Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Uneventful

Had a nicely uneventful Tuesday evening at home with Loulou, who was having a serious tv withdrawal after her holiday. So we made up for it in buckets last night!

Watched a couple of taped episodes of The Bachelor (Season 7, apparently) - I haven't watched any of this series, but have seen one of the earlier ones so the concept of the show was not completely lost on me. Although why anyone would sign up for it, is beyond me!
Except obviously, the guy who gets to date 20 or so adoring women, of course. But these episodes were towards the end of the series, down to 4 girls, so completely watchable - hey, this is where these reality shows get interesting. And then of course we watched CSI, I'm still hopeful about this series, perhaps naively so ... And that was naturally followed by In Justice. Nothing too spectacular, I assure you. Just a much needed quiet night in doing nothing.

Oh, and on Monday night I finished John van der Ruit's Spud (a Christmas gift from Varen).

It's South Africa, 1990. The country still squirms under the iron fist of apartheid. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela, and more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school. Cursed with parents from well beyond the lunatic fringe, a senile granny, and a dormitory full of strange characters, Spud has to forge a new life for himself in this foreign and sometimes hostile environment. Surrounded by names such as Gecko, Rambo, Rain Man and Mad Dog, Spud takes his first tentative steps along the path towards manhood. (The path, it seems, could be a rather long road.) Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes us from illegal nightswimming to the cricket field, from ghostbusting to teacher baiting. He also invites us into the mind of a boy struggling to come to terms with a strange new world; a boy whose eyes are being opened to love, friendship and complete insanity.

It is a good fun read and from what I gather even more enjoyable if you're a boy who spent any time in boarding school (or so my Dad says!). It definitely had some laugh out loud moments and paragraphs I just had to read to Varen when we were reading under the trees on the farm. Completely enjoyable and even more so because it's set here in our very own South Africa, which I really like.

3 comments:

Elle said...

hey Philly girl.. the latest season of the bachelor has been on very odd season.. why women put themsleves thru it I can never understand...

Leon said...

Hi, I just listed your blog here. Thanks.

phillygirl said...

Thanks man ;) Apparently I'm a Stat-whore ... Thanks V.

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