I laughed my socks off! First thing, I got this message from Carol, “Sterling K. Brown. The master of the single tear down cheek.” Haha. He’s the guy from,‘This is us,’ and Carol and I LOVE it. It’s true too, this actor can produce grape sized tears at the drop of a hat. It’s all so bloody cheesy and American, but we end up snivelling too, haha. We will soon need to get a therapist (even dogs in America have therapy), only eat egg whites in our omelettes, say ‘erbs instead of herbs and get PTSD. I remember when I first met Carol; she came for singing lessons many years ago and I instantly liked her. She’s a trusted friend and a real team player, never gossips, swears just enough, works hard, is kind hearted, great at stringing up bunting, is equally happy at the opera or in the pub, rarely grumbles, is a spiffing speller AND she will wear a beard when required. A perfect human! If I was computer dating (which I’m not – I am waiting for the correct time to get a rescue dog), I would say that these are the qualities I would need in a man, although of course, he could grow his own beard. I’ve really enjoyed this weeks Zoom sessions although not sure if the choir have, haha. What’s lovely is seeing familiar faces, saying hello, smiling – oh I miss a good laugh and smile! We need some jolly times and our mates around us now, more than ever. I’ve been revisiting ‘somewhere only we know’ by Keane. We recorded this many, many years ago with the choir. I think we should do it again. I’m also fiddling with Tom Odell’s, ‘can’t pretend’ in between doing the very long score for the La La Land medley.
I am always full of grand ideas about reading books – but honestly, I couldn’t get through a book unless I was on holiday and had absolutely nothing else to do. I do try, but I read a few lines and then my mind has wandered off somewhere entirely different. I love selecting a good film or documentary instead. Lockdown watches are surprisingly cultured this week: ‘Maria, by Callas’ (BBC iPlayer), is very good. It’s entirely her own words. Unseen footage and interviews. She’s so much more, err…human than I had expected. Very warm, open and honest. An amazing talent and a gentle soul. Another great film, about another great talent – The White Crow, tells the story of Rudolf Nureyev’s early years. It was a good watch and the actor/dancer playing Nureyev did a fantastic job, BUT for me, the scenes where he was dancing were so mediocre (but who could play Nureyev convincingly?), that it was a bit of a let down – I wished somehow they had merged real footage of Nureyev dancing (with the lookalike), as he was breathtaking. The Great (Channel 4), is an odd series, very near the mark and a bit too juvenile even for me. It gets slightly better (although Nicholas Hoult’s acting doesn’t) but I gave up despite the gorgeous sets and lavish costumes.
Amazing! The U.K. have vaccinated 3.6 million in such a short time. I don’t hear the keyboard warriors celebrating, although they have gone a little quieter, haha. I’m sure they are busy pushing their grandmas to the front of the queue for her jab. Today, I rolled my eyes, as I read some FB comments about ‘scaremongering’ after news about temporary mortuaries in the U.K. That’s just a simple fact, as we approach 90,000 deaths from Covid. They rant that government figures for Covid deaths include those that died of other things, while being Covid + and frankly, why does this matter? How many deaths would they feel happy to be reported? If someone with a bad heart/lungs/cancer etc., gets Covid, it WILL contribute to their death anyway. If they die with a broken arm and Covid, then I expect the latter was the cause of death. Simple. However grotty it is being stuck at home, we really have to stay put if we want to stay safe. The Government have introduced new, tougher penalties for those not sticking to the rules.