Sep. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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On Wednesdays we are out all day, so I make packed lunches. Except tomorrow, because this evening I put a bunch of stuff on the table (including a roast chicken and a bowl of boiled eggs) and the children made their own.

Judith has chicken, carrot sticks, dried mango, rice cakes, crisps, mini cinnamon rolls and jelly. Andreas has eggs, carrot sticks, dried mango, bread (plain), fruit winder, crisps and jelly. It'll do. (I've got sushi rice, eggs, chicken, mixed chopped veg and hummous, some mixed dried fruit and jelly.) We'll all drink water.

In other news we watched Toast, the autobiography of Nigel Slater, yesterday. It actually just covers the first half of the book, his childhood, and I was touched by how sympathetically it portrayed even the people he didn't really like, I'd recommend it whether or not you read the book.

Irish flag

Aug. 30th, 2017 08:28 am
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Yesterday, Colin and I watched Michael Collins, which is a film about the war of independence leading up to the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922, and in particular, the revolutionary Michael Collins who lead the guerilla army. I was surprised to see them using the tricolour, given its symbolism of peace; sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, but the Irish flag still in use today is a tricolour green - white - orange which, in the words of the Irish government "green represents the older Gaelic tradition while the orange represents the supporters of William of Orange. The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the 'Orange' and the 'Green'."

I'd always assumed it was adopted by the free state in 1922, with people fed up of fighting, or even the Irish republic in 1937. No. It was first used as a symbol in 1830, and used extensively until 1848, at which point it fell out of favour somewhat as a symbol, and was one of many, until it was adopted during the Easter rising in 1916. I'd kind of assumed it took something like the Croke park massacre ( to make people long for peace, but no, basically, that's always been part of the Irish call for independence.

Anyway, I basically didn't learn anything about the Irish war of independence before, so generally, very interesting, and I'm told it's more or less historically accurate (although the bit where the directors decided to show tanks shooting at children because it was less scary than what really happened is a bit grim, but, British empire, what do you expect?) so if that sounds like the sort of thing you might be interested by, and you can cope with ALan Rickman's 'Oirish' accent, might be worth a try?

Rest of life round up:
Reading: still Brothers Karamazov
Watching: Michael Collins
Eating: spaghetti with broccoli, smoked salmon and a creme fraiche sauce, and Judith learnt that she likes smoked salmon!
Playing: Paku paku, but I got a present of Founding Fathers which is a US political history game I'm super excited about
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Addy)
This pulls out all the tropes of both Barbie and spy films with a few Star Wars references throw in for good luck (including a blatant light sabre battle on an implausible pillar).

But it's fun, and it's accessible and sexy second in command lady terrorist gets a plot twist (and a doll)

Mattel are playing pretty heavily for the everyone loves lesbians toy market, and the relationship between Renee and Theresa, the two supports for Barbie, is, I feel part of that. I also love that that's a market now.

I love how the 'Let Toys be Toys' campaign has gained enough weight to affect Mattel too - after the backlash against Target removing the gender markers on toy aisles they produced their first Barbie ad with a boy in.

I guess what I'm saying is that I'm glad that they're aiming at people like me, because that means that people like me is a big enough market to make an impact.

*'How will I know which toy to offer my child?' wtf? It's like the conversation I've heard many times in Disney Store

Customer: I want to buy something for my 6 year old [gendered relative] do you have anything for 6 year old [gender]?
Staff: What are they interested in? If you're not sure this range is really popular atm [same toy regardless of gender]
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Gilmore Girls)
I was thinking of attempting to read all the books and watch all the films mentioned in the Gilmore Girls. >It's a bit of a challenge and some of them I'm not keen to revisit or might be difficult to get hold of, so I wondered a wondering.

[Poll #2027729]
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Ghoti)
Not a lot to say about any of them, but have a few short reviews.

Bend it Like Beckham, a coming-of-age bi-romance. It's all about the love between the two main characters, although their romance is down played, which saddened me.

Bärli foundthis rather lovely set of responses to the film.

It was very sweet, and I'm glad I watched it.

Jupiter Ascending.
really minor spoilers )
Back to the Future.

Well, it's the day for it. Both littles had never seen it before - we watched the first only and then they ran out of film attention. They were utterly enthralled, and Andreas has been skateboarding since.


Nov. 12th, 2013 09:43 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Addy)
We just watched the Disney animated Cinderella, the 1950 one. It's not as good as the later, live action Disney Cinderella, which went straight to TV, but then, only one of the films has Whitney Houston in, so it was bound to be better.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Granny clanger)
For the first time in seventeen years. It was very exciting (for me, and Colin; I don't expect you to be excited).

It's a programme[*] that takes the name data for new babies, compares the registered-as-boy data to the registered-as-girl data and gives you an output of the names given to both boys and girls, in the order of most similar numbers. So it starts with the names given to equal numbers of boys and girls, and so on. I've just realised that what I really wanted is a ratio rather than absolute numbers, but I wrote absolute numbers. Which means that Bobbie (43 girls, 34 boys) looks the same as Kendal (13 girls, 4 boys), for example.

Anyway: here's some data. This is from England and Wales in 2011. I don't think 2012 is out yet.
answers )
2012 data is out, here's the answer:
Read more... )
[*]Do I have to settle on one spelling?
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Freema Agyeman)
If that's even the right word.

Judith recently asked to watch "A space film. Any film set in space." Our options were 2001; A Space Odyssey or Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. The former seemed unsuitable for Judith, the latter for the rest of us.

So, I said I would go through our Amazon wishlists and buy all the films set in space. Which turned out to be Space Buddies. If expanded to TV series as well, Space Buddies and the Clangers.

So, please recommend me some films set in space, suitable for family watching (ie, not mindnumbingly boring for adults).
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Granny clanger)
Following on from Judith's spontaneous list of films, I asked Benedict to write a list of favourite films/series for me. Here it is:

Iron Man
Captain America
Avengers Assemble
Fantastic 4
Rise of the Guardians
Star Wars IV-VI only
Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
Johnny English
Italian Job
Amazing Spiderman
Indiana Jones
Passport to Pimlico

Also a very good list. I feel we should offer him more Ealing comedies, also I haven't seen any of them (with the exception of Hot Fuzz, which is only an honorary Ealing comedy) for far too long.
We own rather fewer of them - only Avengers Assemble, Fantastic 4 and the Tolkien films. Wreck-it-Ralph, Cars and the Incredible Hulk were all on the long list but bumped from the short list for other films. I think we talked about Harry Potter too. So more overlap with Judith's list than you might think. I really want to see Oblivion now, coming to a date night near me soon.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Judith)
Judith was just writing a list of her favourite films/film series. They are:

HAry PoTr
Wrec Wr (Wreck-it-Ralph; W has four up strokes)

(at this point she gave up and asked me to write)

Incredible Hulk
Rise of the Guardians
Toy Story
Lady and the Tramp
A Very Goofy Movie
Mickey, Donald and Goofy; the three musketeers
Mickey's Once/Twice Upon a Christmas

Of those the only films we don't have are Wreck-it-Ralph, the Tinkerbell films, the Buddies films and A Very Goofy Movie. I'm also not sure whether we have Lady and the Tramp on DVD or video, and our video player is broken. I should ask B for a similar list, see whether he's as well provided for.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Amanda Redman)
This was a fantastically silly film in the style of 1-4. If you liked 1-3 (yes, I know, #4 was a film about programmers, of course most of our friends didn't like it) then it's worth a watch.

That is, if you like explosions and implausible one man beats the world scenario. If you're hoping for another look at Bruce Willis in his underwear, I'm afraid he wears clothes all through this film.To the extent that it's not even clear whether he's wearing a vest.

Film quiz

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:59 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sin City)
Three years ago, I posted a film quote quiz.

There were 15 quotes, and between you, you got the answers to 14.

Here is the quote you missed:

2.When you're born in the gutter you end up in the port. (Apparently I only posted the translation. The film is originally in French)

Do you think it's time I posted the answer? )
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Tiny planets sofa)
Yesterday we went to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

It was alright. Lots of action. Some of the plot was mucked about - for example, Lucy's stuff on the Dufflepuds island was all different. A lot of the Christian imagery was stripped (for example, Eustace's transformation doesn't involve a pond) but not all.

It was fun, and I'm glad we went.

Judith was less astonishingly well behaved this time, but she said it was exciting, and there was a bird, and the seamonster had a tummy ache 'raa'.

Today we watched Monsters, Inc. Everyone greatly enjoyed it. [ profile] cjwatson and I had seen it before, but there are plenty of nuances I'd forgotten. I'm lookinmg forward to Monsters Inc 2, coming next year.

J found it very funny, and pointed out that Sully is a bit like Daddy.

Which reminds me that during the week, J and I watched Finding Nemo, first time for both of us. The Daddy in that was like her Daddy, too. I really liked that, it's very sweet.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sheen)
It's got Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg and the charmingest Prince Charming I've ever seen. Conversations like
"know how to treat a girl" "like a princess?" "No, like a person, with respect" definitely make this film a winner in my book.

Judith would just like to point out that there was lots of dancing. She didn't like it as much as I did.

Sh did love Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue, which we watched on Sunday. In fact, her words at the end were 'Good. Again.'
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Judith)
Judith and I watched the Princess and the Frog yesterday. Man, Tiana's the most adorable cartoon woman ever in the history of ever. I've never been to New Orleans, and so all I know about it I get from [ profile] docbrite's LJ, I think greater familiarity with the city and maybe Louisiana culture would be useful.

We liked it, although Judith only really started paying attention when there started to be music. It's got a great soundtrack, and Judith loves jazz. (She refers to Jeeves and Wooster as Pocoyo with dancing.)

Overall, we both enjoyed it and I'm glad we watched.

Film night

Sep. 22nd, 2010 11:57 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Sheen)
I've not written a lot about recent film nights. In brief:

Bourne Identity(C's choice) - I was enjoying this more than I thought I would, then our recording broke off for the news and I realised we didn't have the second half. Oops.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - if they're the same age as us, how come the films always show them in clothes no teenager would have worn for another ten years or so?

Ocean's Eleven - a quite enjoyable cop romp, nothing heavy.

Casablanca- no matter how many times I see it, I'm always worried I misremembered the ending (my favourite of any film)

Minority report - an old fashioned whodunnit set in the future at length )
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Dylan Thomas)
Today my shopping list was: melon, matches, milk, mars bars... and toilet paper. But I forgot the toilet paper and bought mushrooms instead so that's OK (actually, I forgot the matches too. Oops).

Tomorrow I planned to pack a lunch and take the dog to Clay lake, but Benedict has sports day and wants me to go and watch. I reckon I can do both.

This Cactus, lime & apple juice (Tymbark brand) is very good. We must get some more. Also, Mountain Dew (available on import at the Naz) is still lovely.

Making extra pasta sauce and saving some for microwaved potatoes the next day is also a winner.

The Forbidden Kingdom - good hair on the blonde.

Sound Mind, by Tricia Walker - I'm not sure about this book, and I'm two thirds of the way through. Maybe that's because it's a sequel, which I only just discovered. (Our local library seems to specialise in sequels or third parts of trilogies, but no first part. Annoying.)

Our school trip to Felixstowe was excellent as ever, the weather was really good (it was only when we got back to Cambridge that the rain started) and very relaxing. I'm really glad we go on the trip. (Basically, each class colonises a section of beach and stays there all day. If it's very windy/the teacher is very energetic, then they may move onto a nearby park (as in, ten seconds walk) for lunch. Apart from that, toilets and ice-creams (both readily available) are the only reason to leave the beach until home time)

Finally, a poll about cake )


Mar. 12th, 2008 10:28 am
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Game Plan)
Yesterday we went to B's choice of film, Game Plan.

It was actually rather good, and I came away with a smile on my face. Not high art, but still worth seeing - I'm glad he talked me into it.

I'm also thinking that Dwayne Johnson and Madison Pettis make a rather good father/daughter team, and am thinking maybe they'll be cast in Friday Night Knitting Club. I got Julia Roberts right after all. (I'd still cast J. August Richards myself, which is one of many reasons why I don't direct romcom.)


Feb. 12th, 2008 11:24 pm
ghoti_mhic_uait: (You can put your arms around her)
What an utterly depressing film. I cried the whole way through.

I did finish the second sleeve of Benedict's jumper, though; nearly finished now.

Also, it's *good*, just miserable and hopeless.


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