Sunday, 10 May 2009

Death and Poetry

I seem to be a tad fixated with death lately. I am not sure what has sparked this unnecessary state of affairs, but I am trying to channel it into poetry. So far I have managed one called 'Murder' and one called 'The Final Farewell' and I feel another one brewing. Death is something we all have to look forward to, but why should it be such a terrible thing. Why shouldn't we all slip away peacefully? Why does the one certainty we all face, have to be surrounded with distress and fear? Who knows, but I am sure that it won't always be this way.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Lady Poet Laureate

What wonderful news, Carol Ann Duffy is our new Poet Laureate. The first lady to hold this role ever. I think that she will breathe a breath of fresh air through the poetry world and beyond. She is already promising to champion female poets and promote poetry within our schools. I have a feeling she will be an altogether more hands on Poet Laureate. This can only be a good thing, as a nation I think our interest in poetry is waning and a change like this is a good time to raise it's profile and get more people interested. We can only wait and see........

Gran Torino

We decided to go and see a film at the weekend. Andrew chose the film and the only place it was showing was the Hollywood cinema. I haven't been there for years so it was a little trip down memory lane for me. We were lucky again, for a Sunday evening it was very quiet. There were only about twenty people in Screen 2 with us as we settled down to watch Gran Torino. I did not really know what to expect as I had not seen a write up of the film he had chosen. I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The film was incredibly moving. By the end of it you could have heard a pin drop, as it had completely silenced everyone watching. Not often that happens when you are out in public. I don't often enjoy films that much, but I would give Gran Torino a five star rating. If you haven't already seen it, it is well worth going.

23rd April Andrew's Birthday

23rd April Andrew's Birthday

As you can see, to celebrate his 16th Birthday we all went out for a meal. We went out on the Monday, even though his birthday was on the Thursday, in order to make sure everyone could come. We had a lovely evening, the service was friendly and good and everyone enjoyed themselves. Andrew even managed to survive the cake being brought out to him, which he was not keen on the idea of, because he doesn't much like being the centre of attention.
Andrew chose to go to Pizza Hut, and although the food is fairly average, the evening itself was very relaxed, as they weren't busy and the staff were very friendly and attentive, so the whole experience was much better than my last two attempts to have a meal out have been. Now though I am left with the steady drumming of the Guitar World Tour Drum Kit he chose as his birthday present. I should have realised shouldn't I but I thought as they weren't real drums they wouldn't be loud. Big mistake, ah well, as long as they are happy!!