Here I am now.TaikOz
are very good at drumming. They are not so good at stagecraft (or wind instruments, despite the presence of Shakuhachi Grand Master Riley Lee). But they are very good at drumming. It is odd how people who can strike Japanese drums synchronously while on opposite sides of a stage cannot bend from the waist in unison when standing next to each other. But they are very good at drumming. They are not very good at singing, moving across the stage, smiling at the audience, dancing, or sounding conch shells. But they are very good at drumming.Tonari no Totoro
(My Neighbour Totoro
) is a nice film. It is less fantastic and less complex than other children’s anime features, such as Princess Mononoke
or Spirited Away
, but it is less dark and even though less happens it is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end. I give it seven plump furry wondrous forest creatures only children can see out of eight.
Mikey and Jo brought newest nephew Nils to Canberra for the weekend. We slothed about at Nana’s keeping Nils amused for a day and a half watching Ripping Yarns
and Last of the Summer Wine
and eating cheesy salady bready meaty nibbles. Also, wasabi jellybeans.Speedpig: reanimated.
On a rainy Sunday afternoon I cleared the office into the spare room; cleaned, dusted, vacuumed and mopped; and finally set up my computer. It was plugged in and turned on but failed to do anything except make loud fan noises, not even a memory error. So I plugged in Linda’s old iMac with even less result because it doesn’t have a fan. But when I plugged in Ted’s PC it stayed up (Huzzah!) and now I have a computer (thanks to Ted
). Not only but also, after the ritual sacrifice of my PC and Linda’s Mac, the cybergods were so pleased when Linda plugged the ethernet cable from her eMac into Speedpig it was instantly connected to her broadband internet account. Instantly.Meanwhile, under Muppet Theatre.
If information is needed from the old records in the basement Beauregard will ask for a two sentence version of what is required then leaf through the files a page at a time endeavouring to help, or perhaps show how it is done, while you watch or perhaps learn (or hop from foot to foot with agitation). Forty-five minutes later Beau will reach the conclusion the information isn’t there and commence a surreal monologue about how it is perfectly reasonable to expect it to be there even though it has just been established beyond the shadow of a doubt it is not. Otherwise, if Beauregard is not available to help because he is chatting to George, the files can be rummaged through in about four minutes. Unfortunately this does not mean the information is any more likely to be there. Maybe it’s in the attic.