Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Low Tide00:11 (1.00m)
High Tide06:36 (2.40m)
Low Tide12:57 (0.80m)
High Tide19:29 (2.30m)
Sea temperature: 6.9
Sea conditions: the kind that would be lovely in the summer 
Weather: mild, 9.5 but damp and so very dark this morning
Joined by: The Poet
Topics of conversation:
Gloves - for some reason The Poet didn't have his with him and it became apparent, very quickly, that even though the sea is still warm (as it was this time last year) gloves make a significant difference. He wasn't in for long.
Zero Dark Thirty - DK and family had watched it last night and his son had texted me to say how much he'd loved it and DK seemed to agree, although having spoken to Legs later in the day she felt there was an element of history missing from the character played by Jessica Chastain (one of my favourite actresses of the moment, ever since I saw her in Coriolanus). 
There was much debate about the film being based on a true story and the link to Homeland and the Israeli original, Prisoners of War. It's certainly been hitting the headlines, not just because it's winning awards left, right and centre but because of the controversy over the depiction of torture and even investigations by the senate into the sources used to help make the film authentic. Director Kathryn Bigelow answered criticism by saying: "I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement, and if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices; no author could ever write about them; and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time,"  The down side of the film being gripping and 2hrs 45mins was that DK hadn't had a very early night.
In stark contrast the poet had been to see Life of Pi, which he'd loved. 
 It's not my scene, but there is no doubt that Ang Lee has thrown everything at it and the website. My Film Club Partner and I have become so accustomed to seeing it trailed at our local cinema that we both close our eyes when it comes on, she and I are not good at having our hearts wrung by stories of innocent or captive animals dying.

Talking of hearts, mine had a lead weight on it this morning having finished my latest book last night, Independent People by Halldor Laxness. It's such dark tale that I've had to have an upstairs book and a downstairs book on the go and the Independent People are left downstairs so that they don't enter my dreams, I have the gentle tale of The Summer Book by my bedside. 
Having said that I had had great news too - my 3 days a week student had her interview at Kingston College yesterday and has been offered a place on her chosen course of Music Technology. We are all delighted for her as she is very talented and the course should provided her with what she needs to take herself to the next level. Now we just have to make sure she passes her exams - and I just heard the the 'June' exams she's now been registered for take place at the start of May... bugger.

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