Discussing A Fantastic Woman

A discussion group at the Broadway to celebrate the Oscar win of “A Fantastic Woman” and discuss trans issues raised by the movie and in Nottingham now.
Hearing stuff I was unaware of.
One remark struck me in particular – (something like) – ‘I don’t know whether I want to start taking hormones, and then have surgery; I just know I’m happier when I’m trans.”
Other references to people in Nottingham being trolled, and stories of violence against trans people (particularly in Brazil).


I, Tonya

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Mainly unpleasant people, in an extraordinary story,  yet most striking is the domestic violence, and dysfunctional family life – almost melted away in the moment when Tonya first approaches a trainer at the age of 3 on the ice to be coached.
The movie
essentially says Tonya Harding was wronged throughout her young life and career, and at the end re-emphasises how Tonya was a skating great, but does not take much opportunity to show that Nancy Kerrigan was a victim.
But it is a very good movie. Go see.

Written from the viewpoint of many “I”s, the themes are much richer than “the incident” that made Tonya Harding notorious.  A “red neck” – notice how we don’t talk about “chavs” any more – whose athleticism broke barriers in figure ice skating, but struggled more on the artistic / grace side of the sport (contended by the movie to be in part class and social prejudice).
Some of the other “I”s decide to send the same death threats Tonya has received to rival Nancy Kerrigan / break her knee with a baton.
In negating Tonya’s responsibility, you can almost miss Tonya’s condemnation of Nancy being unhappy with only winning silver, when no doubt an interruption to the preparation for the Olympics could indeed have cost her the gold.

City Centre snow scenes

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Looking forward to March 2018

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Bridge ward monthly report 77

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Main focus has been making representations over development planned in the ward, most particular the Broadmarsh bus station & car park and the new college buildings for Narrowmarsh.  Made a special effort to stress the importance of bus services.

Area 8 committee rehearsed the sheer scale of developments now looking to come to Bridge ward, the section 156 works being considered for parks (reflected in an overall parks development statement), and heard the proposal for RINGGO to manage the car parks at Bridgeway shopping centre.   A further step change in managing parking in The Meadows is still planned for July, and aspects of this were rehearsed bat the Meadows Muslim Centre AGM.

New officers elected at the NeMTRA AGM, which was also addressed by Lilian Greenwood MP.

New NCH houses and bungalows were made available, although the ward walk saw quite a bit of tidying up still to do.

New building along Arkwright Walk is on-going, if late, and piling at Blackstone Walk is about to begin.

Nice to see the Watson Fothergill offices repaired.

Tragedy in the USA with a white supremacist killing teenagers in another mass shooting, made worse by clichéd prayers and glib remarks of the ability to kill with a pencil.   Perhaps the new youth protest movement can be the difference.

The Olympics lifted the spirit a bit.      Light Night entertained and new projects from local groups included Nottingham City Centre WI at Barker’s Gate and The Meadows Art Gallery celebrating Queen Victoria; The Council House was lit in purple to celebrate Rotary International’s fundraising to eliminate polio.

The season for the best movies of course (The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread), but theatre was at the fore this month for the Lace Market Theatre’s “Flare Path” and Nottingham Playhouse’s “Wonderland”.






Lady Bird

Lots of interesting things going on in this movie that make it an entertaining watch and about more than just the main theme of “coming of age”.
Noticeable that whilst unfortunate things happen, the story is not particularly cruel (or melodramatic), save perhaps to the mother character on a couple of occassions and to the Catholic church (who might not agree regarding the portrayal of life at a key stage 5 Catholic college (was it a high school?), especially the abortion class).
The first boyfriend who was always gay is forgiven; wanting to go to the prom after all is calmly accepted by her latest alternative friends.
Unreal cos it’s a collection  of “greatest” events from teenage girls lives, it’s still good entertainment and worthwhile.  (Perhaps makes you wonder why these rites of passage were so matter of fact in our own lives).
Like “Call Me by Your Name“, it’s also unreal cos the teenagers are remarkably mature in a way that defies “coming of age”.

Once saw a documentary by James May on BBC tv that said we go through a phase as teenagers whereby the way we think completely changes and hence the sometimes confusing behaviour.  Others have enlightened this phase with characters such as Kevin the teenager from the Harry and Paul tv series.
So if I’m grateful for “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”, it’s because what we got in the seventies was “S.W.A.L.K.“, for which me and my mate were nowhere near ready.


Call Me by Your Name

A full screening room for a special showing of a film (which had a limited release n October), with a gay rights stall at the entrance and a round of applause at the end.
Worthy and worthwhile, with great acting and strong evocations of Italian summer, 1983 and of gay men moving on to get married.
Notable that in a story of relationships and feelings, there was hardly any exhibition of cruelty; not like you see in Britsh soap opera.
Unreal for the maturity in the teenagers beyond my experience, or rather beyond me as a teenager.  As was the love of poems.
Instead, I was hooked on Psychadelic Furs (saw them in 1982) and the departure of a diesel-hauled long train set with slam-shut doors.