Thursday I met with a young friend at Amorino in Covent Garden to eat fantastic ice-cream and sit at the tables outside under the leaky grey, grey skies exchanging life stories, mostly about our respective fathers.

In the evening I went to North-Nineteen for the [livejournal.com profile] londongothsluts meeting, this time celebrating [livejournal.com profile] boxcat and [livejournal.com profile] myz_lilith's return from their travels. After listening to very good stories of far away and having a so-so dinner (a first for the place; I won't be ordering fish and chips there again), left to go and see The Creeping Terrors at the Unicorn. Very good gig on their part, not that many people in the audience, though. Pictures of the gig, here. The band that followed was playing 'ironic' covers of hard rock and generic 'cock rock'. I'm getting tired of 'ironic' so I left with friends for a glass of wine at their place and to make the acquaintance of Luna, their visiting cat. A lot of wine and good conversation, although it is not the conversation that results in a pounding head the morning after.

Friday -I totally failed to make it to Nambucca to see Prof Elemental (I wasn't that taken with the idea of this, I must say) and the Memepunks (I was, but still didn't make it). Instead I stayed at Veronique's Goth Christmas Party and Jason's Birthday Commiserations (at Aces & Eights; no link as it was a 'private' event), which was a fantastic party. Again, pictures here. Really really lovely. More head pounding in the morning.

On Saturday, after lessons and meeting a friend for coffee and catch up at the Rustique Café, I went to the Slimelight to see DKAG and Alien Vampires' concert. Wasn't intending to stay long or drink much but people kept giving me conversation and buying me drinks and .. the morning after started lated and went rather slowly and heavily. Maybe there is a theme developing here.

Sunday didn't exist apart from some guitar practice and one lesson, this one online with my pupil in Kuala Lumpur.

Monday -ah, getting to meet [livejournal.com profile] lovelybug at St Pancras and spend some lovely time with her there, then joining Krisztina and [livejournal.com profile] yog_sthoth at the Tricycle Theatre to see _that_ movie. Which I liked. Quite a bit. May have to see it again in a larger screen, maybe in 3D.

I didn't mention the letter from the HMRC where they allude to a possible error in my tax return last year which will mean me having to magic a lot of money to pay more tax. No, one wouldn't mention that sort of thing, would one.
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( Mar. 16th, 2014 11:04 am)
Finally got around to watching 'Man of Steel'. I liked the first ten minutes a lot. Thereafter I found it rather tedious, the whole god-bless-america-beware-the-aliens turning at the end into a sort of Godzilla movie. One of the few moments that made me sit up was a rather tiny detail, I'm sure put there on purpose: at some point when the military raise an alarm, the man behind the military computer workstation is Felix Gaeta. This was hardly a minute after Helo (also of BSG) has a five second cameo. I'm sure there were other quotes or references to classic sci-fi that I missed. On the whole, entertaining but not engrossing and at times, as I said, rather tedious. The characters, how to put it, are not alive.

I have to say that I do like the general mythos of the super-hero, having grown up on Mexican translations of DC Comics (featuring Luisa Lane, Pedro White, Jaime Olsen, etc) and the 1950's George Reeves TV Superman. I am aware of the many questionable sides to these myths -perhaps more from the point of view of someone, like me, coming from a part of the world where the very noxious idea of the Strong Man Who Is Going to Get Us Out Of This Mess still looms large. Not only there, mind -just see Putin in Russia, fighting bears bare handed and bare chested or whatever it is he does. What the world needs least is a Superman, I suspect. I still like immersing in that fantasy, though -but this movie didn't quite manage to do that for me, beyond the initial ten minutes.
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( Jun. 1st, 2013 11:03 am)
I haven't been going out much of late, mostly as I have to practise for a little recital I'm playing this coming Thursday -and I chose a technically quite demanding programme and hadn't played a concert for quite a while. The Bank Holiday was good, though. Did manage to put in a lot of guitar practice, some reading and writing, some gym, managed to keep some of the guitar lessons that were due to happen, saw a tiny bit of the Renaissance music festival at the Boston Music Arms and, on the Monday, went to the Everyman cinema in Hampstead with Krisztina to see Star Trek Into Darkness, which was great fun although it has few of the things that make me read or watch science-fiction, none of the 'big questions' but rather like a comic book or 1930's serial (yes, I had mentioned this elsewhere).

The rest of the half-term week has passed with guitar practice, private lessons, various errands and things that needed to be done and a swollen palate, probably a small infection, after the eye-wateringly expensive (and painful) laser gum treatment of last week. This has receded now, but I'm thinking about this and whether I should take heed to K's recommendation of a different dentist -and that I should change dentists.

Today, lessons, more guitar practice (hopefully) and somebody's birthday drinks at the Big Red.
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( Jul. 25th, 2012 12:22 am)
Went to see that movie about the Bat Man tonight. It was ok; entertaining. Wondering how they could continue the franchise from there, but speculating about it would throw spoilers.

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Pupil not having turned up, I found I had a copy of 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' which I hadn't seen since forever. It's a hoot! I already knew this but had forgotten just how it was so so incredibly bad that it is very good. The narrator... now I know where they got the inspiration for the off-voice in 'Big Brother'.
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I seem to have fallen in a state of hibernation. Find it difficult to summon up energy to do the things I have to do, including guitar practice. I was doing so well a couple of weeks ago, making progress on various things I want to play. Now it all seems to be regressing. Please make this winter thing go away...

Spent a lot of the evening yesterday partly watching (at long last)  'Beowulf' and, when I started to think 'hey, i don't remember that in the book', also reading bits of a version of the poem pulled from the net. One little thing that I found distracting was that the hero spoke in an unfeasible Cockney accent... "Oi will kiell yer monsta!". . I also found some snippets of Seamus Heaney reading the poem. When he's reading it you can see the hero in your mind's eye and it is a hero. If you close your eyes watching the movie you hear one of the Krays, guv. Or rather a cartoon version of one of them.

Apart from that, not much to report. Briefly attended a couple of birthday parties on Friday, took some pictures. Bit cold outside (0ª as I was coming in a minute ago), so I'm largely keeping myself in my warm, tiny flat -I still like it, although the process of flaviofication is beginning to take hold.
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( Dec. 22nd, 2009 08:49 pm)
Amazingly, had never watched 'V for Vendetta' until now. Putting that right as we speak.
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( Sep. 9th, 2009 11:52 pm)
Just back from watching 'District 9'. Wrings your heart, as it is meant to. It is a powerful parable about exclusion. Will have to watch it again.

Odd thing to have gone expecting to see it with a large group of friends and instead found myself on my own... having gotten a bit late teaching. Also of course had to pay the full admission, but I wasn't really expecting to find a share of the 2-4-1 tickets. When the lights came up, found them but of course it was late and i got a few hurried hellos and found myself on my own again. Never mind.
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( Jul. 19th, 2009 10:12 pm)
Just finished watching 'Shawshank Redemption', courtesy of Mr [livejournal.com profile] maxvon_d. I can't believe I never had seen it before. Or paid attention when heard it mentioned. I'm still a bit overwhelmed by it. Hope, the main character says, is a good thing. And a good thing never dies.
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Just finished watching 'Shawshank Redemption', courtesy of Mr [profile] maxvon_d. I can't believe I never had seen it before. Or paid attention when heard it mentioned. I'm still a bit overwhelmed by it. Hope, the main character says, is a good thing. And a good thing never dies.
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There's two more (in youtube's site...)

[ Edit ] That was a fantastic fun evening . Even if the singing may perhaps have been ever so slightly out of tune at times >..<.


There's two more (in youtube's site...)

[ Edit ] That was a fantastic fun evening . Even if the singing may perhaps have been ever so slightly out of tune at times >..<.


At the Rochester, Stooke Newington, last Tuesday.

Part 1 of several...


At the Rochester, Stooke Newington, last Tuesday.

Part 1 of several...
The photos I took of Scott's birthday party in the garden are here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/flavius_m/gallery/0002tqzk

Horror, horror; there is also a movie....
The photos I took of Scott's birthday party in the garden are here:
http://pics.livejournal.com/flavius_m/gallery/0002tqzk

Horror, horror; there is also a movie....
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