WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY GRANDAD?
3rd POST- A STAR IS BORN
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THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
This weekend we went to see the film A Star Is Born at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham.
But there were other things we should and could have been doing.
Like yesterday, Sunday, we could/should have been booking for Glasonbury. Tickets for Glastonbury Festival 2019 sold out in just 37 minutes on the morning of Sunday7th October despite music fans having no idea who they’ll be seeing in the line-up. (Who cares you know there will be a brilliant line up.)
Record numbers of hopefuls attempted to get their mitts on tickets, but they’d all gone in less than an hour.
The huge festival took a ‘fallow’ year off in 2018 to rest the grounds. Next year’s weekend event is expected to be bigger than ever when the crowds descend on Pilton in Somerset to watch some of the world’s biggest bands and artists perform to some 135,000 people.
Tickets went on sale at 9am, but every single one of them had been snapped up by 9.37am.
Something else on offer to us was grandson Rory’s continuing birthday celebrations, a day out at West Midlands Safari Park. Usually we are up for anything involving grandchildren but we gave this a miss.
It was a bit awkward. For a start the joy of such places is actually being with our grandchildren to see their reaction to the animals. We do not have a stretch limousine to seat us all Mum, Dad, grandchildren and us. So it was separate cars. And Mum and Dad want the children in their car. So, fair enough, but not much fun for Grandad and Mamma sitting in our car just the two of us whilst the animals and little monkeys trash Mamma’s car around us.
As we travelled on the tram to the cinema we passed the fantastic glitter and coloured lights and excitement that was Goose Fair. The fair magically appears on the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham at the beginning of October. This year it was 3rd to 7th inclusive. It is arguably the biggest UK fun fair. Where it comes from no one knows. It just appears over night. Where it goes to is Hull and Ilkeston and many other places.
We had a twinge of guilt. We should be bringing our grandchildren here. But it’s not our fault. Their social life is so crammed full at this time of year, there is no time for Goose Fair. And even though Rory is a Goose Fair baby.
We have explained about Rory and Ewan and the ongoing birthday celebrations.
Freya and George have lots going on in their social diaries, too, with swimming and party after party. It was Cousin Erin’s Big 1st Birthday Party Bash on Sunday for them both. And also on Sunday Freya and George were so proud of their Dad. He did a 10k run in 60minutes in a 10k charity run.
That’s excellent. The best I can do is 11.26km in 2.5 hours. I like to call it walking, but it’s probably a speed slower than walking.
And that is why we were on our way, grandchildless, to see A Star Is Born.
A Star Is Born has been made 4 times:
1937 Starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, Budget: $1.2m Box Office: $2+ 111 minutes
1954 Starring Judy Garland & James Mason Budget: $5m Box Office: $6.1 176 minutes
This film ranked #43 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Passions list in 2002
1976 Starring Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson Budget: $6m Box Office: $80m 140 minutes
2018 Starring Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. Budget: $36m Box Office: $56.6m-Wk1 135 minutes
You can’t knock the production of the current version. Very good music. Lady Gaga was her excellent self. Bradley Cooper was excellent too and so looked the part. I loved the guitar rifts. But the film story and plot is so tired, cheesy and basic. It was probably novel in 1937 when the first film was made, but that plot has been done so many times in so many different ways. We want something original and new
Also, in 1937 you only had to sit through 111 minutes of it and not the marathon 135 minutes of this version.
I would give it 3*, but would say go see it if just for the music. Also bear in mind I am not a film buff and lose interest in films after the first 20 minutes unless it is the best film ever. I’d so much rather read the book, which in this case, there wasn’t one.
But I repeat, go see it.
Just one thing, we went to the Nottingham Broadway Cinema. Wonderful cinema, one of the best. But look at prices: Full:£9, Concessions (that includes us oldies):£6.90 And get this, Under 25s:£4.50. What’s that all about then?
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other.” — Brian Tracy
Happiness is…Lady Gaga’s singing in A Star Is Born
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I can hear music coming from my printer I think the paper is jamming again.
Love is…something that never goes out of fashion
TRACK OF THE DAY
JUST DANCE – LADY GAGA
Highest Chart Position: No.1 1st October 2009
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