Well the revelation that Gilou is an alien entity from another galaxy certainly demanded that I revise my opinion, with the realisation we have been watching science fiction all these years and not a cop show. How did we not realise before now?
In terms of books, I had a pretty special childhood. My Mum was a children’s librarian so she made sure my sister and I had the right books at the right age. There were disadvantages – no comics, although we were allowed Tintin books (I used to read Mickey Mouse and so on at friends’ houses, or at the doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room).
My Mum was, not surprisingly, an inveterate quoter of lines from kids’ books – her own favourites were Alice In Wonderland (so many lines ending with “…said Alice”) and Winnie The Pooh, from which her favourite was (when Pooh was offered a choice of two things) – “Both”, said Pooh.
As I get older and less able to remember what happened 5 minutes or 5 days ago I find myself often remembering and quoting lines from books I read 50-60 years ago. The current one, as I am doing a lot of cooking, much from Ottolenghi’s books which seem to require honey every second recipe, is “Ramona never minded being sticky”. I find myself saying this when I wash my sticky hands for the umpteenth time – I don’t have OCD or anything but fuck I » Continue Reading.
It is clear from the What Else Have I Been Missing thread there are a few Spiral fans around, so I thought we could wean ourselves off our Saturday night addiction through some talking therapy. Lots to discuss now series 6 has ended (Series 7 has already gone into production, so we can breathe easy after that ending). Here are some topics to explore, but feel free to go off in your own preferred direction. I thought the end with respect to Laure made perfect sense. She has never fully faced up to the reality of being a mother; she’s made some maternal gestures, but seems more concerned with convincing others she is capable (especially the father, whose name escapes me) and now she has to face up to a reality she has made no preparation for, she has to run. Josephine’s future: I guess this will be one of the axes of Series 7. I think there is going to more investigation into Vern. Will the hitherto creepy Edelman become, through necessity, an ally of Laure and Gilou in trying to bring Vern down? Even if they succeed will Josephine get off, or is she looking at serious time » Continue Reading.