25 July 2006

Film and fireplaces

Well actually that should be 'films and fireplace'. In the absence of Ron, who has temporarily left this week to visit friends in Birmingham and Cambridge, Kate and I had a low-key weekend.

This involved getting some DVDs on Friday night and chilling out watching Brokeback Mountain. I was deeply cynical about the whole thing and have therefore avoided watching it despite repeated pleas from Kate. (Although I am perhaps not as violently opposed to it as Harry was!). Needless to say I actually found it to be quite a moving and interesting film which was less about gay cowboys and more about narrow-minded small communities. We then had a nice long lie-in on Saturday morning, followed by a trip to Shrewsbury which ended in an extremely filling meal at the Chinese buffet place and a trip to see Superman Returns. Which was quite an enjoyable film, although not entirely convincing in many ways. Good fun though, but I have to say that Pirates of the Caribbean was more to my taste.

Sunday I removed the remaining bits of old fireplace and installed a concrete base for the new hearth. Floorboards to come shortly - hopefully this week if I can just get in touch with the site manager. In the evening we watched Whale Rider on DVD. Clearly a weekend of watching soppy girly films - but I guess sometimes such things are good for you. This was another very moving film but fortunately with a happy ending (eventually). In fact an excellent film, easily the best of the three films I saw this weekend.

(Sadly I have no photos because my digital camera has now given up the ghost entirely following various antics at the Superheroes party in Weymouth a couple of weeks ago. However the pace of technological development is such that I can now buy an 8MP camera for less money than I paid for this 5MP camera two years ago!)

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