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My Lovely Wife has been away in Holland on a singing holiday. The Captain and I were left to our own devices for the week. MLW left on Monday morning. We continued to have visitors. BB and one of the Captain's grown up cousins were staying. BB took the Captain to school on Monday and Tuesday and collected him on Tuesday. We headed round to my dad's for tea on Monday after he had picked up the Captain. Sunday saw BB and my nephew going to see a rather good comedy magician called Pete Firmin. He for some reason reminded me of George Formby. Or at least how I imagine George Formby would have been. Had he been a comedy magician. He was entertaining.

We also went to see Chris Turner, a cousin on the other side of the Captain's cousin. As Robin Williams might have put it O Cousin of My Cousin.

http://www.christurnercomedy.com/about/

Chris is a philosphical stand up and freestyle rapper. He makes me think and his show is multi layered and many textured. It also had a picture of the Captain's cousins in the bath.

On Wednesday I went out for dinner with my dad and his oldest friend. Couple of beers in Summerhall then grilled meaty delights in Hanedan's. Good to see my dad's mate.

Grown up cousin left on Tuesday. BB left on Wednesday.

I had many early nights and did about a dozen loads of washing and cleaned the bathroom. The Captain and I went for a ride on our new tag-a-long tandem. It works but it will take some getting used to.

University update - BB has a place at university. Not her first choice despite getting an A* in the subject she's planning to study. Hey ho. She'll enjoy where she's going.

I was very impressed by how quickly and forcefully she reacted to not getting her first choice. It took her less than two hours to sort out a place following what I know would have been a great disappointment to her. When it mattered she executed. I'm very proud of her for all the hard work she's put in and very pleased that it has worked out well in the end.

I watched Deadpool last night whilst MLW was out at choir. It was perfectly acceptable. The actiony bits were action-packed. The promised levels of sarcastic witty banter were wittily sarcastic. The darker tinged plot was tinged a touch darker than I might have expected from a superhero movie. It had a begining, a middle and an end and competently started in the middle, moved to the begining and worked up to the end. I quite enjoyed it.

I feel like I might have missed something. I'm not a comic book fan or a fan of superhero fiction so I'm probably not seeing amusing subversions of the genre or I'm underestimating the appeal of a character I'd not heard of till I saw him on the side of a bus. I fully accept that I may not be the target audience for the film. It provided a good level of diversion and entertainment after a long week Captain Wrangling

Date: 2016-08-30 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
I have not figured out how the strong fences fit in.

Date: 2016-08-30 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] widgetfox.livejournal.com
Gotcha, I think.

Date: 2016-08-30 09:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I think it was the subversion of the genre, and the in-jokes, that you were missing. Without that it was just a solidly good, quite funny, action movie.

Good for BB for coping with things so well and getting them sorted out.

Date: 2016-08-31 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zenicurean.livejournal.com
It's been pointed out here and there that ultimately Deadpool's story added up to a fairly basic superhero movie plot -- you have your protagonist, your love interest, mysterious origins, generically evil villain with generically evil mooks, saving said love interest, a final showdown, the whole works. I thought the movie was enjoyable as it is, but I think it would've been awesome if they had found a way to give that very recognisable old structure some sort of twist.

Date: 2016-08-31 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danieldwilliam.livejournal.com

I'm totally happy with a solidly enjoyable movie that other, more knowledgable people saw more stuff in. That's not a bad outcome.

I'm delighted with the gumption she's shown. She's usually a very considered circumspect individual. I was concerned that she'd spend some time working out the right approach to take but when it really mattered she got right on it and sorted it out.

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