Reread in April 2015 and it was just as good as I remembered. Original review from 22nd April 2006. ISBN: 0098461560 Trans from the French: David Bellos Yes again a cover influenced purchase, so I am glad to report that a good cover can lead to a good read too. I really enjoyed this book. […]
I’ve just had the strangest feeling. Was looking for photos for this yoke so was searching in folders on the ‘puter and on impulse decided to look in my writing folder. Why, I don’t know, I’d never have stuck a photo there. Nevertheless I started to poke around and came across a whole chapter I […]
So there I was, flicking around this afternoon when I came across No Such Thing. My wonderful browse feature told me it was the story of a young female reporter who tried to find out what happened her missing fiancée only to discover a foul-mouthed monster whom she befriends.
Only it was a lot stranger than that. The first hour or so was all about Beatrice. On her way to Iceland to track down her fiancée her plane crashed into the sea. She was the sole survivor, but was terribly injured. In the world of this film the media have taken over and pretty much run the world, but must contend with a public who grow bored of anything after only a few hours. Beatrice’s boss tried to make her go public and tell her story, but Beatrice doesn’t want to so she is pretty much abandoned in the hospital, where she must undergo an extremely painful operation, with only limited painkiller/anaesthetic.
And the internet is just as small, cause I’ve just discovered that I was in college with Alan. And I did have something else I wanted to say, I even had open tabs for to provide linkage, but now I can’t remember what it was that I wanted to say so have closed the tabs. […]
Families are a source of much amusement and not a little tragedy. Especially when your father is a motivational speaker, whose “9 steps to winning” doesn’t seem to be working, your uncle is an attempted suicide, and your brother is a wannabe fighter pilot who has taken a vow of silence and so hasn’t spoken […]
In 2003 Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend Amie Huegenard were killed and eaten by a bear. That was Treadwell’s 13 year in bear country, and he left behind 5 years of footage. These shots of the grizzlies, the foxes, and of Treadwell’s pieces to camera are what make up the bulk of this documentary. But […]
This is an odd film. A very odd film.
Ever since The Sixth Sense Shyamalan has been known as the “twist guy” for his film endings; I don’t think that is a fair description. And while you can say that Unbreakable, Signs and The Village all had twists to their endings, the twists weren’t all that important. The films were stories about people, truth, and finding out who you are. The Lady in the water continues in this vein, but at the same time it is a very different type of film. As Shyamalan has said, it is a bedtime story. A fairy tale, for children. So it is, of course, going to be more simplistic and yet at the same time it is more complicated than that.
Came across this from Neil Gaiman’s journal. A bridge in Scotland has been the site of apparent dog suicides, with animal behaviourists unsure of why the animals are leaping to their deaths. They are advising owners to put a lead on their pets while crossing the bridge. “five dogs have jumped to their deaths from […]
Dropped by The Menagerie today, and came across a wonderfully weird story of a fella who shot a nail into his own head. The nail gun backfired, he wasn’t just arsing about. The really weird thing; he didn’t notice.
This is film that got quite a lot of attention when it came out, but I will admit to being a little put of by the trailer, and as it didn’t stay in my local cinema for very long I never got around to seeing it. As it was part funded by the Beeb they […]
this time courtesy of Sally: A man has comitted suicide after having relations with a chicken. Or to put it another way, he knew the chicken, in the biblical sense. More details.
The Guardian have a story about a boy who has been convicted of incitement to his own murder.
The 14 y.o. met a 16 y.o. online and persuaded him, through the creation of various fictional characters, that he was taking part in an initiation into the Secret Service, and that his murder victim was dying of cancer.