Monthly Archives: January 2005

le weekend

Nothing particularly French about this weekend, it’s just that in so many of our Monday french lessons we had to describe what we did at le weekend, and it was never all that interesting and I used to make stuff up, figuring that so long as my grammar was OK, I couldn’t be marked down for factual inaccuracies… ah those were the days… Actually talking about French people, it seems that the ministry of obvious casting decisions has been at work this weekend, with Audrey Tautau set to play the female lead in the movie version of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ At least they haven’t cast anyone I like in it yet, so I won’t have to watch it…

Much better news: Jacqui has a wiblog! Jacqui is one of my most regular readers, and I’m already totally devoted to her blog :)

Worse news, X (see last entry) informed me yesterday that the mugs we bought for church dropped to 1/2 price the day after we bought them. I’m very annoyed.


Or cup?

I’m sure most under 70 year olds in todays society would choose the former, so it seems to have been a popular decision on the whole to replace the church cups with mugs.

There is still a full set of bone china cups and saucers for the traditional contingent, so in theory everyone should be happy.

X is not happy. despite the fact that the cups that were replaced were;

a) a stupid design allowing only one finger to hold the handle, and to contain only enough tea or coffee to wonder where the rest went.

b) mostly broken – there were enough for about 1/3 of the congregation to drink not enough tea or coffee from after a morning service.

and c) decreed by some weird decree (probably thought up by X come to think of it) only to be used with the not-actually-quite-matching-saucers so that most people spilled hot liquids down themselves/ their children at some point trying to balance cup, saucer, biscuit, random-piece-of-paper-that-you’ve-been-handed-on-the-way-out-of-church-and-haven’t-had-chance-to-look-at-yet, etc. (I usually spilled tea every week, but I suspect that’s rather more to do with me than the cups).

I think that X has decided that the useless cups had become so ingrained into our church culture that they must be part of the constitution or something. Needless to say she got out of me where I’d hidden them and took one back to use for herself.

I’m sure there’s a sermon in there somewhere…

I love small group Bible studies

My housegroup is great, if you don’t go to one, please be encouraged to do so. Last night we were trying to make head or tail of the new term’s worth of studies (We normally do our own thing, but occasionally the church gets all the small groups to do something in synchrony). Our pastor has written a 5 week study on prayer, it sounded great, then we saw what we had to do was to make sense of what appeared to be sermon notes, and do a study on 10 verses of Genesis, but with 24, yes, twenty-four chapters as a background. We decided to do it in 2 parts and come back next week, having read Genesis 25:19-49:33. So out of sync already? That’s us!

great game

You’ll need sound for this, and I’m not sure what it’s like on a dial-up connection, but this is the cool game of the day for me, type in the name of practically any artist to get a 10 round music quiz based on their recordings – cool or what? (I did best on Kylie, although I reckon the Richard Thompson one was a little obscure)

(edit: remembered to add that I got the link off of the Neighbours forum general chat boards, where I have spent much of the day discussing the wonderful Alan Fletcher)

The very exciting panto…

I’ll get the picture out of the way first, it’s an apalling one of me, but Alan looks gorgeous, so here is me with the one and only legendary Alan Fletcher aka Karl Kennedy from Neighbours, just before he called me daarling…my life is complete!

So that was the evening that 30ish people from the Neighbours forum descended on Malvern and managed a private audience with Alan Fletcher in the foyer after the panto. It was great meeting everyone, to pick out names would be to forget others, but if you’ve come from, please leave a comment in the box below!

Not a night to forget in a hurry, to be honest I’m still floating!


The original intention of this post was to provide an a-z of weird and wonderful films due out this year, but the filmmakers seem a little imaginatively deprived when it comes to coming up with titles beginning with X for release this year anyway.

So here instead is an alternative guide to some odd movies to look out for in the coming year – don’t blame me if some don’t get released, I’m surprised that they all got past the pitching stage!

First, let’s get the major/expected releases out of the way…

We’re all aware of the sequels and prequels due this year; the one I’m looking forward to most is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (almost as much as book 6 in the same series).
Also coming are Batman Begins
and Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

TV and radio series making it to the big screen include:
Red Dwarf: The Movie,
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,
The Dukes of Hazzard,
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout,
The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit and one that may have escaped your attention so far…
Royston Vasey: The Motion Picture.

Then there’s the books making it to the big screen, and aside from Harry Potter IV, there’s quite a few – these are a selection of those that I’ve read:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,
The Lovely Bones and
Star Girl.

Everyone should see Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, because it has Alan Rickman in it, and he’s good. (Mr Rickman will also be appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Severus Snape, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android.)

The 2 most fantastically named movies of 2005 are in no particular order are:
Malice in Sunderland
and The Gingerdead Man. Not sure either are worth going to see just for the title though.

Slightly more promising are the bizarre plots that some of this years movies seem wont to base themselves on, here are a few examples to finish off this entry:
Valiant, the story of a pigeon in wartime.
The Puffy Chair roadtrip with an armchair
Darwin Awards with Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder.
Fellowship of the Dice that’d be the 12 sided variety then?
and, amazingly, Tortilla Heaven – restaurateur finds the face of Jesus in a tortilla.

Enjoy whatever movies you watch this year, feel free to leave your reviews in the comments box below.


Although this wiblog is no longer pink, it hasn’t protected me from having to buy some very pink Barbie stuff for a little girl who’s 5 on Saturday. I was almost about to say ‘It’s not for me’ in the shop before deciding that that was blatantly obvious. Found some very cool wrapping paper though that is a board game, but you have to not rip it – which calls for some careful wrapping.

Oh and our local Spar shop has started selling fair trade coffee and hot chocolate – no tea as yet, but I’m sure we can persuade them…