Sunday, September 13, 2009


"We are all Cinderellas at the Ball"

Delight by JB Priestley is a book illustrating the many joys to be found in the smallest things in life. Published in 1949, it consists of a series of short essays, focussing on delights such as walk in a pine wood; Sunday papers in the country; reading in bed about foul weather, suddenly doing nothing and waking to smell bacon, a new box of matches.

This leads me on to one of my little delights in life: The BFI London Film Festival's programme booklet. Available a month or so before the festival kicks off every autumn, this free 100+ page magazine has a good paragraph for each of the couple of hundred films on show.

I love to pour over the descriptions, reading the fantastic ideas, stories, emotions, each accompanied by a photograph which may or may not give much away. Titles which spring out at me at a glance now include "Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly", "Dear Lemon Lima", "Have You Heard From Johannesburg", "Jelly Fishers", "Men Who Stare At Goats", "Woman Without Piano" and so many more. Roll on 14-29th October, and the London Film Festival.

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