“Is that the toast coming up, already?” Mum says, sitting on the arm of the chair, peering into my sick bucket.
11.15 am. Gone With The Wind Has been playing for forty five minutes or so. Atlanta is burning. Am on all fours in front of the television, vomiting into the mop bucket.
“Yes,” I say. “Sorry.”
“I told you not to put cottage cheese on it,” Mum says.
The sick level in the bucket rises.
“Only had a spoonful of cottage cheese,” I say.
“When this is finished you’re going back to bed,” Mum says, whisking the bucket away to empty it.
So, Christmas films to watch whilst unwell:
1. Gone With The Wind
“Saw it was on, but couldn’t face it,” he says when he calls at two o’clock today.
“We’ll have watched all of it,” I say, “and am getting back to it in a minute. Even though am being sick in front of it. Am not impressed and…”
“It’s a great classic,” I say. “And, you know, as a self-styled film expert, you ought to see it. At least once and…”
“Well I like Clark Gable, and that girl – Vivienne Leigh. But it’s just so…Old Hollywood so…”
“The music is good,” I say. “It’s by Carl Davis. How was lunch?”
“Lots of caviar, vodka, ham and snail’s eggs,” Seb says. “And beetroot salad and…not very kosher I’m afraid.”
“It nice to hear about your customs, darling,” I say, feeling sick at the thought of Food, let alone such creatures. “Let’s speak later – message me before your next meal.”
Rhett has just given Bonnie a pony and need to get back to the film.
2. Goodnight Mr Tom (1998)
3. Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot, snow and a perplexing murder on the world’s favourite train. The starriest cast can think of, even for an Agatha Christie: John Gielgud, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Berman, Vanessa Redgrave, Sean Connery, Norman Perkins, Rachel Roberts, Jacqueline Bissett, Denis Quiller, Wendy Hiller, Michael York and others.
Tomorrow there will be The Snowman (and The Snowman and the Snowdog).
We’re watching something called All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride In which a Sami reindeer herder passes through the Norwegian Arctic north. There are huskies, reindeer and no soundtrack. It’s blissful.
Bathtime. Maybe tomorrow will be allowed solid food. Hope so.
Attached photo is Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett in Gone With The Wind.
Happy Christmas Eve everyone!
*1939. Classic Film starring Vivienne Leigh, Clark Gable, Olivia de Havilland and based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 book.