Happy New Year everyone. I’m currently cleaning out my inbox at the moment, and that led to me discovering this old meme, which I got from the one and only cafedave. Here are the rules of the meme:
- Link to the person who ‘tagged’ you
- Post the rules on your blog
- List 6 random facts about yourself
- Tag 6 people at the end of your post
- Let each person know they have been tagged by commenting on their blog
- Let the tagger know the entry is posted on your blog
That’s the official rules. But, for my own part I think enough damage to society has been done by peer pressure, so I’m going to skip the part about tagging 6 other people. (Unless the Meme Police show up on my doorstep, in which case I’ll reconsider.)
1. Up until age 16, I was not a huge watcher of films. It was more something I did for light entertainment. But when I was 16, in November 1994, a 70mm copy of a film named Gettysburg came to the Hoyts Regent cinema in Brisbane. The film was so long, that I went in to an 11.30 am session and exited the cinema at 4.10 pm that afternoon. (Don’t ask me what I did for lunch. Maybe I had an early lunch.) But during that 4 1/2 hours, my life changed. From then on, I have always been on the search for films that challenge my thinking, that stir my emotions, films that resonate for hours afterwards and definitely films that have great soundtracks. After an extensive period of movie-watching since, I can say that actually, that rarely happens. As a result, Gettysburg has gone on to become my favourite movie and my benchmark of what a brilliant piece of filmmaking should look like. Once it came out on video (and they made me wait nearly a year to rent it and nearly three to buy it), I used to watch it religiously every year – a tradition which I mostly kept up until I had children. Now 4 1/2 hours is hard to come by, but it’s sacrilege to watch Gettysburg over two nights.
2. I bought the soundtrack to the film Immortal Beloved, where Gary Oldman played Beethoven, back in the mid-90s somewhere and found out that if I played the excerpt from the 9th Symphony on the stereo and closed my eyes and listened to it, I would literally get cold shivers all the way down my spine. Thus began my Relentless Pursuit of Cold Shivers.
3. I used to be a huge fan of The Three Investigators as a kid, but they seem now to be all sadly out of print. What is it with the things of my youth? Does no one else care? (No, I know there are Three Investigator fansites out there, but that still doesn’t bring the books back.)
4. My secret hobby at the moment is trying to work out a way of objectively measuring why most people don’t like classical music and then changing their mind. Maybe there is no way of doing this, but I’d like to think there is.
5. I’ve always thought about learning German, but I have yet to wrangle my time to a level where I can devote time to learning it properly.
6. I always struggle in life with trying to do too much, and thus find it hard to focus on the things that are most important. All of which is a good reason to finish this post and then move on.