I’m going against everything I believed, for I believed what I said about myself to others:
My spirituality is my business.
About a fortnight ago there was a crisis at work. Yours truly was being her usual expressive self when someone suggested to her, as in to me, to go on a meditation retreat. Without thinking, for how much do you think I think when I’m blurting out at sixty words per second with little punctuation when I said, “I’m not a spiritual person.” I had neither said it out loud to others before, nor said to it myself in any form. I don’t even know how true it is.
Which is rich coming from someone who has been obsessed with the ‘Hot Priest’ storyline in the show Fleabag. If you haven’t watched it, well you simply must. For now, here’s a taster of the priest in question, played by Andrew Scott: Continue reading “Of Spirituality”→
I hardly ever pay homage or even refer to the guy that inspired this whole Of Opinions thing – Francis Bacon. Nope, not the twentieth century painter, but the Renaissance essayist. To be fair, all he and I have in common is a tendency to use ‘Of’ in the title, and that too was something I ripped off from him. But, he’s got many, many interesting things to say (though I’m more fun). Like, in his essay Of Death he writes:
MEN fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. Continue reading “Of TV Deaths”→
Today I share with you, as it says in the title, a recent fake 80s pop song (and there are quite a few out there, the best being PoP!’s “PoP! Goes My Heart”) from the recent film Mindhorn, about a fake 80s TV detective. The film is rightly bonkers, and the above single a little gem in itself. “Thunder in jail” is an actual quote by Muhammad Ali.
Today is Shakespeare’s 401 death anniversary. It is celebrated as World Book Day, perhaps because there has never been another writer to measure humanity’s capacity in any given way or situation as acutely. Continue reading “Of The Power and The Glory”→
The search is on for the next Doctor on the best TV show in television history, Doctor Who. (Seriously, if you’ve never seen it, make good of your Netflix subscription and watch it this weekend. Or now. You can thank me later.) Fans are already speculating about who’s going to be the next Doctor, with Richard Ayoade and Tilda Swinton Continue reading “Vote For The Thirteenth Doctor!”→
I know only about ten people will read this, but if you’re somebody who kicks the seat in front of you while watching a movie at a theatre, or a play, or a concert, or any social arrangement that requires being in rows of seats (like a wedding or a funeral), DO NOT KICK THE SEAT IN FRONT OF YOU. Don’t you ever get kicked at? Don’t you feel Continue reading “Of Entertainment and Etiquette”→
The IMDb (Internet Movie Database) message boards are closing down. A remnant of the old Internet order in terms of concept and function, I am nevertheless a little heartbroken that I can no longer go there to discuss movies and TV. It doesn’t mean that people will stop discussing movies Continue reading “Of Talking About Movies”→
My life is filled with guilty pleasures. I just don’t feel guilty about them. – James Spader
As a means of coping with life, I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off. I don’t understand it. I mean, I am aware of the fact that it is an immensely popular show, but I don’t understand why I like it. Sure, I don’t just have a sweet tooth, Continue reading “Of Guilty Pleasures”→