I had to miss work earlier in the week due to illness which was very frustrating (you know how I am about keeping to my teaching schedule – control freak, me?) but the time spent shivering under the duvet did mean ….I could have a sneaky read!
My mum had leant me ‘One Day’ by David Nicholls which I tore through without much effort and plenty of enjoyment. Mrs Salkeld gave me one of his other novels a few years ago called ‘Started for Ten’ which I also enojyed ( film adaptation was on telly not that long ago). I know several people have recommended One Day already on the blog and I think I would too… as an easy, funny and at other times poignant read. I love the premise for the novel – following the lives of two characters on the same day every year from the day they met at university. The author cites Thomas Hardy and our own ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ as his inspiration – and there is a epigraph inserted towards the end of the novel (always enjoy some accidental link to the course). Has anyone seen the film?
I also went to the Theatre Royal (or Royale as we say in our house to increase the pomp and ceremony of a theatre visit) (have to add – once the shivers had passed; I’m no skiver, me) with our very own literary scientist, Dr. Little, to see ‘One man Two Guvnors’ with James Corden. I will see if Dr. Little will oblige with a review for the blog. All I will say is that there were a healthy number of DHS theatre babes in attendance from all year groups – much awkward smiling and pretending not to have seen us from about 90%. Did you go to see it?
As for TV – highlights for me were the Great British Bake-Off Final (I try and drop ‘good bake’ into conversation as often as I can – not very) and of course Downton Abbey (Liam Connor in charge of Downton?!). Haven’t seen any films this week but we did watch Submarine recently (written and directed by Richard Ayoade nerdy Moss in The IT Crowd) which was a very engaging, beautifully shot dark coming-of-age comedy. There’s a good chance you will like it.
Anyway if anyone can comment on any of my culture vulturing as described above, do comment! Esp. if you want to discuss the Bake-Off … Other than that, what have you been reading and watching?