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March 31st, 2008
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That was a lovely weekend. Friday night I hit the town with Noga, to go and look young at the Vaundaville and blag last minute tickets to The Importance of Being Earnest (which I am embarressed to admit I had never seen before). The production was interesting... everyone was stilted and forced and larger than life, but in a very intentional, professional and controlled way. It seemed very self aware that it was Very Famous Light Entertainment, every line loaded with wit and meaning, but then it _is_ very famous light entertainment. It did however, leave me wanting to slap all the characters, especially the girls, for large chunks of the play. The only person who didn't seem to suffer from this was Penelope Keith. This left me wondering if it was because she was so famous the director couldn't tell her what to do. Anyway, it was a great evening out with fabulous company.

Saturday was an ALES rehersal (how I love my ALES friends, how I don't have a clue why they put up with my disorganisation and angst) followed by juggzy's housewarming party in Wocester. She really does have the most fabulous house, all cats and cellars and attics and beautiful women. A most pleasent party.

On Sunday I had a blissful sunny (middle aged) Coventry day. It was wonderful. We went to mass, and did DIY, and bought Herbs! and lazed around in the bath, and watched Buffy, and had Maya maya fish in a ginger, lime and chilli maranade. Yay for weekends!

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From:emperor
Date:March 31st, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
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YM Mahi mahi :)
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From:angoel
Date:March 31st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
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Do you not consider readthroughing something as 'seeing' it, then. Or haven't you done that either?
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Haven't done that either. Well, I did a readthrough of it in a punt in mayweek of my first year, but had to leave a third of the way through to go to a CULES rehersal. Waiting 7 years to find out the ending of a play is rather annoying, although as the text is freely available on the internet we can put that down to lack of tuits rather than lack of play.

We did Wilde at Sam's leaving do, but we did Lady Windermere's Fan and (half of) An Ideal Husband (IIRC) What is it with me and unfinished Wilde plays?
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
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How can it be that you have not yet seen all of Buffy? (or are you watching it all again?)
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Err, I only really started watching Buffy when I met the Bardcampers, and they did an Angel season 5 readthrough. There's an awful lot of Buffy. We're up to Buffy 5 / Angel 2 at the moment.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
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There isn't enough Buffy! (well, there isn't enough Willow...)
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Willow is not as hot as Buffy. But every time I make a poll to prove this I lose. Proving you can't trust LJ polls.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
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*speechless*
From:neonchameleon
Date:March 31st, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Willow is not as hot as Buffy.

O... K...

(And IMO Buffy ends at the end of Season 5, although Once More With Feeling is absolutely brilliant in S6 but you need to watch the first half dozen episodes of S6 to understand OMWF).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 1st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
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Buffy, the Vampire Slayer should have ended with the Sarah McLachlan over the bus ride at the end of series two. It was all downhill after that.

S.
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From:juggzy
Date:April 1st, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah. I am a real Season Six fan. Season Seven was rubbish, though.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 31st, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I've struggled to think of anything else since you said that as it seems So Very Dead Wrong.

Consider this comment to be me stating in the strongest terms I know of that Willow is hotter than Buffy.
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From:emperor
Date:April 1st, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
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Gosh, we agree on something :-)

[I have seen all of Buffy and Angel, owing to spending more evenings in front of the DVD player]
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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I think there's something about home improvements and gardening that is very middle aged by definition, because in your early age you don't own a home to improve, and when you are old you are already nested and confortable :-)
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Would you feel the same if I'd said "I went out and did some shopping and then had a long bath and then met up with Annabelle for a bitch and to drink a lot of archers and lemonade - what a lovely girly weekend"?
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From:midnightmelody
Date:March 31st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
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That's really interesting! I've always had the opposite bias towards 'middle-aged', ie taking/meaning it as a compliment equivalent to 'civilised' or 'genteel', or anything more sensible than stereotypical teen/twenties activities. The stereotype in my head is that middle-aged people get to read books, immerse themselves in high culture, and have intelligent dinner parties. On the other hand, this may have been my way of owning what was probably meant as an insult in my teenage years.
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From:robert_jones
Date:April 5th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
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When do you see middle age as arriving? I tend to think it starts at 50, and only then if you let it

Ooh no. I mean it's middle aged, isn't it? The time between being young and being old. How could you possibly claim to be young at the age of 45? It's an abuse of language. I also think this "only if you let it" thing is a bit daft. Being old isn't anything to be ashamed of (if anything, it's something to be proud of), but it certainly does happen to all of us whether we like it or not. Pretending that it doesn't is futile.

(I seem to be disagreeing with you all over LJ this evening. I hope you don't mind. Love and kisses to you.)
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 31st, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
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> which I am embarressed to admit I had never seen before

FWIW I think it's a lot better if you see it randomly (when ime it's very funny) than if someone tells you "Wilde is the funniest thing ever!" in which case anything would be a big let down...

> It did however, leave me wanting to slap all the characters, especially the girls,

Hm, I wonder if that was the portrayal or just the play. I didn't, but then I saw it when I was teenage and falling asleep. I mean, obviously, they're all stupid, but somehow it managed to make me feel it was natural.
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From:livredor
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Wait, you know Noga?! *small word shock* I mean, it's fairly unlikely that there are two people called Noga who do light entertainment stuff. Ee! I should totally talk to her, actually, I haven't for ages.
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From:atreic
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Noga and I are Oxbridge twins - I am the evil CULES twin and Noga is the good OULES twin. Also she lets me sleep in her spare room about once a week. :-)

Wait, you know Noga? How do you know Noga? *small world shock*
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From:livredor
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Noga is Oxford, same age as me, Jewish. We were both notably the only two people under 50 in a particular (somewhat eccentric) section of the Jewish community at one point, we couldn't not meet. This conversation is making me feel like I must have met you and not realized it; surely we must have overlapped at one of Noga's parties?
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From:midnightmelody
Date:March 31st, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
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I know Noga too, vaguely. She used to do Access/admissions things when I was an undergrad. :)
From:androidkiller
Date:April 1st, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Nah, you're both the evil ones, I'm the good one :P
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From:juggzy
Date:April 1st, 2008 04:21 pm (UTC)
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Blimey, Sally, had I not friended you already? I am *really* sorry and will rectify that immediately.

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