19 March, 2009


Popped round to Clapham today to pick up a whole year's back issues of the London Review of Books from a kind Freecycler. I took the precaution beforehand of telling LSS the address, just in case it turned out NOT to be a kind Freecycler, but rather a psychopath bent on luring innocent book-loving females to their destruction, using free LRBs as bait.

It turned out, of course, not to be a psychopath, but just a wild-haired middle-class bloke with a meek tenor voice, in a house that smelled strongly of English curry, who rather spoiled the effect of his undoubted generosity by saying, as I left, "You'll either love it [the LRBs], or it'll go straight over your head, [you poor dim Chinese woman who probably thinks that the LRB is some kind of upmarket Grazia]." It constantly amazes me how rude people are, without even realising or intending it. Mind you, I am exactly the same. If I had a pound for every time I have accidentally insulted someone - well, I wouldn't still have to be working for a living.

Went to Swan Lake last week. Word to the wise - don't get the standing "seats", you can't see anything that happens on the side of the stage. Otherwise it was lovely, just the Swan Lake-iest Swan Lake imaginable. You know how when you're a kid you imagine how something will be and when you eventually grow up and see it, it turns out to be a miserable naff vulgar commercial letdown? Not this. Nor had the director decided to try to make his mark by having all the swans as men or setting it in a crackhouse in Brixton.


Blogger SMW said...

Some performances really are best left in the original setting. Nutcracker would have to be another - can you imagine that set in an Essex council estate?

6:26 am  
Blogger ulaca said...

A little imagination and you have a startling performance, starring Fumier as the Major-domo and Jade Goody as the shade of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

6:26 am  
Blogger fumier said...

Don't you think the Phiz would make a good Essex Girl, Ulie?

3:36 am  
Blogger SMW said...

DOn't think she's the type to dance around her handbag. Or wasn't that what you meant?

6:02 am  
Blogger fumier said...

You're on the right track, SM. Do you think she would drop her chips?

6:28 am  
Blogger FBT said...

nothing makes me drop my chips

8:22 pm  

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