So… after a dinner of chicken with rice pilaf and a mushroom sauce with a little roll and a zucchini salad in a vinaigrette with a little berry loaf thing… along with a gin and tonic… quite nice so far.
When checking in at the airport 4½ hours ago — though it seems far longer ago — the record for the tickets came up with a flag for the nice lady to contact the security people due to me… being passenger #200 or something… who knows… anyway, she called and was put on hold for an incredible length of time that seemed to drive her more insane than it did me. Apparently it’s common for the flag to show up but not to be on hold for more than about 90 seconds. She wanted to get going to make a show she was seeing at Gateway Theatre tonight.
What with me not doing anything other than being patient and not once complaining (what was the point?), suddenly I’m sat not in the middle seat which was scheduled but on the starboard window seat, right behind the bulkhead dividing us from 1st /Business Class. Quite nice, really.
Up until a few minutes ago, the movie was Kung Fu Panda, with the impossibly flexible hero’s voice provided by the over-rated Jack Black. Vancouver actor Peter New is twice as talented and even writes his own material. Mr. Black, however, doesn’t. Bleah.
I believe the other movie on call is Pirates of the Caribbean III, a film I saw on the flight returning from the UK last year, and with which I was generally under-whelmed. Thankfully this beast has all of the First Series of Blake’s 7, the apparently brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth which I’m finally getting around to see, and Doctor Who; the Movie. Yes, it’s an anorak orgy, people!
And now, perhaps some sleep, as it’s 15 past midnight.
LATER: actually, it ended up being Doctor Who: The Movie, which was over-played by most of the cast, with a few exceptions of decent work from the 8th Doctor (who ought to haver been edited a bit tighter) and the other four principles, especially the young guy who discoveres the 7th Doctor and then aides the 8th one in his quest. Good minor players were few and far between, with the exception of Catherine Lough (Haggquist) as a nurse who was realist and well fleshed out. Her character was; not… never mind.
Table of contents for the series “UK-tober-Fest”
- What I’m Doing in a Fortnight’s Time
- One Final Sleep in Our Bed
- Friday, October 10th, 20:15 ~ YVR… still…
- Friday, October 10th, 23:50 ~ somewhere over the NWT probably…
- Saturday, October 11th ~ Arrival & Warwick (Day I)
- Sunday, October 12th ~ Warwick (Day II, part i)
- Sunday, October 12th ~ Warwick (Day II, part ii)
- Monday, October 13th ~ Warwick (Day III)
- Tuesday, October 14th ~ Warwick (Day IV) to London (Day I)
- Wednesday, October 15th ~ Canadian Election Results [an Aside to London (Day II)]
- Wednesday, October 15th ~ London (Day II)
- Thursday, October 16th ~ London (Day III)
- Friday October 17th ~ London (Day IV)
- Saturday October 18th — London (Day V)
- Sunday October 19th — London (Day VI)
- Monday October 20th — London (Day VII, part i)
- Monday October 20th — London (Day VII, part ii)
- Monday October 20th — London (Day VII, part iii)
- Tuesday October 21st — London (Day VIII)
- Wednesday October 22nd — London (Day IX)
- Thursday October 23rd — London (Day X)
- Friday October 24th — London to Vancouver (Day XI-XII)