November 15th, 2003


Good conversation and good food

I've had an excellent day. First quarryquest rang me, all the way from the other side of the world! I'm so stoked. I feel very isolated down here, and it was wonderful to talk to someone. We chatted for about an hour about Blake's 7, the filming locations, Michael Keating, Gareth Thomas, cons, London, how we try to get inside our characters, how memory works...

Then I went out for lunch, to a really cool place called Palazzo Roma. It's 30kms out of the city, in a small agricultural industrial area. The restaurant's in a warehouse attached to a company called Phoenix Italia who make replicas of Roman and Greek statues and columns etc for the garden. It's a symbiotic relationship: one attracts customers who go to the other. The restaurant has all this wonderful Roman stuff set up inside--vine-covered columns, stone benches and tables, statues of artfully-posed people, dressed or not--and serve top Italian cuisine. It's such an odd place to find such high quality food. I had artichoke hearts and caramelised onions, parmagiano reggiano gnocchi, and for dessert, raspberries and [mmmm] crème brulée, my favourite. Yum!

On the way home we went into a bookshop and found the complete Farside collection--every cartoon Gary Larsen ever produced (about 4000) in two massive tomes. They're in chronological order and I'm rationing myself to 6 months a reading.
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Photoshopped film fun

For film buffs and Photoshoppers, here's a page of entries in a competition to make movie posters for blended films. The best are at the top, but there are some good ones further down.

My favourites are:
Dirty Harry Potter
Freddy vs Kramer
Hulk Fiction
Indiana Jones's Diary
Fear and Loathing in the Matrix
A Fish called Nemo
Big Trouble in Middle Earth
Lawrence of Tatooine
2001 Dalmatians
and just for astrogirl2 - Steinbeck's The Grapes of Khan