10 December, 2007

Heaven in a Quad

Walked up to Clarm Carm on Sunday to see the Golden Compass at the Clum Picture Hum. Were hoping to have hot pork sandwiches from the deli on the Common but sadly it was shut - just our luck to pick the one shop on the row that sees fit to observe the sabbath - then subsequently failed to have pizza (sister's fiance cannot take cheese), gourmet burgers (couldn't find the place), Aussie fusion food and smoked meats (full), and ended up having a roast at the Belle Vue. Larry declared herself full of pork pie, apples and Branston pickle and didn't order anything, then spent the rest of the meal eating the mushroom linguine and roast lamb from right off our plates.

Golden Compass was more tolerable than I had expected. Had a little snooze at the beginning but woke up shortly after Lyra leaves Jordan College. Nicole Kidman looks golden and slinky and the little girl has a face you want to keep on looking at.

Choral soc tonight was a whip through carols which I am going to have to slave away at through the week, to get the alto part right in time for carol singing on Saturday afternoon. This time I need a red dress. This whole choir is just an excuse for me to extend my wardrobe.

I had to go to Staple Inn today in Holborn. In an effort to be a more useful member of society, I'm signing up to be a trustee for the nascent Wandsworth Homestart organisation, and the London Homestart offices are in Staple Inn. It was lovely - you walk through an archway on High Holborn and are in this blissful quiet quadrangle with the staircases all wood-panelled, with lovely old-fashioned brown radiators emitting warmth and well-being on every landing. It was just like being back at college. Mmm. How I wish I worked in offices like those instead of horrible soulless wankerish Canary Wharf.


Blogger dgny said...

We quite liked the Golden Compass. Lyra was lovely, although not quite what I'd imagined. The G and I agreed that the changes they made to fit the whole book into one movie seemed to make sense, although we missed the fun in the fens. I've always thought the second and third books were better than the first one - I wonder who they'll cast as Mary?

Perfect time of year to buy a red dress, I vote you have to post the result.

11:59 pm  
Blogger ulaca said...

I'm sure you look better in red than the HK Welsh Male Voice Choir boys in their garish figure-hugging scarlet.

2:35 am  
Blogger 962 said...


In Hong there is a magazine called Hong Kong Walker I saw it advertised on a bus and initially wondered what it would contain, having misread it.
I thought it would be full of government officials cutting ribbons and dishing out prizes to people who had invented a scheme to encourage people to live in Tsin Shui Wai, or maybe short term leases on the high floors in the same location.

Red dress, what is it about red dresses, do you get a little elf hat too.

I want more he said with petulance regarding how to be a British person exam. Did you pass? Did you fail.

3:05 am  
Blogger 962 said...

Just noticed Im just below DG who is on top
OOOH mother

3:07 am  
Blogger Icedink said...

Went to Golden Compass last night, though in wankerish West India Quay. Loved the bears and think girl who played Lyra will be the Next Big Thing. Maybe she already is. Whole thing was a bit of a chase movie for kids but quite good. Looking out the books to read.

9:29 am  
Blogger Songshards said...

I'm so glad you guys think the Golden Compass movie isn't too bad. Haven't seen it yet but I was disappointed with the reviews because I'd thought the casting (Nicole Kidman and a bearded Daniel Craig) was perfect.

Having said that I should add that I was disappointed with the first book. It was good but nothing to rave about I thought. I might just add the second and third books to my Christmas wish list now...

1:25 am  
Blogger FBT said...

I didn't really like the books. I thought some of the ideas which he clearly set great store by were kind of banal: a senile god, we are saved by storytelling, etc. Yeah, yeah.

6:51 pm  

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