Sunday, September 10, 2017

Let's Pretend


The great thing about delayed flights is you can get some study and work done.

So here I am waiting an extra hour for a flight and getting this out of the way before doing my tute paper for the week.

Questions from the excellent Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your middle name?

Jane. I wish it was something a bit more exotic or elegant like Eleanor or Elizabeth.

2. What is your favorite color?

Pillarbox red. Quite partial to teal too.

3. What’s your lucky number?

64.  Beatles fan here.

4. Do you have any pets?

No, but I loan them off people when they go on holidays.

5. Where are you from?

Adelaide, Australia.

6. How tall are you?

5'6" in the old language - 167 cms in the new.

7. What shoe size are you?

9 (seven in England) I was an eight and a half, but it's gone up a bit over the last five years. I'm told that is a common story. Most of my friends of the same age have said the same.

8. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Far too many. Around 30.

9. What was your last dream about?

I honestly can't remember the last time I had a dream at night.

10. What talents do you have?

I can recite Jabberwocky when very, very drunk. That is my party trick.

11. Are you psychic in any way?

Yes. I read tarot to a professional standard - it's sort of a requirement.

12. Favorite song?

Australian Crawl's Reckless.



13. Favorite movie?

Just one. Today it is The Princess Bride. Love that film.


14. Are you religious?

No. Spiritual, yes. Interested in religions, yes, but I am not religous. I'm a Freemason - far better for my purposes.

15. Have you ever been to the hospital?

Yes, I was even in hospital last month overnight - thankfully nothing serious.

16. Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

No.

17. Have you ever met any celebrities?

I bummed a cigarette off Jeremy Clarkson 20 years ago.

17. What color socks are you wearing?

White and grey. Goes with my running shoes.

18. Have you ever been famous?

No. Occasionally imfamous.

20. Would you like to be a big celebrity?

Absolutely, positively not! I value my privacy.

21. What type of music do you like?

Rock - and adult alternative. Like The Pixies.


22. How many pillows do you sleep with?

Two. One to sleep on, one to cuddle.

23. What position do you usually sleep in?

I'm a side/tummy sleeper. With at least one leg out from under the covers.

24. How big is your house?

I rent a two bedroom flat.

25. What do you typically have for breakfast?

Cereal or a protein shake.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Back to School Blog

Running late again.
Questions thanks to Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1.  What kind of school did you attend (Big? Small? Public? Private? Specialty? One-room schoolhouse?)

I went to a very, very ordinary public high school in the outer suburbs/ country South Australia for high school. It was public country primary school as well.

2. What did you wear to school (uniform? dress code? Whatever you wanted?)

There was no uniform at primary school. At high school we wore school colours - which were deep blue, yellow and white. It could have been far worse.

3.  How did you get to school?

A school bus picked us up for both primary and high school at the front gate.

4.  Who was your favorite teacher?  Why?

My French teacher was awesome. She became a friend.

5.  What was your favorite subject?  Why?

I really liked French and English. I liked being creative and communicating.

6.  What was your least favorite subject?  Why?

Physics in Year 11. taught by a Yeti - it was awful. Never like Phys Ed either.

7.  Did you belong to any clubs?

No

8.  Were you a picky reader?

No. I read everything. Still do.

9.  What did you do in your free time?

Hid in the library.

10.  Did you get good grades?

Other than in physics, yep.

11.  Did you like/participate in sports?

No. But I love exercise now.

12.  Did you have a boyfriend/girlfriend in high school?

I had a boyfriend in Year Eleven. He was the year ahead of me. It ended soon after he left school.

13.  When did you get your driver’s license?

At the end of Year Eleven. I was 16.

14.  What kind of kid were you?  (Popular? Class clown? Shy?  A nerd?  Teacher’s pet?)

I was the quintessential weird nerd. Very unpopular.

15.  Who were your heroes?

Talking Heads and Gough Whitlam



16.  Were you ever bullied?

Thankfully, only very mildly. That I let if wash over me seemed to put the bullies off and they left me alone for the most part.

17.  Did you learn how to touch type?

Not at school. I learned that a few years later. A very handy skill, but I was in the academic stream  - and computers were only just coming in when I was at high school.

18.  Who was your best friend?  (Are you still friends today?)

I didn't have a best friend. When I think about it, I really didn't have that many friends at school. It was very lonely. However, I am in touch with a few of the old class mates now. Things have come full circle.

19.  What is one thing you regret about high school?

I wish I got my head around the fact I could do P.E. and enjoy it. And not taking Economics.

20.  What were you most proud about?

I got out of high school alive.

Bonus question:  Did I like High School?

For the most part I hated it - but I loved the learning. That was the thing that kept me sane during my teenage years.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Art History Meme

Just back from a meh movie (Which made me homesick) Hampstead.

Now getting the weekend blog out the way. Questions from Bev at Sunday Stealing. Great questions again, Bev.

1. Do you look forward to the spring?

No, because it means daylight saving, heat and hayfever.

2. Which area of the sciences do you enjoy the most?

I loved chemistry at school. Biology is pretty good too.

3. If you could own a classical statue in the form of any figure from myth, religion, or even modern fiction, who would you choose?

I'd love a copy of the Nike of Samothrace. I can stare at that for hours.

Image result for nike of samothrace

4. Do you have a good relationship with your mother?

It's not overly loving or close, but it is not bad either.

5. What is your favorite mythological story?

I loved The Odyssey when I studied it at uni.

6. If you put on a big feast, what would you serve?

Roast Lamb, veggies, mint sauce and all the trimmings. Then  my version of boozy cassata.

7. How do you have fun? (What is your favorite 'Earthly Delight'?)

I read and watch movies as a rule.

8. Do you often look for hidden messages and meanings?

All the time.

9. Have you ever received an award or special position?

Nope. Team member of the week is about as good as it gets with me.

10. If a revolution was about to happen in your country, would you be part of it?

At the moment, hell yeah. The government are crap.

11. Have you ever planned an act of revenge?

No. Revenge is a waste of time.

12. What is the most dramatic thing you have ever done?

I moved overseas by myself at the age of 23. That took a bit of guts.

13. Do you care about your weight?

Yes.

14. Is your life moving too slowly or too fast?

Too slowly at the moment. But I should be pleased about this.

15. Do you prefer to stay in the shade?

Yes.

16. If you could have any mural on your ceiling, what would it look like?

Probably the moon and the stars.

17. Do you enjoy the countryside?

Absolutely. I don't get out there enough.

18. Are you a romantic?

Yes, but please don't tell anybody.

19. What is your favorite historic subject?

I'm a big fan of English History. Love the kings and queens.

20. Do you prefer landscape paintings?

More an abstract and watercolour sort of girl.

21. Are you interested in social issues?

Yes. Absolutely.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Something Different

It's birthday weekend, so I'm a bit rushed. Also trying to get the paperwork ready for the tax accountants tomorrow.

These are great questions, Bev. Thanks to Sunday Stealing for providing.


1. What is a normal thing that took you an embarrassingly long time to learn?

Using scissors. It appears the only way I can use them is the left handed way.

2. In what ways are you old-fashioned?

I iron everything. Nobody does that any more. And I bake from scratch.

3. What is the best sandwich you've ever eaten? Where did you get it? What made it so delicious?

I love  a smoked salmon and salad sandwich from Urban Kitchen on Lonsdale Street. Everything is so fresh. They're wonderful. Anything with smoked salmon can't be bad.

4. What are you currently not bragging about that you should totally brag about? 

I've nearly finished my masters.. but I don't want to crow yet.

5. What food have you never tasted and are most interested in trying? 

I have South American friends - yerba mate sounds interesting.

6. What history facts were you surprised to learn because it was never covered in school?

Pretty much everything about the Catholic Church. Fascinating stuff.

7. What is something that you waited entirely too long to start or stop doing? What made you say "Why did I wait so long?"

Going to the gym. Should have started that ten years before I did. Love the gym.

8. What socially expected thing do you hate doing the most? What thing about polite society really grinds your gears? 

Not speaking your mind.

9. What is something about your city that I should know if I'm going to visit? What is the hidden "must see" that you always tell friends and visitors to not miss.

I love the Shrine - the big war memorial in town. The Museum in the basement is awesome.The art gallery is great too.

10. What do you miss most about childhood?

Sleeping with my dog.

11. What "fact" did you learn in school that is not true or no longer true?

Bob Hawke is no longer Prime Minister. There is no place called Yugoslavia any more either.Or Burma for that matter. Or Kampuchea...

12. What's your favorite piece of useless trivia? 

Just one piece of useless trivia? Daddy Cool played with Black Sabbath and Cat Stevens at the Myponga Music Festival in  1971.

13. What's your best go to homemade "lazy" meal.

Beans on toast, or cheese on toast. Love both of them.

14. What's the title of this current chapter in your life?

The Blessed One

15. What is a habit or practice that you learned from your childhood that you didn't realize was "weird" until you were an adult?

Probably ironing everything...


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Freckles and other oddities

It's a quick one tonight as I start a new job in the morning and I've just submitted a 20000 word paper for uni.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


Do You Have Freckles? No

Do You Sleep With Your Closet Doors Open Or Closed? Closed - but the windows are open.

Can You Whistle? yes. My grandfather taught me when I was four, much to my parent's disgust.

Did You Wake Up Cranky today? No, just a bit stressed. Assignment completion day.

Zodiac Sign. Leo/Virgo, Capricorn Rising. Moon in Cancer.

What Is Your Eye Color?  Dark green

Take A Vitamin Daily? Yes

Do You Sing In The Shower? Sometimes.

What Did You Have For Lunch? Something out of the freezer. No time to cook today.

Do You Watch The Olympics? Not any more. Sometimes the gymnastics and the diving.

Do You Prefer To Swim In A Pool Or The Ocean? A pool, though I love the ocean.

Bottled Water Or Tap Water? Tap water which is then filtered.

Do You work Better With Or Without Music? Without, though I can work to classical music.

Can You Curl Your Tongue?  Yes

Is There Anything Pink Within 10 Feet Of You?  A couple of book spines.

Have You Ever Caught A Butterfly? Yes.

Are You Easily Influenced By Other People? Not really.

Do You Have Strange Dreams? Sometimes

Do You Like Going On Airplanes? Yes

Name One Movie That Made You Cry. Barney's Version. That is an awesome film.

Peanuts Or Sunflower Seeds? Peanuts

If I Handed You A Concert Ticket Right Now, Who Would You Want The Performer To Be? The Pixies. They are awesome live. Ludovici Enoudi would be fantastic too.

Are You A Picky Eater? Not really

Are You A Heavy Sleeper? Not really

Do You Fear Thunder / Lightning? Only when it is really, really close.

Do You Like Your Music Loud? For short periods of time and at my own bidding.

Would You Rather Carve Pumpkins Or Wrap Presents? Neither. I'm not American and pumpkin is what you have with roast dinners. Don't like wasting food.

What’s The Next Movie You Want To See In Theaters? Maybe The Big Sick.



Been On The Computer For 5 Hours Straight? Yes. it's assignment weekend.

Do You Like Meeting New People? Yes.

What Are Three Things You Did Today?  Had breakfast with friends, went and saw Blarney and Maow Maow and finished my assignment.

What Do You Wear To Bed? Nothing.

Do You Wear Jeans Or Sweats More? Jeans.

Name Something That Relaxes You. Reading and watching tattoo shows.

Music Music Music

I'm still writing this paper, which is due next Monday - but this is a great distraction.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing. As this is a music quiz, and I am Australian, I am putting in clips as I'm sure the international audience will not have heard of many of these songs.


   1: A song you like with a color in the title

I see Red by Split Enz.



   2: A song you like with a number in the title

Nine Crimes by Damien Rice



 3: A song that reminds you of summertime.


4: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Turn Up Your Radio by The Masters Apprentices


5: A song that makes you want to dance

Private Idaho by the B52s


6: A song to drive to:

I drive to this album all the time.


7: A song about drugs or alcohol


8: A song that makes you happy

This song always makes me smile.





9: A song that makes you sad

This always makes me cry.


10: A song that you never get tired of

My favourite song in the world.


         11: A song from your preteen years

Ah, seventies Australian music, is there any better? Rest in peace, Shirl.


12: One of your favorite 80’s songs

I love the Violent Femmes. I especially love this.



13: One of your favorite classical songs.


14: A song that you would sing a duet with someone on karaoke

This - and happily.



15: A song from the year that you were born

1968 had some great music, including this:


16: A song that makes you think about life

This is a song about war. It is profound.


 17: A song that you think everybody should listen to

Everybody should listen to this just once in their lives. Annie Lennox is amazing.



18: A song by a band you wish were still together

Oh, I so wish the Hoodoo Gurus played more often.



19: A song by an artist no longer living

Something from Bowie. I never knew I liked him so much.


20: A song that breaks your heart

This version of this song.



21: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

I love Rodriguez. He's amazing.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Around the House Meme

Okay, I'm recovering from a rancid cold, I am 12000 words down on my uni assignment and I have finally got all of the lodge paperwork out the way. Joy.

I've still go to do the ironing and a bit more writing to do, but as always, it is good to get Sunday Stealing's questions out of the way. You're doing a great job, Bev.


Bedroom: what’s your sleep schedule? 

In bed by 11 pm, wake at six on weekdays, out of bed at seven. That is about normal.

Kitchen: favorite comfort food?

Cheese on toast. Baked beans on toast.

Washroom: showers or baths? bubbles? bath bombs?

I love baths, but I only have a shower in my flat. Nice soap always can be found in the shower stall.

Closet: sum up your style in a few words.

Black, grey, red, simple.

Parlor: favorite party or board game?

Monopoly - though I'm known to cheat. I like playing pool too if there is a table available.

Living room: what do you like to do with your family?

We normally sit and watch telly or talk around the dinner table. That is when I am over with them.

Dining room: favorite special occasion food?

Roast lamb. Love's Mum's roast lamb.

Garden: favorite tree? flower?

I'm a rose fan. Love roses.

Attic: what’s one thing you have a sentimental attachment to and you will never throw away?

Possibly my flute. I never play it, but I still have it in the cupboard. That at the teddy my grandfather gave me at birth.

Library: favorite book genre?

Literary fiction.

Office: if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

Writer.

Guest room: have you been to a sleepover? if so, when was your first? do you like them?

Of course, but I can't remember the last time I slept at somebody else's place. Ages ago it was.

Foyer: do you like small gatherings, large parties, or one-on-one meetings?

Small gatherings. Much better at those.

Pantry: favorite meal to make?

Chicken meatballs and pasta. It's a Gary Megihan recipe.

Laundry: favorite and least favorite chore?

Anything to do with cleaning floors.

Garage: favorite mode of transportation? favorite car?

I love travelling by boats - ferries are great.

Panic room: what was the most nerve-wracking experience you’ve had?

I was stuck in a moving lift (elevator) for about half an hour. That was really scary. Got out unscathed thank goodness.

Powder room: do you wear makeup? if so, what one item can’t you live without? what’s your favorite look? 

I only wear a little make up - eyeliner and mascara, with a bit of lipstick. I only put on foundation for special occasions.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Firsts

I'm supposed to be doing a lot of things, but my dinner is cooking, so this is a good time to get this done.

So, the questions have been supplied by Bev at Sunday Stealing. Bev, you are doing a great job.

First Job:

I used to work at the local general store when I was at high school over the holidays.

First Real Job: 

My first full time, permanent job was at Lehman Brothers in London where I did data entry, then went from there.

First Favorite Politician: 

Gough Whitlam, though I have always had a soft spot for Tony Blair. In his early days, he was good - much needed.

First Car: 

An EJ Holden, named Edna. The first car I purchased on my own was a Ford Fiesta called Phoebe. Again that was in London.

First Record/CD: 

ABBA, Arrival - like all children of the seventies.

First Sport Played: 

Probably pool - other than gyming and running, I've never played sport.

First Concert: 

Elton John and the Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra

First Foreign Country Visited: 

New Zealand. I was seventeen.

First Favorite TV Show:

I used to love Hogan's Heroes and MASH as kid.

First Favorite Actor:

Cary Grant

First Favorite Actress:

Audrey Hepburn

First Girlfriend/Boyfriend:

Oh, spotty Simon. Joys of having boyfriends when you are a teenager.

First Encounter with a Famous Person:

I stood behind Emma Thompson in the supermarket queue once - again, in London.

First Brush With Death:

I drove a tractor into a deep drain when I was about 12. That was a horrible near miss.

First House/Condo Owned:

Still don't own. I rent. Property is far too expensive over here on one salary.

First Film Seen:

I remember my father taking me to see Disney's Robin Hood when I was about five.



First Favorite Recording Artist:

Skyhooks




First Favorite Radio Station:

107.1 SAFM - Adelaide's first FM station.

First Book I Remember Reading:

The book that got me back into reading was Donna Tartt's The Secret History. As a kid, I read everything. I loved Golden Books.

First Meme You Answered on Your Blog:

No idea. Too long ago.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Put Your Questions in a Box Questions

Running late for this week as there are things to do - 7000 words down on my big assignment, and we've seen a very good Macbeth and visited my friend the cat.

Questions are from Bev at Sunday Stealing.

1. Where were you three hours ago?

Sitting with Barney watching the footy while the Maow Maow sat on my lap.

2. Make a confession.

I went over the speed limit on the way home from Barney and Blarney's - not by much, but I did.

3. Bad habits?

I love a good fart.

4. Favorite color?

Pillarbox Red

5. Can you drive?

Of course, I'm from country South Australia. I've had a licence for over 30 years.

6. 3 pet peeves.

Rude people.
People who don't indicate when changing lanes.
People who don't let people get off the train before getting on themselves.

7. Last person you hugged.

Georgie from book group. We met up at the theatre last night.

8. Something you miss.

Reindert. Being thinner than I am now.

9. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?

The last song that played in the car, which was this:



10. Favorite quote.

"The lunatic, the lover and the poet, are of imagination all compact." Shakespeare.

11. Favorite band.

The Pixies




12. Something your excited for.

Finding a new job in early/mid August, with good pay, nice people and a bit of longevity, in the city,with maybe a little bit of travel involved which is a challenge that can be done in an eight hour work day.

13. Favorite movie.

Probably Three Colours Blue.




14. What type of phone do you have?

IPhone 6

15. Favorite animal.

Do I have to choose one. I'm a bit of a cat lady.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Last 40 Questions from Bud

The magnificent Bev has taken over Sunday Stealing, which is most excellent, as she is a most excellent person.

I should be writing proper stuff. Five questions and a hundred words I reckon. That is a good way to go.


1. My uncle once : lost to me playing pool. He's never forgiven me.

2. Never in my life : have I taken intravenous drugs. No thank you.

3. When I was seventeen : I really have no clue at all as to what the world was about or who I was.

4. High School was : incredibly awful, but a good proving ground.

5. I will never forget : the first time I slayed a huntsman spider. I was so proud of myself.

6. I once met :Jeremy Clarkson at a restaurant. I bummed a cigarette off of him.

7. There’s this girl I know who : has the ability to turn people against her in less that 30 minutes. It's very sad to see.

8. Once, at a bar : I saw an elephant being lead in for the pleasure of the patrons.That was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It was very sad.

9. By noon, I’m usually : Two coffees down.

10. Last night : I got a lot of kitten cuddles. That was grand.

11. If only I had : won lotto last night.

12. Next time I go to gym/church : Will be tomorrow night - as we are without a trainer, Jay and I have to fend for ourselves.

13. Susan Boyle : is a bit of an enigma - pity people are so mean to her.

14. What worries me most : is where society is going. It's very scary. America elected Donald Trump - you don't get much scarier that that.

15. When I turn my head left, I see : curtains.

16. When I turn my head right, I see : my ironing board and ironing pile.

17. You know I’m lying when : my cheeks go red.

18. What I miss most about the eighties : the energy of being a teenager.

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be : Do I have to choose one? Juliet's Nurse? The fool in Lear (Love him), Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Too many good ones to choose from.

20. By this time next year : I want to be ready to go on the Camino.

21. A better name for me would be : Trellawney Tom. That's my poet name.

22. I have a hard time understanding : conservatives. And anybody who is cruel to animals.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll : do Law. I'm nearly finished with this Masters in Writing.

24. You know I like you if : I smile at you. If I don't like you, you'll know about it.

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be : My Mum.

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock : I think about the hair. 80s was much better, but 90s British Rock is great.

27. Take my advice, never :  Oh - just follow Dave Shrigley's Donts...



28. My ideal breakfast is : Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and Hash Browns.

29. A song I love, but do not own is : this:



30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest : visiting the bakery. The Myponga Bakery is very good.

31. My favorite Beatle is : Paul. but I love all of them.

32. Why won’t people : be nice to one another.

33. If you spend the night at my house : you will be sleeping on the couch as I gave away my fold up bed the other day (need to get a blow up mattress.

34. I’d stop my wedding for : nothing. Never thought I would get married.

35. The world could do without : Donald Trump and Tony Abbott.

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than : vote for the Liberal/National party.

37. My favorite blonde is : a golden retriever.

38: Paper clips are more useful than : Jam jars. just.

39. If I do anything well, it’s : write.

40. And by the way : it is lovely that Bev has taken over Sunday Stealing. Thank you, Bev.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Greenish Questions

It will be interesting to see if anybody takes over Sunday Stealing, as the present person running this is signing off. It has been a great few years of doing these quizes. Thanks Sunday Stealing.

I'm writing this from my mother's kitchen table in Country South Australia.

1. What is your current obsession?

Probably Orange is the New Black.

2. What’s your go-to coffee place?

Depends on the day of the week. Weekdays it's either Dom in the foyer of the building, or Andrea a Foccacino for my coffee. On weekends, it's Cafe Krifi near the gym.

3. Who was the last person that you hugged?

Mum. She and my step-dad left on a bus to go out to lunch. I have to lock up when I go soon.

4. Do you nap a lot?

No. Rarely sleep through the day.

5. Tonight, what’s for dinner?

No idea. Probably nothing as I get back to Melbourne mid-evening. They might feed me on the plane - so plane food.

6. What was the last thing that you bought?

I bought some Farmer's Union Iced Coffee at the service station when I filled up last night on the way to a friend's place. Manna from heaven that stuff.

7. What is your favorite weather?

Cold, slightly damp, with a bit of sunshine - like it is now.

8. Tell us something about one blogger who you think will play this week?

Bev is really cool.

9. If you were given a free house that was full furnished, where in the world would you like it to be?

Hampstead, London.

10. Name three things that you could not live without.

Friends, coffee, sleep.

11. What would you like in your hands right now?

A kitten, a decent book and a gin and tonic.

12. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?

Tattoo shows. They fascinate me.

13. What would you change or eliminate about yourself?

I'd love more time to get the body I really would love to have again. Love to be thinner. Just have to work at it.

14. As a child, what type of career did you want?

I wanted to be a doctor or a writer. I am a writer.

15. What are you missing right now?

I could use a day at home to do some cooking and cleaning, but I am interstate. Missing having the time to potter.

16. What are you currently reading?

Just started Liane Moriarty's "Truly, Madly, Guilty" for book group.

17. What do you fear the most?

Falling. Commitment. Open water. One of those. Depends on the day.

18. What’s the best movie that you’ve seen recently?

I adored Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume II. I also loved Their Finest. Very cool English film.

19. What’s your favorite book from the past year?

Hanya Yahanigara's "A Little Life". It was a slog, but it was brilliant. Just finished Zadie Smith's "Swing Time". Really enjoyed that too.

20. Is there a comfort food from your childhood that you still enjoy?

Too many of them. Beans on toast. Chocolate donuts. Fish fingers. They all still rate highly.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Ginormous Questions

As these are questions mostly about relationships, and I really, really don't like answering questions about relationships this will be a quick week. There are some things I don't need to talk about much. Relationships are one of those things.

On the good side of things, I had a lovely time at a friend's 40th yesterday out in the Yarra Valley, went to a party for a book launch and journal launch in which I have two stories placed, then went and saw Alan Cumming sing Sappy Songs in the evening. He was awesome. He also sings in a Scottish accent which was really cool too.



A great yesterday has let me exhausted and happy. Happier than these questions have made me. But you have to take the good with the not so good. Ah well.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. Are you single? 

Yes

2. Are your parents still married? 

My mother has been remarried for over 25 years. Father died 20 years ago.

3. Are you in love? 

No

4. Do you believe in love at first sight? 

Yes.

5. Who ended your last relationship? 

He went back to his former girlfriend. It was a good thing.

6. Have you ever been hurt by a break up? 

Of course.

7. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? 

No idea. maybe.

8. Have you ever had a secret admirer? 

How should I know?

9. Prefer love or lust? 

Love, but lust is fun.

10. Prefer a few best friends or many regular friends? 

A few good friends. I'm lucky, I have a wide circle of acquaintances.

11. Wild night out or romantic night in? 

Romantic night in.

12. Back in the day: Been caught sneaking out? 

No. Too much of a goody goody and lived in the country.

13. Ever wanted something/someone so badly it hurt? 

No.

 14. Who are/is your best friend(s)? 

I'm not 13. Next question.

15. Ever wanted to disappear? 

Yes.

16. First attraction: Smile or eyes? 

Eyes.

17. Prefer intelligence or attraction? 

Intelligence wins over every time.

18. Last phone call you received? 

It was a work call on Friday afternoon. Fun.

19. Last thing you drank?

Iced Turkish Apple Tea with some lime and soda water.

20. Before your current one, when was your last relationship? 

Eight years ago.

21. Do you and your family get along? 

For the most part. They live interstate so that helps.

22. Would you say you have a "screwed up life"? 

No. It's busy and varied but not screwed up.

23. Have you ever gotten kicked out somewhere? If yes, do tell. 

No.

24. Do you trust all your friends? 

Yes, but there are definite boundaries about who knows about what.

25. Who knows the most about you?  

Probably Jonella and Blarney. They see me the most.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The High School Questions

I blame the new season of Orange is the New Black for the lateness of this.

But I have binge watched it all and can get on with other things now.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1. Did you date someone from your school?

Yes. That's all you need to know.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

No.

3. Did you car pool to school?

No. A bus picked us up at the front gate every morning.

4. What kind of car did you have?

A 1966 EJ Holden. They are very cool now.

5. What kind of car do you have now?

A red Mazda CX3.

6. Its Friday night...where are you now?

Home watching telly. That is most Friday nights.

7. It is Friday night...where were you then?

Home watching telly. That is most Friday nights. That's always been my Friday nights.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

Worked in the local store.

9. What kind of job do you do now?

Writer. Corporate fixit person.

10. Were you a party animal?

No.

11. Were you considered a flirt?

No. I still don't know how to flirt.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?

Yes. I played flute in the school concert band.

13. Were you a nerd?

Yes.

14. Did you get suspended from school?

No.

15. Can you sing the fight song?

I'm Australian - we don't have stuff likes that.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher?

My French teacher was awesome.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?

Again, not American, we don't have a cafeteria, but I was often found in the library.

18. What was your school's full name?

Willunga High School.

19. Where did you party the most?

I didn't party. No friends and I lived out of town.

20. What was your school mascot?

Again. I'm not American, we don't have that stuff in Australian public schools.

21. Would you do it again?

High school? No way. It was awful.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?

Again, Australian - when I went through school we didn't have a prom culture - I believe that has changed.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?

See above.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

We had our 30th reunion late last year. Once was enough.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?

There are one or two people I am in loose contact with.

26. What are/were your school's colors? 

Royal blue and gold. I didn't wear blue for a decade after school.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Random Questions Part 683

Here you go - let's get through these quickly. I have a Branagh Hamlet to get to.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.

1. How old do you look?

I'm told I look like I'm in my late 30s / early 40s. I'm 48. Good genes.

2. Where do you live?

Melbourne, Australia

3. Are you waiting for something?

The washing to finish so I can go out.

4. What’s one pet peeve of yours that is not common?

People who don't put the weights back in order after pump class. They're just lazy.

5. Do you want/have kids?

No. There are enough kids in the world. Too old to have them anyway.

6. Have you ever thought about converting your religion?

Occasionally I think about converting to Judaism. It sits will with me.

7. Last shocking news you heard?

I'm watching what is going on in London as I write. Awful stuff.

8. What was the last thing you drank?

Water. About a minute ago.

9. Who do you most look like in your family?

Strangely, my mum - with elements of my dad. i'm a mix of them both.

10. If you could have something right now, anything, what would it be?

A house in my own name.

11. Where does most of your family live?

Adelaide, Australia

12. Where did you grow up?

Myponga, South Australia

13. Where do you want to go on vacation?

I'd love to go back to Ubud in Bali, now. I'm also looking at walking across the top of Spain next year.

14. Have you ever had a panic attack?

Yes, they are not nice.

15. What can’t you wait for?

World peace - I;m over all this crap on the telly.

16. When’s the last time you told someone you loved him or her and meant it?

I tell Maow Maow every time I see him. Of the human variety, about eighteen months ago.

17. Have your parents ever smoked pot?

I think Dad tried it once or twice  - but he really only smoked tobacco.

18. Want someone back in your life?

I'd love to see Reindert more.

19. What do you order at the bar?

Hendricks and tonic in a big glass with a slice of cucumber.

20. When was the last time you cried really, really hard?

Eighteen months ago. Lost a niece and got dumped within weeks of eachother. Not fun.

21. What are your nicknames?

Pand. Late for Dinner.

22. What is your favorite thing to eat with peanut butter?

Fresh bread and raspberry jam.

23. Where were you on July 4th, 2008?

As I'm not American, I have no idea. July 4 has no value other than it being a friend's son's birthday.

24. If you could go foward in time, how far forward would you go?

No - don't want to do that.

25. If you could go back in time, how far back would you go?

About 30 years. I'd love to go back and do uni again knowing what I know now.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Two Bad Films

The Zookeeper's Wife - 2.5 Stars

Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales  2 Stars.


I've been holding off on writing these reviews as In don't really like writing things about films I don't like. To be honest, neither of these films floated my boat.

So in dot points:

The Zookeeper's Wife


  • Could be known as Schindler's List with Animals
  • You get to watch Jessica Chastain cuddle a lot of baby animals and over act
  • There is a baby camel
  • You get to see Jessica Chastain put on a dodgy Polish accent
  • You get to see a lot of animals fake shot
  • And you get to see Jessica Chastain cuddle more, but less exotic animals and over act
Very disappointing.


Then there is Pirate of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales.

My kid brother and I went along on tight arse Tuesday. I had a freebie ticket - and I am glad I used it, because any film this dodgy should only be seen for free.

Okay, the effects are good.

But as a fan of the first and second movies in the franchise, this one really ran out of puff. How and why Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem allowed themselves to grace the screen with a script that is holier than the Vatican, I will never know.

Johnny Depp is just a caricature of his former character - just gracing the stage and going through the motions. 

It is said that they started filming this before the script was finished. It shows.

Corny, cliche and basically unfunny, there are some good action scenes - and that is it. They have spent all of their money on the effects at the expense of the story. 

Don't bother seeing it on the big screen. I wouldn't even dodgy download it. It's dire.


Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Procrastination Questions

I free day - yay. Second to last Masters subject starts tomorrow, I have nothing to do and all is well.
And these are fairly funky questions, which have been supplied, as always, by Sunday Stealing.


1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

I had a glorious night at Vue de Monde a couple of months ago. For a less glamorous experience I really like some of the dumpling spots in Chinatown. Also, there is this French place on Swan Street - Noir. It's fabulous.

2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?

Ice cream. I'd be happy with Mum's lamb roast two weeks straight too.

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

A growth from my fallopian tube. Thankfully nothing nefarious.

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?

I lift heavy stuff at the gym all the time. 32 kg kettlebell from memory.

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

No. Only by an anesthetist.

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

No. That would be too much of a mind fuck.

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

Trellawney Tom. It has a ring about it.

8. What’s your goal for the year?

Lose some weight, stay employed and get my blood pressure under control.

9. Last person you hugged?

My friend Teddy, last night after I went to visit her kittens.

10. First place you went this morning?

The gym.

11. Do you always answer your phone?

No. If I don't want to speak to you I let it go to voicemail.

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

No idea. I have my phone set to 'do not disturb'. If it was anybody it would probably be numb-nuts in England - who never got the idea of time differences.

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

I like my eye colour. It's a bit different.

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

A trip to Bali would be nice.

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

A bit of both.

16. Do you have any saved texts?

Yes, but I am dreadful at removing texts especially as I have an iPhone.

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

A very minor one with my sister in about 1991. Thank goodness it was minor.

18. Do you have an accent?

Yes. A moderated Adelaide Australian. As Australian accents go, it's really mild. Long As (Fr-ah-nce, Pr-ah-nce, Ch-ah-nce) When in England I go a bit cockney.

19. What was the last song to make you cry?

This. Always this. Doesn't matter what version.



20. What did you do last night?

Cursed my doctor for the horrid drugs she's trialing me on. Plus my food shopping.

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Yes. But I always have bounced back.

22. Current hate right now?

I don't hate, but Donald Trump and most of our current Federal Front Bench in Australia (Peter Dutton in particular) are getting close.

23. Met someone who changed your life?

Numerous people, but I have a lot to thank Leon the Hypnotherapist for. Life changer that one.

24. How did you bring in the New Year?

I'm pretty sure I had a quiet night and went to bed. Like most New Year's Eves. Most over-rated evening of the year.

25. What song represents you?

This song has a lot of meaning to me.



Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Q & A Questions

It feels a bit strange not having any study. Very strange indeed.

Ah well, plenty of other things to do, like make saurkraut. Never done that before.

Questions, as always, come from Sunday Stealing.

1. where is your significant other?

No idea. Never had one. No idea who they are. No idea what they might be doing. No idea where they might be.

2. your favorite thing?

Sitting at home on Sunday night with a gin and tonic in my hand watching telly.

3. your dream last night?

I don't dream much. Didn't dream.

4. your goal?

At the moment, to stay gainfully employed, finish my Masters and walk the Camino in Spain next year.

5. your hobby?

Writing, knitting, going to the gym.

6. where do you want to be in 6 years?

A successful author. Solvent and happy.

7. where were you last night?

Round at Blarney's watching a movie with the Blarney, the boys and Maow Maow.

8. what you're not?

Overly emotional, mean spirited, grudge holding. I'm also not a Victorian even though I live in Victoria.

9. one of your wish list items?

A freehold apartment. Money to travel two months of every year.

10. your pet?

Don't have one. Borrow other people's cats when they go away.

11. missing someone?

Not really.

12. your car?

A Mazda CX3. It's red so it goes faster.

13. something you're not wearing?

Jewellery.

14. love someone?

Lots of people.

15. when is the last time you laughed?

This morning at breakast. And Friday night at a play.

16. last time you cried?

Yesterday - I saw "Their Finest" again. It has sad bits/



17. favorite past time?

Reading and going to the movies.

18. are you a hater or a lover?

Lover. no energy to hate.

19. any vices? 

Gin and tonic.

20. favorite questions blog other than Sunday Stealing? 

What is the favourite compliment you've every received? / What was the nicest thing anybody has said to you?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Getting to Know You Questions

Just back from a very relaxing weekend away, hence this is a bit late.

Questions, as per usual, from Sunday Stealing.

1. What is your occupation right now? How long have you been there?

I'm a technical writer / process analyst / project analyst. I contract and have been doing this for about six years. Been technical writing for ten or so years.

2. Favorite rock band. Ever.

The Pixies



3. What are you listening to right now?

The loaner cat playing with it's toys and the telly. Music wise, I'm still into Tash Sultana and Alt-J.



4. Last person you spoke to on the phone. What was it about?

My sister. It's Mother's day. She lost a child eighteen months ago. I always call her on Mother's Day to tell her she is in my thoughts.

5. How old are you today? Or make up a question. This one bites.

As old as I feel - so mid 30s.

6. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?

Probably cricket - so I can ignore it. or Australian Rules football, so I can half ignore it (depends on who is playing)

7. What is your favorite drink?

Gin and Tonic.  I have a Turkish Apple Tea with lime and soda in front of me at the moment.

8. Have you ever dyed your hair?

Regularly and often.

9. Favorite food?

Ice Cream. Healthy food - Mum's roast lamb.

10. What is the last movie you watched?

I saw The Zookeeper's Wife today. It was meh.

11. Favorite day of the year?

Most weekends

12. How do you vent anger?

Go off in a huff and stomp around for a bit. Or go driving playing The Pogues really loud.



13. What was your favorite toy as a child?

Lego

14. Living arrangements? (Of course your pets count. Geez!)

Alone. With the occasional loaner cat.

15. What was the last thing that you cried about?

I watched Freehold earlier today. Bawled at the end

16. Who is the friend you have had the longest?

All of my uni friends I met around the same time, My friend Bernadette I met in our first year English tute.

17. What did you do last night?

Slept, watched movies and enjoyed my hotel room.

18. What are you most afraid of?

A lingering painful death and another term of the fucking Liberal National federal government. They could acquaint to the same thing.

19. In how many areas of your country have you lived? What's your favorite?

Three. Adelaide as a young child, Myponga (country South Australia) as a teenager and Melbourne as an adult
. All three have their good bits.

20. What is your favorite flower? (Ugh. Quite the note to go out on. But hell, we steal the questions. I guess you get what you pay for.)

I love roses and lillies.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Crazy Chicago Questions

Papers are nearly in. I have nearly finished the 10th subject of my Masters. (YAYAYAYAYAYAY)

All if have to do now is take all the typos the cat has put in the paper from sitting on the keyboard. Still very proud of myself.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1) What was your dream growing up?

To be a writer or a doctor.

2) What talent do you wish you had?

I have always wanted to play the piano. I never got lessons as a kid. On the 'one day' list.

3) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

Gin and tonic. Preferably Hendricks.

4) What was the last book you read?

Paul Beatty's The Sellout.

5) Worst Habit?

Sucking my thumb when tired. And I have to shower twice a day or I feel awful.

6) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

Maybe. Friends have seen me walking down the street and offered me a life. It's nice.

7) What is your favorite sport?

Australian Rules Football. Quite partial to cricket too.

8) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?

Sit on the floor, drink the coffee I had to hand and talk nonsense - that's what we did the last time I was stuck in a lift.

9) Worst thing to ever happen to you?

I can't think of anything - things might be hard, but you learn from them.

10) Tell me one weird fact about you.

I was brought up in Myponga. You don't get much weirder than that.

11) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?

You'd probably get a cup of tea.

12) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?

I would love to be 30 kgs lighter. Working on that.

13) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?

Partner in crime. Far more fun.

14) Ever been arrested?

No.

15) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

Pay off my car and book a holiday.

16) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?

Read, walk and go to the movies.

17) Biggest pet peeve?

Rude people - especially people who are rude to serving/waiting staff.

18) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

Kind

19) Do you believe in/appreciate romance?

Yes.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Unknown Author Questions

Supposed to be writing assignments for uni. Slightly daft questions this week so mainly monosyllabic answers.

Questions, as always, from Sunday Stealing.


1.      If someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?

Read: Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Slaughterhouse Five, The Moor's Last Sigh
Watch: Six Feet Under, Orange is the New Black, the Harry Potter Movies
Listen to: Doolittle and Surfer Rosa by The Pixies

2.      Have you ever found a blogger who thinks just like you? if so, who?

No.

3.      List your fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.

No idea what a fandom is. Next.

4.      Do you like your name?  is there another name you think would fit you better?

Being so banal and boring it allows for anonymity in an anglo-saxon world. I write under Pandora Behr and Trellawney Thom.

5.      Do you think of yourself as a human being or a human doing? do you identify yourself by the things you do?

Human being. You finish doing after a while. I write and read. Yay.


6.      Are you religious/spiritual?

Spiritual. can't see a point in being religious. Too many wars have been faught in the name of religion - like the one going on now in America - and don't try to tell me it's not.

7.      Do you care about your ethnicity?

Not really. White Anglo-Saxon of Cornish, Welsh, English and Scottish extraction - nothing exotic.

8.      What musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?

The Pixies and Alt-J

9.      Are you an artist?

I write. does that count?

10.   Do you have a creed?

No,

11.   Describe your ideal day.

Lots of sleep, sex and ice cream - and throw in a great meal a good movie and some reading that is not uni work.

12.   Dog person or cat person?

Love both, but I identify with cats more. More independent. Less allergic to dogs too.

13.   Inside or outdoors?

Both

14.   Are you a musician?

No. I can sing and play the flute - but not terribly well.

15.   Five most influential books over your lifetime.

Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson.
The Secret History by Donna Tarrt
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
The Harry Potter Books by JK Rowling
The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (The book I would like to write)

16.   If you’d grown up in a different environment, do you think you’d have turned out the same?

There would be some differences, but generally I would be me.

17.   Would you say your tumblr is a fair representation of the “real you”?

What is tumblr?

18.   What’s your patronus?

A cat.

19.   Which Harry Potter house would you be in? or are you a muggle?

Probably Griffyndor, but maybe Ravenclaw.

20.   Would you rather be in Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, or somewhere else?

Hogwards - haven't read Narnia or the Lord of the Rings.

21.   Do you love easily?

I fall in love with every dog I see in the street.

22.   List the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.

Today: Procrastinating, cleaning, writing assignments, walking, drinking.

23.   How often would you want to see your family every year?

I see them 2-3 times a year. They live interstate. That's enough.

24.   Have you ever felt like you had a “mind-meld” with someone?

Yes, and it's scary.

25.   Could you live as a hermit?

Very easily. Some say I do in some ways.

26.   How would you describe your gender/sexuality?

That's a bit personal. Female, cisgender, 95% hetero. The other 5% is up for discussion.

27.   Do you feel like your outside appearance is a fair representation of the “real you”?

No. But there are good bits and I'm not ugly so I deal.

28.   On a scale from 1 to 10, how hard is it for someone to get under your skin?

Depends on the day but normally a 6-7.

29.   Three songs that you connect with right now.

Where is my Mind? The Pixies


Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede



Reckless - Australian Crawl



30.   Pick one of your favorite quotes.

Be the change you want to see - Gandhi.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2

Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 - Four Stars

Okay, action is not my genre, but strangely, I can do the odd bit of Marvel. Yes, I'm hooked.

See, I am Groot..

A bit like Deadpool, I can do these strange, fun, featherweight action movies. They're fun. Take  out the brain at the car park and go and go enjoy them for what they are films.

I am Groot.

So, when my Punjabi kid brother (and everbody needs a Punjabi kid brother) said lets do Tight Arse Tuesday movie night and I asked if he wanted to see this, he was thrilled. After all, it's a movie you'd take your kid brother aged 12 or over to quite happily.) First of all, I needed to catch up on Guardians of the Galaxy  - the first part. A little bit of downloading and I hit pay dirt. What a great film!

I am Groot.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two takes off a couple of months after the end of the first movie. Peter Quill / Starlord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) continue their adventures out in space, where Peter's parentage is explored.

I am Groot.

There are plenty of explosions and fights for the boys to enjoy (and the girls too). The CGI and special effects are fantastic. The script is tight and funny, even if it lacks the 'road movie' feel of the first movie.

I am Groot.

The soundtrack is equally as awesome as the first movie as it is based around the Awesome Mix Tape #2 - and as a child of the seventies, I loved every minute of the music.

I am Groot.

This is a silly, funny, action-packed movie. The characters are lovable as they are flawed. Baby Groot is one of the highlights. There are also cameos from some pretty famous actors, including Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki and Glenn Close, among others.

I am Groot.

As somebody who is quite averse to violence, I sat through this with a smile on my face and a level of comfort that  the violence is what I call "Bang-bang you're dead" violence and thankfully nothing too malicious (says she who got freaked out over last night's episode of Law and Order: SVU).

I am Groot.

I think Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is my new happy place movie. There are purists who say that you have to know about the Infinity Stones. I don't think so. If you're looking for two hours of fun an entertainment, not requiring a brain that is very funny in places, this is your film. It delivers.

Also, Baby Groot steals the show.

I am Groot.


Oh and I have to put this here too: Ouga chaka, ouga ouga ouga chaka... bet you're singing this for the next two days.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Film Review: Their Finest

Their Finest - 4 and a bit stars

Okay, I am a sucker for English films. A big sucker for English films, but if all films were a bit like this, I think the world would be a much better place.

So Their Finest (released in Britain as "Their Finest Hour and a Half") is a historical comedy set during The Blitz. One Mrs Catrin Cole, from somewhere deep in the valleys of Wales is called up by the Ministry of Information to assist in writing the scripts for their "Keep Calm and Carry On" propaganda films. The film tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz.

Okay, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain. Romantic Comedy. Well, yes - and it works delightfully as we embark on a two hour journey into what it was like to live in through the Blitz and be a part of the spin machine that operates during wartime (Funny, it feels a bit like that now).

The cast are excellent. The film's prtoagonist, Catrin Cole, played by Gemma Arterton is just the right mix of plucky, resolute and fragile and the rather downtrodden screen writer. Her love interest, Buckley, is played with ablomb and a stunningly awful moustache by Sam Claflin - who seems to be doing a great line in playing redeemable arseholes of late (Think Me Without You and The Hunger Games Trilogy.

Stealing the show, in his own inimitable way is Bill Nighy, who plays Bill Nighy. Other notable mentions include Eddie Marsan, who plays Nighy's crotchety manager, and Helen McCrory, who ends up being his manager. Lovely cameo parts which bring warmth and humour into what could have otherwise been a heavy film.

The direction of the film is another of its strengths. Lone Scherfig, who is responsible for wonderful British Films including An Education and One Day. She has a steady hand and knows how to milk the British psyche for its wonderful nuances and failings.

Part farce, part romantic comedy, part look at the horrors of war and just what the British put up with during world war two, I will be recommending this movie for a long time.

I also love it when you have a film that has you doing spit-takes for most of the film only to have you crying buckets for the last ten minutes. (I haven't sobbed like that in ages)

Set in the back streets of London as well as somewhere concocted as "Devon" (it was filmed somewhere off the Welsh Coast) this is a film which you can take your Mum along to and know she's not going to be offended. I know I got out of the cinema and called my Mum, telling her to go and see it.

This is a marvelous film, with just enough lightness to make a war story very human and very enjoyable. It's also a fantastic insight into the propaganda machines which drive our world today.