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Jonny Depp

Nessa asked in the comments below if there’s any role that he can’t play?

Yes, 90% of the ones he’s cast in.

disclaimer: I know that’s just my opinion, but then it’s my blog, so that’s OK

But really, his Willy Wonka was bad. Very bad. And I’m not just saying that because I loved Gene Wilder in the role.

I suppose I will go and see Sweeny Todd if it’s got Alan Rickman in it, but to be honest I’m getting really bored of the Tim Burton/Jonny Depp/Helena Bonham Carter thing. Far too samey, very dull.


time for a meme, thanks burnt sienna:

1. Flip to page 18, paragraph 4 in the book closest to you right now, what does it say?

Hmm, I could have cheated and said that my Bible is closest, but it was beaten by a matter of inches by ‘The Cat Ate My Gymsuit’ by the late great Paula Danziger, which I was using to prepare for an American Evening in our 8-10’s group at church… page 18 has 3 paragraphs, as it’s the end of a chapter, here’s paragraph 1 of page 19:

“School went on as usual. I keep getting good grades in everything but gym. My anonymous letters to the Student Council suggestion box were ignored. Lunches continued to be lousy. We were only up to the Civil War in history class”

2. If you stretch out your left arm – as far as possible, what are you touching?
A Newton’s cradle (one of those things with clicky silver balls on strings)

3. What’s the last program you watched on tv?
‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ series two episode one, on dvd this evening.
‘Torchwood’ from Sunday on the hard drive last night
Last Friday’s ‘Neighbours’ for actual live, broadcasting-at-the-same-time-as-watching-tv.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is.
about 9? 8:53, not bad

5. Except the computer, what can you hear right now?
not a lot, we have a very loud computer

6. When was the last time you were outside and what did you do?
walked to my house from the car after my driving lesson

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans and a hoodie (official Lemly uniform).

8. Did you dream last night? If you did, what about?
Probably, but I never remember most of my dreams beyond the first five minutes after waking from them.

9. When was the last time you laughed?
Over dinner, my husband and lodger amuse me.

10. What’s on the walls in the room you’re in right now?
lavender coloured paint (not our doing, it’s not bad but we need to change the orange carpet), a noticeboard, a calender and a picture (no, not that one) of some footprints in sand.

11. Have you seen anything strange lately?
Swansea is a very strange place, so probably, but nothing is springing to mind.

12. What do you think about this meme?
Interesting enough to carry on with for a while…

13. What’s the last film you saw?
Kinky Boots, it was Ok, we gave it 3/5 on our rental thing, it sort of fit into the same mould as Calendar Girls, and Brassed Off and The Full Monty etc etc, but it was enjoyable enough, if not quite reaching the heights it aspired to.

14. If you became a multimillionaire, what would you do with the money?
I really don’t know, it’s not at all likely though. I think a significant proportion would go to doing some good in the world, but I’d probably be selfish with some of it too.

15. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
my feet are cold, even though I’m wearing shoes.

16. If you could change ONE THING in this world, without regarding politics or bad guilt – what would it be?
Everything becomes political if you think about it too much. Decent tea available worldwide, does that work?

17. Do you like dancing?
in some of its forms, yes.

8. George Bush?
Wash your mouth out.

19. What do you want your children’s names to be, girl/boy?

20. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Not long term, but I’m up for most experiences, so long as running water and tea are available.

21. What do you want God to tell you, when you come to heaven?
What do you mean “when you come to heaven”? Are you already there? Lemme in!

22. Who should do this meme?
Anyone who’s bored enough.

Back to Blighty

Actually we got back on Monday, but it’s been one of those weeks.

Currently waiting for a friend to turn up, he’s told several people he is coming to see me this afternoon, but not me. This is slightly annoying, as I was going to be out this afternoon, but now I have to stay in, because I don’t see him very often and it might be important. (sigh)

I’m not sure whether to alert you to this, but it’s a bit too strange to let it pass by – Maddy Prior is best known as the singer from Steeleye Span, if you’re wondering where you’ve heard of her, she’s also done an album of Wesley songs, and a few Christmas ones. Now she is weirding people out it seems.

We’re having a bathroom fitted at the moment, which is very exciting, but which also means, obviously, we don’t have a bath. Why is it that the point at which you have no bath you feel like having a long soak? Still, lovely bathroom coming up, much better than the peeling damp, grotty peach and cream coloured monstrosity that was.

I’m finding myself really looking forward to Christmas this year, Rhys should be able to get some time off, and we plan to kick back for a bit, maybe watch some of the films and other dvds we keep buying / renting / recording. Mostly though, it will be great to have pretty much all the major work on the house done, and just enjoy it for a bit. Until we decide that we want a door there, and a real fireplace here and here, and new carpets in those rooms, and a re-paint of this bit…

Kiss Me Quick, Squeeze Me Slowly…

Squeezy marmite? Can fully understand the phasing out of the smallest jars though – I mean, what’s the point?

Nice joke on Maggi’s blog.

I’ve just finished reading ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson. Great book, a cast of thousands and lots of untimely deaths, but ultimately uplifting.

Surprisingly uplifting also was our Saturday morning viewing of ‘Trainspotting’ we chose life. We also chose to make a fantastic ‘lemon ice cream tart on a ginger nut base’, basic recipe from Nigel Slater, double quantities of brandy from the lodger.

Thanks to those who replied to my Zen tagging, Alice, you didn’t mess up sweetie, lots of zen/psychic hugs beaming your way that you can absolutely trade in for real ones when I see you and Baby B next, I would suggest going to the swings but it’s peeing it down and I need to think about starting dinner.

Oooh almost forgot, neighbours season finale today, catch it at 5:35, new exciting credits start tomorrow. We all have to have our little obsessions ;P

Procrastination, that’s what you need…

Trying to do a copy of a Rolf painting for my art class, which I’m skipping, but it’s not going well, I think the problem is that he did his on a huge black board in scenery paint and mine is on an A4 piece of paper in watercolour – oh, and I’m really bad with watercolours.

Watched ‘The Fly’ (’86 version, obviously) again recently, great, great film. Cheesy and a bit gross, but great nonetheless.

It seems that The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are playing Greenbelt this year. This is great news, but I’m impatient to know who else is being booked – What would your dream Greenbelt lineup include? June Tabor has to come fairly near the top of my list, although a talk by Alan Rickman, or any cast/crew of Neighbours would have to be very top. Unlikely, but I can dream. TNUOOGB are going to be fab anyway – 5 1/2 months to go…


I’m feeling very old, not so much the fact that I’m 30 tomorrow, but that combined with the fact that Ronan Keating is 29 today.

So, time for a new game I think. Zen Tagging.

below are my answers to some questions I’m going to make up as I go along.

When I have got bored finished answering these questions I am going to tag some people. This is where the true art of Zen Tagging comes in, you should know if I’ve tagged you. You can then proceed to your own blog and answer the same questions, not forgetting of course to see if you can master the art of Zen Tagging your own friends.

A word of warning – don’t tag people without blogs, with normal memes this just results in a bit of confusion and no answers, we don’t want to be responsible for upsetting any strange psychic forces holding the universe together do we?

My Answers

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves
Truly Madly Deeply
Harry Potter and the… etc
Close My Eyes
Galaxy Quest

Howl’s Moving Castle
Behind The Scenes at the Museum
Orynx and Crake



Sausage, bacon, fried egg and tomato ketchup.

May 1st
March 4th
August 21st



Thomas Hardy
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Cruella De Ville


And I tag…

Cough, splutter…

Well that’s what I’d sound like if I was actually talking rather than typing to you.

So – Happy Ever After…? The ministry of obvious research have been at it again and discovered that most of us prefer happy endings to our books. This report may spoil the end of many classic novels, this one shouldn’t.

I’m not really sure what I think on this one, with films my stock phrase “I’m a sucker for a miserable ending” is a fairly neat summary, but with films you’ve spent an average of 2 hours with the characters, and so even with the most likeable ones you’re not actually that attached. Books however take longer to read, and can be slowed down and savoured if you are enjoying them (something I’m very good at) and so I am not so willing to have my paper and print companions open to the same range of fate as my celluloid ones.

I think I just like decent endings, ones that fit. The survey also asked what books people would like to change the ending to, and no, Nineteen Eighty Four needs the ending that it has. Part of the point of reading a good book is not knowing whether you’re going to finally put it back on the shelf with a smile in the corner of your mouth or a tear in the corner of your eye, and I for one need that to be the case.

Oh dear

It’s not that I’ve done nothing this morning, but was wondering why the quite so severe lack of motivation until I realised that I was listening to Marvin Gaye – doh.

We had a great weekend, flying kites with no wind (again, doh), lovely tortilla wraps, refried beans do really make a difference and some great films – The Third Man, The Woodsman and Kes. OK not particularly happy films – the lodger likes her films to be a bit more entertaining and braindead (I think that’s what she said) and left us to it, but as I think I’ve probably said before, I’m a sucker for a miserable ending and would choose One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest over Shrek every time (for oh so many reasons but I won’t bore you today)

It was not a great weekend for liquids around me however, an entire large teapot full of (thankfully lukewarm) tea got upended over the breakfast table, narrowly missing the lodger. This should have been a good sign that I should opt out of communion serving in the evening service, but no, one of the pew cushions and a section of the floor will never be the same again. Good job we’re beginning major renovations really, whether they’ll let me serve when we get the nice new chairs remains to be seen…

…Well the Marvin Gaye CD has finished, need to find something with a bit more oomph – Any suggestions?

Also any suggestions for the Guardian quick crossword – we seem to have a Gilbert and Sullivan theme, which makes me a bit lost – to quote a certain recording artist – “What’s Going On?”

The last word

So before I start on the festival reviews I’ve decided that on the Charlie thing that it’s my blog so I get the last word.

I did find it slightly amusing that there were no comments on the book review. I will presume that’s because I’m right on, and you all agree so much you feel there is nothing to add :P

We’ll have to agree to disagree on the rest. Ness I’m not sure whether “I’ve said my peace” was a typo or not, but I liked it.

You know, Maggi Dawn never gets any of this.

Heeere’s Johnny…

I was going to leave the Charlie review as it was, but I’ve been goaded into further analysis. I will take each point turn by turn:

well, you *know* my views about the ooompa loompas in both the book and original movie(imperialistic hoo ha).

I’m not sure I did get that impression from you Ness. I will agree that these days they can be seen as imperialistic, but Dahl, especially in the earlier books was a writer of the old school. Little people are a fantastic plot device used by Tolkien, Rowling, Lewis, Blyton… in fact they are such a staple of the children’s and fantasy genres that many books that don’t use them seem a little flat.

I particularly loved the new Oompa Loompas – they avoid the problem of imperialism (and little people, too).
This will need more explaining from you I’m afraid Wood, I don’t see how a parade of identical top-knotted little people is less imperialistic than orange men with green hair and white eyebrows capable of proper harmonies. Plus in the new film you can’t make out more than every other word of Danny Elfman’s over-over-over dubbed lyrics. They did mostly use Dahl’s text for the songs but the production meant they were far less effective when compared to the first films re-written lyrics.

although i’m not sure if i’ve expressed how unfortunate i thought the original music was.
This is a point of view you have expressed before, I’m afraid, and I know I’ve mentioned several times on this very blog that I love it. It’s my blog, and my opinion. Deal with it ;)

however i will give credit where credit was due, gene wilder was fantastic.
Gene Wilder was a better Willy Wonka.

Mark this day down in history – a point agreed by all three of us :D

i haven’t seen the new one yet, but i can’t imagine that johnny depp was anything but wonderful.
Johnny Depp was pretty good – and he tries to get across how complex the feelings of a man dedicated to making sweets for children must be… but he has this Michael Jackson impression thing happening, and it’s not *quite* right.

Johnny wasn’t all bad, but I found the Michael Jackson thing rather spooky – letting selected children into his dreamland, his empire, they leave damaged for the most part, apart from the one who really understands him. Everything is blamed on his father. It’s not a comparison I would have made naturally and I rather resent Depp and Burton for planting that rather sordid thought into my childhood memories.

And is it just me that’s getting really bored of Tim Burton’s casting? There are thousands of actors out there that would have made fantastic Willy Wonkas, Johnny was the dull no brainer choice. Kiefer Sutherland however… that would have been a fantastic film.

In all other respects (except for the Christopher Lee subplot, and even that was rescued by the thing with the disappearing house), the Burton film was better.

Nah the Christopher Lee subplot sucked badly, and it spoiled the ending, the film looked too deeply. Dahl characters never need a background history, they just are and what’s more the kids don’t care why Wonka is the way he is, Dahl understood this. Once you overlay the Burton template onto the story however there has to be a resolution. Wonka is not evil enough to be a baddy and need his comeuppance, so he needs a redemption. Actually, Tim, he doesn’t. That is why the subplot sucked.

(i still keep my eyes open for a movie we might agree on. i believe it can happen. i mean, we’ll always have bridget jones…)

And Dead Poets Society, Truly Madly Deeply, The Princess Bride, Harry Potters 1-3 (and probably the rest when they’re released)…