High Fidelity*

“Do you know what this is, my lovely?” Seb says, gesturing at the television. “Ummmm,” I say.  There’s Vanessa Redgrave and Emma Thompson clad in Edwardian gear: long skirts, velvet hats, high-necked blouses.  It’s a period film but am not sure what. “It’s Howards End,” Seb says, sounding cheerful.  “This is the film that made […]

The Painted Veil*

China 1925.   Toby Jones, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton are in a remote Chinese mountain town in the midst of a cholera epidemic.  They have opium, bamboo forests and possibly pandas, although haven’t seen one yet.  They are carried everywhere in litters on the shoulders of local people, which seems an excellent way to […]

The Fugitive*

New Year’s Resolutions 1.  Be kinder to elderly parentals.  Particularly to Dad.  He puts up with So Much. 2.  Do this at least once per day.  But not more than three times per hour.  Mustn’t exhaust self. 3.  Drink less water.  All it does is turn into wee anyway. 4.  Work towards own Keeshond puppy […]

A Shopping List For Murder*

“Have you seen that?  Looks like rubbish,” Seb says, pointing to the pile of Fifty Shades of Grey DVDs as he dumps our basket of food on the counter.  We are in the co op, round the corner from Seb’s flat, purchasing food stuffs for supper. “Yes,” I say.  “Let’s put the bottles straight in your bag […]

Don’t Look Now*

Unfortunately the last scan has flagged up possible bone mets.  There may be cancer in my spine.  So, need MRI scan to investigate this further.  Here are some nice things though: 1.  Am with my Seb by the seaside. 2.  Am staying here till Monday. 3.  We have walked down to the beach a couple […]

Allergic Reaction*

“What are those ones?” I ask the allergy doctor.  I’m staring at my arm where the prick tests are starting to develop.  There are four which have erupted in red, itchy marks. “So those are house dust and both types of house dust mites – the country mite and the town mite – and…did you […]

The Sea, The Sea*

Seb is still asleep.  Have been awake since 7.20am.  It’s now 10.01am.  Don’t understand how he can sleep for sooooooo long in the morning.   Sunlight streams through the thin curtains.  Can hear the roar of the sea and the screeching of the gulls. We’re missing a beautiful day out there.  Just want to walk […]

The Shining*

“Seb,” I say.  “It’s eight o’clock.”  He grunts.  He’s asleep.   “Since it’s supper time,” I say, climbing over him, “I’m going to make an omelette.” Seb says “oh really,” with his eyes closed. I can do this, I think, wandering through to the kitchen.  Chopping up the mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli that we purchased […]

Suspicion*

“Still no foil?”  Brother says, opening the oven. “No, sorry, forgot,” I say.  We have run out of aluminium foil and had forgotten all about this fact. Marin Cilic and Viktor Troicki are warming up at Queens.  Brother is making a stir fry.   After supper, we start watching Hitchcock’s Suspicion.  Joan Fontaine – ‘Lina’ – […]

Race To Death*

Watching TT: Closer To The Edge.  It’s a documentary about the legendary motorcycling race on the Isle of Man, starring the irrepressible Guy Martin: the “John Wayne of motorcycling”, says one contributor.  Wow, the Isle of Man looks beautiful.  The race itself is completely mental: an average of five deaths for every mile, 246 deaths […]