Unfinished Song, the beautiful gardens @NHMLA and writing in a car park in culver city


do you recall when we went to visit Richard at the Natural History Museum gardens?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwell who-we-are-in-RL wrote a piece for the lovely Los Angeles, I’m Yours which just went live a few hours ago (not a Column – this was more of a deliciously expanded News Piece – which in Newspaper speak used to be called NIB – news in brief – but we – well – it’s Not Brief, put it that way but it is News-y)

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the rest of our day?

oh it was lovely.

plenty of blue skies and palm trees and feeling Uplifted

and then we went to see Unfinished Song (which is called Song for Marion outside the USA – not sure why the Americans wanted to be all metaphysical about it – they usually like a nice direct title – maybe Marion, the name, didn’t “test well”, love)

if you can see this transmission in your territory it’s very affecting (not affected – affecting – as in Engendering Feelings – yes – we W E P T in the cinema, in a very good way).

and may we say how beautiful Mr. Terence Stamp still looks? – his performance is wondrous. truly.

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why yes – we Did write about it more Fully – for the Huffington Post in fact –

isn’t life delicious?

especially on days that look like this………… *sighs*


how was YOUR monday?


Is Mercury Still Retrograde?

that explains a Lot.


downtown, to see the gardens.


a truly lovely day.

we went to the Natural History Museum (yes, Vast Dinosaurs) to see the New Nature Gardens with our friend Richard Hayden, who is the Head Gardener (which made us feel Very Nancy Mitford touring a Friend’s Country Estate in the most delicious way).

wandering around a garden, with a notebook (we are Writing An Article which will appear in the next week or so, we’ll let you know, of course), one finds oneself saying splendid things like:

oh! that’s gorgeous – and look! a hummingbird!

which is the sort of dialogue that Fridays benefit from most.


why yes, we did make a short movie…………


you would?

bless you for saying that.

and after the Gardens we had Something To Do Downtown (further downtown than the Museum you see) and *coughs* yes, we took a few Pictures there too.


The Bradbury Building (as seen in the glorious Blade Runner)


the Grand Central Market (as seen in City Of Angels – the bit where Maggie tries to describe what a pear tastes like to Seth – the American re-working of the original Wings Of Desire from Berlin)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

chinese food in los angeles is like no other chinese food on earth – not saying it’s necessarily good but it’s completely sui generis for reasons we cannot put our finger(s) on. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

artisanal coffee makers are creeping into the market (they’re very good so we don’t mind a Bit). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the backs of buildings remind us of Manhattan – after the Apocalypse. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

one of these is now missing because we bought it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAeven the street art has an after-the-Revolution air downtown.

but anything is gorgeous after a morning in the gardens you see.

rose-tinted glasses – always.


how was your friday?

plans for the weekend?

do. tell.