January 16th, 2005

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Mock Elections

I came across a mock election poll on LJ for this years British General Election.

The results are *very* interesting from my personal point of view and I'm sure you'll understand why if you check the results (place your vote whilst you're at it too!).

I know most of my friends seem to be LibDemers these days with more and more people deserting New Labour and the Tories all the time it seems. I know this poll is not a good guideline (I don't know how it was promoted, etc) but it seems it's not only my friends who have looked at the LibDems as they preferred party. Maybe we will get a hung parliament afterall :)

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.....and I didn't go clubbing on either night!!!......

Weekend has been pretty damn fine so far - although a string of late nights isn't all that guaranteed to get me into work today.

Friday night - Sleep @ 4am ish
Saturday night - well actually I'm still awake and only got home about 30 mins ago. Am going to have shower and bowl of cereal to quench my hunger and then see how I feel. May sleep, may just head to work. Work is optional today in any case so I won't feel bad if I don't go. It'd just be me in the office.

Thanks to Aaron, Helen and Meaghan for last night. It was great seeing you guys and hope to catch up with you all again soon. Helen - get well soon!!!
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Vanity Fair

Ok, I know this is rather late but I thought I'd throw it open in case any of the 'locals' to me fancy a spur-of-the-moment cinema trip.

I've decided to go and see vanity Fair this afternoon at VUE finchley Lido. Starts at 5pm (little over 50 minutes away now).

If any of you fancy it please drop me a line on my mobile. If you don't have a mobile then either mail me or drop a comment here (but that may be a bit hit-and-miss as to whether I see it in time. Alternatively go back to New Years Eve (or the day before) and grab my mobile number from a friends-only post I made.

See ya!
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(Mini Review) Vanity Fair

Wow, oh wow, oh wow!

Maybe that gives away my feelings for Vanity Fair a bit too early on in this mini-review but I thought the film was utterly fantasic. The set design, the acting, the story (duh!), the costumes, the entire package.

Reese Witherspoon (who I was amazed to discover was in films such as Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama - which just goes to show you shouldn't judge someone on the roles they took earlier in their career!) is a brilliant Rebecca Sharp. Sexy, intelligent and cunning. Rhys Ifans (William Dobbin), Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (George Osborne), James Purefoy (Rawdon Crawley), Gabriel Bryne (The Marquess of Steyne), Megwyn Owen (Lady Crawley) and Romola Garai (Amelia Sedley) all put in excellant roles to name just a few.

I will admit that I am a sucker for period dramas but isn't it surprising that two of my favourites have been directed by Asians? (Vanity Fair is directed by Mira Nair who was born in India and Elizabeth is directed by Shekhar Kapur who was born in Lahore in what is now Pakistan). It seems that bringing the flair of British period dramas to life has gone east, and may more follow if the results are like this.

I don't know what the critics have been saying about it but I've read some very mixed on-line reviews from viewers. Apparently 'creative license' has been taken with the story - but then name me a film where it hasn't been. So I guess if you're a fan of the book go and watch it without a prior opinion on what to expect but if you, like me, haven't read the book but like a good film then get to your local cinema NOW! :-p

School Report: A (Nuff Said)

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(News) US Conducting Iran Missions

Seymour Hersh, the journalist from The New Yorker magazine that uncovered the abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison, has written an article claiming that the US has been runnign covert operations inside Iran since last summer gathering intelligence and potential targets.

Hersh quotes one government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon as saying, "The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible."

One former high-level intelligence official told The New Yorker, "This is a war against terrorism, and Iraq is just one campaign. The Bush administration is looking at this as a huge war zone. Next, we're going to have the Iranian campaign."

US Conducting Secret Iran Missions - Report (Wanadoo/Reuters; Sunday 16th January 2005)
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Suddenly...the shopkeeping appeared (or at least the bastard took my money on-line!)

"Me Angus. Me Buy Stuff On-Line."

Yep. Browsed some shops and got tempted again. Winging their way to me (hopefully) soon are the following:

Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross which neilf reccomended in his journal. Sounds like a good modern day Cthulhu/cyber/thriller romp :-)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I've been meaning to pick this up for a while.

Veuillez Rendre by Noir Desir. I've liked Noir Desir for a number of years but the music I'd heard disappeared back to France when Delphine moved back there. I thought I'd pick a CD up and give it another listen. If I like it I'll probably get the rest when I'm over in Paris. From what I remember fans of bands such as New Model Army should like this stuff.

Coupling Seasons 1, 2, and 3! I can thank gypseymission and bluehelen for these purchases. I caught an episode when I was round at theirs last night and it reminded me how much I liked the series when it was on telly. For those that don't know it the best way to describe it is probably a 'British Friends' sitcom. It is very good though and at the moment very cheap it seems!!! :-p

Ginger Snaps 2 - Unleashed and Ginger Snaps Back: I really enjoyed the first film and have been waiting to watch both the sequel and the 19th century prequel for a while. Saw the first film at the cinema but both of the follow-ups went straight to DVD. Am not expecting too much but it'll be good to see them with daver2323 before he moves to Scotland as he is a big fan of the original too.

On the dave front - we're having a goodbye drink for him at The Dev next Saturday from 7. I'll post more info here in the next couple of days and may send round a bulk email to people too. Please come along if you can and say goodbye to flatmate mine of the last 4 years. He'll be missed more than he probably realises :(