Monthly Archives: December, 2006

Serendipity

I love serendipity.

I was just thinking about teaching Anglo-Saxons and Vikings next year, and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin came through iTunes.

Magnificent.

Bond. James Bond

I liked this movie.

I liked that this line only occurs once, and only as the last line of the movie (hmm. Spoiler?)

I really liked that this was designed as the first Bond but was still made as an ultra modern movie – the development of Bond as a man and as a spy is something that fascinates me and has never really been explored in any other movies.

I liked that there were no gadgets, not even any Q (hmm. Another spoiler). And that the only SFX were explosions, which to my mind aren’t real FX.

I liked the chase-scene that was on foot – oh my! – because it was very clever, and it had me cringing a number of times.

I liked Daniel Craig. Heck, he’s played an archaeologist before, so he must be good (Alex West in Tomb Raider).

I liked Vesper. She was the best Bond girl of the recent Bonds – I think she’s better than all of the Pierce Brosnan Bond girls. And her character was actually quite interesting and complex.

I liked this movie.

Numb3rs

I generally really enjoy this show, but I am getting a little bit fed up with it at the moment. The dude who plays the maths genius (I just thnk of him Mr Universe from Serenity) just gives too much expostion – every episode insists on explaining some esoteric maths idea: it seems like a not-very-subtle way of making maths look sexy. Maybe that’s the point, but… a bit more subtlety would be appreciated over here.

Update: other songs that make me cry

And further more…

I was only 19, by Redgum – how could I forget that one?? I showed a clip of them in concert once, to a class, and had to leave the class because I was getting teary. I also went to hear John Schumann and Frank talk about it, at a conference, once – and got teary there, too, because they played it.

Mr Bojangles – most recently, that I heard, by Robbie Williams. What a heartbreaking story. Can’t stand it.

Activist Me

Yep, I’m putting my money – and self – where my mouth has always been.

1. I started a school Amnesty group. It’s got maybe 10 very passionate kids coming along already (“can we go on a rally, miss?”). Today we held a lunchtime stall to raise awareness of violence against women, as part of AI’s 16 Days of Activism. We had badges, and they went very quickly. Got lots of kids to sign the petition… perhaps because we bribed them with badges, but I think saturation advertising has to have some good things going for it.

2. I went on strike, and went to the rally at the MCG last week, to protest against the new IR laws. It was a pretty cool atmosphere, and I really hope it makes a difference. It certainly felt amazing to be part of tens of thousands of people walking into the city together. Seriously people can make a difference. I hope.

Songs that make me cry

1. Brighteyes, by Simon and Garfunckle, from the movie Watership Down, which I saw as a kid and refuse to see again.

2. To her door, by Paul Kelly; it’s just so heart-breaking, and so real.

3. Forever Autumn, by Justin Hayward (singer for the Moody Blues), from Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds, which was one of the first CDs I ever bought. Again, this is a heartbreaking song… and just beautiful.

Supercentenarians

That may be spelt incorrectly. It’s people who’ve lived to be older than 110 years old. This website has really remarkable photos of some of them, and a few other people who are only just over 100 years old. There’s one man whose father stood next to Abraham Lincoln for the Gettysburg Address… I’m not even American and I think that’s cool.

**Edit: I got a great deal of traffic to this one little post when I had it spelt ‘supercentarians’. I decided I couldn’t stand the spelling error but wanted to see if I kept the traffic!!

Bridge to Terabithia

They’re making a movie of it! Amazing. Another of the books that I grabbed from school the other day, which I haven’t read in a long while – I definitely read it in primary school, and I can’t remember if I’ve read it since. Anyway, I’ll have to read it again before I see the movie, I think. From the trailer, it looks very different from what I remember about the book – I thought the imaginary stuff was just that, imaginary – but the movie seems like it will make those things ‘real’.

What I really wonder is how they will deal with the ending. I know some kids’ movies don’t shy away from tragedy, but that far? It will be interesting to see.

Ivanhoe

I am in the middle of Ivanhoe, the TV show. I thought it was much older than it is – it was made in 1997! And there was me thinking there were parts that looked like Monty Python’s Holy Grail! Oops.

I am definitely enjoying it… I got Scott’s book at a second hand book sale ages ago, but haven’t got around to reading it yet. Of course. The romantic entanglements have me very confused about exactly how it will all be resolved in the end. Well, one of them is dead, so I guess that helps… .

Isobelle Carmody

I’ve never read any Carmody except The Gathering, which I didn’t really like. I got Obernewtyn from school, and read it… in a day or so. I called my friend Krick, who has been bugging me to read them since, oh, college. She has also been complaining about the last not having been written, but I forgot that part when I started reading them. Anyway, she has given me the next three, and I am a third of the way through the fourth. I am, obviously, loving it. I had never realised it was post-apocalyptic; if I had, I would have read them long ago.

Then again, since the fifth – and God willing, final – was rumoured to be coming out the end of this year and Penguin now tells me (through Readers Feast) that it will be out in July ’07, there is less time for me to pull my hair out waiting.

Hanging out for this and Garth Nix may be the death of me.