Happy Anniversary, your Maj! Or, alternatively, a good excuse for a long weekend off and a pint of Old Frottingham’s Frankly Peculiar…
Readers from outside this United Kingdom might be bemused to learn that the whole country’s going to be incommunicado for the next few days. Offices are going to close, shops will shut early and the weather will do it’s level best to comply and be dreadful.
It’s a bank holiday, don’t you know, which is fortuitous as it gives the desk-dwellers amongst us a nice day or two off. On top of that, we’re getting an extra day off to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – it’s been 60 years since she ascended to the throne and decided to have just the one facial expression.
Gurning, it’s a real thing – Wiki it.
I kid, I kid – there are possibly two, now. It’s a whole progress thing.
People far more devoted to the idea of monarchy than I am are just bursting to share ideas on what to do during the long weekend – the BBC has a downloadable PDF here which will help the undecided to find activities relevant to their interests.
The only reigning matriarch that I can get excited about…
As for yours truly, I shall be doing my best to stay clear of the hostilities and spending the best part of Friday enjoying Ridley Scott‘s latest foray into galactic terror – there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than jumping out of your seat as xenomorphic miscreants fly at you in 3D.
Yep, that looks a bit familiar…
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw has had his say. And various French critics – via the shimmering space voodoo of Google Translate – have spoken forth, too.
The initial word on Ridley Scott‘s quasi-return to the “Alien” universe, “Prometheus”, seems to be distinctly divergent, varying between mixed acceptance, exultant delight and grumpy disillusion. Which is as it should be, surely? I find myself never quite trusting films which arrive with uniform critical assent – no film can possibly appeal to all people, so why should we expect to see reviews which follow the same tone and cite identical positive factors and then expect those views to offer us an accurate picture of what we’re going to see?
Can a sci-fi hater treat this film fairly? Should we listen to the views of paid-up members of the Ridley Scott fan club (I think I’m still entertainments secretary of that happy group)? Or should we just be happy with the fact that Scott’s back in the SF zone and resolutely doing his own thing?
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