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December 14, 2005

Glengarry Glen Ross

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My favourite film is Glengarry Glen Ross which is about the miseries of a bunch of salesmen pitched to compete against one another for their jobs. It was originally a play by David Mamet and was adapted for the big screen in 1992. The cast list alone tells you you're in for a treat and includes Jack Lemon, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin and Ed Harris. The thing that makes it is the sharp dialogue, which contains so much profanity the actors jokingly referred to it as 'Death of A Fucking Salesmen' during filming. It has quite a cult following and fans claim to be able to hold entire conversations with one another on any topic using only lines from the film.

You can watch a clip of the humiliating sales conference at the start of the film here

You can here some Al Pacino excerpts from the film here

December 11, 2005

We wish you a Merry Christmas

Earlier this evening came an unexpected knock at the front door. I peeked out the curtains to see a couple of young chav lads leaning against the wall just outside. They must only have been 13 years old or so. I opened the door to be greeted by the most god-awful, lacklustre rendition of We wish you a Merry Christmas you could ever have the bad luck to hear. No smiles, no effort, and one of them remained slumped against the wall whilst ‘singing’.

I laughed, shouted “That’s enough!” and gave them a quid (well, why not? – the incident amused me). They thanked me and swaggered off.

Less than 5 seconds later the knock came again. It was another pair of chav lads, roughly the same age. An almost as bad chorus of Merry Christmas began again.

“No chance,” I said “I’ve just had your mates here this second.”

“Alright mate”, they politely said, “Happy Christmas anyway” and wandered off.

Cheeky little sods.

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