Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Day 29: The Day The Earth Moaned Still

I must confess.  I've probably been moaning rather more than I promised over Lent.  But I decided very early on that it didn't count if it was about my landlord, a prudence that paid off once I realised he'd used up all of my chutney without telling me, my sausages went ungarnished, and I could charge round the kitchen slamming things at will.

However, there has been no shortage of things that made my smile.  Here's a list of 3:

1. Films

A couple of weeks ago Laura and I went to Rich Mix to watch a film directed by this guy:



It's beautiful and viciously funny.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  Here's the trailer:



A few of the recent movies I've rented (and particularly enjoyed) through LoveFilm include (500) Days Of Summer [amazon|play] and Frost/Nixon [amazon|play].  You can see all the films I liked here.

2. Books

This weekend I read my latest Christopher Brookmyre purchase.  It says a lot that I don't often read an entire book in a single weekend.  It's about a murder investigation that turns into an unintentional school reunion, a crime novel written with all the wit you'd expect from Brookmyre.  Alongside Jasper Fforde (I'd start at The Eyre Affair or Shades Of Grey if I were you), he's another author I go back to time and time and time again.

Also required Brookmyre reading: One Fine Day In The Middle Of The Night, The Sacred Art Of Stealing, Quite Ugly One Morning.

I finally got around to picking up the Brookmyre after reading Stones Into Schools, Greg Mortenson's follow-up to Three Cups Of Tea (which is where I'd recommend you start).

I read Three Cups Of Tea whilst starting a new academic year teaching Maths.  It's about Mortenson's accidental founding of a school-building charity in Northern Pakistan after becoming lost whilst descending a failed attempt to climb K2.  It made my feet itch an awful lot, and eight months later I found myself back in Tanzania working on The Hoja Project.

Stones Into Schools is largely about his charity's expansion into Afghanistan.  It didn't quite have the same impact on me, as I'd encountered the story before, but is definitely worth a read if you enjoy the first book.

3. The Zoo

I went to the zoo with some friends last Saturday, and one of the highlights was this conversation between a little lad called Logan and his dad (a friend of a friend):

"Logie, the giraffes are this way."
"I want to go this way."
"No, you don't want to go that way, I think there might be a Gruffalo down there."
"But I want to see the Gruffalo..."

Nothing quite matched this realisation though:

Ring-Tailed Lemur
Grandpa Munster

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