Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
4 Weddings = 4 months
I feel like I'm finally free....I'm in love. I'm happy....I see the light...sounds dramatic but it's true.....I know some women can relate to this....My children are getting older. They know the truth and they are strong, smart kids. They love their Dad. They love their new Step Dad who they've known for years...time will pass. Wounds will heal. Some people may never grow up. Actions speak louder than words....watch!"
Then there was the wedding, well 4 weddings in fact, which seemed a bit bonkers at the time, now even more so that we learn (via Pammy's website again) on 11/27/2006 that Divorce looms. 4 months later; "Yes, it's true.Unfortunately impossible." So what of those children now?
Is this the kind of mad world they are supposed to know the truth about, and how enduring commitment is? I fear that child-of-a-famous-person syndrome beckons along with all that, that can entail.
The Cold War is Back
Monday, November 27, 2006
Liz Hurley Cooks
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Rain in my Heart
Whether your tipple is a sophisticated martini at a hotel bar, a glass of wine or 2 with friends, a cool beer, a G&T, or a fruity cocktail on holiday, this was indeed a salutary tale.
Friday, November 24, 2006
I'm off to find out what those folk are made off, if I can tell by just being in an audience with them, and sharing their space! Meantime I leave you with the haunting words.
Kate's as a Slag!
KATE Moss looks every inch the model chav - as she stars as Vicky Pollard's twin sister in a Little Britain Comic Relief special.
The audience cheered as she stepped onstage last night as Katie Pollard in a blue tracksuit top and black leggings.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
RIP Nick Clark
Labels: Nick Clark
What do you mean IF?
Labels: OJ Simpson
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Labels: Baby Elephant
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
RIP Mr. Altman
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Tanner on Tanner (2004) (TV)
The Company (2003)
Gosford Park (2001)
Dr T and the Women (2000)
Cookie's Fortune (1999)
The Gingerbread Man (1998)
"Gun" (1997) TV Series
Kansas City (1996)
Jazz '34 (1996)
Short Cuts (1993)
The Real McTeague (1993) (TV)
Black and Blue (1993) (TV)
The Player (1992)
McTeague (1992) (TV)
Vincent & Theo (1990)
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (1988) (TV)
"Tanner '88" (1988) (mini) TV Series
Aria (1987) (segment "Les Boréades")
O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
Basements (1987) (TV)
Beyond Therapy (1987)
Fool for Love (1985)
The Laundromat (1985) (TV)
Secret Honor (1984)
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Rattlesnake in a Cooler (1982) (TV)
Precious Blood (1982) (TV)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
A Wedding (1978)
3 Women (1977)
"Saturday Night Live" (1 episode, 1977)
- Episode #2.16 (1977) TV Episode (segment "Sissy's Roles")
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)
California Split (1974)
Thieves Like Us (1974)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Brewster McCloud (1970)
That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
"Premiere" (1 episode, 1968)
- Walk in the Sky (1968) TV Episode
The Katherine Reed Story (1965)
Pot au feu (1965)
"The Long, Hot Summer" (1 episode, 1965)
- The Long Hot Summer (1965) TV Episode
Nightmare in Chicago (1964) (TV)
"Kraft Suspense Theatre" (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
- Once Upon a Savage Knight (1964) TV Episode
- The Hunt (1963) TV Episode
- The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (1963) TV Episode
"Combat!" (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
- Survival (1963) TV Episode
- Off Limits (1963) TV Episode
- The Volunteer (1963) TV Episode
- The Prisoner (1962) TV Episode
- I Swear by Apollo (1962) TV Episode
"The Gallant Men" (1 episode, 1962)
- Pilot (1962) TV Episode
"Kraft Mystery Theater" (1 episode, 1962)
- In Close Pursuit (1962) TV Episode
"Bus Stop" (8 episodes, 1961-1962)
- County General (1962) TV Episode
- Door Without a Key (1962) TV Episode
- Summer Lightning (1962) TV Episode
- ...And the Pursuit of Evil (1961) TV Episode
- A Lion Walks Among Us (1961) TV Episode
"Route 66" (1 episode, 1961)
- Some of the People, Some of the Time (1961) TV Episode
"Bonanza" (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
- The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch (1961) TV Episode
- Sam Hill (1961) TV Episode
- The Dream Riders (1961) TV Episode
- The Secret (1961) TV Episode
- The Rival (1961) TV Episode
"The Roaring 20's" (9 episodes, 1960-1961)
- Standing Room Only (1961) TV Episode
- Royal Tour (1961) TV Episode
- Right Off the Boat: Part 2 (1961) TV Episode
- Right Off the Boat: Part 1 (1961) TV Episode
- Two a Day (1961) TV Episode
"Surfside 6" (1 episode, 1961)
- Thieves Among Honor (1961) TV Episode
"Lawman" (1 episode, 1961) - The Robbery (1961) TV Episode
"Maverick" (1 episode, 1960)
- Bolt from the Blue (1960) TV Episode
"The Gale Storm Show" (1 episode, 1960)
- It's Magic (1960) TV Episode
"Sugarfoot" (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
- The Highbinder (1960) TV Episode
- Apollo with a Gun (1959) TV Episode
"U.S. Marshal" (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
- The Triple Cross (1960) TV Episode
- R.I.P. (1959) TV Episode
"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1 episode, 1960)
- The Sound of Murder (1960) TV Episode
"The Millionaire" (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
- Millionaire Jackson Greene (1959) TV Episode
- Millionaire Lorraine Daggett (1959) TV Episode
- Millionaire Henry Banning (1959) TV Episode
- Millionaire Alicia Osante (1959) TV Episode
- The Pete Hopper Story (1958) TV Episode
"Hawaiian Eye" (1 episode, 1959)
- Three Tickets to Lani (1959) TV Episode
"Whirlybirds" (12 episodes, 1959)
- The Big Lie (1959) TV Episode
- The Challenge (1959) TV Episode
- Experiment X-74 (1959) TV Episode
- Guilty of Old Age (1959) TV Episode
- A Matter of Trust (1959) TV Episode
"Troubleshooters" (1959) TV Series
"Bronco" (1958) TV Series
"Peter Gunn" (1958) TV Series
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
- Together (1958) TV Episode
- The Young One (1957) TV Episode
The James Dean Story (1957)
The Delinquents (1957)
The Magic Bond (1956)
The Perfect Crime (1955)
The Builders (1954)
Better Football (1954)
The Dirty Look (1954)
The Last Mile (1953)
How to Run a Filling Station (1953)
The Sound of Bells (1952)
King Basketball (1952)
Modern Football (1951)
Monday, November 20, 2006
Labels: David Beckham
Saturday, November 18, 2006
To the women of the Merrie England coffee houses, Huddersfield
when I break sweat just thinking about hard work, I think about you.
Nowhere to hide behind that counter, nowhere to shirk.
I’m watching you right now bumping and grinding hip to hip,
I’m noting your scrubbed, pink hands in the cabinet of fancy cakes,
loose and quick among the lemon meringues and cream puffs
and custard tarts, darting and brushing like carp in a glass tank.
O women, the soles of your feet on fire in your sensible shoes,
your fingers aflame, spitting and hissing under the grill.
You, madam, by the cauldron of soup – you didn’t hassle us,
just wiped the crumbs from under our genius poems,
me and the boy Smith, one toasted teacake between us,
eking it out though the cold afternoons, our early drafts
hallmarked and franked with rings of coffee and tea.
Women of the Merrie England, under those scarlet aprons are you
naked? Are you nude? Miss July traps a swarm of steam in a jug
as a pearl of sweat rolls from the upper delta of her open neck
to where Christ crucified bobs and twists on a gold chain.
Miss November gives the kiss of life to a Silk Cut by the fire escape.
Miss April, pass me the key to the toilets, please,
I won’t violate your paintwork, desecrate the back of the door
with crude anatomical shapes or the names of speedway stars.
I’m no closet queen in search of a glory hole for gay sex,
no smack-head needing a cubby hole to shoot up –
one glass of your phosphorescing, radio-active orange crush
was always enough for me and the boy Smith, his mother
asleep at the wheel on the long drive back from Wales,
the air-bag not invented yet – just a bubble in somebody’s dream.
Does he pay you a pittance in groats, King Henry, stuffing his face
with hare and swan, his beard died red with venison blood
and pinned with the fiddling bones of partridge and quail,
while you, O women of the Merrie England, his maids,
swab the greasy tiles with a bucket of rain and a bald mop
or check for counterfeit tenners under the ultra violet light –
A tenner! – still two hours hard graft at the minimum wage.
Don’t let catering margarine ease off your eternity rings.
Don’t lose your marriages down the waste-disposal pipe.
Hang on to your husbands and friends – no sugar daddies or lovers
or cafetières for you, O women of the Merrie England,
no camomile or Earl Grey, just take-it-or-leave-it ground or char
served in the time-bitten cups my grandmother sipped from,
hooking the milky membrane aside with a spoon, watching it reform.
I’ve seen you nudging and winking. Look who just dropped in, you
The Man Who Fell To Earth, wanting tea for one and the soup of
I take the window seat and gawp at the steeplejacks: all gone –
Kendall’s, the Coach House, Leeds Road, The White Lion and the
But you, under the mock Tudor beams, under the fake shields,
under the falsified coats of arms, you go on, you go on,
O women of the Merrie England, O mothers of Huddersfield, O
Labels: Britney Spears
Friday, November 17, 2006
George Michael has announced a special free concert for NHS nurses at the Round House Wednesday 20th December 2006. I'm not even a fan per se but how great is that? Nurses don't get paid nearly enough to go to his concerts! I bet it will be really special, at least he'll make them feel special methinks, and it will be costing him money you know, or at least losing what he could have made.
The concert will be at the end of his European tour because as George said "almost ten years ago, during the last week of my mother's life, I told my friends and family that if I ever played my own concerts again, I would make sure to do a free one for NHS nurses. The nurses that helped my family at that time were incredible people, and I realised just how undervalued these amazing people are. And so I want to thank them with a Xmas concert, I can't wait. Neither can the tour crew, for entirely different reasons." I think you will already know about his if you are an NHS nurse, but just in case it slipped under your radar, click here to enter!
Labels: George Michael
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The Elephant in the Room
Should you be wondering why I'm posting a mixture of art & politics, it is because I think the arts can tell us as much about our history as anything written down in the context of any intellectual arena. History books tell us what the people writing them think of events, art gives us an alternative perspective, & often one which is counter-cultural by its very ability to challenge the status quo. I just found Banksy, later than many I am sure, via an article on Damien Hirst today. His exhibition at the Serpentine sounds interesting, & Banksy's website is definitely worth investigating.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The Good & The Sad News
There is hope! The Democrats take Congress and look like they might take the Senate, it is like 1998 all over again, let's hope we are not as disappointed. Those that know such things, say that it will make little difference; the President has a power of veto over most of the important issues, but it might make him think twice. If nothing else it is a vote against the war in Iraq.
Sadly, today a construction worker confessed to the murder of Adrienne Shelly. I feel for the worker as well as her family; he sounds as if he lost it when he was scared of being reported for the noise Adrienne was complaining about. Who knows what happened, but he tried to cover up his crime, which suggests immediate remorse and guilt rather than pathological killer. I found it hard to think it might have been suicide if only because she was working in her studio which would be incongruous if she was planning to leave the world. It was also odd to think she could leave her toddler, but people do, so really I found it hard to believe for a combination of circumstances I really know nothing about. What I do know is that she was luminescent in Trust and The Unbelievable Truth, I hope Hal Hartley writes an obit, and I hope it is small comfort to her family that she treasured by some others as well as them.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
An Unholy Mess
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Don't Sponsor a Child!
For the record, sponsoring a child can offer more to the donor than the child. Christian Aid, for example, advocate a policy of donating to a community because singling a child out is not always beneficial for them. It is sensible theory, nothing to do with adoption, but worth thinking about for those of us who can donate £'s a week rather than Madonna's millions! I wanted to write, engage and see photographs of how 'my' child was doing, but was utterly pursuaded to set up a direct debit instead.