Saturday, 20 March 2010

This week I've been enjoying...



Film
An Education...a British film starring the Oscar nominated Carey Mulligan.  I rented this film for the weekend. I rarely buy films these days. The last film I bought was Last Chance Harvey with Dustin Hoffman and the excellent Emma Thompson.  It's an unlikely pairing, but a really enjoyable romantic comedy.  Anyway, I digress. I enjoyed An Education and while I thought Mulligan was very good, the real star for me was Alfred Molina who played her dad.  His Bafta performance was note perfect, and during a scene where he talks to his daughter while standing outside her bedroom door I was holding back the tears.  The film is based on journalist Lyn Barber's memoirs of being a 16 year old girl and her education at the hands of an older man. I'm not going to spoil it by giving away the whole plot as the denouement was a surprise to me,
This film is a grower.  Although I enjoyed watching it, it was one of those films that lingers in the mind long afterwards and I spent the next couple of days thinking about it.  Recommended. 

Music
Soldier of Love  Sade's new 'comeback' CD and wow, what a comeback! If you have enjoyed her stuff in the past you'll like this too.  I always used to play her Diamond Life CD if I brought a new 'romantic interest' back to the house (this is eons ago when I was young, free and single.  Now I'm just single).  If, by track 4, they hadn't made a move they were shown the door. By my reckoning if he wasn't getting sexy by then there was no hope: he was a cold fish.  End of.  I was brutal in those days.  These days I'd probably play it over and over in the hope of at least a snog. 

I've had it on almost non-stop since first playing it.  It has the same feel as her previous CDs - which is fine by me - and the stand-out track for me is Babyfather.  Fab. 

Meditation
Since going on a Buddhist retreat last year I've been hankering after a regular meditation class for a sorely needed serenity top-up.  After a couple of false starts, I've started attending a class with my friend Dee on Thursday evenings. We've been to two sessions so far and are really finding it worthwhile.

It's going to take a while to feel the benefits I think, mainly because one meditation class each week just isn't enough.  I now need to start finding ten minutes out of each day to sit quietly and meditate.  Isn't it strange how easy it is to find ten minutes to load the dishwasher, make a phonecall or empty the bins, but to find ten minutes of self-preservation is so much harder.