Vita and Virginia

Went cos I thought I ought to know more about Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, writers and part of Britain’s radical and feminist history.
Knew the film had lukewarm reviews, but thought it was important to go.
The movie covers the period of their love affair, and the writing of a resultant novel called “Orlando“.
Radical maybe, but also posh (terribly so), and dealing with literature at a level I don’t know about, so yeah, I’m lukewarm about the film too.
But no regrets about going. Too long for some, but there’s a lot to cover.
And beyond the story and the themes covered, great sets, fashion, locations and motor cars. Wiki. Guardian.


Nottingham Carnival 2019

Again, great colour and the simple pleasure of watching the dancing.
Bumped into some animal lovers too.
Fuller res. photos available.

Previous years – 2018 – 2017 prep, parade, spectators and birds – 2016 day 1 & day 220152014 – 2013 Merlita, tall pictures, wider pictures


Booksmart is so unreal. Where do they get all these 18 year olds with huge talent and very developed personas? Like Mean Girls, they all show capability for meanness, but unlike Mean Girls they all have a chance to shine. And the valedictory speech is human. Some great comedy – and in particular, the animation piece – feminists punished by becoming Barbie dolls. I laughed even though I don’t care about the teen melodramas and I don’t get school graduation ceremonies. Go see. Wiki. Guardian review.


All the reviews I’ve found, treat this movie as a dull version of Bollywood. And the main premises – male seeks female cos of family pressure & cultural expectations, female suffers cos of family pressure & cultural expectations and the relationship seems too unlikely – suggests it is.
Yet this film has a riposte for each of the cliches, including a grandmother who doesn’t believe her own propaganda and the story has mature & responsible answers to the dilemmas posed, including the student just saying no when a teacher hits upon her. No dance scenes or shiny sets – instead the locations are “Thunderbirds dirty”. Universally judged as too slow, Mumbai is a city sustains the interest and the poverty is given form that educates. The final scene puts the sword to the cliches of Bollywood films – that you don’t need to see it to know how the story will pan out.
The film is not Bollywood, but contra-Bollywood. (Or am I wrong?)
Time for an equivalent Hollywood movie that does the same to superhero movies; and an equivalent reality check for British soaps. Go see and be prepared to drift through the slow story. Wiki. Guardian review.

Riverside Festival 2019

The Festival continues to be popular with perhaps 160,000 and more visitors over the 3 days.
Fireworks remain very popular.
There was a stabbing on Friday night – best understanding is that this was between 2 people who know each other and not a random event.
Forest being drawn at home on the Saturday evening may have been a mixed blessing; some Forest fans park vehicles worth £30,000 in Meadows streets to avoid using a managed car park to save £7.

Meanwhile, the paddling pool re-opened on the Saturday.
One of the two pumps had failed, and the remaining pump could not carry the load. We’d been hoping to replace the pumps, in use since the fifties, as part of a major renewal of the site, in a few years time. But the pumps didn’t make it. We know how people enjoy the paddling, and that it’s the last such provision in the city, so we intend to keep paddling.

Bandstand is back in proper use

The bandstand on Victoria Embankment is back in its original 1920’s livery.
The stage is in use again, although the 2 productions I saw needed audience interaction.
Hoping to use the bandstand in use for more than 1 day at the next Riverside Festival.
Tragic that 3 fires in less than a year hit the ward in less than 12 months; all incidents associated with the chaos of people living rough lives.