the ocean, the roses and the girl with green eyes (1964)


a full day yesterday!

with much good news for who-we-are-in-RL about forthcoming work (such a lovely word) and so on and so forth (yes – we’re told to keep schtum/quiet/*sighs*)

so after Tasks Were Completed yesterday we happened to find ourselves in the loveliness of a View Over The Ocean and took a few shots.

which we’d like to share with you now (because we love doing that).


on a clear day you can see almost as far as east los angeles. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

or Japan (would that be Japan over there? *looksvaguelyatanatlas*)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

certainly a delicious spot to rest awhile and plot the evening’s entertainment.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

many roses in santa monica.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


and then the twilight came.


and we Dashed up to the Los Angeles Public Library (Montana branch – which is on Montana Street – we didn’t need to catch a plane)

for a screening!




a Vintage Screening.

and not a Hollywood Industry type event for once.

we’ll explain…..

so we have a tendency to Pick Up Flyers wherever we are and pop them in our (patent leather black – of course – messenger) bag and then Sort through them when we get home.

our friend MP in NYC used to say:

you’re the sort of person who does interesting things on saturdays.

which is true.

because we do like to Plan ahead.

well – a few months ago (are you still with us? need some coffee? we’ll wait……….hello again, lovely mug, oh! and a nice biscuit too, splendid) we picked up a Flyer at the local library and it said:

“The British Are Coming!”


we looked around nervously.

they can’t take us back now – we’ve got a green card, darlings.

but that wasn’t what it was about.

it was a Theme (we adore a Theme).

you guessed it.

British movies from the 1960s.


we were Very Excited.

especially because we Adore Edna O’Brien and they happened to be showing The Girl With Green Eyes (Edna got to adapt the screenplay from her own novel and that so rarely happens these days) which was the “breakout vehicle” for Rita Tushingham (breakout in this sense means that the film made her famous whereby she ‘broke out’ of obscurity – she wasn’t in Trouble with the Law as far as we know).

if you scroll down on this page you’ll see some lovely Stills from the film.

so back to the Flyer – it was for screenings at The Library *shivers* of British films from the 60s.

so we carefully copied out the details into our digital device and looked forward to the screening at that future date.

but a few weeks later we checked the s m a l l  p r i n t


it was for a “seniors’ screening”

(for our non-american friends, this means people of an uncertain age or, less kindly, OAPs).


A Girl With Green Eyes is shown so rarely (it being from 1964) that we just HAD to see it.

so we wrote a (very nice) note to the Librarian asking for permission to attend.

and she sent a lovely one back saying she (for tis a lady librarian) would be “delighted”.

so we finished our tasks for the day, yesterday, and bought a large cup of tea “to go” (as the americans call take-away) and waited for a while near the Library Branch in question enjoying the last few moments of late afternoon sun.


and then we took a Deep Breath and walked in.

some people looked a little strangely in our direction (“how much plastic surgery has She Had to look like That as a ‘Senior’??”) but we smiled gently and walked to the 2nd row of chairs in the community room and arranged our pashmina (the dove grey/gray one) and waited for the projector to warm up.

everyone had snacks (something called Chex which was confusing because we were Already in the Theme and sort of waited for bowls of pink blancmange and a packet of orange spangles) and some people needed help with opening the packets of Chex and then we were all settled and in Place and the Film Started!


and it was GLORIOUS.

full of Verve and Lynn Redgrave and creamy lipstick and “you’re not sorry are yer?” and “i don’t intend to get married ever!” and running through fields and slipping into his ex-wife’s long nightgown (she was in America, not in the nightgown) and lots of Tears and Tea and finding your way through the world and rushing to work because you’ve been naughty and stayed out with a Lover and avoiding the Priest because you’ve become a Fallen Woman *shivers* and oh it was GRAND.

(and we had to smile at the sub-titles to help the Americans understand the Irish accents.)

the best bit?

the Audience we saw it with.

because all the people in the Library last night Remembered the Sixties – because they were there (so they remembered it hazily) and every moment of a girdle or a ratted up hair-do or a breaking-the-morals-of-the-time happened there was a general sigh of pleasure and a chuckle of recognition.

just delicious.

Can you see this Trailer transmission in your Territory?

isn’t it wonderful?

so glad the Librarian said we could join them last night.


and now here we are writing to you (not shown – we popped next door to check on the coffee percolating nicely)

a full day ahead.

Most Exciting.

reading. lots. of. books.


we’ve had quite a few notifications from the Los Angeles County Library’s Requested Materials Division recently – and so we duly pop along to the Library and gather up our materials to “check-out” from the long set of shelves just in front and to the right of the electric doors (this one is a new Modern Library you see).

however, once we scan the covers and find our name in RL, we are sometimes mystified at our choices.

when did we request That?

and Why?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsince we moved back to Los Angeles (gosh, can you believe it’s been Five Months Now?) we’ve been much better about Not buying from Mr. Amazon and actually borrowing library books.

and to be (almost totally) honest, we were sometimes surprised when Mr. Amazon’s brown paper parcels arrived back in Manhattan – when did we Buy This? we would say.

the amusing thing is a couple of times we had Not bought it – it had been a lovely gift from William in England (as in the splendid Celia Imrie).

we often request materials on a saturday while reading the Financial Times Newspaper (the weekend one is jolly good – we’ve actually stopped reading a newspaper at any other time – *sighs* which is awful to admit when one Started one’s Writing Career on a Newspaper) – because they have a very thorough book section with excellent exposition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAno doubt this was why the Tim Parks book about Trains in Italia arrived.

we *would* link to the review in the Financial Times if we could find it but they have some silly pay wall (like that’s going to work…..) and so-we-cannot *sighs*

but once we’ve finished the book, you can read Our Review anyway.



when we Opened the Tim Parks we saw this inscription and had to take off our glasses with emotion and look into the middle distance.

how lovely.

we ADORE reading on Trains.


now here’s the funny thing – because Mr. Parks (shall we just call him Tim? He seems nice and English-man-abroad who might Insist we do) is a chap, the book is Actually About Trains.

not about Life in the way that our friend Frances bought a house in Italy and used it as a metaphor (but not in the same way as Susan used Illness as one to talk about Society or Madame deB took America and Travels and turned it into a philosophical Tome).


this is Actually about Trains.

which is lovely.

we adore Trains.

and we’re Very much enjoying Mr. Tim Parks talk about them.

more here when we’ve Finished. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

here’s another book that we had no Earthly clue why we Requested from the Library.

or how we came across the title considering the (lady) Author was not well-known (not even an Obituary to be found which is rather sad as she went to all that trouble to write such an excellent book).


the word Proper and Improper may have caught our eye.

and this book has not been Requested for decades.

we guessed it came from the Hawthorne Branch (according to notes inside) which means it must have come in a Library Van (what do they look like? – a bit like the Visiting Library Fan that used to come to Primary School when we were 7 in England?) all the way up the I-405 (we bet it got cross with the traffic – that freeway is a Nightmare) and just imagine its surprise arriving in West Hollywood.

the 1938 book had probably not left this area for a very long time.

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and now it’s being all placed on a (pale wood – something definitely Nordic and Sustainable) shelf next to Queer Politics, radical art, Vast Romantic Tomes and some children’s books in Mandarin (a lot of two-daddy-families are trying to give their gaybys a head-start in the world it seems – or perhaps these children are actually from CHINA – either adopted before the walls closed or with their high-tech parents who are infiltrating Mr. Google and the like – the books are cute – we almost thought about Requesting a few too).


back to Margaret Gilbert Mackey’s book 

it was a strange text.

lots of stuff about viaducts and native americans (she didn’t call our original brethren that though – it was definitely of that Time *sighs*) and citrus groves and the like.

but this was great.

Hollywood was at its Peak of glamorousness that year and it seems that Scandal Still Reigned in tinseltown.


you can almost hear Margaret’s combined awe and disapproval in this section.

actually a terribly Modern Attitude, one might say.

so – back to Tim and his Trains.

but only for a quick thirty minute reading session while slipping into the dark embrace of caffeine because we have a date with Helmut Newton at 10AM.

and we ADORE a Press Preview, darlings.

it feels like our career of *coughs* many years ago is coming back to give us a tiny kiss on the cheek and we’re tentatively and ever-so-gingerly feeling excited again……….

more later.

you can count on it.