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September 19, 2005

I've now seen it

Follow-up to Pride and Prejudice without Colin?! from H's blog

Having written my attack on the prospect of Keira Knightley as Lizzy Bennett in a painfully cut version of Pride and Prejudice, I naturally had to see it on opening night. So, here's what I now think:

I still think that it was too 'cut'. I filled in many gaps with my word knowledge of the book and visual memory of the oh-we-worship-colin version. But I can only comment on this to a limited extent because I don't know what it would be like to view the film having not known the text inside out. Plus – being short really prevented those long hours of anticipation and tension in finding out about the Wickham plot and such things.

My biggest 'however', however, is Keira Knightley. She was absolutely brilliant. And please appreciate what it takes for me to convert to this appreciation. She made Lizzy human, fallible, young – believable. In fact, what the film did as a whole was point out the humanity of its characters. It was nice that Mr Bennett was aggrevated by Mrs Bennett's nerves, but that in the end they were fond of each other and their marriage was stable. It was interesting too that Mrs Bennett, whilst sticking to Austen's 'my nerves, Mr Bennett, my nerves', was also portrayed as a mother. The complexity of family dynamics were hinted at a lot more than the BBC version. The characters in the new film aren't as choreographed and fluent as the old version. It's not as daunting.

Naturally, this doesn't mean I abandon my absolute loyalty to 1995. What I now do is accept this film as a valid alternative, a very different alternative, a new interpretation. It made me laugh, Mr Collins made me cringe, and I will see it again, happily.

PS - As predicted, Judi Dench was great

September 12, 2005

They come I leave

It's really weird reading some of the blogs today. This years intake have clearly registered and now have access to blogs, so they're introducing themselves to Warwick. It's odd for me because they start the weekend I finally leave. A week on Friday I'm out of here. It hasn't sunk in yet, although I'm so excited about what I'm doing when I go. Suspect final moment of goodbyes may be sad. After a summer of goodbyes am quite relieved it's finally me going though!!

So, 9 more early get ups at Warwick, and counting….

September 02, 2005

Cost of jabs so far – £270 – OUCH

So I just said that I should be writing blogs about my jab preparation for India, because it's turning into quite a little mini drama.

This drama revolves more around the pain of handing over money and less about the temporary pain of the injection followed by a week of bizarre side effects.

So this week: cost so far – £270 – OUCH OUCH OUCH

  • Hep B – 3 jabs – roughly £120 – have had 2 of the 3 so far (no side effects – hurrah)
  • Rabies – £75 – 3 jabs – start tonight, and worry if I start foaming at the mouth and looking more crazy than usual
  • Meningitis ACWY - a mere 1 jab for a bargain £25 – side effects? Cheap and tacky – immediately starting sniveling, then ached all over – I can now semi-claim to have survived meningitis – haha
  • Japanese B Encephalitis – sounds horrible – is horrible – 3 jabs – £100 – took bloody ages to get it from the chemist because it's not registered in the UK - had to have it on prescription, but everyone tells me I need it – side effects? Don't yet know. Start tonight – BUT - after this jab you have to stay within contact of medical help for 10 days in case of delayed reaction – AND - BAD PLANNING - you're not supposed to drink much alcohol for 48 hours – but it's the weekend!!!!

Anti-malarials? Dread to think how much they'll cost and what horrible dreams and baldness I may suffer. Trevor Seeley kindly told me that he had dreams about being squished by a giant cobra when he was on anti-malarials. Whooppee.

But alack. It has to be done. Can't wait to get out there.

September 01, 2005

The Moving Picture Box!

Last night I got to watch TV for the first time for months. It was amazing and mindless and I enjoyed every minute of it, I was even entranced by the adverts!

I watched a crazy programme called something like 'Dressing Dangerously' in which a middle aged woman got to dress up in outrageously hideous clothes for the week. The idea is that her slightly repressed fun or self assurance (perhaps due to motherhood and such things), would be drawn back out by being in 'costume'. The best bit of this programme was her mortified teenage daughter who I feel will be even more embarrassed in a few years by her own classically adolescent reaction on national TV than she will be embarrassed still by her mother.

Next I watched Super Nanny. I've heard all about this. And the kids were horrible, and I guess she's pretty good. But do people really watch an hour of this every week? I enjoyed it yesterday, but only desperation would drive me to watch screaming kids at 9pm when all kids should be in bed and forgotten.

Finally I watched Lost. I can see the craze. Very addictive. Damn it.

Shouldn't get too used to TV though. Only a few months before I have to lose it again.

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