All entries for May 2005
May 26, 2005
May 25, 2005
Can't remember where these came from, but there was a whole list of 'Only in such and such a country' and I saved these as the highlights.
Only in Australia:
Only in America:
May 23, 2005
Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view
That pension I'm paying into is looking like a waste of time…... or I should buy a dog?
You Will Die at Age 58
Want to live longer? Try losing a few bad habits.
May 20, 2005
…..but thought this would cheer up some of you exam stressed peeps:
May 17, 2005
OK.. getting bored with marking assessments (you students think doing exams is bad!) so thought I'd do one of these "slightly more interesting than watching paint dry" things…....
Last film I saw at the cinema
'Turetski Gambit'.. in a cinema in Russia… unfortunately all in Russian, but if you get a chance to see the English version (Turkish Gambit) it's a good action film with some nice special effects. Don't know if it would be subtitled or dubbed.
Last film I watched on DVD/on computer/TV etc
'Friday 13th Part Zillion' they had two of the later ones back to back on late night TV… was supposedly marking but at that stage I was flagging a little. Only watched them cos there was nothing else on really… aren't they supposed to be scary?
Films I'm looking forward to seeing
Seem to be repeating others but the last Star Wars would have to be the only one really… nothing else vaguely exciting otherwise, although there is that new one with Nicole Kidman in.. no idea what it's about but who cares! :)
Total number of films I own
No idea… more than I have time to watch.. and certainly a lot of shelf space. As well as new ones have been replacing all my favourite videos with DVDs… same thing happened when CDs came out, all the vinyls got replaced at great expense for no real reason!
Five films that mean something to me
1. 'Star Wars Episode IV' the first 'real' film I saw at the cinema, when it first came out (up until then it had been Bambi, Snow White and Oliver Twist). It's still got it after all these years….
2. 'Psycho', the original Hitchcock version of course not that awful remake (why do people keep remaking classics?). This was the film that set the standard for horror and still makes me jump. Whoda thought that a homocidal transvestite could be so scary?
3. 'Highlander', the first one of course. Just such a cool film made even cooler by the Queen soundtrack.
4. 'Cry Freedom'. Film about Steve Bico and South African apartheid.. very emotional and moving film. The only film I've seen at the cinema that where I've wanted to stand up and shout at the screen. If you haven't seen it then you should….
5. 'Dead Calm'. Nicole Kidman… nuff said.
Other mentionable films: Toy Story, Italian Job (the original version!), Event Horizon (most disturbing film EVER), A Fish Called Wanda, Pulp Fiction.
Passing the baton...
Can't be bothered! :)
May 12, 2005
Haven't had a rant for a while so thought I'd get a quick one in while I'm marking 180 assessments…
Yesterday had the dubious pleasure of driving to Stanstead Airport and back… A14/M11.. dual carriageway all the way. Can I just say one word BLOODY LORRIES. OK that's two… let's put it this way instead… BLOODYLORRIES.
Why oh why oh why oh why does a lorry doing 57 mph have to overtake a lorry doing 56 mph when going uphill…. when I want to do 90 (speed cameras… that's another rant for when I've got some more time)?
And why oh why oh why oh why do cars in front of me insist on braking and letting these idiots pull out in front of them???? Do they HAVE a brain? IDIOTS! I was stuck behind 5 lorries pulling out and passing one slightly slower lorry, going mostly uphill, for over 10 miles…
…and another lorry tried to run me off the road because I refused to let him pull out. Excuse me… idiot… signalling does not give you a God given right to pull out (something a lot of the cars yesterday could also learn).
Oh.. and cars on a dual carriage way that slow down to 60 for speed cameras.. READ THE HIGHWAY CODE MORONS! Although I suspect these are the same people who slow down because a police car is travelling at 70mph plus in the opposite direction on the other side of the road… oh no… they might do a U-turn… somehow leap over the central reservation and chase after them for doing 80?
Thank goodness I had the entire Queen back catalogue on the car MP3 player playing back in random order to keep me sane.
Right… a little bit calmer now I've got that off my chest…. did someone mention road rage? :p