It was raining today. It was raining so much I didn't bother going to work - I had everything I needed here so I just got on with it. It's much colder as well. The dogs like me being at home, it's comfortable, and I drink a lot of tea.
Managed to get quite a lot done - the day seems much longer - but working at home isn't ideal - I get into bad habits, like starting late and working into the night. back in the studio tomorrow.
There was a moment when I thought I'd managed to break both of my laptops. false alarm - but my blood ran cold.
Being at home - I'm here to hear the phone ring. The line is only for the broadband - I never accept calls and nobody has this number, but it still rings between 3 and 5 times a day - all sales calls, all robots. Today it rang 6 times. I have already registered with a couple of call bar/filtering services - I shouldn't be getting hassled like this.
I did some accounting - by sheer force of will I paid my mortgage and a couple of small bills - and satisfied myself that the only outstanding bills I had were the Inland Revenue ( lets not talk about that ) and repair and maintenance costs on the house, I've even managed to insure the house for another year - and then I suddenly realised I'd not been paying my Council tax bill - I have money coming in later in the month and towards xmas - but unless something substantial happens before January - I'm going to be in more trouble than usual. If you are reading this, and you have a salary, with all your tax and deductions paid, and possibly even expenses and a pension, count your lucky stars.
Watched a film last night with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo called 'Blindness' - very similar to an Eva Green film called 'Perfect Sense' - essentially - people are struck down with an infection that strikes them inexplicably blind, and society collapses. Julianne Moore remains sighted, but pretends to be blind to stay with her husband, who is institutionalised at the start of the crisis. It's flawed, but interesting - and rather than any traditional cinematic narrative, like 'Perfect Sense' - it's very metaphysical and wanders into the realms of belief etc. I really enjoyed it - quite challenging, I don't normally enjoy reading fiction but I imagine it's probably a good read. It's on Youtube, if anyone is interested.
A few weeks ago I watched The Damned by Visconti - starring Shirley Anne Field and Oliver Reid - astonishing (but, again, flawed) film that starts of as 'Clockwork Orange' and ends up as a cross between 'The Midwich Cuckoos' and 'Threads' - it has a character playing an artist (The sublime Viveca Lindfors) - all the works are supplied by
Here is the poster - it's a little bit lurid, the film itself is Black and White and shot beautifully.
I'm finding that University Challenge is losing it's shine. I think it's Paxman.