Monday, April 30, 2007

#171 Music and Movies

Lately I have been watching Withnail & I (old '60s Brit film).
Mulholland Drive, David Lynch surreal film set in Hollywood.
And listening to Bryan Ferry's Dylanesque (it's fab!)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

#170 Paella & Co

Lunch with mates before picking up Sally at the airport. The speciality at the restaurant El Era in Parcent is paella cooked on a wood burning stove. We had to drive about 20k uphill out of Denia and as you go up so the prices go down.

Our meal for five; two salads, two servings of sepia, one of abondigas, before a big paella for five, bread, wine, bottled water, fanta (? - yes), coffees all round and two deserts (one coffee cake one almond) = 59 euros. Not each - the lot! Seriously inexpensive and the reason why you have to reserve two weeks in advance to get a table.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

#169 Film Bluffing

No it's not me, it's Jacques Tati, famous French film director.

According to a survey in the Daily Telegraph Britain is a nation of "film bluffs" with many people lying about the films they have seen and their favourite titles in a bid to appear more intellectual.

As I still can't ride my bike and the weather this week in Spain has been miserable I have spent my time torrenting some old 'art house' films.

Two from Tati; Jour de Fete (in colour) and Mon Oncle. Two from Luis Bruñuel; The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Belle du Jour. A 1969 British film, Withnail & I and not quite so old, the first series of Extras.

All high scoring on the film buff's Intellectual-o-Meter, I hope.

Just saw Bruñel's Un Chien Andalou - it's a bitch!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

#168 New Cesc

I changed one of my "Fours" (I've got sixteen of them).

Each set of four has some sort of theme - except this one . . . . . . .

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

#167 Run - Bike - Run

Talking about Mat Brick (#166) I unearthed these pictures which I took at one of our duathlons, quite a few years ago.

Some interesting people standing shoulder to shoulder (L-R) - the American, Greg Watson, who was a prolific duathlon winner. The Italian, former New York Marathon winner, Orlando Pizzolato. Mat Brick (NZ) even more prolific duathlon winner. From Australia, ex Tour de France racing cyclist, Allan Peiper. Jamie Hunt from NZ was a world junior champion and controlling the start, Duncan Rolley who was a very good Olympic standard swimmer. Hidden in this picture, along with the other 900 or so entrants, is Steve Ovett who was taking his first steps in the sport of duathlon (he's just behind Orlando but thats not his hair! there is someone a row behind him with the full Barnet)

Nearing the end of the race, Allan Peiper has a conversation with the camera crew - he tells them it's the last time he does one of these stupid races, and that climbing Alp d'Huez at the end of a 160km stage is a LOT easier!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

#166 This time last year

This time last year I was in Auckland NZ eating noodles at Wagamama's before enjoying the theatre together with Mat and Tracy Brick :-)