Sensible Shoes

seen | heard | thought | done

Recently re/watched films

Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)10/10
They came to a city 6/10
Upgrade (2018)  4/10
Midnight Cowboy (1969) 9/10
First men in the moon (1964) 5/10
Gabbeh (1996) 10/10
Ministry of Fear (1944) 7/10
Get Out (2017) 9/10
Riff Raff (1991) 7/10
The Big Combo (1955) 8/10
Untamed (2016) 6/10
Molly’s Game (2017) 6/10

Playlist - Joyous

I say a little prayer – Aretha Franklin
Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
Dont stop me now – Queen
I’m a Believer – The Monkees
I’m so excited – Pointer Sisters
Downtown – Petula Clark
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
Geno – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Cape Cod – Vampire Weekend
Lido Shuffle – Boz Scaggs
1234 – Feist
Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

Recently Read

In our Mad and Furious City – Guy Gunaratne 
(6/5) – READ IT!
The Fall of the Gaslit Empire – Rod Duncan (4/5)
The Last – Hannah Jameson (3/5)
The Chalk Man – CJ Tudor (3/5)
The Secret Place – Tana French (5/5)
Tana French – Harbour (5/5)
One Day – David Nicholls (4/5)
London: A Travel Guide through Time
– Matthew Green(3/5)
Hotel World – Ali Smith (5/5)
The Return – Hisham Matar (5/5)

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Giraffes

Crab exits stage right

Crab exits stage right

M is someone I have known for most of my life. She is – by instinct – fair and level headed, but she is sometimes drawn from her instincts by watching ITV evening news. If Emmerdale followed Channel 4 news, we would have a whole different ballgame, but ITV news is the one that is watched, …

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The ‘seventies

The ‘seventies

The 'seventies - a Devon teenagehood 8 JULY, 2018 summer culture Cadbury's chocolate teddy bears, Corona Ice-Cream Soda; Harmony Hairspray: Show him your a Slimcia girl. Cheap aftershave and sickly perfume. Belted knitted jackets – Starsky; Crocheted waistcoats;...

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The will to movement

The will to movement

Travelling through the West Country on a Sunday at 5pm suddenly makes me wistful for the days when I used to hitch my way around the country.
When i was young enough for hitching to be a safe endeavor, because I had the indestructibility of youth.

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Watched…

 

The Third Murder

The Third Murder

The director of humanist, thoughtful films, the self-titled Ken Loach of Japanese cinema,  Hirokazu Kore-eda has moved on to murder in his latest The Third Murder.
His previous work has largely been centered on broken families, and taken a child’s point of view – its no accident that Arrow Academy have released a box set of 3 of his films, entitled Family Values.

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Naked Island

Naked Island

It's a film in which for most of the hour and a half running time, we watch a man and a woman walking up and down a steep narrow path, fetching and carrying buckets of water in blistering heat, and occasionally ladling the water parsimoniously onto wilting plants. We...

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Francesco Rosi

Francesco Rosi

Look at his photo.
What kind of films would you say he made?
Action films, maybe?
If i tell you his Italian?

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Another Year

Another Year

I am at the Lighthouse waiting to go and see Mike Leigh's Another Year, its hard to believe (and somewhat ironic) that I haven't been here in a year, - my last outing was to Haneke's White Ribbon. Someone asked me if "the Mike Leigh film" is an action film. I think...

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Angela Davis

I think the importance of doing activist work
is precisely because it allows you to give back
and to consider yourself not as a single individual
who may have achieved whatever
but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement.

angela davis

Maya Angelou

If you’re always trying

to be normal

you will never know how

amazing you can be

Maya Angelou

About Me….

Me

 

I am middle aged – there, Ive said it.
And since I dont want to make baskets, pottery or other crafts I have decided on a website. 
Since its mine I can write about things I think (occasionally rants), things I saw or heard that interest me, and photos I have taken that are of varying quality.
My camera feels much heavier than it used to.
I am finally out of sync with contemporary music, alt.culture language, and pop-tv – which explains my time-warp playlists.
I find myself having reactionary reflexive responses to noise and litter, and I still think the ‘seventies was a great decade

I work in the voluntary sector on disability related issues.
My desk is like a model for a chaotic war game, I tell everyone that I know exactly where everything is, but that may be a wish rather than a fact.
The window from my office to the outside world has bars on it – I dont know if that is because my colleagues and I are a precious resource, or to its keep outside safe.