Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Martian pyrmaids of crystal light? Been there, done that.

I feel very sorry for people who feel they have to Do Something. People who go off travelling the world because there's so much to see (they say breathlessly). I always feel there's an infuriating air of smugness about this attitude (my sense of pity wanes quite quickly), as if they're rubber-stamping the world around them with a big been-there-done-that sign.

There was a Toyota TV advert where a poor South American village set up a make-shift cinema and watch spell-bound by a car on a normal journey to work ("look, roundabouts!"). Although my knowledge of grindingly poor South American villages is not all it could be, I am fairly sure that the Toyota scenario was probably made-up, but it admirably illustrates my point (I have one, I promise).

Today I went into London. To many people, London is grimy, nasty, expensive and unfriendly. And yeah, it probably is. But like many cities, London can have a great sense of life. Not just for the things to see, but the people bustling along around them, just silly things really: the boy being scolded by his mother (she pulls him along by his ear); the easy jollity of the sun; friends sitting in the grass; the hen night with loud participants and the inevitable learner sign on the bride-to-be. It is very difficult not to feel smug about my life when it serves me such a rich feast, even in boring old been-there-done-that London, and for a moment I can't help but grin with the idea we are so lucky to be able to do this.

Talking about over-complimenting foreign locations: I went to see Bad Education, or La Mala EducaciĆ³n, in Spanish. Many reviews have raved about this film, I can't help but wonder if they would have been as kind if the film was not subtitled (it is subtitled, I didn't throw in the Spanish translation just for fun). It is a reasonable film, but parts of the plot are hopelessly contrived in a way that would seem clunky in English language films.

Of course, when I say that I begin to sound like a young conservative ("they only call it art 'cause it's subtitled").

So I'm going to abandon that chain of thought and browse my Floodlight magazine for a course in French. And then never leave the country to use it.

I mean, yes there's so much to see, but what are you going to do? Audit it?


At 12:41 am, Blogger Trinity said...

you are most certainly not boring. I like your style. And your sensitive and intelligent wow
Gout is very painful.... but it will go don't fret. Trust me I'm a nurse.


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