Nico (vilakins) wrote,

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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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