All entries for December 2004

December 08, 2004

Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake

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3 out of 5 stars
Don't worry, I'm not going to review every CD in my collection (today, at least) but another of the CDs I bought today deserves a special mention. Originally released in 1968 (so the cover tells me), I would think it was one of the first concept-albums (pardon my ignorance, but the only other "oldie" I'm aware of is Sgt. Pepper…?). Except it's not entirely so. The first six songs (Side A on old media I guess) are "normal" songs, including the fairly well-known Lazy Sunday, but songs 7 through 12 are interspersed with (fairly lengthy) speaking in a Clockwork Orange-esque cockney voice, telling the story of "Happiness Stan" looking for half of the moon with the help of a talking fly. Quite.
Probably not for everyone, and I can imagine the talking becoming a little annoying perhaps, although the strangeness of the speech should mean it'll be a lot of listens just to interpret the speaker.

December 04, 2004

Cadfael

Anyone with ITV3 may have noticed that Saturday afternoons mean Cadfael. For anyone who has never heard of this wondefulness, it is a TV program (based on a series of books) about a monk, who solves murders (not to be confused with the TV series entitled "Monk", which isn't anything to do with monks at all). It's set in 13th Century Shrewsbury (well, medieval anyway) and stars Derek Jacobi as the title-role, and is well worth watching if you have nothing better to do.
The point of this entry, though, was to highlight just one line from today's episode, at which I laughed an awful lot:
Imagine the scene, Cadfael has just found a dead body, with an arrow protruding from the guy's chest, when one of his monk-friends says to the villagers (paraphrasing…):
"See, this is what happens to those who don't follow God's wishes, he will smite you down from heaven"
to which Cadfael responds, without even a moment's hesitation

"This arrow didn't come from heaven, just look at the angle".

Pure brilliance from the writing-team if ever I saw it, and Jacobi executed the line wonderously. And everyone should tune in next week, in fact this program alone is a reason to get Freeview, if strange films about love and dogs in mexico (Amorres Perros, ob BBC4 last night) weren't enough of an incentive.


December 01, 2004

A week of Nothing

Just to gloat a little, I have absolutely nothing to do for the rest of the week.
My group handed in our report on tuesday, even though it's not due in til friday- go us!
No more lectures (for modules that are worth attending, anyway…), and after the meeting this afternoon Jigsaw is done for this term as well…apart from having to find someone to do 1st-aid training, but that's not really work.
I do have 3 essay/report-type things due in after the holidays, which I might start tomorrow…but no pressure there yet…so all is good.

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