It's wet and cold, but not - as the papers insist, -15 and the coldest winter in 20 years, dunno where they get that from, according to yesterday's Daily Mail - 1 person every 7 minutes will die of cold. I really think they just make this all up after a boozy lunch.
The weather was so cold, dark and wet yesterday that it was almost impossible to get anything done. Even with about 30 mins of extra daylight - it's still pretty grim.
One thing I managed to do yesterday was finally get around to watching 'Frank' - the 2014 film based on the book by Jon Ronson about his friendship with Frank Sidebottom, the alternative musician from Timperley - more famous for his strange avant garde paper mache mask he was never seen without. The genius of the film is that although it's based on the real 'Frank' - it is totally different - like an alternative universe where things mirror but are never really the same. Great performances by Maggie Gyllenhaall, who must be the best actress of her generation and Michael Fassbender who manages to create a heartbreaking performance without taking the mask off (until the end - but not as a 'reveal' - nothing as obvious as that) It's a great film, warm and funny but quite sad and challenging at the same time - I loved it.
I was a huge fan of Frank Sidebottom - he was absolutely 'Northern' at a time when it was all eyes 'south' and his obtuse, abstract, bizarre act and tuneless singing were the perfect antidote the soulless plastic pop of the 80's and 90's. The Jon Ronson book about Frank was serialised by Radio 4 last year - read by the Author - I intended to pick up a copy at the time - I'll have a look in Waterstones' tomorrow. Talking Waterstones' - I think they have officially dropped the apostrophe now - but I'll continue the fight against punctuation dumbing down.
Chris Sievey (Frank Sidebottom)