23 August 2012


On Wednesday night our house was to be invaded by women so I had to escape. Shirley is leading the launch of a new Women's Institute group in our neighbourhood. For me it's like deja-vu because in the sixties my mother Doreen was the mainspring in setting up the first Women's Institute in the East Yorkshire village where I was born and raised. Women's Institute - The Wild Indians. No place for cowboys like me.

I hadn't been to the pictures for a while (Yanks - read "movies")  so I drove into town, parked up behind Sheffield Hallam University students' union and dawdled over to "The Odeon" on Arundel Gate. I had to pay the enormous sum of £7.20 for my ticket but I didn't feel too bad about that as I had just found a ten pound note fluttering on the pavement (Yanks - read "sidewalk"). I wasn't in the mood for anything too highbrow. Sometimes you just want lightness in your life and perhaps a few belly laughs too so I make no apologies for selecting "Ted" starring Mark Wahlberg, the gorgeous Mila Kunis and an animated teddy bear called simply "Ted".

Ted swears, jokes, smokes marijuana, invites hookers (British and Commonwealth visitors - read "prostitutes") round to party, gets drunk and drives cars badly but he is mainly Mark Wahlberg's best buddy (aka "friend"). They have been together for years. In fact MIla Kunis (not a rude activity) sees Ted as an obstacle in her developing relationship with Mark Wahlberg and much of the film is about her coming to realise that she needs to accept Ted and not to view him as some kind of adversary. The setting is Boston, Massachusetts. And one dramatic scene unravels at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

It's a very silly film with a predictable plot line but I chuckled several times and it filled a couple of hours nicely. The cinema was three quarters full but when the lights went up and the audience headed for the exit, I realised that there were no other forty, fifty or sixty somethings to be seen. All the other cinemagoers were in their teens, twenties or thirties. I half expected them to sneer at me - "What you doing here granddad? Where's yer zimmer frame?" Ah well.

When I got home, The Wild Indians were still having their pow-wow so I sneaked off to the pub to meet up with a good friend of mine - Joshua Tetley!


  1. I secretly watched 'Dirty Dancing' a few nights back when I was alone in the house. That's the best way, so no-one sees your age OR your zimmer frame.

  2. So you're a closet 'rubbish film' junkie! I thought you would be heading for wherever they are showing 'War and Peace' at least!

  3. KATHERINE Did you secretly cavort around the room to the music? I'd like to see a YouTube clip of that!
    JENNYTA I would have gone to see "War and Peace" but it's not on general release yet. With your Liverpudlian background I'm guessing you loved - "Educating Rita" or was it "Educating Jenny"? Julie Walters played you very well.

  4. I love going to the pictures but recently there hasn't been anything worth seeing if you are over 5 it seems. I've noticed there are a couple of new ones out now - a Merryl Streep one, a Bourne Identity sequel, and an Aussie one called "The Sapphires" which is getting great reviews from all who see it. I'm looking forward to a few outings in the near future.

  5. gasp... How did you guess YP? I did cavort.

  6. IMHO, any activity that forces one's life's partner to leave the dwelling in search of respite and recreation is not a good activity, however well-intentioned it might be.

  7. I am NOT Liverpudlian!!!!

  8. RHYMES If you lived in a small English semi-detached house you might think differently.
    JENNY No need to shout!...Now sing with me - "In my Liverpool home - they speak with an accent exceedingly rare. If you want a cathedral we've got one to spare...In my Liverpool home!"


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