Friday, 8 February 2013

A First Rate Friday

I have been looking forward to today. It is Book Club day and I invariably find the group discussions both interesting and stimulating. I don't know whether you belong to a book group but I can highly recommend it. I guess as with most things there are pros and cons but the opportunity to have an intelligent discussion makes any drawbacks pale into insignificance.

I began the day thinking it would be a washout. I had had a bad IBS attack during the night and my first instinct was to stay at home. Then I received a call from one of my friends to say she was unwell and couldn't make it so I felt I should make the effort. I wasn't dead after all, just a little washed out. So off I went to meet up with the rest of the group at Costa Coffee. We decided on Costa because we wanted to concentrate on the book choices and we all thought we'd be more likely to do that if we met outside our homes. We chose Division Street for it's position. We all live in different parts of the city so picking one in the centre made it more convenient for everybody. I can say now that we definitely made the right choice and Costa have been really welcoming.

The book we were meeting to discuss was Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd which was chosen by one of the other group members. The format is that whoever chooses the book gives a brief introduction including the reasons for choosing it. Then the discussion begins in earnest. Most unusually we all had a similar response to this book but with your permission I'll leave it there since I have a review to write and don't want to preempt it.  We then went onto to discuss what we feel is happening politically in the U.K. There tends not to be a lot of dissent because we are all, as they say, 'left wingers' but we don't always fully agree. I guess if we did I'd find it pretty dull.

When the meeting ended I decided to take myself to the cinema to see Hitchcock.

I chose this film as one I'd enjoy on my own and I was spot on. Anthony Hopkins gives a good performance. He interpretation of Hitchcock is nuanced but timbre of his voice means you don't forget it's Hopkins. Helen Mirren plays his wife Alma. Her performance is ok ish but nevertheless there is a nice chemistry between the two. I do not agree with Peter Bradshaw's critique in The Guardian. I do agree that the TV film starring Toby Jones and Imelda Staunton was excellent but that doesn't mean this version is dross. In my opinion the film amuses, entertains and also manages to convey Hitchcock's genius and vulnerability and I came out of  Cineworld feeling that all was right in my world. In fact the only thing I felt could possibly improve my day was a brisk walk so I caught the tram. This means I have to walk a couple of miles home. In the process I called into the local supermarket for a bottle of Rosé to add a little something extra to tonight's dinner.

It's OH's turn to man the kitchen so all I have to do is sit back and enjoy the perfect end to a first rate Friday.

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