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Bear with me: Sun Bear @ParkTheatre

If The Light House is an uplifting tale of survival, Sarah Richardson’s Sun Bear gives a contrasting take on this. Sarah plays Katy. We’re introduced to Katy as she runs through a list of pet office peeves with her endlessly perky coworkers, particularly about coworkers stealing her pens. It’s a hilarious opening monologue that would have you wishing you had her as a coworker to help relieve you from the boredom of petty office politics.  But something is not quite right in the perfect petty office, where people work together well. And that is her. And despite her protesting that she is fine, the pet peeves and the outbursts are becoming more frequent. As the piece progresses, maybe the problem lies in a past relationship, where Katy had to be home by a particular hour, not stay out late with office colleagues and not be drunk enough not to answer his calls. Perhaps the perky office colleagues are trying to help, and perhaps Katy is trying to reach out for help. It has simple staging

More films: The Reception and On the Low

After having so much fun last night, tonight I caught "The Reception" and the short On the Low at the film fest. Both were shot on the cheap but were well written nuanced pieces involving African American men. "On the low" is slang for black men who sleep with other black men, but don't identify as being gay as they also have girlfriends etc. Interesting stuff…

Bitchy conversation of the week:

Paul : Hey C you had a haircut… It looks good! C : Yeah when I got it cut I told them to cut out the grey. Paul : Hmm it looks like they left a lot of it in…

Film: Happy Endings

Wednesday night at the Odeon Leicester Square was opening night of the 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Fest . It was quite a crowd and one to be seen in. As one who was having a bad hair day (forgot to use product in the morning) and having a case of "shiny forehead" I wasn't really in the mood for this. Fortunately the film Happy Endings that we were about to see wasn't about looks. If it was they never would have let Lisa Kudrow look so old and worn out. So I felt better watching Lisa on the big screen. She was there to introduce the film with writer-director Don Roos. Kudrow commented on how Roos doesn't write gay stories or lesbian stories, but stories where people are there, and they are complex and they do stuff and some of them might be gay and like yeah. The audience just loved her for showing up anyway. The film was terrific, smart and funny. While it does go on a bit and there are a quite a few subtitles to drive forward the story, and there were enoug

Scenes from the Strand Wednesday 18:44

Scenes from the Strand Wednesday 18:44 Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . Looking towards Aldwich. Jackets and "hoodies" are still popular with the locals even though the temperature is getting rather mild at 12 degrees...

Scenes from the Palace Theatre Monday 20:24

Scenes from the Palace Theatre Monday 20:24 Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . Waiting for intermission to finish...

Theatre: Whistle Down the Wind

Monday night I saw Whistle Down the Wind . It was my first Andrew Lloyd-Webber show I have seen since I saw an amateur version of Jesus Christ Superstar in the 1990s. It is based on a movie that was set in rural England where a group of children find an escaped convict and who are convinced he is Jesus Christ so I figured there was a theme running here. Ok it isn't art, but its something the home counties love (judging by the audience demographic around me). For anyone who has seen the Hayley Mills film you probably have a better chance of understanding the plot, although you may be left wondering why they moved the story to 1950s America. There is one thing that the British do pretty lousy and that is American accents so I thought that was a pity. Had they left the story in Britain one could have imagined a pantomime-type reaction from the audience when the cops are looking for the escaped convict along the lines of "He's in the barn!" Alas the show takes itself all

Scenes from home...

Scenes from home... Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . One of my flatmates has gone on vacation, and since I was at home with a cold today I thought I would pay tribute to his style - or lack of it - with what one kitchen shelf looks like. At first I found the collection of flamenco dolls to be novel but when you are unwell it is enough to do your head in! Well it takes all sorts...

Film: Transamerica

This weekend I caught the film Transamerica and it was great. Felicity Huffman puts in an incredible performance as a pre-op transsexual about to have the operation (spoiler - you see penis and vagina) and while it is a bit cheesy at times, there is a great sense of humanity and warmth about the story. Dolly Parton even comes in at the end with her Oscar-nominated song "Travellin' Through" which was a nice touch. Interestingly while watching Huffman in this movie you would not immediately recognise that she has been starring in Desperate Housewives for the past couple of years. Huffman's character of the "working mom" seems to have evolved as the main (and most interesting) character of the show. If a film career takes off her departure will leave a bit of a hole in the storytelling...

Clapham Chatter

Old Woman: My family have lived in Clapham for over 250 years, but I have had enough of this place with the horrible people and their horrible children… Paul: But you have lived here all your life, where would you go? Old Woman: New Zealand. I have a nephew in New Zealand. He might have me…

Conversation in Clapham

Consultant : Did you know that this is the front of the supermarket? Man #2 : It is? Consultant : Yes the front of the supermarket is at the back where the carpark is because that is where the fresh fruit and vegetables are... Man #2 : So the high street enterance is the back of the store? Consultant : Yes... Man #2 : All this time I have been entering from the back entrance and didn't even realise it.    

Scenes from a Soho Restaurant Saturday 21:33

Scenes from a Soho Restaurant Saturday 21:33 Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . This restaurant served rather large sweet potatoes...
Well I have finally got rid of Wanadoo as an internet service provider. I got the feeling that they did not really mind getting me off their books as I just kept sending them complaints in writing and nobody wants to have to keep dealing with that sort of troublesome customer. Anyway will still mean I will have to rely on updating the blog outside of home. Which is a bit of a bother...

Scenes from Soho Saturday 10.51pm

Scenes from Soho Saturday 10.51pm Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . Soho on a Saturday evening is a delightful part of town where alcohol, hash, charlie, crack and skunk is available on every corner. Oh and there is the odd bit of vom too...

Scenes from the V&A Friday 17.25

Scenes from the V&A Friday 17.25 Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . It is possible to do the V&A's Anna Piaggi Fashion-ology in 30 minutes as there is not much there to see. A wondered why one wanted to see a collection of old (some still soiled) dresses. But they are so eccentric and so eighties so why not??

Scenes from Soho late Wednesday evening

Scenes from Soho late Wednesday evening Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . A classy new joint on Frith St... It replaces the short lived gay venue Free Willy.

Scenes from a Soho meal

Scenes from a Soho meal Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . Burp

Scenes from the south bank

Scenes from the south bank Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . After catching Measure For Measure at the National the south bank was quiet for a cold and wet Tuesday... Oh and Measure for Measure was great. Fantastic staging and lighting, nudity and more. The moral of the play surely is don't be a nun as you get into all sorts of trouble there. I was a sellout production co-produced by Complicite.
Oh the debate about Wanadoo's incompetence is hotting up on ADSLguide: Re: Beware wanadoo - don't sign up to it

Monday night at Balans

Monday night at Balans Originally uploaded by Pauly_ . These rowdy people kept taunting A and I - maybe it was our flirting I just don't know...
Scenes from outside the National Theatre Monday 27 February 22:09. After seeing the play "Once in a Lifetime" had a quick look at this display of photos capturing life after last years Tsunami.  
Scenes from Clapham High Street - Clapham Common Tube (two weeks ago again). Amongst the clutter and rubbish around this point is the old gents toilet (on the left). It has been closed for some time, but would be a great place for a coffee on the go kiosk I would imagine... If they could get rid of the smell... 
Scenes from SW4 (two Saturday's ago). Location location... 
Speaking of rubbish service, A and I go to Balans cafe in Soho regularly. I am not sure why as the food is more likely to be awful, the people often in there are freaks (usually exes of A's who are now hustlers) and the service is mixed. The one thing going for it is the location and it is a great space. I think that's why we keep coming back. Wednesday evening was a case in point. Early January they gave me a voucher which was a "buy one meal get one free" deal. The deal came with a whole series of catches however. You could only redeem the offer Mon-Wed between 5-11pm and the moon had to be in the seventh house and Jupiter aligned with Mars. The fine print was so amusing that I asked the waiter what we could get with this deal. Eventually after much haggling he told us that A's all day breakfast and my burger would cover the deal so we made the order. A few minutes later the waiter came back to apologise and say that breakfasts were not part of the meal deal an
Still no change on the Wanadoo situation. Wanadoo can-no-do... I really wish I never signed up to them. To get out of a contract here you have to sacrifice your first born so I just have to suffer in somewhat silence. I have started taking my campaign to the broader community (albeit slowly as I am using dialup!)...

More rubbish from Wanadoo...

Wanadoo is having a little trouble being a decent internet service provider with me. Rather than investigate my complaint properly they have offered to give me a technical call-back which one of their call centre consultants mentioned to me was a pointless exercise as they will just tell me to play with the modem and look at the lights. The problem that I am experiencing is more likely to be at the telephone exchange.   Anyway, it means they reach their target of responding to written letters within five days. After receiving their I decided to email back an acceptance of their offer so I would not be accused later by them of obstruction. This is how it went.   Original Message Follows: ------------------------ Your ref:    I would like to confirm that I would like a technical callback to take place at 8am on 12 March (giving you five days notice to set up the call back as per your request in the letter).    I would also like to point out that if you are unable to

Things I have not covered

While waiting for broadband to be connected by Wanadoo (I have been waiting six weeks now), I can confirm that I have yet to cover Seeing Stockard Channing and Aiden Quinn in The Exhonerated . It has an extended run at Riverside studios with a revolving cast. They were fantastic. A brilliant play which is staged as a simple reading telling the true tales of people wrongly sentenced to death in America. Going to the Australian Film Festival at the Barbican and seeing "The Illustrated Family Doctor", "Opal Dream" and "Three Dollars". Of the three, Opal Dream is worth catching. It is set in Cooper Pedy and actually paints the town as a nice place so it was a monumental feat of film-making and storytelling there. Caught Capote which was another great film. After seeing the film one should try to speak for as long as possible like Truman Capote until it drives you and your friends insane. I think it should be a new game. I have written another dirt