Struggling manfully to get a post in, but, you know how it is eh?

In the meantime, a quote from the film 'T2: Trainspotting', which reflects a lot of what many people call 'life':

"Choose life. Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares. Choose looking up old flames, wishing you'd done it all differently. And choose watching history repeat itself. Choose your future. Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero-hour contract, a two hour journey to work. And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody's kitchen. And then... take a deep breath. You're an addict. So be addicted, just be addicted to something else. Choose the ones you love. Choose your future. Choose life."


Should be on Radio4's 'Thought for the Day'


  1. Great to hear from you - your posts are always a priority on the reading list. You've not been at the cooking sherry again, have you Gary?

    I haven't seen T2 - I was brutalized by the original. Is it good?

    "Choose a novel written by a retired Hibs football casual."

  2. Good to see you post again! I may have to watch this film now - I enjoyed the original, but feared that the follow-up might not be as good.

  3. Well gentlemen, I think the answer has to be yes, go and see it (though these days it may be out on DVD in about ten minutes!).

    The film takes up the story of the original, but twenty years on, and revolves around an attempt by Renton to set things straight without suffering death or actual bodily harm at the hands of Begbie. There are differences from the original, most noticeably the polished performances of the actors who now make up a very strong cast, especially Ewan Bremner who plays Spud. It's also obvious that Danny Boyle had a few bob to make this one rather than the budget of just two and six and a book of Green Shield stamps for the original.

    It's lost the shock element of the first film, but time has moved on and it takes a hell of a lot to engender shock and awe these days. Frankly, I think it would detract from the storyline. Nevertheless, well worth a viewing and Irvine Welsh's cameo appearance is actually quite good too.

    Now back to the cooking sherry . . . .

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    1. I was a bit cagey about going to see it at first, but, I'm glad to say, my faith in Mr Boyle was justified.

  5. Good to see you are still lurking about! How are your hands healing? Hopefully, you are making good progress on the road to recovery.

    1. I think loitering is probably a better description of my (in) activity lately. The hands are finally on the mend, thanks for asking. Their recovery is due to a fairly standard drug which, according to my latest consultant (!), I should have been given two years ago, once it was clear the various balms and ointments weren't working. Three more months on the tablets and I'll be signed off as clear, thank God. Unfortunately I no longer see the very decorative Dr Zalazny, but I'd see the village blacksmith to get the cure.


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