January 9th, 2005

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Sunday, Sunday and 'The Aviator' Mini Review

Just killed an entire bag of chocolate money left over from Christmas. This was after having done a load of weights. I still have a chocolate orange left which I think I'll take to work and donate to all of the staff as I'm (gasp! shock horror!) a bit fed up of chocolate at the moment. Saying that, you just watch me come Easter (sigh) :p

Was at work today and managed to get quite a bit done. As much as having a lazy Sunday may appeal I don't mind working on Sundays and having Wednesdays off. It keeps me busy and theres more that I can do on Wednesdays as everything is open and emptier than at the weekends. Although saying that I have a business meeting down in Surrey this Wednesday first thing in the morning (so no lying in for me).

Not sure what I'm up to this evening yet but I have loads of things I should be getting on with at home so I'm guessing it'll be spent in front of this machine typing away.

Hope everyones weekend was enjoyable.

The Aviator was pretty good but is certainly not a film for everyone. I liked it as I've always been interested in Howard Hughes and, to a certain extent, early Hollywood. I think it'd be a bit too slow paced for some of my friends and definetly falls into the 'Drama' catergory of film. Leonardo DiCaprio played a good Hughes, Kate Beckinsale was absolutely stunning (again) as Ava Gardner, am still unsure about Cate Blanchett and her portrayal of Katherine Hepburn was well acted but Katherine Hepburn didn't endear me any further to Cate. Perhaps if she had a role I liked it might help me? Ian Holm was very amusing and Alec Baldwin played a very good Juan Trippe (head of PanAm). Jude Law was amusing as Errol Flynn but I completely failed to realise that Gwen Stefani played Jean Harlow!!
The film really brings home the extent of both Hughes genius and his madness/eccentricness but no one can ever say he didn't achieve some startling feats during his lifetime - especially as he spent most of his life locked in a sanitised hotel room to avoid germs. The film finishes in the late 40's so doesn't cover many of his later films and romances, nor his involvement with Las Vegas (he ended up owning six casinos in Vegas and actually brought The Desert Inn Hotel-Casino to avoid being evited!). Some of the stories of his later years are as amusing as his younger ones. His loose grip on sanity never really got any better and the 'Control-freak' aspect of his personality didn't either. Hughes wasn't a nice man and generally treated people like he owned them. But anyway, back to the film. Worth watching but not everyone's cup of tea so be warned. School Report: B-
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I have some wonderful friends.

I do appreciate having you all you know. Even if I.....

1. don't see you
2. do things with you
3. tell you

.....as often as I should or would like to.

Thank you. Thank you all.

I really don't deserve you all you know.
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(Poetry) Happy Ever After


How can you reason
With betraying yourself,
How can you justify
The dangers you let yourself take.
I know it’s not easy
But sometimes you have to put things behind you,
I know it’s not easy
But you have to do what your brain tells you is right.
I’m sorry to have to let you know,
And I’m sorry that you’ve let me go,
But you’ve got to start looking after yourself
For the sake of the “ever after”.
You’ve got to choose a path
One which will give you the least pain.
I know it’s hard to walk away
But sometimes that’s the right path to take.
I really didn’t want to let you know
But I really didn’t want to see you hurt,
I can’t bear to see pain in your eyes
But I can remember how you felt before.
I can’t believe you’re letting yourself be treated like this,
I can’t get over you can’t see through the words he whispers.
How can you let this happen
When you’ve already been warned ?
You know what’s happening
And where you stand in his game
And you seem so pleased to play,
And I just can’t believe you’re happy that way,
But the risks you take are your own
And I guess I’ll only hear how you are
Through the mouths of others
Because I can’t bear to stay around
And see you put yourself through it all again.
And I’m sorry that you’ve let me go
But you’ve got to start looking after yourself
For the sake of the “ever after”.
You’ve got to choose a path,
One which will give you the least pain,
I know it’s hard to walk away
But sometimes that’s the right path to take.

 Happy Ever After
By A R J Abranson
19/05/97- 00:21
(Previously Unpublished)

(This poem was originally written for a very close friend of mine. It never appeared in any of my compilations and to be honest I'd actually forgotten about it until a few minutes ago when I uncovered it whilst looking for a poem to post. I'm hoping to get back to posting up a poem each week again as I do realise I've been very lax with this the last few weeks. - Angus)

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Support the BBC!!!

Ok, I'm really pissed off with all the bad press the BBC has been getting for showing Jerry Springer - The Opera last night. I am in support of free speech and airing programs after the watershed which may contain themes or language that not everyone is entirely happy with. I am also incredibly annoyed that religious groups try and dictate what 'I' and others not of their religion can watch.

As such I would like everyone who watched the show last night and enjoyed it, or supports the BBC in airing the show, to contact the BBC and register your APPROVAL and SUPPORT.

The only details I've found are for their Complaints Department but I figure this is the best place to send them as the poor people must be fed-up listening to all the complaints and could do with a cherry 'thank you' message.

So please contact the BBC and say thanks by either phone or mail.....
Ring 08700 100 222
Write to BBC Information, PO Box 1922, Glasgow G2 3WT
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BBC update

Just spoke to a lovely lady at the BBC who was so pleased to hear someone lodging their support. I was half expecting an automated service asking you to leave a message. I have so much sympathy for the poor team that have fielding calls this weekend, especially as it sounds like a number of Churches have been mobilising their parishioners to phone and complain. How many of them actually saw the show I wonder?

Please phone them and lodge your support.
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Jerry Springer Opera Stuff

Springer Opera Draws 1.7 Million Viewers (BBC News On-Line; Sunday 9th January 2005)

The Official Theatre Production Site (for those interested in going to see the actual stage show, buying the CD, downloading Screensavers and a million other things....)

I'm now shutting this machine down and heading to bed to do some reading before getting some shut-eye.

Night night folks. Dream Carefully out there in the wilderlands.

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