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Therapy for Life
Meeeester Baggins..
Well, an interesting couple of days, with a bit of "Computer Catastrophe" for added amusement.

Friday was the ballet - Beauty and the Beast at the Hippodrome - where there were no singing candlesticks, but there was a cute little fox, superb raven/crow and a great cloak in evidence. Marginally spoilt by the number of conversations going on around me ("Look mum - a fox!" etc.) but I won't start too much on that or it'll cause another rant about whether I should be allowed to live in a childless bubble or should I enjoy being surrounded by bad mannered children.

Saturday I went into town, partly inspired by my failure to sort out venta's photo competition, and partly because I have a tripod and my brother's SLR and I wasn't afraid to use them. Some interesting results which I'll probably post separately for critique/abuse. Then to Waylands Forge to see grendelchild and delvy, then home, a run, and an exciting evening at the cinema.

Star City, for those of you who haven't been is perhaps the ugliest abhorration Birmingham currently has to offer. Neon, bars, cheap shops, a huge gaudy casino - all catering to the illiterati of Chelmsley Wood (sorry, North Solihull). It started badly when despite being in the "Advance Ticket Collection" queue the bloke in front of me was trying to buy tickets, then he spent 5 minutes trying to the the notes reader to take his debit card, then another 5 minutes attempting to load his debit card into the right slot. F*ckwit.

But I relaxed - which was a good job as I was in the cinema for a long time following - enjoying the limited theatrical release of "Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition", all 3+ hours of it. The print was a bit crap in places - with the Council of Elrond being especially jaundiced - but it was great. Especially for the transformation of Celeborn from camp-tw*t to supporting character. Hopefully Two Towers Extended will be on next weekend. This of course is the reason for the title of this post, as I still keep expecting Elrond to put on a pair of shades and start with the wire-fu. This wasn't helped by thinking of the Saruman/Gandalf encounter as "The Geratrix" as they bounce around the former'stower.

So, in between this I was trying to scan the photos I'd taken into the PC. Unfortunately when I plugged quondam's scanner into my PC it restarted. Odd I thought. So I let it reboot, and discovered for some reason my onboard NIC doesn't work anymore. Bugger says Pooh, so it was off to PC World this morning.

I've not quite given up yet on it, but it does strike me as strange that I have a USB port which reboots the PC whenever anything is plugged into it. Damaged port methinks. I shall bash my head against the problem for a bit, then get on with things in the hope of being ready for NMA this evening.

Current Mood: busy

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From: ikkleblacktruck Date: December 7th, 2003 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you should avoid going to shows that are aimed at the younger audience if you really think that an excited child commenting is "bad manners". Silence is an adult trait. Tolerance also...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 7th, 2003 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Tolerance? Pah!

Apparently I'm turning into a crabby old man. It's possibly true.

I think that everyone irrespective of age should have good manners at ballet, theatre and cinema. If anyone, irrespective of age, cannot be considerate in that kind of setting then they should stay at home with EastEnders.

But I am learning to smile about it all.
From: feanelwa Date: December 7th, 2003 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not impossible to teach a child that it's bad manners to talk all the way through a show. The odd comment here and there, that's part of a learning curve, but constantly talking in a loud voice is what gets me. I got taught it, it is not impossible to do.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: December 8th, 2003 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely agree.
From: ikkleblacktruck Date: December 7th, 2003 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
EastEnders is a bit harsh, don't you think?!
oldnick From: oldnick Date: December 7th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Past experience of shows at Brum Hippodrome is that while the opera audence is quiet the ballet audience is noisy and annoying. It's not just the kids - its the aunts with packets of special-loud-rustling sweets, who insist on telling the kids what is going on, as if the kids couldn't see it themselves.
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