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Adventures in sitting

I've had an unusually constructive weekend, depending as usual on your definition of constructive. Much pop culture has been consumed, anyway.

Books read:
White Night by Jim Butcher. New Dresden, yay! And very good it is too. I must get the rest of my Dresden Files books back and reread them.

Films watched:
Spaceballs (pretty funny, but slightly over the top acting even for the genre)
Blazing Saddles (hee! I'd never sought it out because the only clip I ever saw was the fart joke, but it has smart satire too!)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (Ah, I hadn't watched this for far too long. I'd forgotten how fantastic most of the songs are.)
Sweeney Todd (hurray! I loved it, although I'm not sure I'll listen to the soundtrack that much. AND I spotted Anthony Head's very brief cameo and then convinced myself I'd probably imagined it. I thought it looked beautiful, even the gore, which was very comic book.)

Comedy watched:
An Audience With Billy Connolly (classic, obviously)
Mark Thomas: Serious Organised Criminal (the DVD of the first half of the show I saw him do last year, about the fun he's had playing with the law regarding protesting within a mile of Westminster. Still hilarious, even if it doesn't quite capture his stage presence.)

Bands seen:
The Twilight Sad (very noisy, sort of Arab Strap-py, but more tuneful. I think I like them better on CD, but to be fair, the frontman seemed very wasted...)
Camera Obscura (great music; got the distinct impression the singer didn't really want to be there, but apparently that's normal. I loved the percussionist who had at least a dozen different instruments.)

This week I am at a TUC course on how to be a union health and safety rep. No internet access, woe! Started off deadly dull, but seems to be improving. Slightly. And I do approve of work days that are 9am to 3.30 or 4pm, and incorporate two 25-minute coffee breaks and a 45-minute lunch break.

Comments

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sloopjonb
Jan. 28th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Blazing Saddles
Never mind all that s*it, here comes Mongo!
pickwick
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Blazing Saddles
Heh, Blazing Saddles is one of those things like Monty Python that you don't realise quite how much people quote it until you watch it, and suddenly many things make more sense!
andrewducker
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Blazing Saddles is marvellous - and I adore the ending so much.
pickwick
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's like "Yeah, this is pretty good, this is pretty funny... What?! WTF just happened?!" I loved it.
strange_complex
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you said that about Anthony Head, 'cos I had the same thing as you - saw him, plain as day, but then he vanished never to appear again, so by the end of the film I was convinced I must have imagined it.
pickwick
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
He was meant to be in it as part of the Greek chorus, but I knew they'd been cut out (either for story reasons or because Johnny Depp's kid being ill held up the shoot, depending on who you believe) so I wasn't expecting to see him at all. But then when I did see him, I was expecting him to reappear - you don't expect half a line from him!
alchemywow
Jan. 28th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
I checked out the myspace for The Twilight Sad, and they seem like just the woozy wonky sort of noise I like. Ta for the link!
pickwick
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Heheh, I like that description of their music!
arborophile
Jan. 29th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Jim Butcher..am two thirds way through 'Dead Beat'..brilliant, arent they! :)
pickwick
Jan. 29th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yep! The audiobooks are read by James Marsters, which is pretty cool, although in his actual accent, which is just weird :D
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