Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Not Toby Flood

http://flood.firetree.net/ is great. Stick in mean sea-level rise and see the consequences!

I'm off to invest in companies that make concrete.

Sunday, 16 September 2007

Time ..... passes

Sunday's, eh? Did some housework and made a bean curry.

I don't care what it's been, I want to know what it is now.

Monday, 10 September 2007

All's well that bodes badly

England struggle to beat the USA, conceding the final try of the match and generally looking like a bunch of tired old men well past their best (or maybe just well past their bedtime)

Wales are losing to Canada at half time.

Namibia score two tries against Ireland. I didn't even know Namibia had a rugby team.

Still, at least the Scots beat Portugal convincingly. Portugal! Rugby!

Look's like the Southern hemisphere will run away with this one.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Hallam Foe

Peter Bradshaw has got it all wrong. Not only is Hallam Foe a beautifully shot and well acted piece film, but also ranks as one of the finest tributes to Star Wars ever made.

Consider, if you will, the moody teenager stalking the grounds of his family home, his mother dead, his father (a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Darth Vader by Ciarán Hinds) turned to the dark-side by his step-mother/Emperor Verity. The poignant use of lush Scottish countryside to represent the desert planet of Tatooine was particularly moving I thought.

So, rejecting the dark side Hallam/Luke flees to space, or rather Edinburgh, searching for his destiny. We all know what happens next. He meets, falls in love with, and is rejected by Han Solo, who considers him little more than a child and would prefer to spend time with the powerful, if uncommunicative and aggressive wookiee, Chewbacca (Jamie Sives wasn't quite hairy enough for me). But Hallam is not alone. A wide and aged Jedi Master is there to guide him (and, quite frankly, Maurice Roëves Alec Guinness is far superior to Ewan Macgregor's paltry effort in Episodes I-III) and there's even a tribute to R2-D2 with Ewan Bremner's bumbling, jerky Concierge.

Ultimately Luke wins the love of Solo who brings him to realise that this is not enough His destiny is to return to his father and win him back from the dark-side of the Force. At first, he thinks that this means he must kill the Emperor but ultimately Hallam, like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, realises that mercy is a greater force than hatred. Like Luke, Hallam refuses to give in to his anger, and like Luke, in doing so Hallam triumphs and is reconciled with his father. He is now whole again.

It would have been easy for director David Mackenzie to have Hallam return to Edinburgh and spend the rest of his days flying about the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo, his one true love. But above all Star Wars is a story of love and loss. Han will never accept Luke because he sees him as a child. In the same way in the final scene Kate turns away Hallam away at the door of her flat. Although we never see the third party in this act, we all know it is his sister Lucy behind the door. And thus the Trilogy is complete.

Hallam, like Luke, is destined to walk alone through the Universe.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Living together

Kate and I are getting married. You know this already. However, as a warning to anyone else planning on embarking on what I can only describe as a 'relationship', I have a peculiar side effect to report on.

We appear, to all intents and purposes, to be becoming the same person.

At first, it was just the ordinary stuff. We lived in the same house, which meant we used the same kitchen and shared milk. Well, it's perfectly possible to share milk with someone and not actually be them.

Obviously, since we were, as they say, "going out", we tended to be at the same social events. At the time, it seemed we were separate entities, but now I'm not so sure....

A worrying step occurred a few months back, but we missed it at the time. Kate ceased working at BP, and a little while afterwards started working in Climate Change. For the UK Government. As a Civil Servant. That's right. We are doing the same job.

Now we think the same things. I don't mean opinions here. I don't mean "We both think John Humphrey's shouts too much on the Today Programme". Lot's of people think that, and I'm only one of them, not all of them. No, I mean we make the same mistakes. Yesterday we both cycled to work. We both arrived to find neither of us had packed a shirt to wear. Today we both left our wallets on our desks at work and left the building. Now we can't go our for groceries.

I'm terrified. Are we now truly gestalt? What will happen tomorrow?

Sunday, 2 September 2007

Autumn is here

I've spent the entire day charging up batteries and looking for bicycle lights.

Saturday, 1 September 2007


Went to the Regency Cafe for haddock, chips, peas yesterday lunchtime. (picture) Despite rumours, we saw no signs that it was about to close down. Which is a relief.