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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Diving Bell & the Butterfly & the wheelchair crash

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So I just finished watching 'The diving bell & the buttefly' (or 'Le scaphandre et le papillon') by Julian Schnabel and now really don't know what to say.  Absolutely amazing film.  Watch it.

A brief synopsis: Real story about a former editor of Elle magazine (Jean-Dominique Bauby) who had a stroke and ended up being paralyzed from the head down.  The only body part he could use properly was one eye - the right eye was sewn up.  Despite that he went on to write a book (obviously with help) and this film shows his life post-stroke and small snippets of his life before.

Really interesting film and one that might get your tear ducts working.
The only bad thing I can say about it is due to the subtitles coming up with different letters to the ones said, but that's only so we, the English speaking viewer, can have the English translation of what he's spelling out.  Very minor flaw.

Please, go see it.
Really want to read his book now.


Ok, now to explain the third part of the blog title, 'the wheelchair crash'.
Did anyone else see this on the Paralympics?  (fast forward to about 1:45)
It's been the most controversial thing to happen this year it seems, but to make it even more controversial I pose a question; was it right to laugh when it happened?
I feel for them, I really do.  It was a hard crash and clearly left some in a bit of pain, but is it any worse to laugh at that than laughing at a crash in the velodrome?
I've happily laughed when huge crashes have occurred in previous Madison events, and I really don't see much of a difference between the two.  Surely they would want us to laugh.  Wouldn't they?


One last thing (actually, two).
Saw a little piece on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) the other day and recorded it.  Managed to watch it tonight and thought it was fascinating.  Would absolutely love to visit that island.  It would probably end up being a bit of a let down with not much to do but the sculptures are fascinating.
Anyway, when trying to work out what a sign they showed said (Te Ara O Rapa Nui) I gave up and searched the internet and after a couple of clicks came across a great link that has a dictionary for the language they used to use - - and now I'm going to have to learn some.

Prison Break - Am I the only one that found the second episode of this new series really lame?

Be warned if you haven't seen it I may give away little spoilers.

They now have to find six of these cards.  Fair enough, I can understand that.  But do they honestly expect us to think that they won't?  Do they really write the script saying, "oh let's have them run away from the cops" without remembering they all have GPS trackers around their ankles?
If I were the policemen chasing in that short car chase I would have just taken it easy.  They were never going to lose them.  And then when they were all about to be lugged off to jail did they really expect us to fall for that?  What would be the point in sending them back to jail?!
I should think one of them will no doubt be killed at some point (most likely the new computer kid) and T-Bag will catch up with them and somehow spoil their chances of getting the last card/chip, but we all know that they will get all the information, take down "the company" (still extremely unimaginative there writers!) and be freed.  Don't really know why I'm still watching it.


Lastly, music.

- Found out that the Dave Bixby re-release will be out early next year - WOO!
- Boduf Songs 7" is on the way in the next week or two - WOO!
- Found LPs of Morgen's self-titled album, Flower Travellin' Band's 'Satori' and Burton Green's 'On Tour' - WOO!
- Still expecting the book on Jackson C Frank to arrive soon.
- Also hoping the re-release of Natural Snow Building's 'The dance of the moon and the sun' will appear in the next couple of weeks.
- New CDs are due from Ilyas Ahmed, The North Sea and Xela soon as well.
- Also managed to get in contact with a certain Mr Valentine of MV & EE and he sold me a CD by a project of his called Sloow Road that is apparently limited to 22 copies, so that will be amazing to have.

Oooooooh, one last very exciting thing.  There's a new Chunklet magazine!!!!  Will have to find a way to get a copy of that soon and I recommend you do too.

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somewhat_here wrote on Sep 17th, 2008 5:01am

i'm glad to find out about david bixby. thanks.


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