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Month: April 2008 (Page 2 of 2)

Tail being wagged again

It’s the crack of dawn this Sunday morning and in India the Indians are 325/9. It happens every time! The Poepteas can’t deal with the tail enders. As I write Paul Harris has just taken the last wicket but now India are 60 runs ahead. Which makes it that much more difficult for the Poepteas to affect a result. We wait and see.

Cricket in India

I can’t help it. I feel sorry for Gary Kirsten. Imagine your first job as coach of India, in India, against your former team and country? I think he was brave to accept the job and it will be filled with many challenges, even though it must be exciting and so interesting as well. But it must be very hard. The Poepteas have done surprisingly well in India, considering the selection debacle that preceded their tour. They can’t lose the three match test series, with a win and a drawn game already securing a win or a draw in the series. And I just hope the Indians don’t take it out on Gary.

Thoughts on Horton

I’ve seen the posters and trailers for Horton hears a Who and I’ve been desperately hoping that it was good. But. My friend N went to see it and he said that, just like Cat in the Hat, they had stuffed it up. How disappointing! Then he sent me this. And it’s brilliant. And it’s why I won’t be seeing it. I have no doubt that the CGI will be brilliant and you will be able to see Horton’s nostril hairs blowing in the wind, but where will Dr Seuss be? I’m going to leave Horton safely in my childhood. And I will read him to my nephews.

My life with cats

Today me and Charlie and Annie all read the Sunday paper. It was an interesting affair. Not much reading happened is all I can tell you. DSC00283 Life with cats is hilarious. Big friendly has had to change his whole life to accommodate them because Charlie insists on sleeping on Big’s office chair and Annie won’t let him play a computer game without interfering with paws on the screen. Big Friendly has dragged a dining room chair into the office to sit at. Annie also climbs into Big Friendly’s terrycloth gown and crawls through the sleeves; when he is wearing it!

Their personalities are so different. Annie wants to eat anything off your plate and has to be shooed away. Charlie comes to eat when you bang the fork on a tin. Both have decided that if they hear me in the kitchen they should sit on the little plastic stool and I might give them something delicious to eat. Annie likes sleeping on my head and playing with my hair. Charlie wakes us up by putting his nose on our faces. Both purr like trains. DSC00252

Annie’s new thing is fleeing over the front wall and making a dash for the neighbour’s house. It makes me and Big friendly hysterical!  Right now Big Friendly has Annie on his desk and Charlie is sleeping on his office chair next to him. Ah, the life!

The mostly fantastic Very Short Stories of Creatures and their Journey Towards a Home

I dragged Big Friendly off to his worst kind of thing – an ‘out-there’, solo theatre/dance performance at The Arena on the Drama School campus which is on until Saturday (I think) called Very Short Stories of Creatures and Their Journey Towards a Home. And it was really good enough for him to say that even though it was most definitely not his cuppa, he still got it and even appreciated the performer and her skillfulness.

thumb-6 This strange little piece is performed by Jori Snell and co directed by Iben Nagel Rasmussen who hail from Copenhagen. The show is non-linear and each little section has its own tiny story, with some more successful than others. The little set is made up of a spinning apple on a string, an old fashioned (what one isn’t?) record player, a hanging light and a screen at the back. Then Jori makes use of the most extraordinary props and costumes to create characters and images and the performance includes some text, movement and dance and a beautiful sound track.

I found the show mostly delightful with quirky, funny moments as well as moments of beauty, frailty and vulnerability. Some of my favourite things were the pink moonbag mouth, the eyelash character, the lantern puppet and the floating light feet. Jori is a master transformer, moving magically from one crazy scenario to the next and sorting out complicated technicals all behind the little screen. Some of the scenarios were a little too long or repetitive and I did have moments where I zoned out. The Dolly Parton Jolene scene was the only one that I just didn’t get.

I also had a moment of sweeping nostalgia and “wait, we did that first!” when she used Laurie Anderson’s “It was a large room” song. Peter Hayes and Melinda Ferguson used that in their most unbelievable show Live Technology in 1987! I claimed it when I took over Peter’s part in 1988, twenty years ago!

Tonight’s audience was very small and choep still although they clapped appreciatively at the end. I hope more people will go and see it (but I have me doubts). I found it very inspiring. And Big Friendly was fascinated with Jori’s most amazing, muscular back.

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