vendredi 11 juillet 2008

Cheer up sleepy genes

That last post was a bit depressing, wasn't it? Sorry about that. I promise to be cheerful for a while....

So, what's going on? I seem to post more and more about the past and less about the quotidien these days. I don't know why, but here's a bit of the day to day for you to get your teeth into.

Last night I went to the cinema - le Grand Rex - which is always a treat.

The cinema is amazing, old style, faded grandeur, etc. The ads and trailers are shown on a small screen on the stage, which makes everyone think 'why didn't I go to the modern multiplex down the road'.

But then follows a piece of true theatre. The room goes dark (apart from the stars in the ceiling), the theme music from "2001 a space odyssey" plays (I kid you not) and the biggest screen in the western world starts to come down from the ceiling.

The screen is so big that the front few rows of people (who thought they had great seats) panic and run to the back looking for seats where they can see the whole screen.

Anyway, the film was awful. Hancock. Really dire. Not helped by the fact that it was the dubbed version (I was willing to put up with a dubbed version because a: it was on at the Rex and b: it's not like it was ever going to be a dialogue-based film).

But the awfulness of the film did not detract from the brilliance of the cinema experience. If ever you are in Paris, go see a film at the Rex. Amazing. They even have a backstage tour before each film - just arrive an hour early.

Alas, going to the movies made me late going to bed, so it's not surprising that today I woke up late. Too late really - luckily my colleagues in the UK are an hour behind me! And I have a Latin American day ahead of me.

I'm meeting a Mexican for lunch (business) and an Argentinian for dinner (pleasure). I'm taking the Mexican for Tex-Mex, hopefully he'll see the funny side. I'm not sure if Mexicans do irony?

This weekend is boxes, boxes, boxes I'm afraid. I'm determined that this weekend will see the end of the move. But I'm also hoping to get out and do a bit of holiday shopping. Especially as I'm officially on countdown - 7 days to holidays, 20 days to birthday. Hooray on both counts.

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend too.

A+

17 commentaires:

Ben a dit…

Have steak. Argentinians love steak.

alan a dit…

I'm meeting a Mexican for lunch (business) and an Argentinian for dinner (pleasure). I'm taking the Mexican for Tex-Mex, hopefully he'll see the funny side. I'm not sure if Mexicans do irony?

hehehe. Hilarity in two sentences. Love it.

tornwordo a dit…

A+ I bet most don't get that one. I'm sorry I missed the Paris movie-going experience.

Daryl a dit…

I am sure Mexican's do irony .. after all they smother chiken in chocolate ...

When I was a kid growing up in the Bronx, there was a movie house called The Loew's Paradise ... it had this huge curving staircase to the 'balony' area carpeted in plush red ... gold leaf everywhere ... and inside the theatre which was just as elegant the ceiling was covered in stars .. twinkling stars ... and faux Michelangelo-esque paintings and statuary ...

I hear that its been divided into Cineplexes ..

So sad

:-Daryl

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Ben, I'm hoping to have Argentinian (tee hee).....but steak will do.

Hey Alan, the Mexican hated the tex mex. Called it 'American food', which I guess it is. ho hum.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Torny, the Rex is great - next time, eh? A+ is the sign off du jour here. I'm being very trendy by using it, dontyouknow.

Daryl, this cinema also has the statuary and fake italianate rooftops looking up at the stars....and gold leaf and red velvet in abundance.

I'm sorry yours got divided up - where's the heritage people when you need em?

aims a dit…

Okay Sweetie. Let me in on it. What does A+ mean?

I could have told you he would hate Tex Mex. That's as bad as taking him to Taco Bell!

I was in a theater like that in Mexico City. It was marvelous. All dubbed - hard to hear - and everyone brought their supper and children and had a picnic in the seats - while right in front of them someone was getting it on.

I don't even remember what the movie was as I was too taken up with what was going on throughout the audience (and not just the people having sex)

Oh wait! It was a movie with Gary Busey in it and they did some thing where they learned how to sky dive - but they just hovered over something that blew up air from underneath them....hmmmm - can't remember the name....

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Aims, sometimes your wandering, rambling comments make me giggle.....I love the way you type as you think. The movie sounded like a treat!

A+ is shorthand for 'a plus' which is french for 'see you later'.

It's easy when you know how ;-)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

And Aims, Taco Bell is one of my guilty pleasures whenever I visit the states.

I know it's nasty. But that's never stopped me from liking something!

Swearing Mother a dit…

Good weekend to you too Travelling.

A+, or, as my kids used to say, "laters geeze".

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Thanks Sweary.

I know I'm not supposed to say this (because it puts pressure on you and all that) but I miss your blog....lots.

Oh, and I'm in Birmingham for the whole of August you know....

Breezy a dit…

I like the idea of a Latin America themed day, very cosmopolitan and so well organised. Perhaps you could have antipodian days and far eastern days too. Around the world in eighty dates maybe?

travelling, but not in love a dit…

breezy, around the world in 80 dates? - sounds like my life!

Medbh a dit…

Why not take the Mexican for some French cuisine?

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Medbh, I know. Sounds logical. But he's lived in Paris for like ten years or something. And the tex-mex is a local landmark and everyone knows where it is.

Ho hum. There's definitely a TBNIL logic in there. somewhere...

amy a dit…

oh the Rex, it is fantastic. I saw some Mel Gibson monstrosity there - didn't matter how awful the movie was.

Why did you have to mention Taco Bell? I just remembered what's missing from my life (7 layer burrito)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Amy, 7 layer burrito....stop that dirty talk now young lady...! I want one, I want one.