Thursday, August 16, 2007

Books and Telly

Firstly. I was right about my Harry Potter prediction which makes me glad I didn't write about it last time. I am really glad I was right (and not just because of the being-right-for-once). I really really wanted the thing that I thought might be the case to be the case. I love it when a plan comes together.


And then. I have been in Spain this week. I am whiter than ever. This is mainly because of factor35 but also because I spent a lot of time indoors sleeping or reading Harry Potter. It was a good holiday. Constant sun doesn't mean a lot to me personally but being in the sea and on the beach and in the pool makes Ana very happy indeed and a happy Ana is a happy Anamomma. Apart from sleeping and Pottering the other great great Great thing that I stumbled across this week was

House. Why hadn't I heard of this before? Maybe I had and didn't listen. When Ian suggested giving it a go I have to say I had reservations. Hugh Laurie, funny guy, but could I ever see him in any other role than the prince regent in BlackadderII ('I'm happy as a Frenchman who's invented a pair of self-removing trousers')? Not to mention that in House he would be playing an American doctor. I really didn't think I'd be able to buy it. He has always been so English. I was wrong though (see what I mean? Always wrong about this stuff!) We have seen four episodes so far and The West Wing is going to have to be postponed for a while longer I think....

Think Cracker in a hospital with a better looking protagonist. It is less dark than Cracker but with just as many psychological treats. And almost as much gore I might add. This I can put up with for the sake of watching Hugh Laurie (who I didn't realise could act this well. Sorry Laurie) skulk about a hospital with the dream boy of my teenhood (Robert Sean Leonard), a woman who I recognise from The West Wing and some guy who I'm sure used to be in Neighbours as they try to solve the mysteries of human physiology ... Seriously, it's good. Funny, clever, ironic, intriguing, human....

Also nearing the end of the first season of Carnivale. I fear it is going the way of 'Lost' (ie. nowhere really), but unlike Lost I want to watch it anyway because it's so lovely and well shot, well acted, well spoken. And of course I love all the religious references and the Steinbeck feel of it all. Dust to dust. It is really nice work. I'm holding back from posting the Yeats poem again but in case you missed it the first time have a gander here. All things circus freak will always make me think of this poem. Got to always lie down where all the ladders start.

5 comments:

Mr C said...

amazing! I despise Potter and yet after reading just two sentences of your post I was all for going down to Waterstones to buy a copy to find out what happens. Luckily in the time it has taken to type this I have wised up and remembered why I just don't care.

mister tumnus said...

is that you sam?!

heh, well i'll take it as a compliment if you don't mind! if it's worth anything i really didn't enjoy the first two HP boks as much as the rest. IMHO they got better and better from book 3. my favourite was the penultimate one i think. but i'm not a potter evangelist. 'it takes diff'rent strooookes' etc.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

ah, my wheel would be all the better for having that wee fella next to it! Shame he wasn't on the jersey shore all those years ago....

mister tumnus said...

i've just been to spain in an apartment on the beach with a long stretch of sand leading to, guess what, a carnival. my immediate thought was of bruce and billyJ and all those songs about boardwalks and fairgrounds etc.

Rainbow dreams said...

never heard of house...west wing took back seat here while we watched spooks... never enough time to watch everything we want to...