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Monday, February 27, 2012

Right. After two days of ceaseless hard work, the cooking, cleaning, washing and shopping are all done, and I'm seriously testing the theory that housework never killed anyone. But on the plus side, the carpets are so clean, it would be a pleasure to collapse on them. In addition, we're doing our bit for medical science by finding out if the development of an unborn baby can be improved by regular doses of Ben & Jerry's Vermonster ice cream and microwaved Frankfurters. Lisa thinks yes.

In the meantime, Amelie's made a new friend in St Leonards...

That's the friend on the left. The bloke on the right (who appears to be wearing Amelie's dog hat) is the one who put her in a summer dress in late February. We've all been there. I went through most of last winter without knowing where Amelie's vests were.

But wardrobe malfunctions aside, it's important to make the most of any child-free opportunities life throws at you, so having spent some quality time with a bottle of Flash and a hoover, I've decided to get up close and personal with my wife. With Amelie due back in 24 hours, Lisa and I have decided to extend date-night to the whole day.

Needless to say, when you've spent the weekend doing housework, what you really need is a nice sit down and a bit of peace and quiet. So we're going to the cinema to watch a silent film.

 Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty  ImagesPersonally I refuse to see anything that hasn't won five Oscars the night before, so we're off to see 'The Artist'. I want to find out which of these two is the better actor.

Admittedly it's taken a certain amount of persuasion. As Lisa said to me this morning, "I don't even like black & white films with sound, never mind ones without", and with the exception of 'Clerks', I'm pretty much with her on that one. But as the American film critic Richard Roeper said, "Yes, it's virtually silent, it's black-and-white, and you might not know the leads. But if you don't take a chance on this film, we can't be friends any more". And I'd hate us to fall out.


Phil's Dad said...

You'll be glad to know that the bloke in the photo is the other little girl's Dad.   And he's wearing his own hat.   He was pretending to be a dinosaur (as you do) and making scary dinosaur noises, which made Amelie and her friend (Alicia) run!!

Phil's Mum said...

And it was Amelie's friend's idea - NOT mine - that they should both take off their coats.  By that time, Am had big holes in the knees of her tights, so it didn't seem to matter what else she took off.

Jp Cheshire said...

It's lovely that Am and Alicia are enjoying some quality time in St Leonards 'Jurassic Park' theme attraction and the man with a dog hat did eventually turn up and pretended to be a velociraptor, or quite frankly it could have been a dissapointment for them both. 

On the film front. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT. Some of the best films are Black n White. Lets not forget the Woody Allen back catalogue?

Phil said...

True. But Woody Allen used colourful language, so I didn't really notice.