Sunday, February 19, 2006 

A walk above Grasmere - in beautiful sunshine

The weather today was amazing - much better than it should have been for February. So I took the opportunity to do something new, and longer than I have been walking of late. A walk up Silver How from Grasmere, and along the ridge to Blea Rigg before coming down to Easedale Tarn and back to Grasmere through Easedale. Perhaps in the summer, when there's more light (and perhaps more energy in me) I can do the same thing across to Stickle Tarn and the Langdale Pikes - hadn't realised how close to Grasmere they really were.

Anyhow, some photos from today - taken on the mobile phone as someone from work has my camera for 'work stuff'.

Route up Silver How

Thr route up Silver How from Grasmere

View from Silver How

The view of Grasmere from Silver How


Looking across to a snow-capped Helvellyn

Sourmilk Gill

One of the waterfalls of Sourmilk Gill above Easedale

Wednesday, February 08, 2006 

Brokeback Mountain

Went to see the film that everyone is talking about the other night. Though before you ask what took me so long - when you live in a world of two screen cinemas it takes a while for stuff to filter through. This was the first week it was showing at Bowness-on-Windermere - though waiting is worth it. The main screen at Bowness has a circle as well as stalls. I for one end up with an aching neck in most cinemas. In the circle at Bowness you're looking down on the screen - much more comfortable. And the seats are proper old fashioned comfortable seats too.

Anyway - back to the film. It was good - but I agree with much of what Niles has said. It's obvious that it came out of a short story - and they haven't added anything to it to eek it out into a two and a half hour film. After the inital rush of action during the first summer, you end up with huge spaces of nothing, and I thought it had rather fizzled out by the end.

That said, the scenery is fantastic, and the acting great. And bottom line, this is a mainstream film tackling the question of homosexuality (even if it wasn't that thought provoking) in an environment where it's still not really accepted - and it should be given credit where credit's due for this.

About me

Hi! I'm Paul - and as you might have guessed I live in the Lakes. I work up here (or down here if you're Scottish) in PR type stuff.

Much of my spare time is spent on the fells - an avid hiker in one of the best places in the country for it.

Bit of a Radio 4 junkie, and a fan of the jazz of the likes of Jamie Cullum and Peter Cincotti. Not sure what that says about me!


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