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kilt virtues

Saturday, December 1st, 2012 | tags: , , , ,  |

The Farringdon GapAfter several months of wearing a genuine kilt, purchased in Edinburgh (online), I’ve leaned about many of it’s more subtle virtues, it:

  • water repellent:  flicks the rain off the surface layer as you walk – never soaks up water because of the movement designed in. Rather like the water coming off a dog when it shakes itself. This effect is stronger for pure wool kilts (which mine isn’t). It’s suitable for rainy climates.
  • toasty!: is very warm because the pleats make it 3 folds of material thick at most point. Again, this effect if emphasised for a wool kilt. It’s more suitable for cold climates.
  • curvy: demonstrates the comely turn of my calves – whatever it’s made from.
  • adjustable sizes: the wrap-around style means the kilt can fit you as you put-on, or loose, weight. This gives the kilt longevity as a wardrobe item. Excellent! As I approach my 50’s I’m anticipating the onset of a little plumpness and the kilt will stay with me unlike other clothes that might need replacing.
  • swing-tastic: with just a normal walk the back of the kilt swings in a playful way. With a flick of the hips it’s even more fun, and spinning around? Well! It’s a must-do activity in a kilt.

Friends have commented that very few people can ‘pull-off’ wearing a kilt, but I am one of them. I can pull it off while keeping it on. I think everyone should have a kilt, it should be a standard part of everyone’s wardrobe because it is quite simply –


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Trucking Hull

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 | tags: , , , ,  |

Truck Theatre The Socialist Republic of Hull hosted a clan gathering of the “Avenue’s” branch of the House family

This all female branch successfully avoided Royalist pre-procreation ceremonial fervour while plotting the overthrow of several magnificent vegetarian feasts (and swapping gardening tips)

Hull Truck Theatre entertained us with not one, but two Alan Bennetts in an autobiographical play featuring an outstanding yellow Bedford Van and a colourful unconventional lady


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play me, I’m yours

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 | tags: , , , ,  |

IY 1Jac Malloy posted this picture in my flickr group ‘Piano’s place in public

This is one of 16 placed around the city of Austin (Texas) as part Luke Jerram’s Street Piano’s project and Austin’s Art Week. The Street piano’s project has placed over 400 pianos with the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ in cities around the world.

The piano’s are decorated by local artists, anyone can play them for as long as they want. On this blog post a young family plays on a bridge for kayakers and joggers. The pianos in public give people smiles, strangers talk to each other, people dance, people pull-out thier isolating headphones and listen to the people nearby. So very beautiful.

A statesman article reports:

Each piano’s location was strategically chosen, Walker said, so that one piano is often within earshot of another. He said he hopes people playing will be able to respond to one another, a sort of call-and-return musical duet traveling above the hubbub of an increasingly growing city. A professional tuner is assigned to each instrument to make sure all remain in working condition for the duration of the exhibit.

But the exhibit goes further than simply adding a little flavor to downtown street corners. It is mostly designed to change the way people relate to their urban environments and to instigate a sense of ownership within local residents about where they live.

People grow used to how their cities and local environments look and feel, Walker said. “Play Me, I’m Yours,” draws people’s attention so that they can no longer ignore their surroundings, he said. The point of the exhibit is to disrupt that familiarity with both music and the curious presence of an instrument typically seen in people’s homes

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review ratings

Monday, September 25th, 2006 | tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  |

Ever wondered what Wendy review ratings really mean?   You need wonder no more.    Rating system explained:

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Don’t touch this,   lest it be contagious or induce severe fits followed by sudden brain death

:-(  :-(  :-(  :-(  

No.   It’s just wrong,   so wrong.   Turn around an walk away before anything valuable  like sanity or toothbrush gets broken

:-(  :-(  :-(  

Thow the phone down.     Icky, icky, icky,   could prompt a minor tantrum involving  some small hand-held household item hitting the floor with a little more speed then naturally supplied by gravity    

:-(  :-(  

Wince making.   What were they thinking?   Walk away now  


Why?   Even lashings of tea and biscuits couldn’t make this work  


Mining required.   Get your spade out,   if you are  prepared to put the effort into  digging for it you’ll find some virtue buried somewhere in this  

:-)   :-)  

Darn good.   Like a pint of well kept real Ale  from a cask in good company,   or a Sunday morning reading a broadsheet in bed with the  fluff-balls snoring nearby    

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Lovelly.   Simply world class talent.   Easily recommended and probably even remembered,   which given my scattiness is a major achievement      

:-)   :-)   :-)   :-)  

Gorgeous.   Oh!   that was good for me.    Expect this review to include a bit of gushing because  the work has  genius potential      

:-)   :-)   :-)   :-)   :-)  

Hero Worship.     Realised genius, lets do it again,   and again,   and again.   There’s a stong risk that Wendy’s planning a proposal.

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The hours

Thursday, September 15th, 2005 | tags: , ,  |

Film summary details:

This is an outstanding Oscar winning film,   the best film I’ve seen this year….   ..definitely rated  in my top 10 films.   It was an accidental discovery on live TV!   It captured and drew me in,  for a plethora of reasons including

  • Distinctive female central roles executed brilliantly by Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Miranda Richardson.   Miranda Richardson is a personal favourtie because
    • I’ve been likened to her portrayal of ‘Queenie’ in Black Adder III.
    • Her outstanding portrayal of ‘Ruth Ellis’,   the last woman to be ‘executed’ in the UK  in ‘dance with a stranger’
    • Her amazingly versataille portfolio.
  • An excellent screen script by David Hare.   David is a personal favourite of mine.   I’ve had the honour of being cast in plays he’s written.
  • The value of life is questioned.   A worthy topic of consideration.   It’s profoundly distressing.   This may seem like an odd reason to rate a film as excellent.   I value films that take the audience on journeys they may not have the freedom or courage to take outside of the film.   Films that provoke thought,   manipulate emotions, heighten self and other awareness.   This film is fairly unique in its subject matter for such a famous cast,   yet the subject matter is accessible and potentially very recognisable.   I have very non-mainstream views on the value of an individual’s life that easily align with the decisons made by some people within this film.
  • Philip Glass’s musical score.   Michael Nyman has been my favourite modern composer since I saw ‘The Draughtman’s Contract’   1982 and in subsequent Peter Greenaway films.   Michael is more internationally famous for producing the sound track for ‘The Piano’ starring Holly Hunter,   Harvey Keitel and  Sam Neil.   I normally find Philip Glass’s work pales by comparison.   My introduction to Philip glass was a live performance of the Opera ‘The fall of the house of usher’.   It was tedious.   By contrast,   in this film Philip manages to convey time and mood fabulously.   It turned my opinion of his abilities around.  
  • Clever yet  easy to follow postmodern structure.    Few films have beautifully mastered interrupting and interweaving  multiple interrelated storylines.   Notable other successes are ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Memento’.      
  • Its personal and relevant today.    These women were all profoundly beautiful.   I found myself wanting to stand up and defend them,   to  celebrate their value, to break the pathway of their distress,   to rescue them.   But I couldn’t,   as the people around them couldn’t.   Fundamentally distressing.    This film caused pain.    I cried.    The outcomes felt inevitable and right for the characters.    Things haven’t changed that much.   The  main themes of the film are evident today.   That pain exists.     It’s everybody’s responsibility to remove the pain.

Do watch this.

Don’t watch it alone,   make sure you are with someone who cares about you or can effectively share,   empathise or  manage distress.   The film rating is too low,   this film is deeply emotionally disturbing,   it contains suicide and serious questioning of societal values.  

I made 2 mistakes.    Watching  it alone and answering a phonecall 15mins before the film ended while crying silently and still  deeply immersed.

I will be watching this film again.   I suspect I’ve missed many subtle nuances,   I want to use it to help be more aware and supportive in the lives I touch,   including my own.


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