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Hold The Sunset

It was interesting to see John Cleese return to terrestrial TV comedy last night in Hold The Sunset. I just gave the first episode a second viewing, and to be honest I think it shows a fair amount of promise. The premise is quite modern, casting Cleese as a man in a relationship with a divorced woman, whose grown up son suddenly decides to move back in. While I don't think we can expect any Fawlty-esque outbursts from Cleese, I think this situation gives him the potential for a few of the displays of manic exasperation he is famous for. In what we saw of Hold The Sunset last night, I think there is scope for it to make some great commentary on modern life. I could see glimpses of the greatness Cleese is known for, as well as a fair amount of potential. One to keep my eye on, then.

Powerchair Football film draft one

While I would stress that it's just a first draft and it still needs work, allow me to direct you here, to the first version of my Powerchair Football film. While I wrote the script, Matt B did the camera work, and without his help my idea would not have gone very far. We finished it and uploaded it yesterday, but now plan too continue with the idea to make a longer, better film. Let me know what you think.

Corbyn urged to change his mind on Brexit

By and large I like Jeremy Corbyn; he seems like a good, well-principled, left-leaning fellow. Yet there is something I vehemently disagree with him on - an issue because of which I cannot back him. That issue is of course Brexit. As long as the Labour leader supports continuing with that mindless move, I cannot support the party, no matter how much I like it's other policies. I just read that Corbyn is coming under increasing pressure from within his party to do a U-turn on Europe: ''Jeremy Corbyn has come under intense pressure to shift Labour's position on Brexit after 20,000 members demanded a say over the issue and former leader Neil Kinnock backed halting Britain's EU exit altogether.''

As the reality of what people voted for in 2016 becomes clearer and clearer, I think they will want a chance to change their mind more and more. An opposition leader who refuses to respect that need would be practically useless. Thus Corbyn must change his mind and side with those who see the coming disaster for what it is.

Was it better not to know what my absences were?

I think I now understand why my parents were always so reluctant to discuss my absences with me. It wasn't until the events of four or five years ago that it was clarified in my mind that they are a mild form of epilepsy: until then, as I once noted here, the way mum and dad had always tried to dismiss or ignore them made me assume that I was just imagining them. Yet I think I can now see why they did that: over and over again recently, I have caught myself fretting about my memory, worrying about whether I'll one day start to forget things. Almost unconsciously I tend to rehearse stuff in my internal monologue, going over events I want to remember. As I wrote here, I know that's blatantly irrational, and that there is nothing to say epilepsy effects long-term memory; but it's as if the very fact of knowing that my brain is periodically disrupted by these things is enough to make me question it and fret that I'll start to lose the mental records of all the incredible things I have done. I'm starting to think it was better when I didn't know what my absences were; when I just tried to ignore them. Yes, I was ignorant, and that knowing the truth is usually best, but at least I fretted less about somehow spontaneously forgetting things. Looking back, my parents were wise not to tell me what my absences were.


[Edited 17/02/2018 at 17:52:59 - added a bit]
[Edited 18/02/2018 at 20:40:05 - added link]
[Edited 18/02/2018 at 23:22:50 - minor correction]

America needs to grow up about guns

Rather than try to write anything about yesterday's shooting in America, as sickened and appalled as I am about it, I think I'll just post this:

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How much more violence must it take before the USA grows up and starts to control the use of guns? How many more children have to die?