Monday, October 22, 2007


Eileen is very reliable.

If George Clooney rang Eileen to beg for a date she'd say "Sorry Georgie - but I've arranged to see Kaz today."

However, if her daughter rings to ask her to baby-sit she'll ring me on the last minute and say "Sorry Kaz ......". She doesn't actually like baby-sitting - so it must be sociobiology - protection of the genes or something like that.

Eileen hails from Skipton. She goes on and on about Skipton - at length. She thinks Skipton is marvellous. So for weeks we had been hearing about the imminent release of 'And When Did You Last See Your Father'. The film is based on the book by Blake Morrison (also from Skipton) and concerns his father who was allegedly doctor to Eileen's second cousin by marriage.

The date to see the long awaited film was fixed for last Tuesday - the last chance before I flew to Spain..... you've already guessed what happened.

Norma and I quite enjoyed the film.

Philip Larkin had said it all well before Blake Morrison -

"They fuck you up your mum and dad
They may not mean to but they do
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra just for you"

Colin Firth (as Blake)did his usual performance from the Woodentop school of acting - stare into middle distance and wonder what's for tea.

The film was saved by the scene stealing performance of Matthew Beard (above left) as the young Blake.

Watch out for him - but see the film on telly.

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Blogger garfer said...

Larkin was an eyeore wiyh a drink problem, an addiction to porn, and a hatred of abroad.

Not a bad poet though.

4:42 pm  
Blogger Roses said...

Perhaps Colin Firth and Kate Moss practice their facial expressions together. I walk past her huge posters in the windows of TopShop and I'm constantly amazed that someone parted with good cash for her to produce a vacant expression.

Perhaps some people find woodentops sexy? I take the Sex Pistols line.

7:19 pm  
Blogger tony said...

Skipton? Ummm,nice Castle shame about the 'orrible Public Loos .They cost an arm&a leg as i recall...........

7:38 pm  
Blogger Rimshot said...


8:01 pm  
Blogger Murph said...

That's not Mathew Beard... it's little Mark Owen from Take That!

And Philip Larkin was OK in the Darling Buds of May with that welsh bint who was kidnapped by Michael Douglas.

8:16 pm  
Blogger Old Wom Tigley said...

Love the poem...

8:56 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I read his biography last year.
He was such an odd, curmudgeonly, anti social misfit that I quite warmed to him.

But Kate wouldn't be thinking about her tea would she?
Probably her money.

I haven't seen Eileen since the film cos I'm in Spain - but she'll be disappointed to learn that the 'Skipton' bits were filmed in Derbyshire. Probably because of those loos.

British kids' cartoon/puppet series from the year dot.

No - I think little Mark is pushing 40 by now.
It's a pity that CZJ didn't find herself a young virile chap - more like Mr P.

Good innit?

7:04 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Heh, heh...excellent description of Mr.Firth.

2:49 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

He was even worse in 'Girl with a Pearl ear ring'.

8:42 pm  
Blogger I, like the view said...

. . .perfectly suited to Darcy tho, in P&P


10:42 pm  
Blogger Ackworth Born said...

Yes the loos in Skipton are 20p just like the ones in Southport, but unlike Southport, the disabled loo is free.

Tip - the loo in the Town Hall at Skipton is free provided you have a legitimate reason for visiting the building!

11:21 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Perfect - Darcy was the archetypal strong silent woodentop type.

Skipton, Southport what about Stockport?

I have a weak bladder so I´ll have to find a good reason to visit Skipton town hall!

5:15 pm  
Blogger Hyde DP said...

Not been to Stockport for while - the ones at the bus station were free last time I visited - otherwise nip into McDonalds.

2:19 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

OOh Gerald - this is fightin' talk - I've never actually been to Mc Donalds to EAT - so I might just try this.
Serve em right!

4:16 pm  

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