Saturday 31 December 2022
Thursday 29 December 2022
Wednesday 28 December 2022
The Christmas holidays is for many the time to play board games with the whole extended family. It used to be for us, anyway in our family gathering. And if there is something that irritated me when we played board games with our family, is people making up rules or ignoring them altogether because they did not know any better. Like, for instance, having whoever has the highest roll of the dice starts in Cluedo. (It's Miss Scarlet who does.) But anyway, I wanted to point out to a forgotten rule in Monopoly which has got some public attention recently. Read this Daily Mail article. So basically, if someone lands on a property and they don't buy it, the property goes to auction and it goes to the highest bidder. Moral of the story: read the complete rulebook thorougly.
Tuesday 27 December 2022
It might sound early, but I'm already feeling the post-Christmas blues, even though there's plenty of holiday left. Christmas has come and gone and after the 25th, it really go downs quickly. It may be earlier this year because I was sick on Christmas day and the days leading to Christmas. On the plus side, I have been relaxing and enjoying the quieter days. So yes, I have the post-Christmas blues, but I can live with my melancholy, as long as I acknowledge it. And you, feeling bluesy now?
Monday 26 December 2022
Sunday 25 December 2022
Saturday 24 December 2022
'Tis the season to be watching and I thought I would share something with you today, if you have time to read this blog preparing for Christmas. Anyway, I stumbled upon this article giving ten thrillers set in part or in full during Christmastime. I watched most of them, so will try to find the other ones to enjoy this season or the next. They are not exactly Christmas movies, but there is enough Christmas elements in them to give them a Yuletide feel. In any case, I prefer to watch thrillers to romcoms, migh as well make them seasonal.
Pas de chance pour moi: une tempête hivernale a frappé le Québec récemment. Il neige, il vente, c'est la totale. Ce genre de tempête que je n'ai pas vécu depuis que je suis ici. Ce qui veut aussi dire que le Québec aura un Noël blanc. Je sais que beaucoup de foyers seront privés d'électricité et que c'est vraiment difficile pour bien du monde et je ne veux pas minimiser ça. Cela dit, dans le confort de la maison de mes parents, une tempête de neige, c'est toujours joli.
Friday 23 December 2022
Thursday 22 December 2022
Wednesday 21 December 2022
'Tis the season to be watching and I surprised myself in that regard recently. I wanted to watch something Christmassee but not silly and stumbled upon A Storm for Christmas, a Netflix miniseries. It is set in Oslo airport right before Christmas, when a snowstorm forces the flights to be cancelled and the passengers to be stranded. It follows an ensemble cast of characters who must face their own demons through the crisis that the storm brings. I started watching it not expecting much (it is usually the case when I watch something on Netflix) and I think I fund my ew Christmas classic. Julestorm, as it is called in Norwegian is touching without ever going soppy, people earn their happy endings, although for some they are bittersweet. I finished it today after binging it.
Tuesday 20 December 2022
'Tis the season to be listening. I thought I shared some music tonight, as since the beginning of Christmastime I have not been sharing much music here. As the Royal Opera House has done a nice little rendition of Angels We Have Heard on High with their singers sporting cool Christmas jumpers no later than earlier today, well, I am sharing it.
Monday 19 December 2022
Saturday 17 December 2022
Friday 16 December 2022
Thursday 15 December 2022
Tuesday 13 December 2022
Monday 12 December 2022
Sunday 11 December 2022
Saturday 10 December 2022
Thursday 8 December 2022
I learned a few days ago, that French writer Dominique Lapierre died recently, at 91. He was, with Larry Collins, the author of The Fifth Horseman, a spy thriller which I received as a present for Christmas in 1988. My father thought it was the greatest thriller ever written, or something of the sort, and I remember enjoying the novel quite a lot, albeit I never revisited it in adult age. I guess I outgrew techno-thrillers. The Fifth Horseman is very much a product of its time, so it made a lot of buzz when published and the years after, because it was so topical with its time, then kind of faded away. Be that as it may, I remember it for being a pleasant read. And I it also struck me that it could be a pretty good novel to read during Christmastime, as the action is set in December. It starts on the 13th of December, if I'm not mistaken. Anyway, it came to my mind when I learned that Lapierre had died. And you, ever read the novel? What did you think of it? Tell me in the comments.
Tuesday 6 December 2022
Be that as it may, I did not get discouraged. Because I also wanted the wreaths. We have two, one green, one white, which Wolfie got from his Brio Advent calendars. As this year he did not want a Brio calendar, we had to find the wreaths of old, not being able to just wait for new ones to show up. Anyway, of course this is a daddy's job (anything games or toys related in this household is pretty much a daddy's job). But in the end, after methodically emptying the content of said box, I found both wreaths. I'm quite proud of myself. So this is how I spent my Saturday morning, but at least Christmas City has its wreaths.
Monday 5 December 2022
Today is the anniversary of the death Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I commemorate it every year. Was not sure how to do it today, but since I know that his Requiem is played in Vienna on that day, so here it is. I tried to find a good enough version, not sure it's the best one on YouTube, but you have subtitles on it, which gives a new perspective on the work. Amadeus knew he was dying when he composed it, or at least he was pretty sure of it, so the suffering in the music is pretty much his own.
Sunday 4 December 2022
Saturday 3 December 2022
Friday 2 December 2022
This year, we are again spending Christmas here in the UK, we will not go home to Québec, as I had wanted. It was a difficult decision to make, but the right one. That said, it's not because I will feel homesick that I will not enjoy myself here. When I spent the festive season in the UK, I make sure to buy the Christmas edition of Radio Times. It is a double issue, covering the whole two weeks of Christmastime, showing both radio and television schedules for the holidays. It's not that I watch all that much tellie, but it's just a nice edition that puts you in the Christmas mood. And it always has some interesting articles, if nothing else. Looking online, I found out that it will be out on the 13th of December. Not so long to wait.
Thursday 1 December 2022
Tuesday 29 November 2022
Monday 28 November 2022
This morning, we dod the school run, as usual. But we witnessed something rather strange. When we left home, it was sunny outside. The school where Wolfie goes is on the top of a hill. After parking on a street midway across the hill, we started walking up to school and saw that the top was actually foggy. It was beautiful and eerie. I could even say that it looked a bit surreal and actually magical. And that's it. That's my anecdote for the day.
Saturday 26 November 2022
Je sais que mon lectorat québécois doit déjà être au courant, mais il y a maintenant un film sorti en salle qui s'appelle 23 décembre. Exactement comme 23 Décembre de Beau Dommage. Je ne le verrai pas cette année, malheureusement, mais j'espère me rattraper pour Noël prochain.D'ici là, voici la bande annonce. La chanson de Beau Dommage n'y figure pas, mais elle doit forcément faire partie du film à un moment donné.
Friday 25 November 2022
Thursday 24 November 2022
I haven't blogged about Krav Maga in a long while, partially because I haven't gone back to it, to my great shame. But a few years ago, I started thinking about it again. I was buying a few things at a nearby corner shop, when a mother and her daughter walked in. The daughter must have been around ten, twelve top and she was wearing a Jujutsu uniform, with belt and all. I don't know if she was coming back or going to practice, must be back as it was not very early and they didn't seem to be in any rush. So anyway, I told them that if the girl was interested in self-defence, there was local Krav Maga lessons given nearby and that it was a great method, very efficient. I don't do Krav Maga anymore, but I am still evangelising. At some point, I ought to preach by example and get back to it.
Petite anecdote humoristique qui je l'espère vous fera bien rire. Ca s'est passé lors d'une conversation entre ma mère et moi via Facetime hier. Je vais la raconter comme une comédie en un acte et une scène, à la manière de ce billet datant de 2020. J'en ferai peut-être d'autres ainsi.
-Moi: votre humble narrateur et bloguer, 45 ans, marié à une Anglaise, père d'un garçon, travaillent de la maison depuis le début de la pandémie, sauf un jour par mois où il doit se rendre au bureau.
-Ma mère: donc, ma mère, qui lit ce blogue parfois, je vais pas dire son âge, mariée, mère de trois garçons et grand-mère gâteau.
Moi: "Bon, finalement, je n'aurai pas besoin d'aller au bureau demain, ce n'est pas nécessaire."
Ma mère: "Tant mieux, ce sera moins épuisant."
Moi:"Oui c'est certain que je n'avais pas envie de me taper tout le voyagement."
Ma mère: "Et puis il aurait fallu te raser."
Moi: "Oui, c'est certain."
Ma mère: "On dirait qu'il vous faut tous une bonne raison pour vous raser la barbe, votre père, tes frères et toi. Avoir de la barbe n'en étant pas une."
Morale de l'histoire: je ferais mieux de me raser avant notre prochaine conversation.