Well, thats what a certain person close to me thinks I think. Last Saturday I went to a piano receital at the Guernsey Ladies College. It was the inaugural concert on the schools new grand piano, and the performing artist was Olga Bobrovnikova who really is a master pianist, especially when you consider she also suffers from MS. Piano receitals really aren’t my normal cup of tea but it was good and got me thinking that I really should get out and experience more culture on this island.
My second taste of culture this week was going to see Oddsocks performing Shakespears Twelth Night. I have been to see the Oddsocks company performing at Castle Cornet in the past but this was the first time I have seen them inside, at St James. Whilst it was a very good performance with their usual apparent improvisation, and had me laughing most of the way through, I felt that they were maybe sticking too closely to the original text and at times this seemed to immede on the performance. At other times however it seemed to aid the performance, so I guess it is down to the director to try and find a balance that is both in keeping with the companies style whilst also retaining as much of the original text as possible…. something that films makers don’t seem too concerned with!
Unless something else crops up in the mean time, my next taste of culture (if you can call it that) will be watching An Inconvenient Truth, which is going to be screened for free at Beau Sejour on the 6th February.
I was driving somewhere (I think it may have been to the co-op) the other night and I had the radio tuned in to BBC Radio 4 (it’s really quite interesting in an intellectual kind of way, plus they’ve got the “Just a minute” and “Sorry I haven’t a clue” quiz shows) and I suddenly realised that what was coming out of the radio sound almost exactly like the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy radio shows.
This confused me for sometime as I have listened repeatedly to the original shows repeatedly but I couldn’t recognise the bit that I heard on the radio. The two series’ that were original broadcast were the basis for the books “Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy” and “Restaurant at the End of the Universe” (Primary Phase and Secondry Phase). Douglas Adams went on to write a further three books: “Life, the Universe and Everything”, “So Long and Thanks For All the Fish” and “Mostly Harmless” which were not initial released as radio shows.
Well, it would appear that they have now been produced, and are being aired on BBC Radio 4 (for more details) and because I haven’t read the books (I only listened to the original radio shows) I didn’t know exactly what I was listening to so to catch up I’ll have to go buy the CDs.
Oh, and as for the film…. I was more than a little disappointed. Zaphod was wrong, Marvin was wrong, Ford Prefect was wrong (very wrong!!!!), the Heart of Gold was wrong, and the whole order of events (if you ask me) were wrong.
Last night and every Wednesday night is Movie night at Eden – a bar at the back of town. Last night they were watching Bridget Jones Diary 2.
Please note that I have been trying to aviod this film like the plague and I had no prior knowledge that they were going to be showing that film!
Any way, it was a really good evening. I’d been to a previous movie night at Eden, and its so nice to be able to go watch a film and have drinks and fod brougt to you… its great. The atmosphere is like watching a film at home with some mates… only with drinks on tap. Well worth the £10 that I paid for drinks.
The film itself? It was the biggest load of self-indulgent self-pittying tripe I have seen. I will admit that some parts of it were funny, and some things in it I could relate to. But the film as a whole self-contain unit left a lot to be desired. And I’m glad I’ve been trying to aviod it. I only wish I could have avioded it for longer.