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Cellular is the shittest film ever. I can't even say it's so bad it's good. No. It's just bad and I'm wishing the bad guys would hurry up and kill Kim Basinger already, she's really getting on my nerves. Unfortunately she's the heroine, so I suspect that she and her stupid son will get to live.

But I must say I'm impressed with the acting of Jason Statham. I've seen him in many films now as tenbears likes him, particularly without a shirt on, and his self control is amazing (Mr. Statham's that is, 10B's - not so much).

He manages to keep his face exactly the same no matter what happens or who he's playing.

It's like he's had a specially made botox+concrete solution squirted into his manly, manly face.

Shows real commitment to his art, that does.


In spite of feeling like crap yesterday, I took some codeine and shambled up the street anyway. It was foolish as I feel crap again today and ache all over more than I did, but I did what I did. I did my shambling on Bazza, it's the first time he's been out in the rain.

I shambled to the secondhand bookstore where the lovely David and I had a nice old chat about this and that, and I bought The Rise Of The Gothic by William Anderson, a very nice, clean copy of a book about the rise of Gothic architecture that will, in a chapter or two, go into the ways Gothic architecture and sculpture fused Paganism with Christianity. Given my tendency to conk out and never finish any book that I start, I hope I manage to get at least that far with this one.


It's funny how meanings change.

In his sworn deposition Boffill had said that the open single nave would have the advantage of more light and the canons, in accepting his proposal, picked up this point, saying it would 'refulge with greater clarity which is happier and more joyful'.
and then:
...and here they show themselves part of a tradition that goes back to Abbot Suger and the rebuilding of St-Denis, the desire to create in stone and glass an interior expressing the Neoplatonic idea that our visible and corporeal light derives from a higher and incorporeal light.
p.13 William Anderson, The Rise Of The Gothic.

Gothic = light, happy, joyful.


There is one thing that's really bugging me about this book: the cover photo(ooh, thanks Amazon, here it is). Beatiful interior, just lovely.

But checkout the plastic chairs.

Now that I've noticed them I can't look away.


The trouble with books is that they come in so many varieties. I might have finally stopped buying books full of text that I'll never read because I don't have the brain power, but what's happening now is I'm buying stuff with nice pictures instead.

Curse books for being so interesting. Curse the damn world for encouraging them with it's constant provoking interestingness.


And in other news, my psychiatrist has advised me to go to Aldi's and buy nice chocolate.

No really, I was bewailing the trouble I'm having with cholesterol and saturated fats, and how I'm feeling deprived, and she told me about how to find good chocolate that won't be as loaded up with bad fats. It seems she once did a chocolate course (she inferred it was a birthday present or something) and the best chocolate contains cocoa, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin and then whatever extra flavouring has been added. Cheap stuff contains vegetable fat as it's cheaper than cocoa butter and it's the vegetable fat that's a problem and apparently Aldi's have some very good brands at very good prices and at this point she mused on how she never expected to be using this information in her work, before moving on to talking about how it's important to make sure I find appropriate ways to eat well without feeling deprived, and how maybe I should go to Aldi's and buy some nice chocolate.

My psychiatrist has advised me to go to Aldi's and buy nice chocolate.

Did you read that right? Let's check:

My psychiatrist has advised me to go to Aldi's and buy nice chocolate.

Yep. You read it right: my psychiatrist has advised me to go to Aldi's and buy nice chocolate.


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Apr. 24th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)
very sound advice IMO. Good chocolate is a must :-)
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in that book on Gothic architecture - I'll have to see if I can track it down in the library, or beg to read yours when I'm next in the same city.

I suspect that the some of the reason for the change in the nuance of the word 'Gothic' was due to the industrial revolution. In the middle ages Gothic architecture was light, airy, enormous and the newest thing - astonishing works compared to the squat, solid Romanesque churches which had preceded them. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, those same edifices, at least in England, were old, blackened and starting to crumble, particularly where pollutants had interacted with limestones and sandstones - the perfect setting for the creepy gothic novel.

Which makes the decision to use the gothic idiom for many of our public buildings in Australia very interesting.
Apr. 24th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
This. When Gothic architecture first appeared, it was fashionable and attractive in style, and the construction allowed amazing amounts of light and air into buildings, such that those who were used to Romanesque styles were stunned: it was almost as if these new Gothic churches were made of air and light.

Also, the term Gothic itself was a derogatory term applied by the stuck-up neo-classicist Victorians, who didn't think anything was proper architecture unless it has graeco-roman friezes everywhere.

They thought comparing the revolutionary engineering of the flying buttress with the barbarians who destroyed Rome was awfully clever.
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Pre-Victorian and early Victorians went through a craze for Gothic Revival, in which many of them went out and built faux ruined cathedrals if they didn't already have one. Bearing in mind that a lot of lovely churches got shelled and destroyed in the Reformation, see. And with the rise of horror novels, skulking about in ruins (real or Romantic recreations) became very trendy. It had a lot to do with the rise of romance and horror novels (novels in general, really).
Apr. 24th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
That sounds plausible. Having only ever seen modern reproduction Gothic (ie-St Patrick's Cathedral in town and the even more recent one in Bendigo), I find it hard to imagine one that is dark and crumbling. And I guess there were plenty of post-reformation ruins lying about the place as well.
Apr. 24th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
And yes, of course you may borrow and browse next time you're around. Published in 1985 so I doubt it's considered particularly current but it is very readable.
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
In Australia, the law has decided that the main ingredient in a product must be mentioned first. Then the second main ingredient and so on...

Sounds like what you need is a good 50-65% cocoa. A nice taste without being bitter. I did a chocolate tour of Melbourne, which I can recommend highly, but you would need your strength up for all the walking & chocolate sampling!

Aldi isn't bad, but there is now Fairtrade available in the supermarket which isn't bad either.
Apr. 24th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Our local one-cash-register IGA is now selling fairtrade. Good to see!
Apr. 24th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
And I recommend Aldi's free trade organic chocolate which is astonishingly cheap at $2.19 for 100 g. I don't like the milk chocolate as much as I like Green and Black's dark milk chocolate, but it's only half the price and still a good quality chocolate and the dark chocolate is 70% cocoa mass. Even better, it's child-slavery free.
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Apr. 24th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)

Our nearest Aldi's isn't really close enough for regular shopping. I love Aldi's, I love the way you can go in for regular things - and maybe buy a computer as well. And some mulch and a family-sized car tent, or whatever other random collection of things they have in the middle of the store that particular week. And next week, the pile is completely different.

Do they do that over the pond as well?
Apr. 24th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh Aldi, house of temptations!

I find the German brands at Aldi to have the to have best quality - high content cocoa solids/cocoa butter and no veg fats.
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
I too can vouch for the Aldi dark chocolate. Bloody good stuff. I endeavoured to always have some in my undie drawer.
Apr. 24th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Does this mean you can write off the good chocolate as a medical expense?

There's also research showing that dark chocolate with high cocoa content works versus CFIDS, so you've got backup. (And I should buy some chocolate for myself.)

Gothic architecture came from Norman, and one of the finest early Norman churches with heavy Pagan influence is Kilpeck.

Beautiful sheela-na-gigs, green men, and all sorts of lovely critters. Lots of photos on the Internet. Highly recommended. And I don't just say that because there's a bit of a family connection there for me; it's famously beautiful.
Apr. 24th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a great idea :) They say if you want to lose weight and love chocolate, if you eat the decent stuff you eat less but it is more satisfying (saying that I do have a weakness for Wispa Gold bars!) Also drinking a cacao type hot chocolate style drink can aid weight loss too.

Are there any photos of Winchester Cathedral in your book, it is one of my favourite buildings to visit.
Apr. 25th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Sigh, no Aldi's over here.
Apr. 25th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
I couldn't find chocolate with no milk solids at Aldi, did the one you get have milk solids? Those little bastards get into everything.

I LOVE green and blacks (their dark chocolate is vegan). They actually have a dark chocolate with melty peppermint cream in the middle but the only place I've found that is Sunnybrook.
Apr. 25th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
I'm with your psychiatrist. Aldi's Choceur chocolate is remarkably tasty for so cheap a product. Beats Nestle and Cadbury into a pulp.
Apr. 26th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
Oh, it's so nice to have a doctor's sanction for what you bloody well would do anyway. And it really *is* good for you. Lots of antioxidants, and healthy fat in the good dark stuff.

I have found that as with most things, you get what you pay for with chocolate. You can really blow your wallet on the good stuff. Have fun sampling! Maybe do a post of the ones you've tried and what you think. I wonder if we can get the same kinds here.
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