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04 January 2018 @ 04:28 am

Belated New Year Greetings.
Peace,Health, & Prosperity to all of you in 2018.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Fly Me To the Moon (Sinatra, Count Basie)
20 May 2017 @ 02:45 am
I saw Logan a while ago. But its only now - with some ...distance- that I can write about it.
This.Film.Is. BRILLIANT.

This is a grown up movie.
Dealing with regret,aging,loss,responsibility,family. The Fast & Furious franchise is always going on about 'family'. Logan is family in action. Its a modern Western. Logan- no longer the Wolverine- is older, broken down and caring for an elderly, frail, fractious Professor X who is suffering from something like dementia/Alzheimers. Which makes him incredibly dangerous as he's the world's most powerful telepath. They live near the Mexican border, in hiding, whilst Logan works as a very anti-social limo driver trying to save up enough money to buy a small boat so they can live by the sea, a safe distance from people.

The bickering, accusations, dependence, and veering between hostility and affection is very familiar for anyone who has ever had to care for an elderly parent.

Stewart is magnificent in this. I reckon this is his warm up for a turn as King Lear on stage. When a young girl comes into their life (played by the scene stealing Dafne Keen) and turns out to have claws and the tendency to beserker rage like the Wolverine, of course Professor X wants to help her. They go on the run from corporate baddies after the little girl. Who is quite frankly, a miniature killing machine. This film is bloody, and much of the slaughter is done by her. And its well choreographed, explosive violence.

Hugh Jackman....words fail me.Magnificent. This man has been playing this character for 17 years. 17 glorious years. He has ruined the chance that anyone else will be able to step into his shoes. He's an actor at the height of his craft.And his portrayal here is the heart of the film, its EVERYTHING.
The three actors- Jackman, Keen and Stewart- play off each other beautifully. James Mangold the director has done a phenomenal job. He co-wrote, and the thorough collaboration between him and Jackman has yielded fantastic results onscreen.

Kudos to everyone involved in this project, and to the studio for getting out of the way and letting Jackman go full throttle with this film. Stephan Merchant as the albino mutant Caliban who cares for the Professor, deserves a special mention. As does Eric LaSalle, playing the father of a lovely family who give the fugitive 3 an evening of warmth, and laughter.
I went to see this film with my movie buddy, and the son and heir (who is a comic book geek). I hadn't originally wanted to see it. I'm so, so glad I did.

At the end, the entire audience was just...stunned at what we'd all seen. Most people sat through all the credits, reluctant to leave. I was bruised emotionally, after seeing this. And uplifted.

Just...go and see it. And if its not in any cinemas near you, buy the DVD when it comes out.
I will.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplative, grateful
Current Music: Hurt by Johnny Cash
23 February 2017 @ 11:28 pm
....And in the other breaking news, Leicester City Football Club has sacked Claudio Ranieri, the manager who took them to their first win of the top league in English football in their entire history last season, as this brilliant video by Vadym Sklyark shows because of how poorly they've performed so far this season.


An honest, humble gentleman, he deserved some loyalty, and to be treated with respect. They could have given him a directorship of some kind- a prominent, symbolic position- rather than just ousted. He and the players gave us an amazing, spirit-lifting, Cinderella story last year. The last few weeks of end March-May, the entire country was hanging on with bated breath to see if a team whose total value was less than one of the top Premier League players, a team of journeymen and B or C listers, could turn the money-dominated world of football on its head. This was regardless as to whether you were a Leicester City fan, or even a football fan at all. It spoke to our feelings of going up against power and money and succeeding with grit, determination and relying on each other. The buzz about it was glorious.
It was proof that decent people can sometimes get a break.

Today's news is a slap in the face.Shame on you, Leicester City.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: For the Love of Money - The O'Jays
My first entry of 2017- didn't realise I hadn't posted yet. Question Time is just starting on BBC, David Dimbleby's emollient tones filling the air on radio as well as tv.
In Western society, there's a seriously pissed off mood, when it comes to traditional political parties, and the Internet and social media means that mood is spread far and wide, fast.
I voted 'Remain' in the EU referendum, but I don't dismiss those who voted 'Leave' as racist, pro-Ukip etc. Not least because, in my local area I got the impression most black and asian people voted leave.
As regards events in the US, it seems to me that The Donald pulled off a great hustle, having originally entered the Presidential race not expecting or wanting to win, but to get wider (international) recognition for the Trump brand.I reckon he was as stunned as anyone to win...and totally unprepared as to what he'd do if he became the President.

Right now, it looks as if he's winging it.Trying to run the whole thing as a company, where he delegates areas of responsibility to people. He can't keep up this crazy pace of activity for long, though.

In the meantime, check out the doobrey below. It was on the page when I started doing this entry, reflects my NaNo status!

Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: 'Question Time' on the radio
20 November 2016 @ 01:18 am
I'm doing it.

Or...well, trying to.

But, I'm soooooo behind!

Added 30th November @ 11.59pm
Yay! I did it! *yawn*

Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: panic!
Current Music: Carmina Burana/Doomy Choral Shrieking
I'm...quite stunned at this.
I feel like I'm in an alternate universe or a parallel dimension.

I'd like to comment...but feelings across the Pond seem so high, I feel that if I stick my nose in from over here in the UK, I'll get savaged.

Maybe when things are calmer, I'll add my 2 cents.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: confused, stunned
Current Music: inception trailer music
19 September 2016 @ 09:40 pm
'Tis too long since I made an entry on my LJ. Too Long.
So, what better day to break the ice, than International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Pirate Lore!
How did the concept of talking like a pirate on September 19th spread?
Via this article by prizewinning journalist in 2002 Dave Barry, here:
And... The wonderful Cap'n Slappy, and Ol' Chumbucket, who came up with the whole thing, are waiting to amuse you here: http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/

Avast!Me Hearties!
Every September 19th is ITLAPD, a joyous day of fake Dorset accents- courtesy of Robert Newton who played Long John Silver in the film 'Treasure Island'.
Newton gave us the 'Aaarrs!' 'Yaarrs!' and squint-eyed menace that we know and love, and the cuddly villainy of double and triple crossing the hero.

ITLAPD is also the day you can break out the dreadful puns, double entendres, cheesy jokes, and hammily altered quotes and phrases that we know and love. The ridiculousness spreads good cheer. Grown ups should always take some time off now and again, to be silly.

We could all do with a little more harmless fun and laughter, in our lives.
So...Here are some to Shiver Yer Timbers!

Q. What is most Pirates favourite car?

Q. What do Pirates who are into Descartes say?
A. We think, therefore we AAARRR!!!

Q. What rating do Pirate Movies tend to get?
(Wait for it)

Q.What is most Pirates favourite Christmas carol?
A We Three Kings of Orient AAARRR!!!!

Avast me Hearties!
As Shakespeare,the great Pirate playwright said:


Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Haul Away Joe, and Pirates of the Caribbean
27 December 2015 @ 12:58 am
Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice, the year's end, whatever you celebrate....Its that time of the year again.
Let us all remember the people who are not with us any more (Dad,I miss you) and cherish the people who still are.

To all those wonderful LJers out there, who've been on LiveJournal since way back, I give a shout out.
And to my fellow citizens of the world, I send you a virtual hug of friendship.
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: masters in this hall, gaudete
01 December 2015 @ 12:14 am

Did it!


Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: jubilantjubilant
Current Music: Salsa!
03 November 2015 @ 09:23 pm

Slow and steady start...

Anyone else out there doing it? Lets encourage and help each other.
I'm going to try and write a bit every day, instead of my usual forgetting the frist 3-4 days that its actually happening, then panicking, then writing in spurts..
I've got one of those fantastic daily word count/tracker thingies that Erik Benson created way back in 2004, and which thousands of NaNoers have used every year since. It adds up your total, encourages you to rate morale, tells you after each day what date you'd finish if you produced that amount of words each day, does a graph...its incredible.
If you're reading this, and want to use it, follow this url, download and update it (most recent one is 2011) its an excel worksheet format:
(2007 version. you can update the date column easily)

You can keep updating the year, and if you want a word count other than 50000 as your writing goal, do a CTRL+H to replace 50000 with whatever word count you want.
To find most recent one, google 'erik benson nanowrimo report card excel spreadsheet', or variations thereon, as other have kept updating it.

Another great spreadsheet wordcunt producer is here:
beautifully illustrated steampunk, pirate, fanatsy etc versions

Other writing tools, look here on Stephanie A Cain's site:

And here, on Tracy Lucas' site:

So, are you ready?
Lets Write!!!!
Current Location: fortress of yinkatude
Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: back in the day hip hop