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Does a question always need an answer? Questions help us learn, but what we do with the answer is extremely important. Can we live without answers?
Originally posted on The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally:
After 850 days of consecutive blogging, there’s no question that I love questions, is there?
Unquestionably, last night at a therapy group, somebody asked a question about Ouija Boards, which made it up on the White Board:
The advertising tagline for the Ouija (a combination of the French and German words for “yes”) Board is:
You’ve got the questions and the spirit world has the answers.
What’s your question about that?
If you had a Ouija Board, what would your question be? What’s your question, right now?
I saw that question an hour after last night’s therapy group asked and answered lots of questions.
Does that sign mean that we only get one question?
That’s my question, in the moment.
What’s your question, about any of these other things I questioned yesterday, by capturing them on my iPhone?
What are those top cats looking at?
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Music to me
While I have been recuperating from Knee surgery I have made my way through John Lydons Biography. I have been aided by the fact that we have a snazzy new bed with built in lights. I have always been a fan of John Lydon, particularly the band PIL. I don’t know the man personally, but I have watched many interviews and I have liked what I have heard. His biog, thus far has been a great read, particularly his views on music. I love music and enjoy being introduced and finding new bands. I wouldn’t say there is a particular genre of music that I like the most and you can see from my collection there is quite a mix. I do prefer Cds to downloads as there is something tangible to hold and I prefer hearing music through a Hi-Fi system. That being said you can’t…
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British Tv Drama
This is a British TV drama about a group of teenagers going through life’s ups and downs. I used to watch it a teenager, but never finished it as I am hopeless at keeping up to date with TV and there wasn’t iplayer back then, so once you missed it, you missed it. I tried to find it gain a couple of years ago on Youtube, but only the first 2 series were on there. I am off work recovering from knee surgery, so I had another look and found all 4 series. Thats how I have spent my time.
It is a great show and really gritty, dealing with difficult subjects that weren’t covered before. There is humour to it as well, so it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s filmed using many different techniques and it’s not afraid of being weird. Weird is good, no not good, GREAT!! Each episode is filmed from the point of view of each person. The characters are all in their late teens going through love, college, stress, fun, drinks and trying to work things out.
We have Jamie who is the group clown ,with a heart of gold, who makes mistake after mistake, loves deeply and loyally, but is always there when needed.
There is Sooz who is best friends with Jamie who is an art student, full of self doubt and has bouts of depression. She is different to the rest and wants to be different, but doesn’t know why? Or how? She is pretty mixed up, but her friendship with Jamie although has it’s ups and downs remains steadfast. She is my fave character and it was brilliant that depression was covered because it’s major issue and sadly a killer.
There is Alex who is gay and has always known it. His friends have known for a long time, without issue, but his parents have no idea. He struggles to hold down relationships, but is the voice of reason for many, pointing out what they should do when they get into a mess, which they often do.
Nikki is the rich kid, posh girl who is a complete mess. She has issues with her parents and sleeps with anyone and everyone. She never quite gets a relationship together until the end. Her relationship with Sasha is tempestuous and leads to many bust ups.
Sasha is the brat of the clan and will trample on everyone to get her way. She is materialistic and vain. She can be your friend one minute when she needs you, but drop you when it suits. She never really does improve although there are brief moments of humanity.
Rob is probably the weakest character and is a bit wishy-washy when it comes to women, he doesn’t know what he wants? When he has it, he messes it up. He has a bad relationship with his father which often turns out violent. This makes the struggle to build a relationship, that much harder.
The series covers topics like depression, suicide, drugs, debt, affairs, abuse. Would you see a group of people like this in real life? Maybe? I don’t have friends like that. This is a TV program that wants to send out a message, which means that a small group have to go through a lot of turmoil and happiness to get the message across. It does this brilliantly and I think there should be more shows like this now. Maybe there are? There are lots of tears, smiles, laughs throughout. The acting is brilliant although this group haven’t really gone on to do much more. You don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy it because as an adult the same problems exist.
The way it is filmed is original and I love the way each character has there say as if they are talking to you from the screen. I think people going through the same problems would have a character to relate to. I’m not sure if it is on dvd? But I would love to get it.
The Theory of Everything
Motor Neuron disease has had a big impact on my family particularly my Grandmother, Aunt and my cousins, sadly because my uncle died due to the disease. I’m not going to go into that because it’s not for me tell, but it did give me an understanding of the disease first hand and it makes the story of Stephen Hawking that more miraculous to me. I’m not sure of the scientific facts behind his continued existence under the disease, but someone stated that they thought it was because he has great reason to live and his power is in the mind not the body, but then he wasn’t given much chance to test that theory because he was able bodied for such a relatively short period. That being said, I think there must be many that have a mind that they could continue to exercise and yet they still die. I can’t speak about how a person feels with the disease because I do not know? But it’s an interesting theory.
Stephen Hawking is lauded as a genius of science who changed the way many people think about the world we live in. I have to take peoples word on that because with my feeble mind I have no idea of how all those symbols explain time and everything around us. I have no idea what it all means? It’s fortunate that you do not have to, to watch this film. In fact you do not need to know much about Stephen Hawking at all to enjoy this film because it is more about his and his family’s, struggles with the disease, particularly his wife.
The film starts out at Oxford where we see a young Stephen, who lives a chaotic life and is the archetypal eccentric genius. He is not particularly hardworking and leaves everything to the last minute, but then he has no need to rush because he deciphers things so quickly. He meets and falls for Jane and before he really gains notice he is diagnosed with Motor neuron disease, giving him only a few years to live. He shuts Jane out not wanting to be a burden on her and hoping to set her free. She is a fighter and wants to fight the disease with him of course not really knowing what lies ahead and that the battle will be a long and painful one. They marry and Stephen defies doctors and continues to live on and work on his theory and then of course work on disproving his theory. We see how Jane takes on everything and struggles to cope, where as Stephen despite the illness lives quite a care free life playing with the children and working on his theory. Jane takes on everything, looking after the house, the children and Stephen. She does this because she loves him deeply. She soon has to deal with his fame and the adoration he receives while she is stuck at home. She is no dunce herself of course and is very intelligent, but it is hard for her to continue her education.
She soon develops feelings for a man that works with the family and helps look after Stephen and an arrangement is made. A new carer is brought in and Stephen too develops feelings leading to the breakup of the marriage. This being said the film does seem to make Jane out to be the bad guy. This seems unfair as it would be hard for anyone to cope with a life like this. She doesn’t walk away and continues to stand by Stephen, but he moves on. I think this caused a great deal of problems for them up until recently.
The performances from both Eddie Reymayne and Felicity Jones are brilliant and really make this a brilliant film although I believe it is not wholly accurate. For Eddie to take on the role was very brave and to take on the disease was also quite courageous. It must have been extremely uncomfortable and very hard to show the emotions when you can barely move. I think he is a sure bet for the Oscars and rightly so. He makes a good film and a good script into an amazing triumph. Felicity is brilliant as Jane, even applauded by the lady herself who couldn’t believe that it wasn’t herself on screen. That has to be better than any award Felicity may or may not receive. I thoroughly enjoyed the film having not read the book it’s based on. I think there have been a number of criticisms of how accurate the film is, but I can’t judge the film on this. I think the performances are better than the film itself, but still this is a must see.