It’s a little on the wet side today. And after I opened up the library this morning I noticed a little kitten sheltering from the rain. One of the feral cats that live round the back. As young as it was it had already decided that people were bad, so I left it alone. And every few minutes I’d see the mother cat appear, try to pick up the kitten only to notice people moving about in the library and, agreeing with the kitten that people were bad, leg it. And then return to do the whole thing all over again a few minutes later. In the end I decided to close the door so mammy cat couldn’t see us, and when I reopened the door, mammy and kitten were nowhere to be be found.
But if anything the rain has gotten worse. Its like that scene in Braveheart where William Wallace turns up looking for whatsherface-what-gets-her-throat-slashed-later and says to her father that it’s a grand soft day. Well, that wasn’t a soft rain, but never mind. That’s the sort of falling straight down rain we have at the moment, so it isn’t too bad. It means umbrellas are actually useful. Usually the rain falls at an angle, or doesn’t so much fall as move horizontally across the face of the earth rendering umbrellas useless.
Anywas, Braveheart, was on last night. I dinnae watch it. Mainly cause I’ve seen it umpteen times and to be honest all of Mel Gibson’s anti-English propaganda is wearing a little thin at this stage. What I did watch was Dr. Bashir on an elephant. Also known as Hannibal. This was a made for tv film thing on BBC1 last night, and it wasn’t terrible. Wasn’t great either though. What I have noticed about these ancient war type films is that they can never really show proper cavalry battles, on account of their being no such thing as stunt hosses. And the beeb obviously didn’t have the sfx budget of a big action film. Still they did quite a good job, and it’ll be interesting to see how the Vin Diesel film compares, if that ever gets made. The writer, David Franzoni doesn’t inspire much confidence from me, as he was responsible for King Arthur which is a lot better without the sound and Amistad which was a crap film over-rated because of the subject material. I suppose he deserves credit for Gladiator, so we’ll reserve judgement till we see the film.
And seeing as there are only five days left till the rugby I’ll direct you over to The Limerick Blogger’s round-up of the weekend newspapers.