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By TheophileEscargot (Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 02:22:24 PM EST) Reading, Theatre, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "The Book of Imaginary Beings". Theatre: "Novecento". Watching. Web.


What I'm Reading
The Book Of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges. Book of short articles about various mythological and fictional creatures. Quite interesting, better to flick through than read straight through.

Wikipedia has the full list of creatures mentioned.

Theatre
Novecento at Trafalgar Studios. One man show where a jazz trumpet player who worked aboard a cruise ship tells the life story of his friend Novecento, who was born aboard the ship in the year 1900, became a brilliant self-taught pianist, and lived his whole life aboard the ship, never setting foot on land.

Brilliant play, loved everything about it. The script is crisp, moving elegantly the amusing to the tragic, hinting at deeper meanings without getting preachy. Mark Bonnar turns in an astonishing, compelling performance. He plays a single character, a shabby heavy drinker, who relates all sides of the conversations, with frenetic energy.

The play is in one of the compact studios in the basement, which is a bit like a pub theatre in that you're only a few feet from the performer, on the same level: makes it an intense experience, might not work at all on a proscenium stage. The set is simple, a box with rivets to hint at a cargo hold, with a curtain of chains that sway when the "ship" is rolling, but the sound and lighting are expertly handled for dramatic effect.

Great play, well worth seeing if you can catch it. Review, review, review

What I'm Watching
Saw the Laurence Olivier Hamlet on DVD. Liked it a lot. Though it seemed a bit dated in places, especially Jean Simmons' melodramatic Ophelia and the ponderous incidental music; the expressionistic set and great central performance carried it through.

One thing though: I kept thinking the evil uncle King Claudius looked like the Burger King.

Web
Video. Ski-parasailing. PSA: Talking to your kids about Star Wars. Tape-measure snail robots. Dogs in booties. Shetland Pony Grand National. Every Arnie scream. Slo-mo pass through Bath Central station.

Politics. EDL are continuing their "flash mob" strategy in Portsmouth, Wolverhampton EDL/militant islamists reinforce each other. Racial sus laws, rape anonymity, Lisbon referendum plans dropped. US. "In elected politics the 'fiscally conservative social liberal' is as real as a unicorn."

Economics. US immigrants more likely to compete against offshore UK govt employs More agency staff after recruitment freeze. UK Ireland assistance: exports, bank bailout or blank cheque for private borrowers. Gays poorer than straights. Chinese slowdown will be OK.

Pics. "Ugly" marine life. Student protest pic expanded. Lesbian haircuts. Old Turkish-Russian ads, via. Playboy centerfolds marked-up for changes (NSFW).

Random. Privilege denying dude. Pickpockets lurk by "beware pickpockets" signs to see which pockets you pat. Office pod. Pet hoovers. Seattle superhero patrol.

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EDL by Herring (4.00 / 3) #1 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 02:40:27 PM EST
Not sure if you get Private Eye, but allegedly (heh) they wrote to loads of councils saying that if they didn't reference Christmas they would get a visit and that such a visit typically costs £500,000. Why this isn't blackmail is not clear. Also I thought the Winterval Myth had been thoroughly put to bed now.

Maybe it hasn't because people will believe any old shit about Muslims.

(As I think I've mentioned before, I've worked alongside muslims for years and the only time any of them has wanted to do me harm is when I accidentally started a rogue DHCP server then went home)

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

From reading by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 03:58:10 PM EST
Tabloidwatch there's a vast amount of Islamophobic nonsense being promoted by the tabloids.

I think one factor might be that they think they'll have to cut down on the Asylum Seeker Menace and Immigrant Menace or it will start to hurt their boy Cameron, so they're substituting the Muslim Menace to keep up the xenophobia.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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It's better than reading all the Tabloids [nt] by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 05:16:17 PM EST

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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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Winterval Myth is younger than the by ambrosen (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 04:26:15 PM EST
'political correctness gone mad' myth, which is a straw man ritually sacrificed at the smallest sniff of any activity that might involve the teensiest amount of standing up for the rights of a disadvantaged group, no matter how little it affects the complainant.

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Novocento/Legend of 1900 by atreides (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 03:13:05 PM EST
The movie is pretty good, too (if you like Tim Roth [and I do]).

He sails from world to world in a flying tomb, serving gods who eat hope.

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Do you really need to ask? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 2) #8 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 05:16:24 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

That London Theatre Direct website by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 05:26:51 PM EST
Is an utter dog. What a fucked up way of selling tickets. Also, Chrome seems to think it's in Czech and needs translating.

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It's political correctness gone mad!

Got mine from Lastminute.com by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Nov 23, 2010 at 01:47:16 PM EST
Though it's not always cheaper. And you can't reschedule once you've bought them.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I'll post this link... by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 06:07:13 PM EST
And say nothing more.


Pickpocket thing is awesome by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 07:03:59 AM EST


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