All the snow is gone thank fuck. Big Jimmy, my old car, wasn’t coping very well in it. I even managed to dent the front when I drove over a stack of ice in the dark. I used to love the snow when I was wee, and it does improve the appearance of the place, but that ain’t worth having to dig your way out the driveway everyday.
It seems like it’s been 2011 for a lot longer than 24 days. I’ve been splitting my time between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I drove to Edinburgh at the weekend for the first time this year. Trudy, my SatNav, decided to freeze on the way back, leaving me lost. My sense of direction is somewhat poor at the best of times so I ended taking a wrong turn somewhere and was lost. Luckily, I eventually got her working again. I doubt I’d have found my way home if I didn’t.
The three best things I’ve discovered, so far, are:
Freaks – an old film from 1932. I thought it would be shite, but it was brilliant and now one of my favourite films. It’s about these characters in a circus, mainly following a midget called Hans who falls in love with Cleopatra, a trapeze artist. Poor wee Hans.
Stroszek – a German film from 1977. Stroszek follows Bruno, an alcoholic, as he heads for America, hoping to leave his miserable life in Germany behind him and become rich. It’s a very strange film, and for some reason reminds me of an American film called Gumbo. It’s nothing like it, but has a similar atmosphere throughout. Stroszek drags a wee bit, but it’s still an excellent film. Bruno’s old neighbour and the pimps in Berlin are brilliant characters.
Lumines Block challenge – this is a Tetris rip-off game I have on my mobile. I decided to play it on the train coming back to Glasgow on the 4th of this month. I’m addicted even though it’s not that entertaining. I’ve been playing it in my sleep most nights this month. It always hooks me in for one more quick game, and three hours later I’ll still be playing.