Diana Ross sings ‘Top Of The World’ as we stumble back into the office from the Chinese ‘eat your body weight in food’ buffet up town, it was nice to catch up with friends and eat good food too, there’s something comfortable about long lunches as opposed to evening dinner, which can be too formal.
We have an Italian market in town and on Thursday we left the office to have a nose ‘rind; as we say in these parts; the stall holders are all from Sicily and are bringing a little Dolce Vita to up ‘anley duck. As suspected it’s cheeses, olive oils, bread and salami, I buy a large tub of olives stuffed with garlic which no doubt wont last the day out. I watch another instalment of Britain’s Got Talent, and have to say with the exception of a talented saxophonist named Julian Smith; Britain certainly didn’t have talent tonight. There’s something a little creepy about watching a 12 year old girl singing ‘Somewhere Out There’ from An American Tale with a 76 year old man, even if he is her granddad, there dreadful woman who just blundered about the stage with enormous flashing breasts was gratuitous and to be honest embarrassing as was the 73 year old grandfather attempting to break-dance to Basshunter. And what’s with people bringing on dancing dogs, the dog tonight didn’t so much dance as just wander in and out of its owners legs as six men tap danced on the stairs; for goodness sake give it the ball it’s so desperate to play with and let it make up it’s own fun.
Friday is a good day and I drive to work with the windows down and Linkin Park playing ‘Lying From You’, it’s nice to have some sunshine, and predictions for this year are for a good summer. I do hope so, last year was disappointing and the year before that I missed summer as I spent it in New Zealand, when they had the worst weather they’d had in years. I wander around taking some photos of the local area where redevelopment is about to take place, it’s run down but the council have promised the regeneration will look good. We have another incident with one of our actors, this time he wants us to cancel 2 shows so he can go for an audition, I’m glad we’re opening a new business to eventually stop producing theatre; the attitudes of new actors nowadays is so poor, whatever happened to ‘the show must go on’ attitude? I was speaking to a director a few days ago and she says it’s a changed business, and wonders what drama schools teach them now about commitment and professionalism? I sit seething as Operator Please play ‘Yes, Yes’ and decide to upload this weeks blog.