A bit about me…

I am developing sad middle-aged idiosyncrasies like my nostalgic interest in knitting and Vesta meals.
I am finally out of sync with comtemporary music, alt.culture language, and pop-tv. Add to this that I am finding myself having reactionary autoresponses to noise and  litter, and I the ‘seventies was a great decade – it becomes clear I am now firmly entrenched in middle age.

I work in the voluntary sector on disability related issues.

My desk is like a model for a chaotic wargame, and the window to the outside world has bars on it – I dont know if thats because my collegues and I are a precious resource, or to keep outside safe.

inside looking out

…and I wonder what I’m doing in a place like this..

My 20 favourite films this month (its a changeable list) are: The Wind will carry Us, A Canterbury Tale, Offside, Werckmeister Harmonies, Le Fils, Kapurush, Ten, Uzak, The Lemon Tree, Deyrah, All about my mother, Inland Empire, Festen, La Haine, Weekend, Rear Window, M, La Ville est Tranquille, and Intimate Lighting.

I’ve recently watched: Man of Marble, Broken Embraces, The Lemon Tree, Vendredi Soir, Through a Glass Darkly, Kapurush, Mesrine, and O Sangue.

I took part in The Auteurs 10 best films list, my top 10 – none of which made it into the amalgamated top 10 – were:

Keislowski: Trois Coleurs Bleu
Ray: Pather Panchali
Bergman: Wild Strawberries
Kiarostami: 10
Tarkovsky: Andrei Rubelov
Bresson: Lancelot du Lac
Lang: M
Powell: A Canterbury Tale
Reed: THe Third Man
Kassovitz: La Haine

My favourite fiction includes: To the Lighthouse, Bel Canto, Dinner at the homesick restaurant, Beloved, Howard’s End, Postcards, if on a winters night a traveller, and anything by Jane Smiley.
After a few months and 10 books wandering around Swedish detective fiction, I have recently returned to more familiar territory with two William Boyd’s: Ordinary Thunderstorms – much better than the reviews suggested; and Restless, (which annoyed my Mother), then Rose Tremain’s Trespass – like much of her output it was good at making the reader consider his/her own beliefs.

As a delicious holiday treat I read Aravind Adiga’s latest which was more like a series of short stories/character portraits, but he is so good at drawing people and their lives that it was a delight – my wish is for a good director to turn White Tiger into a film worthy of the novel.

the musical tastes of middle aged women

At the moment I am mainly listening to:

Anouar Brahem, Indigo Girls, Fairuz, Sleater-Kinney, Alela Diane, Tinariwen, Ella Fitzgerald, Blondie, The Be Good Tanyas, Joni Mitchell, Doria Roberts, Sara Marreiros, Penetration, Madeleine Peyroux, Shawn Colvin, Radio Tarifa, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Les Négresses Vertes, Nitin Sawhney, Cat Power, Amina Alaoui, Gil Scott-Heron, Stan Getz, Patti Smith, Lucinda Williams, Carmel, Estrella Morente, Kazım Koyuncu, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Rolling Stones, Souad Massi, Chris Pureka, Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin, Sarah McLachlan, Stan Getz & João Gilberto, Florence + the Machine, Beth Orton, Joan Armatrading, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cesária Évora, Ghada Shbeir, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Radio 4.
Plus a Mahler 150th Anniversary box set that I was given as a birthday present – which is a box of treasures and surprises.