As those of you that follow me in Twitter will know, I’m currently working down in Slough and so I meant that my day off yesterday was a gaping void of nothing to do. So I decided to go to the movies… (Mild Spoilers Ahead)
So this blog has languished in a limbo of occasional posts and intermittent updates, down entirely to my own ability to blog every day. I’m a failure. Feel free to beat me with shame sticks.
But from the half-formed ashes of the previous blog, emerges a whole new one!
From tomorrow onwards, this blog will shift from being a failed daily event, to a hopefully more successful weekly event with more weight. Out are the shallow reviews and news stuff, in are more essay based things (and the occasional cake recipe). I imagine they will tend to be more media theory/film discussion based, but that’s only a starting point.
And tomorrows inaugural essay? The Death Of The Everyman.
See you then!
The last day of the year, time for the Top 5 Movies!
I am not in shape.
So if you read last weeks blog, you’ll know I’m on a drive currently to cut back my digital information overload. So I thought I’d give you all an update on where we’re at.
Help me, I’m drowning. Not waving. Drowning.
10 years ago today, we were all waking up to a different world. We had all watched the events of the day before unfold, its all anyone has talked about. Confusion, fear and loss were our world. The senseless murder of that day evoked those emotions and rightly so.
10 years on, are things any better? No. We still live in a world ruled by confusion, fear and loss. We’ve fought 2 wars, killed many thousands and we are still no better off. The threat of terrorism is still as ever present, we are still confused as to who our enemies are, we still see bodies coming home.
And this continues, we are constantly fed a series of thoughts, ideas and stories to keep us scared, to keep us fearful of the world. We are shown to fear the foreigner, the leftie, the right-winger, the Muslim, the Christian, the Atheist, the Scientologist, the single-mum, the rich, the poor, the police and the rioters. We are taught we could be killed by flu, by the cold, by the sun, by our kids, by someone else’s kids, by the NHS, by private hospitals, by the government, by revolutions, within 45min and over 30years.
We have all ended up in our own little ghettos of thought, living in amoungst people the same as us. Is that the message we want to learn from 9/11? Fear?
Well bugger that.
I mean to upset that. We are all as scared as each other, lets let that united us and then destroy it. Lets take away the fear we have been taught and make up our own minds. Lets never let fear of the unknown blind us again, lets take away from these ten years lessons on how not to do it.
So, this year, I’m gonna go to a mosque. I’m gonna go to a synagogue. I’m gonna go to a Org. I’m gonna go meet my local tories, my local hippies, my local Polish community. I’m going to visit old peoples homes and drop-in centres.
I’m gonna shake them all by the hand, look them in the eye and say ‘Hi, my name’s Rob, it’s a real pleasure to meet you.’
Who’s with me?
Hello my dear readers! I return after a week hiatus, new job and all, but now I return to you!
This was going to be a light-hearted review of Harry Potter, but given the events of the last week, I’d be remiss in ignoring them.
My thought go to all the survivors and the families of the dead. Hold them in your thoughts and prayers.
But lets do one thing. Lets not call the person/people who did this terrorists. This, to a small degree, legitimatises what they did. Lets call them what they are, mass murderers. No political belief or religious faith can justify this.
I’ll be back tomorrow with some pithy geekness I promise.