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My horoscope said I needed to get myself some nice new clothes this week, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find any wandering up and down the high street. I did spot a pair of purple Allstars that I'm going to get this spring, and I have a sneaking suspicion that orange and applegreen are going to be next season's black, but I didn't see anything that could persuade me to part with my money now.

I did bump into my nephew, though. He was with a girl and although I tried to sneak away unnoticed, I didn't succeed. He surprised me by catching me in a bear hug and telling me all about this movie they'd just seen the sneak preview of (it sounded like the kind of Hollywood dross that appeals to teenagers his age all over the world, like Dude, Where's My Car?), but failed to introduce the girl so I guess she's not important. God, they grow up so fast, don't they? My Mick, 15 years old -- seems like only yesterday I was twice his height; now he's half a head taller than me, and I swear there's some definite fuzz on his upper lip!

Time goes by so quickly...the other day, I happened to channel-hop across Milos Forman's 1984 film Amadeus (incidentally, one of my favourites) and I couldn't believe it had been 20 years since I first saw it. It turned my then boyfriend into a complete Mozart fan, and within a month he'd built up a sizeable collection of opera and symphony CDs, much to my satisfaction as it meant he stopped listening to Supertramp, which had been his favourite band until he saw the light and found Mozart. BTW, I'd found Mozart years before, but of course he'd never wanted to listen to anything I liked before.

Anyway, after watching the latter part of the film again, I came to two realisations:

1) whatever happened to Tom Hulce? After Amadeus I saw him in another film in which he played cartoonist on the run from people he'd pissed off somehow, and in yet another in which he was a binman (I think), but after that? Not a clue.
2) I really, really want to have and am going to purchase a DVD-player this year.

Of course, I would decide to switch to DVD the moment I've finally completed my Buffy the Vampire Slayer-video collection...But never mind. As soon as I have my DVD-player, I'm going to get all the recent films I love, like LotR, Gladiator, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and even Pirates of the Caribbean, and the older ones like Amadeus, and I'll never venture out of doors on a wet and windy Saturday again!

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hesadevil
Feb. 7th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
God, they grow up so fast, don't they
They certainly do! Mine (daughter) was already taller than me when she was 11. (not too difficult really, I'm only 5'2")

I'd found Mozart years before, but of course he'd never wanted to listen to anything I liked before.

Opposite for me. MWNN was a complete Classics fan, but, before the daughter started playing French Horn, the only Classical Composers to really turn me on were people like Holst. I was into bands like Cream, Queen, and still had a crush on the Beatles.

I googled for Tom Hulce and came up with this. Apart from Frankenstein, I haven't heard of any of the other things he's done since Amadeus.
gamiila
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:00 am (UTC)
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I'm 5'6"-ish (us Continental types are happier expressing our height in metres, so the only thing I can say about my height with confidence is that I'm 1.69m)...which, living as I do in Holland, means that I'm somewhat on the shorter side of average. So in a way I'm glad to see Mick shooting up into the air at last, even if it reinforces the message that he's not my cuddly, ticklish little boy that liked nothing better than to be juggled across his auntie's shoulders anymore.

Thanks for googling Tom Hulce for me (why didn't I think of that?), but you're right, there's not a lot in his filmography that rings a bell. Dominick & Eugene's the film about the dustmen, but you know what? I think I totally missed him in Frankenstein. But then, that's hardly surprising, given that it's Ken Branagh's project, and I tend to forget about other actors when he's on stage...

As to classical music: I learned to love it quite early on. Mainly because my Mum was (still is) a complete c&w freak, so much so that by the time I was about 4 years old, I already hated it with a passion. Thankfully she also had a few classical records (Tchaikovsky and Chopin, mainly) in her collection that she would play occasionally, and then I wouldn't feel the urge to leave the room.

I became a Queen-fan in 1974 and remained a card carrying member of the fanclub for the next 5 years, until I became far more enamoured of the punk/new wave/indie bands in the late 70s, early 80s; while at the same time discovering medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music for myself. Nowadays, the clasical music of the 19th and early 20th century holds very little interest for me, and Mozart is about the most modern of my favourite composers.
bogwitch
Feb. 7th, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
I would decide to switch to DVD the moment I've finally completed my Buffy the Vampire Slayer-video collection..

Exactly what happened to me.

My horoscope said I needed to get myself some nice new clothes this week

Nice excuse.
gamiila
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:04 am (UTC)
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Nice excuse

Isn't it? I thought so! Pity I couldn't find anything, though.
calove
Feb. 7th, 2004 11:32 am (UTC)
I have a sneaking suspicion that orange and applegreen are going to be next season's black

Oh, God, say it isn't so... Go to Monsoon. They have lovely, soft khaki greens, cuddly creams and beautiful sludgy blues - much more my thing.

DVD player is on my wish list too. And they are hardly expensive any more, so... And with DVDs you get extra things. Plus easy searching. At the moment I have to play my huge DVD collection (BtVS season 5 and a copy of The Matrix that has a glitch) on the computer. Only a 19" screen. Want Fool For Love BIGGER!!!!
gamiila
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
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Go to Monsoon

I would, but my nearest one's in Knightsbridge...

they have lovely, soft khaki greens

Really? That's only my favourite colour (for clothes, I mean)! Look in my wardrobe and all you'll see is black and every possible shade of khaki and a few dark browns. Don't wear blue except in bluejeans (and don't wear them very often, either), and whites and creams just make me look humongous...but I dread to think what applegreen will do for me!
onetwomany
Feb. 7th, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
, I would decide to switch to DVD the moment I've finally completed my Buffy the Vampire Slayer-video collection..

Yup, did the same thing. I have BtVS up to season 6 on VHS, some of which are unopened. Ah well, if my VCR ever dies and I really, really have to watch an episode while it's getting fixed, they may come in useful...
gamiila
Feb. 9th, 2004 02:26 am (UTC)
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I don't know why I've stubbornly clung to my VCR for so long. Oh yes, I do! It's because I'm a total dunce when it comes to technical stuff.
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