Sunday 27 May 2012: A pewter sea
What a few days! We've been gadding around at the Schull Short Film Festival. Schull is a small village right on the sea. It's a very cosmoplitan and bohemian little place, heaving in the summer with yachting types, but still pretty interesting all year round. The village has a tapas bar, a creperie, loads of pubs, an excellent bookshop, a very good craftshop and a brilliant health food shop run by the lovely Travellersjoy.The short film festival is one of the main events and attracts people from all over the country due to the amazing quality of the films. Literally hundreds of short films are shown in venues throughout the village, you can just pop in, enjoy a pint or a cuppa and watch endless programmes on widescreen TVs; or you can go to the villlage hall and watch certain feature films and events. My favourite of the weekend was an interview by Ken Wardrop, director of His and Hers - a delightful film which consists of interviews with over 70 Irish females chronologically from toddlers through to 100 years olds who are all talking about the men in their lives - toddlers talking about their daddies, new wives about their husbands, mums about their teenage sons, long married women about their husbands, the recently widowed and the really old now fussed over by their sons. We never see the men which adds a certain poignancy. The film is made with such compassion and love and Ken was such a charming man.We went with Travellersjoy and had a delightful supper of al fresco tapas beforehand. Himself has gone in for another session today but I'm a bit filmed out.
Amazingly I seem to have finished my Desert Island discs thingy where 8 tracks is the required format, but I've never been one to stick to the rules (they're made to be broken aren't they) so am going to sneak in an extra two bits of music - one with my book and one with my luxury object. That seems fair.
Book: the Bible and the complete works of Shakepeare are already thoughtfully on the island but I would take with me The Modern Antiquarian by Julian Cope. An astonishing book whereby he gives his vision of the mainly neolithic remains scattering the British Isles. He is extremely scholarly and erudite but also adds his own unique rather rock and roll view of things. Totally fascinating. This website is based on the book.
Sneaky track 9: Isis by Bob Dylan.
Dylan has to be in here somewhere - what an astonishing lyricist and Isis is one o fhis best. The first time I heard this album, Desire, himself and I were on our first proper date! We went to Cley next the Sea and got up at some ungodly hour and travelled from the Fens to the Norfolk coast. We arrived at about 9.30, were starving and ate our picnics straight away then got seriously sunburnt! We travelled home via Norwich and ate pizzas and then the conversation dried up a bit and we listened to Desire. Some very prophetic lines here - son number 2 was born on the 5th May ( I married Isis on the 5th day of May) and the album also contains a song called Joey - son number 2 is called Joe. The link is a pretty extraordinary film of him too.
Oh, and the today's blip - cool transluscent pewters on the way to get the papers