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12 March, 2004

Friday Five (12 March)

1. What was the last song you heard?

  • Purely by coincidence, it was my favourite song, the long (13.55) version of 'Even Less' (Porcupine Tree), on 'Recordings' (2001).  Listen to the standard (7.11) version from 'Stupid Dream' (1999), as a fairly high-quality (and full-length) sample at the band's website.

2. What were the last two movies you saw?

  • 'Plunkett & Macleane' (1999), as recorded from TV last Sunday. Rather disappointing; a lot more could have been made of the concept, setting and actors.

  • 'Enemy At The Gates' (2001), on DVD. An excellent film, very well executed and with a remarkably well-chosen cast. Also noteworthy is a particularly poignant (though not graphic) sex scene. Stereotypes sometimes take precedence over accuracy, and self-styled film 'connoisseurs' probably wouldn't approve simply because it's a mainstream Hollywood production, but I liked it.

At a cinema? I forget. There hasn't been a recent release that's interested me in months. I think 'Matrix: Revolutions' was the last I saw, in November.

3. What were the last three things you purchased?

  • Lunch was a baked potato with cheese, and a cold onion bhaji. Yum.

Not counting yesterday's lunch, the one before that, the one before that, etc., nor the mundane weekly groceries, my previous two purchases were:

  • 'Ghosts On Magnetic Tape' (Bass Communion, 2004) which, though it arrived yesterday, I haven't yet had a chance to play in full.

  • 'The Human Front' (2001), by Ken Macleod. I haven't read this yet, but as soon as it arrived from Amazon, I was annoyed. They advertise it as a 208-page paperback, without the slightest hint that it's really two novellas, from entirely unrelated authors, in one volume. The Macleod portion accounts for 90 pages.

4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?

  • A priority is to buy a kettle (electric, cordless). My current one has started leaking, so if I forget to empty it after each use, the work surface floods.

  • I really must respond to a few e-mails I've been postponing because they'll require fairly lengthy replies.

  • The usual housework and washing arises each weekend. Wouldn't it be great if it was possible to make one extra-special effort to clean and tidy everything once and for all, and never have to think of it again?

  • Sunday is Fiona's birthday; I believe a pub lunch is planned.

5. Who are the last five people you talked to?

  • Alex, Assistant Senior Tutor of Bowland College, regarding updates to the College website (I won't offer a link, as I'm a little embarrassed by the amount of work I need to devote to it!)

  • Helena, the University's e-Journals Assistant (i.e. maintainer of the University's presence on the websites of other organisations), who shares an office with me. Topic: seamed stockings.

  • Ruth, the Vice-Chancellor's Projects Officer, regarding revisions to the website I've just more-or-less finished for the VC.

  • A checkout staff member at the Spar shop on campus, after I'd absent-mindedly paid for a pint of milk with my office keys rather than a more usual currency.

  • My mother, yesterday evening, just to talk.

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