November verse 18 &19: 29 and 30/11 Using the rhyme words from Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate, stanza 11.29 and 11.30 As 2020 nears completion, gurgling swiftly down time's drain, and leaves behind its vast accretion of damaged lives, despair, rage, pain, let's build our souls some insulation, not give way to desperation, put our faith in humankind and the power of the mind. May politicians' treachery be no more wrapped in pious sighs (no way to hide their lyin' eyes), buffoonery and lechery in office meet with decent scorn and find they are no longer borne. Greenhouse gas accumulation challenges the world's combined resourcefulness. The fermentation of bullshit would leave us resigned to dying off without compunction, but we can overcome disjunction. The clock is nearing 12 at night but tunnel's end shows flicking light: I'll join a crowd, not be a stranger, join hands, write letters, march, and then do it again, again, again. It's hard to face how real the danger, feel climate grief, but then the lust for life kicks in. In science I trust.
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- See How The Run (Tom George 2022) 29 September 2022Set in 1950s London around Agatha Christie's The Mouse Trap, this isn't as funny as it needs to be. Saoirse Ronan is marvellous and the detective's naive sidekick who saves teh day, and she saves the film.
- The Indian Detective ( Smita Bhide & Frank Spotnitz 2017) 29 September 2022A bumbling Canadian policeman visits his father in Mumbai and does a better job as a detective there than at home. Comedian Russell Peters stars as the detective.
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Bryan Singer 2018) 25 September 2022We saw this almost accidentally on NetFlix. Evidently it takes a lot of liberties with the history, but it's wonderful.
- Murder Mystery (Kyle Newacheck 2019) 24 September 2022A mildly amusing murder comedy with two comic actors who aren't very funny. But there are a couple of laughs, and the Mediterranean is beautiful. An early Netflix original.
- Wedding Season (Oliver Lyttelton 2022) 20 September 2022Not to be confused with any number of other movies and TV series with the same name, this road trip romcom series begins with an entire wedding party being poisoned, leaving the bride to take the blame. The bride was almost certainly up to something, but she persuades another young man who is in love with her to go on the run and help her prove her innocence […]
- See How The Run (Tom George 2022) 29 September 2022
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