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It Came From the Back of the Wardrobe [Jul. 12th, 2016|10:29 pm]
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We had a very good weekend. The Bears were visiting, and we did many interesting things:
  • On Friday afternoon, durham_rambler and GirlBear and I went to Woodhorn Colliery museum, while BoyBear worked on his t'ai chi with a friend.

  • Saturday was the day of the Durham Miners' Gala. It rained. Fortunately, we had time to see much of the procession and to hear many of the bands before the rain set in for good. If the sun had been shining I'd have been happy to sit on the grass and wait to hear the speakers, but as it was we left before they even started. We walked home via Palace Green, and saw the banners waiting outside the cathedral, which I haven't done before.

  • On Sunday afternoon, there was music at Old Durham Gardens. We listened to a consort of (three) viols playing rather hesitantly, then avoided the Scratch Choir and wandered around the gardens instead. They seem to have planted lots of old roses since I was last there.

  • And in the evening, we deposited the Bears at a Sacred Harp House Sing, and went to see Gail, who showed us Dracula's Daughter, a curious 1936 movie, which starts very carefully at exactly the point where Stoker's novel ends, and then veers off into comedy cockney policemen (in Whitby), a Hungarian countess with hypnotic powers and a love interest called Janet who seemed to have strayed in from a screwball comedy being shot in an adjacent studio.

I have plenty more to say about any of these things, and I took pictures, too. But our builder has interpreted We will get our bedroom ready for you to start work in there on Monday 18th as Book the decorators to start on Monday 18th, and we will give you access far enough in advance to remove the fitted wardrobe, make good and allow the plaster to dry. So instead of having all this week to clear the room in an orderly fashion, we have been desperately trying to clear enough space around the wardrobe for the builder to start work on it first thing tomorrow.

Which means, I suppose, that we'll need to be up early, and that it's time for bed now. Have some old roses:

Old roses

[User Picture]From: sovay
2016-07-12 11:24 pm (UTC)
I have plenty more to say about any of these things, and I took pictures, too.

I certainly want to hear more about Dracula's Daughter. But in the meantime, thank you for the roses.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2016-07-14 07:50 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!

And I'd love to hear what you would make of Dracula's Daughter: I so enjoy your explications of movies, and I wonder whether you would explicate some sort of emotional truth out of its non sequiturs. Gloria Holden, as the Hungarian countess who is Dracula's daughter (without explanation, but after all, why not?) reminded me of Maria Casarès as Death in Cocteau's Orphée (but that's later, of course). Paul Kruger is the psychiatrist who she hopes will release her from the inherited compulsion to vampirism, and who Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) believes is the only person capable of defending him against the charge of murdering Dracula (why?). IMDB describes him as, among other things, a "matinee idol", which explains why he is so relentlessly pursued by his 'assistant' Janet (Marguerite Churchill, very glamorous at all times) - I found him unattractive and irritating, and didn't understand why both women are so keen on him. When off-duty he hangs out with society types who surely belong to that screwball comedy -

- and so on.
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From: kirix82
2016-07-14 09:02 pm (UTC)
the roses is nice
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