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Half term

It's half term here, and overall it's been a peaceful sort of week. On Monday Mum came round for tea and we had a nice shepherd's pie, I also managed to sort out a heap of laundry. On Tuesday morning I popped up to the church office to sort out the printing of some tickets and a few other matters concerning WWW (Won World Weekend - 7th - 9th July). In the afternoon I went round to Kathryn and Laurence's place and stayed there for tea.

Yesterday we went to see the movie of the da Vinci Code. I really enjoyed the movie, but I didn't find that it raised the sort of questions in my mind that I thought it might, although very good theatrically, I just didn't find it at all believeable, or even thought provoking in terms of oppression that the church has inflicted over the years. The film seemed to me to have nothing to do with belief, only "the teacher" seemed to actually feel strongly about the issues, everyone else in the movie was largely motivated by other things, power, money, reputation, maybe Silas was the exception to that, I'm not sure. I think I really ought to read the book, (which has been waiting for me to get round to it for weeks) so that I get a clearer picture. I think it is really interesting that people have been so motivated by stories about the Holy Grail over the years, the Legends of King Arthur, The Dark is Rising series, Indians Jones, many more too, why is it so fascinating? We had a lovely meal at Frankie and Benny's afterwards too.

I have to go to the dentist soon, we have an Asda order being delivered this afternoon too, I want to pop round to Mum's later as well. My case is packed for Switzerland except for last minute things, and we're organised for decorating the church on Saturday ready for the Pentecost Party. So I think everything is under control for now...

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moth1
Jun. 1st, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely time in Switzerland!

I thought The Da Vinci Code was a rubbish book (the much vaunted puzzles were easy to work out and every chapter was predictable) so I haven't bothered seeing the film. The whole issue was so much better dealt with in Umberto Eco's 'Foucault's Pendulum', which is much more thrilling, though admittedly a more difficult read!

I suspect the appeal of the Grail is generally fuelled by the romance of Camelot with which it seems to have got intertwined, and somehow separated from any real religious significance.
vivh
Jun. 1st, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Mum thought that the Da Vinci Code was a really disappointing book too, I think that's part of the reason I never got round to reading it, her judgement of books is usually pretty good.

I'm not sure about the whole grail thing, I agree that it's not got much to do with religion, but I think it's connected to people being fascinated by objects of power, the grail is one object of power, but there are also magical rings (LOTR, Narnia, Wagner's ring etc), philosophers stones, magical harps etc etc at the centre of so many myths and legends. Maybe a thirst for secret power is the source of fascination?
moth1
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Maybe! Along with special swords and words of power!
Can't say I've had the same feelings about the grail since Monty Python, but I've always loved the Arthur stories, and LoTR.
Take heed of your Mum - and me. Find something more worth reading and be glad you enjoyed the film!
vivh
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
I've never seen the Monty Python version, and it isn't high up my list of things to do!(not a moral objection or anything, just not really interested!)

I have plenty of other books to read, but I probably will at least skim through it just so I can see how it relates to the film. Then I will say to both you and Mum, "You were right, it's rubbish!"

I love Arthurian stories too, I find all the different angles that writers take really interesting. I love LOTR too, even before the film. BTW the one thing LOTR and the Da Vinci code had in common was the acting Ian McKellen, he was really brilliant in the Da Vinci Code, his character by the far most convincing in every respect!
moth1
Jun. 1st, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
But then Ian McKelen is brilliant, but sometimes he accepts rubbish scripts. I suppose he has to eat ...

I used to read LoTR about once a year but now I can choose between reading and watching. I love high fantasy, at least in part because of the way it handles 'grand' themes which might be hard to take in novels about 21st century England.

I love thrillers, too, but they have to be well written and I think I resent Dan Brown taking the world by storm and earning so much when his work is so shoddy.

I went to the Louvre for the first time recently and loved it - but can't imagine people wanting to take the Da Vinci trail!!

And I have just seen the time and we should both be in bed! Goodnight!
takahe
Jun. 1st, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree with moth1, the book wasn't that great. Entertaining, sure, but it had no affect on me or my faith whatsoever. I didn't even question the faith thing back when I read it - gosh, I'm sure it was well over a year ago now. Or more. It was just a novel, and the fourth one by that author, and I was getting tired of him by then LOL but I had the set of four given to me so I carried on *g* - although I did get the heebie jeebies when he got stuck under that sarcophagus thing - oops, was that in that book or the other one... that was an uncomfortable moment for me!

I am so jealous of your under controlness. I am totally at sea this morning ...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!
vivh
Jun. 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous of your under controlness. I am totally at sea this morning ...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!

Everything that I can control is well under control, however the event we're supposed to be organising for July is turning out to be a series of problems to solve every bit as complex as the Da Vinci Code, and mostly out of our control. The event at the moment has little substance, and one of the speakers is arriving back in the country on the day Steve was hoping he would do a seminar, we need to organise some event for him on the Sunday, instead! Meanwhile I somehow need to enthuse everyone about an event which doesn't really exist yet!! I wonder why we agreed to do these things! No I don't mean it really, I'm sure it will be great.

I hope your day improves, I'm sure everything will be fine. How are the boys? I hope they are feeling better and that your principal behaves herself today!!!!
takahe
Jun. 2nd, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
I am sure that what you organise will be great, it always is! I've seen the photos *g*
And when your heart is in the right place, things seem to just fall into place.

My day is getting better, I've been to school, done the Assembly, stayed away from the Principal, visited my friend with MS, met with the Chair of the BoT, had a cup of tea with her, tidied some of the house and now it's quarter past one. How much can I fit into a day? heh! I have the Archdiocesan Synod all weekend, and that starts tonight. Yikes!
vivh
Jun. 2nd, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
Mostly I agree to organise things that are possible! But I'm sure we will find a way Just trying desperately to stay positive about things at the moment*g*

I'm glad you had a good day, and I'm waiting with interest to hear what Archiocesan Synod is like for you!! Have a good weekend!
takahe
Jun. 2nd, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
I have gotten through the first introductory session, with a huge Mass and then a talk from the Archbishop, and it was actually very uplifting, spiritually speaking, and should prove to be quite a lot of fun! There is a huge crowd there, we filled the entire cathedral in Hill St. So there is a lot of people managing too. But it does look promising... I'll be back again tomorrow night....
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