Quicker than you can say "touch the monolith, Dave" it's about to be 2001. Cliché though it is the year has flown over. Somewhere between The Book and The Back it's been a very instructive year for me. I've struggled with the task of biting off more than I can chew and had to deal with the consequences (this does not only refer to the writing of a book about King Crimson btw) and yet I feel buoyant and optimistic although this could be as a result of a winning combination of painkillers, prozack and Advocaat.
My mother will be joining us to see the new year in which I'm very pleased about. She's lost some of those nearest and dearest to her and I think she could use the company.
We've nothing extravagant planned; a game of Star Wars Monopoly with the kids and then at midnight we intend to light some fireworks. I'm not sure why we're doing the last bit but it seems like an idea whose time has come.
Watched a video of LA Confidential and recalled that this was quite possibly one of my favourite films of last year. It's adapted from James Elroy's novel of the same name and even though the film script takes some liberties with the original story it all works very well indeed. Elroy is a thoroughly hip writer who manages to create a convincing seedy world of Los Angeles in the 1950's. LA Confidential is actually part three of what is known as his LA quartet and anyone who likes their crime fiction particularly hard-boiled, realistic and about as unsentimental as it's possible to get should check him out.
Also well worth looking it is his biographical book My Dark Places which is an investigation into his mother's murder. It's a sombre and unflinching account of growing up in LA in the fifties and as a young boy of 12 dealing with the horrendous consequences of death and betrayal.
Hey - I'm not usually so down as this !
More snow and the kids as high as a kite. We all go into the back yard and make a traditional Christmas Dalek with a bucket for its head. You know, that sink plunger looks like its been waiting all its life for this moment.