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The Ambitiously Titled Cultural Happenings Post

TBH, what I've mostly been doing is watching Archer and Paw Patrol on Netflix. But I do get out sometimes.


The Red Barn at the National Theatre appears completely sold out until the end of its run, and deservedly so. Based on a non-Maigret novel by Georges Simenon; tense, psychological and snowy; brilliantly staged; has the love interest from The Night Manager in it.

I can't say too much without spoilers, but one scene features those '60s egg-shaped hanging chairs and everyone in my party coveted them greatly.


Too early for Christmas music? Not when it's Kacey Musgraves with A Very Kacey Christmas.

Elsewhere, it's the 25th anniversary of REM's Out Of Time and I have about four hours of Radio 2 on the subject to catch up with.


The Petrie Museum's Archaeology and Espionage season is coming to an end, but I caught their screening of Dishonoured, a 1931 movie in which Marlene Dietrich spies for Austria but finds herself falling for her opposite number, handsome Russian aviator-spy Colonel Kranau.

It's a surprisingly good spy flick, with bonuses of a cat, some biplane action, cat in biplane, and an actor who rejoices in the name of Gustav von Seyffertitz. See the picture below for a small clue as to why I liked it so much.



Archeology and Espionage? Interesting theme for a film season.

We've put the Christmas tree and decks up at the Plume yesterday so the festive season is upon us.... I hope that doesn't mean I have to put tinsel on the better half 's chair...

I've not read a lot of Simenon but do own one of his non-Maigret books.
Christmas icon time!!
Hmm, I might investigate these R.E.M programmes on Radio 2 of which you speak! Any idea where they are? iPlayer radio is so hard to search unless you know the exact name of a programme!
One is Jo Whiley: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081ssd9

And this (from 6Music but heavily trailed on R2) appears to be a two-parter, it's worse than I thought: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08541fg

Edited at 2016-12-01 04:10 pm (UTC)
Is there anybody who didn't giggle at that quite glorious name? I do hope not. ^_^

Ye gods and little fishes, Marlene Dietrich had such stunning looks - more intense than even Lauren Bacall.
There was quite a lot of giggling! But it was surprisingly moving in parts, too.

And yes! I'd never taken any notice of Marlene before, but crikey!