Just the facts, ma’am

I am a contract speechwriter. I came to Canada from Ireland in 1987, and currently live on the Niagara Escarpment, above Dundas, Ontario, with The First Husband and the menopause baby, (aka Lucy the cat.) Our nest is otherwise empty, all the fledgelings having flown away. My interests include family, reading, sailing on Lake Ontario, and blogging.


Movie: The Collector
Based on a story by John Fowles. Directed by William Wyler. Starred Terence Stamp and Samantha Eggar. Brilliant depiction of a loner, winner of the Pools (a type of football lottery) whose hobby of collecting butterflies becomes an obsession with collecting a young woman he sees and fancies. Snatches her off the street, keeps her in an underground apartment and tries to convince her to love him. Fantastic movie.

Book: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
For all his bumbling naivete, Prince Myshkyn replaced my first fictional crush, Mr Darcy, after I read The Idiot in my teens.

TV: Dr Who
Very sophisticated special effects nowadays, in comparison to its innocent early days in the BBC sandbox – the stretch of beach where all the action scenes on Beeb series and serials were filmed. Can’t say I’m all that enamoured of his more recent sidekicks – dead common, compared to Sarah Jane Smith and even K9. The decline began, I reckon, when Bonnie Langford, a pop tart in her day, became assistant to the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker.

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