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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Happy Hump Day


I have never partaken in "Hump Day" before, so if I make any
faux pas along the way please excuse.
Like all other days, Hump Day arrives here a day earlier than in
the Northern Hemisphere, so I have a head start on most of you
(so to speak.)
I know nothing of the origins of Hump Day, but felt as we are
blessed?? with more dromedaries than just about anywhere else
I should utilize this photograph and just jump in.


So a happy hump day to all followers of the humping tradition.


Too much salt.

An Arab diplomat visiting the U.S. for the first time was being wined
and dined by the State Department. The Grand Emir was unused to
the salt in American foods (french fries, cheeses, salami, anchovies
etc.) and was constantly sending his manservant Abdul to fetch him
a glass of water. Time and again, Abdul would scamper off and
return with a glass of water, but then came the time when he
returned empty-handed.

"Abdul, you son of an ugly camel, where is my water?" demanded
the Grand Emir.

"A thousand pardons, O Illustrious One," stammered the wretched
Abdul,
"infidel sit on well."


Now some film reviews that may be of interest.

Good night, and good luck;

This film borders on being a documentary covering the conflict
between Ed. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy, it is also the
directing debut for George Clooney.

The part of Ed Murrow is capably handled by David Strathairn
while his producer Fred Friendly is played by George Clooney,
there is no actor given the role of Senator McCarthy, the film
relies on news reel footage for the scenes he is in.

While I enjoyed the movie and felt that the cast and director
Clooney did a creditable job it’s not a great movie nor will it
ever have a huge audience.

Never having heard the full story of the McCarthy witch hunts
for communists in the 1950s I found it intriguing that
America
in that era was being manipulated by two very strange
characters, Senator McCarthy and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover.

This flew in the face of the image we had back then, (when I
was growing up), that
America was infallible in whatever it
did, if this was the case how could the people be manipulated
in this manner.

Back to the movie, I would rate it as definitely worth seeing,
even if only for the lesson in history it gives us.


Keeping Mum;

If there is one thing the Brit’s do well it’s make comedy movies,
there is a subtlety to them you don’t get elsewhere.

This is a comedy film with a difference, the difference comes in
the form of murder and mayhem delivered gently almost
reverently by a wonderful cast.

Rowan Atkinson as the dithering vicar of Little Wallop,
(population 57,) his bored wife Kristen Scott Thomas, her love
interest Patrick Swayze, and cast to perfection Maggie Smith
as their new housekeeper Grace.

From the opening scenes you can tell this is going to be a
different movie, I’m not going to spoil it by giving away the
whole plot, just do yourself a favour and see it.


4 comments:

WordWhiz said...

The "Happy Hump Day" title up there next to the may-as-well-be-naked calendar lady made me wonder if I'd stumbled onto a porno site!!

I just couldn't figure out how the camels fit in. Then again, I decided maybe I didn't really want to know!!

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ G'Day mate and A VERY Happy Hump Day to you as well. (well in a couple hours here anyway!) Watch out for the came;'s nose (or was that the camel's toes)? ~ jb///

Hale McKay said...

So on this hump day, you reveal another hidden talent - a movie critic! You never cease to amaze me. Good post as expected.

Lucy said...

Just in time for hump day (USA time).

I saw Good Night/Good Luck. I agree with your assessment of the movie - however nothing surprises me about the control some politicians seem to have on us.