A Night at the Opera" though.
Saw the minimalist Ellsworth Kelly exhibition at the Serpentine. Mostly uniformly-coloured shapes, some on surfaces raised a few inches from the wall. Hard to know what to make of it really. Seems aesthetically pleasing in a restful sort of way: would be happy enough to eat dinner in a restaurant with these on the walls; but I think my soul must be too course to be really touched by this sort of thing. It's free, so a good excuse for a walk through the park.
On a whim, bought a couple of duck breasts instead of chicken breasts. Duck isn't nearly as Foreman-friendly though: too fatty with the skin on, too boring with it off.
Finally got around to trying Ocado (Waitrose's delivery service) instead of Tesco as usual. Food seemed very good quality, though more expensive than Tesco. They seem to have a much more limited stock, though that might just be because I've never shopped at a real-life Waitrose, so don't know what the good things they have available are. Delivery was very punctual, and the guy was obsequiously polite to a disturbing degree. The receipt did say "Welcome to Ocado" though, so hopefully they'll return to the expected level of surliness next time.
Good stuff that Tesco doesn't have: Ben and Jerry's Frozen Yoghurt, Summer Lightning beer. Their fillet steak was a lot better than what I got from Tesco last time. Downside: they'd locked the order the evening before delivery so I couldn't make last-minute changes. They seem to have a much smaller range of single-pot desserts and ready meals that don't include the rice/potatoes/pasta; which tend to be what I mostly live off.
Not sure what happened to Frozen Yoghurt: it was popular in the US a decade or so ago when I last visited, but never really seemed to take off in the UK; and may well have fallen out of fashion there too. The Ben and Jerry's stuff is very nice, practically as good as the equivalent ice cream.
What I'm Reading Finished 1966 and all that: modern tribute to the classic spoof history "1066 and all that", only covering the 20th century. Fairly amusing: book consists of paragraph or page-length snippets so it could be handy to have around. The jingoistic stuff doesn't really seem relevant to modern education, but some of the mock exam questions seem painfully familiar. Probably not worth reading unless you've read 1066 and want more.
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