Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Woody Allen

On p136 of Memoirs of a Dervish, Robert Irwin quotes Woody Allen who, apparently, "once observed that if he could have his life all over again, he would not bother going to see the film version of John Fowles's The Magus."

That remark is almost as funny as Peter Cook's about David Frost. Apparently, Peter Cook actually did save David Frost's life when the latter got into difficulty whilst swimming and years later, when asked by someone whether he had had any regrets, Cook said, "Yes, just one: saving David Frost's life."

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Haircut, haircut, haircut:

Many years ago I wandered through the back streets of Florence and passing a small barber's shop, on a whim, went into get my hair cut. On one of the walls a poster had been stuck  of Lorenzo Amuruso wearing a Glasgow Rangers' football strip.

This morning, went for a haircut in Lacanau-Ocean. The men's section was basically out on the pavement, the women's inside. I was told to wait inside and was directed to a small chair.

This turned out to be the most uncomfortable chair I'd ever sat on. It was very small, almost like a child's chair and had inflatable cushions. There were only two positions possible: either legs straight out and head back staring at the ceiling (in other words one was assuming the shape of a surf-board) or, feet curled back around the front legs of the chair and one's torso straight-upright leaving a gap of about 4 inches between one's own back and the back of the chair.

In addition, the chair was positioned so that it faced into the wall in a corner of the salon. Frankly, all that was missing was the dunce's cap.

The haircut itself was a very pleasurable experience.

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Last night's dinner:

Prepared  in the cabin and eaten on the veranda: chicken in tomato, green beans and rice.


View from the cabin. The ocean is actually visible but my phone camera cannot discriminate its blue from the blue of the sky.

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