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furry friends/strange dolls

On Wednesday I arrived a bit early at Bicester so sat down on a crash barrier outside the railway station a chapter away from the end of the book (Urn Burial by Robert Westall -- quite good, I shall try and sell it to someone listlessly buying Colin Dann books, I think) to waste twenty minutes before the meeting. A twitch of movement caught my eye and I looked down and there was a rat, fur and tail, its nose barely an inch from my shoe, claws clenched on the tarmac, you-can't-see-me still. I met its shiny black eyes for a moment, then must have made a small movement, because it broke and ran like the clappers back across three metres of open car park and under a fence. What made it do that? Come out all the way across open space to something dangerous and big as me? Surely not the lemon and poppy-seed muffin in my pocket, that was wrapped in plastic. Maybe I just smell like food.

Anyone who was expecting to see me at the Port Mahon last night for Kimya's gig, sorry, there was a evening fight, and Takeshi Kitano's Dolls won (andypop went to a gig from the same tour, so you can get that from his journal). I'm very glad I went to see Dolls; it was wonderfully (un)familiar and extremely artifical, Takeshi's usual brutality more diffuse, random, saturating the story landscape. Everything is picture-postcard beautiful, the people look blank and beautiful and are astoundingly dressed (all the costumes are by Yohji Yamamoto!) and the settings (though real) look like tiny theatre sets; an overreal, crystal beauty. The camera's eye (and the plot) is halting, discursive, close and distant, like a room seen through the bottom of a glass. It tells a kind of myth-cycle of the modern city, built from the stories you spin when you see something inexplicable (yet created by human hand) and wonder how it came about. (More on Artificial Eye, including the story of the Bound Beggars.)

I like this photo.

And the Picky Picky Game has spawned a Greek chorus of sausages.

Comments

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jinty
4th Jul, 2003 03:37 (UTC)
Sounds like there was quite a lot on last night...
...what with the DJing at the Temple as well, and I had an offer to go to see Nicholas Nickleby but turned it down in favour of scanning negatives and ironing my skirt for tonight (wearing the big black and red face skirt, natch).

Glad Dolls was so good -- I was interested in it from the trailer, and will try & make an effort to catch it.
mzdt
4th Jul, 2003 04:16 (UTC)
Re: Sounds like there was quite a lot on last night...
did I say I've seen those skirts at £40 plus in London?

anyone else I know coming along tonight, btw?
jinty
4th Jul, 2003 04:19 (UTC)
Re: Sounds like there was quite a lot on last night...
Oh, well, bargain then.

Don't know who else is coming along -- brother busy, Oxford lot in Oxford I believe. Did you get a ticket ok in the end? x
mzdt
4th Jul, 2003 05:44 (UTC)
Re: Sounds like there was quite a lot on last night...
Oxford lot in Oxford I believe.

I'm sure there's a witty comment about that that isn't entirely insulting, but I can't think of it at present.

Yep, got a ticket, told them wasn't sure if I'd been guestlisted, but they said if I was they wouldn't charge me, or something.

Will call/text when I arrrive if I can't find you, but can entertain myself if you're busy (which I'll assume you are). Will expect a photo call afterwards!
mzdt
4th Jul, 2003 04:04 (UTC)
I like this photo.

Dunno what the ethics of this are, but I did it anyway: groc_blog
cleanskies
4th Jul, 2003 05:26 (UTC)
well, Groc does have a Livejournal ...
For commenting purposes, y'underderstand -- he's
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For commenting purposes, y'underderstand -- he's <lj-user="grocko">. You should probably tell him that you did this ... (can't imagine he'd mind)

I'm trying to avoid syndicating my out-of-LJ friends, because I quite like nipping round their place to see how they are and what they've turned up recently
mzdt
4th Jul, 2003 05:34 (UTC)
Re: well, Groc does have a Livejournal ...
cunningly, I was just adding a comment to this effect, previewed it to find you'd pipped me to the post (no pun intended, actually, but I like it now it's there)
grocko
6th Jul, 2003 04:04 (UTC)
Re: well, Groc does have a Livejournal ...
I don't mind I just hope you don't mind all my micro-entries from my main blog cluttering up your 'friends' page.
cleanskies
4th Jul, 2003 05:26 (UTC)
son of gun
grocko grumble clumsy tagger
grocko
4th Jul, 2003 07:28 (UTC)
eeek!
-all these people talking about me behind my back. I only popped into to let Jeremy know about my latest LJ entry. All you need to know about the latest Potter book without having to read it...
cleanskies
4th Jul, 2003 08:47 (UTC)
Re: eeek!
... we're only behind your back because we can't find your front ...
thegreenman
4th Jul, 2003 13:44 (UTC)
Furry Friend
Perhaps he was feeling down and thought you were Death of Rats come to claim him?

Were you carrying a very small scythe at the time?
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