Thanks so much for arranging the "drinks" meeting Sally - most enjoyable!
Lovely to see assorted UMRAts - I think we got up to 15? - and their dogs
and cats. (We were unaware of what was happening in Reading.)
Yes, it was lovely seeing everyone - catching up with those I'd met in real
life, as well as meeting several people for the first time. Well, "meeting"
as in seeing their faces while we chatted. (We don't have enough words for
these things, do we? We all met online in the days when we didn't expect to
see each other's faces or hear their voice; then some of us migrated to FB
where we usually see what others look like; and now we can talk in real time
with audio and video. And sometimes we make the effort to catch up in real
life! The word "meet" can cover all these things. We need some new verbs.) I
was particularly glad to be able to put a face to your name, jpg!
Exceptionally fine hirsuteness there!
UMRAts who haven't seen it, might enjoy "Philomena", which I've just
noticed is on again, on BBC4 in about half an hour: an unusual film, based
on a true story, starring Judi Dench (excellent of course - a _slightly_
different part from her usual, though not very) and Steve Coogan, playing a
straight part (of Martin Sixsmith the journalist), rather well too IMO.
I wasn't actually planning to watch anything on TV last night, but had to
wash the dishes so, to keep me occupied, I switched on the kitchen telly, to
find "Philomena" was on. I was gripped, and stayed sitting on the kitchen
table (It's a big solid Victorian table, very good for sitting on) until the
film was over. I'm always sad to see stories of evil nuns, because I grew
up with some very good teachers from the Sisters of Charity, as well as
having an auntie in the Sisters of Mercy. These were simply hardworking
teachers who happened to have a religious vocation. Some were lovely; some
were, in our eyes, far too strict, but none of them was evil. But I do know
that these things went on. I know people now - mainly in Ireland - who've
seen the results first hand, and it's horrible to hear about. The film was
beautifully done, so thanks for highlighting it. I probably wouldn't have
bothered watching if you hadn't recommended it.
You'll need to have this fish in your ear. (First series, fit the first.)
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