My Cultural Week

December 28, 2009 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

I belong to a book group, and our habit over Christmas is to spend two months reading a weighty tome (Nicholas Nickleby in the current vintage). We then use our December meeting to review our year’s reading and vote on our favourite book. The voting is taken quite seriously – one of our number was snowed in, down an un-gritted road in Ripponden, so she voted by e-mail. Yes, we do use proportional representation, and yes, using FPTP would have skewed the result! The winner, just pipping The Secret Scripture, was An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch. We loved this book for its complexity and subtlety, and a unanimous thumbs-up from us is very rare!

Listening to all the corny Christmas stuff. Still the best by a stretch is Fairytale of New York…can’t believe Kirsty’s been gone for nine years. My Christmas stocking contained several musical offerings, but so far there’s been no chance to sample them. Something to look forward to in the dark days of January.

Watching The Life of Brian on DVD. This timeless classic of satire, with a 30 year-old documentary on Orson Welles, made current Christmas TV appear a poor thing indeed. I know I sound like a caricature of a grumpy middle-aged woman, but I’m sure there was better stuff on the box when we only had three channels. Mind you, no meta-analysis of the time/quality axis can possibly explain the longevity of Bruce Forsyth’s career! Or can it??

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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