The Line of Beauty

Nick GuestEnthralled by The Line of Beauty on BBC2 this evening. Great drama, based on the book by Alan Hollinghurst. Dan Stevens, the lead actor playing Nick Guest, has amazing eyes, which the director has made the most of in the promotional shots and the camera angles. Two more episodes to come, the next is next Wednesday. I’m already hooked. You can watch clips and probably the whole hour of the programme on the BBC2 web site.

Brokeback Mountain

Last night we watched Brokeback Mountain—at long last! Brokeback MountainMichael bought the DVD on Friday (I think it was released last week). The film was great, and as good as the book. Heath Ledger and Anne Hathaway were excellent, as was Jake Gyllenhaal. The ending was very moving. Read more about the film on the Internet Movie Database: Brokeback Mountain.

Had a nice bottle of rosé with the film: Cornellana Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé, from Rapel Valley, Chile. Which we should buy again (from Cambridge Wine Merchants on Mill Road)

Barry & Adam in St. Albans

07052006031Writing this on the train on the way back from St. Albans after visiting Barry and Adam. They met us at the station about six last night and cooked as a great meal in the evening: lamb and roast parsnips and lots of veg. We had Kir Royale before dinner which was deep pink and a treat. We followed this with quite a bit of wine and sherry! Adam showed us some curious web sites which I’ll post links to later.

This morning we went for a lovely walk to Old Gorhambury House and a crawl around the ruins. The house was deliberately ruined when the current Gorhambury House was built, to create a picturesque ruin. We had lunch in ‘Freddies’ in St Albans, which was very nice, apart from the roast vegetables on my pasta turning out to be boiled carrots, peas and cabbage! I got this changed for the fish.

Present Laughter

Michael and I went to see a great play last night: Present Laughter by Nöel Coward. Simon Callow was great, and great for the part. This was on at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge. The audience average age was 70.

Plot at: Present Laughter – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Simon Callow in Present LaughterOne of his finest and funniest comedies, Nöel Coward admitted that he wrote the role of egotistical charmer Garry Essendine as a vehicle for his own talent. Set in the glamorous world of the theatre during the Jazz Age, Present Laughter is a marvellously comic exaggeration of the life that whirled around Coward in his heyday. Flamboyantly dressing gowned, and devastatingly handsome, Garry Essendine may be teetering reluctantly towards middle age but everyone, both male and female, is infatuated by him. The master of scalpel-sharp repartee, ruthless put-downs and spectacular tantrums, his life is one long performance in which he can never be himself.