Sunday, March 27, 2005

Lord Callaghan, Being Julia and Henning Mankell

I wrote on 17th March that Jim Callaghan would be devastated by the loss of his wife, Audrey. Well - he died yesterday, just 10 days after she did. Broken heart - I suspect this has a lot to do with it, after 67 years of marriage.

Watched Annette Benning and Jeremy Irons in Being Julia - based on Somerset Maughan's book on the theatre. She gives a stunning, Oscar level performance as Julia and the final sequence in the theatre is a real gem. Michael Gambon plays himself (well, almost) and Jeremy Irons is ideally cast. Just an excellent piece.

Finished another Henning Mankell novel - The Return of the Dancing Master - which recently won him a prize (as did his novel Sidetracked). Powerful, realistic characterisation and effective writing make him simply a master of the mystery genre. While Inspector Wallander doesnt appear in the Dancing Master, the depth of character he has built with Wallander makes him a real person for many readers - quite a skill that.

Today its a pedicure day. I enjoy having my feet done (may also do my nails too). Got to look after my feet (we diabetics must stick together).

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