Articulating the problem of getting through horrendous home office bureaucracy that has been ill-fit for purpose for many years now and that has led me to encounters including a unpleasant hectoring from Andrea Leadsom and an exchange with Theresa May before she became Prime Minister. We must stop this nonsense of parading bureaucracy as a fix-all, esp when the assurances we give in public are contradicted by the paperwork people are required to fill out and the opaque “investigations” that then take place which effectively cannot be challenged. Too much money and respect is wasted on this sort of nonsense.
What we promise, we simply need to deliver. No ifs, no buts, and no mindless pen-pushing.
Quite shocking to see the story about a tv anchor mocking Prince George for taking and enjoying ballet classes. What is more shocking perhaps is the degree of acceptance that is given to Lara Spencer’s apology. It is almost as cheap and insulting as the original joke.
Her joke is sexist, probably homophobic, certainly arrogant, bullying and insensitive. It is also at the expense of a child. But it took a day or two before she and her tv station cronies realised how crass and wrong it was. Is this a reflection of the new spirit that Trump has ushered into the US? it is deeply disappointing.
Here is a link to Prologue from Youtube
It makes harrowing watching but is simply remarkable in terms of anatomy and action as well as in the pre mastery of camera moves. The is exactly what Hitchcock’s “Rope” should have been like- a constantly wandering camera lens picking out detail and following the action. I love the way, though that Williams does two things- a) the final man standing is so absorbed in his victory that he and us do not see the last attack and b) I love the fact that all this is actually observed by a girl we never see until the end. She runs off to her grandmother-0 another figure we never see on what otherwise seems to be a flat open plain. It is entirely magical.
The other day, Mr Trump proposed buying Greenland. This is so absurd, it could be part of the plot for an old MGM Musical- imagine one of the first songs by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen!
These pages were part of a pack I was given by Richard Williams in 1972. By this point, he had already changed the film’s name from “Nasruddin!” to “The thief and the Cobbler” though it is possible that the second page was something I collected from a later visit…