My Week In Links (November, Week 4)

(Slightly late because of phone outage saga)

  • Boris Jonhson Is A Bit Of A Tool. And In Other News, It’s Raining Boris Johnson says greed is good and poverty is other people’s fault for being stupid. So, a man who considers himself intelligent and believes in the free market doesn’t understand that wages are set by markets, or that you can’t singularly quantify intelligence. Jolly good.
  • Imagine: Hitler, The Tiger and Me Beautiful BBC1 documentary about Berlin-born children’s author Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit) and how her family fled the Nazis due to the persecution of her Jewish father. Took me back to learning about WW2 as an Anglo-German and the struggle to reconcile the Germany I knew with what I was hearing. A few fun titbits took the weight off slightly: Judith is in her 90s and can still run up stairs.
  • Hitler’s Children Another BBC documentary from a while ago which the above reminded me of, in which the descendants of leading Nazis discuss their guilt and shame-ridden childhoods, and meet survivors of the Holocaust. Warning: Will make you cry a lot.
  • Borgen: Series Three You have to be careful with Borgen – it’s easy to forget that it’s shown as a double bill and find episodes yanked off iPlayer before you can catch up (as happened to me with the finales of series one and two) but it’s easy to fall back into if you miss it. In this series, Birigitte Nyborg (the now-divorced now-former Danish PM) wears glasses and has an English lover (OMG!) Katrine is a mummy (double-OMG) and Kasper continues to be a plonker with added ridiculous hair. Of course, a UK equivalent wouldn’t work because it would be spun as “See?! See?! Women can’t have it all!” rather than “Nobody can have it all and besides, ‘it’ is sort of bollocks anyway,” which is its actual point. Other ways Denmark is not the UK: In Denmark, blonde journalists with bad taste in lovers earn really good money…
  • Boozy Adults, Serious Kids: Welcome To Ab Fab Britain The Spectator’s annual quota of sensible articles.Talks about how today’s twenty and thirty somethings take fewer drugs and fewer risks than their baby boomer parents because they can’t afford to. Apparently that’s still news to some people.
  • Kenwood House Because my phone line was borked by cable thieves this week I went to the newly re-opened Kenwood House. And took many photos they thought I was press (separate blog coming up)
  • Roger Roger (BBC1) Underrated late-90s sitcom by Only Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan set in a London minicab firm. I bought DVDs of a VHS recording from eBay a few years ago and re-watched some this week. For those who don’t know I won’t go into what first drew me to this but the draw for most people is a young Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt from Life on Mars) who plays one of the cabbies, a deluded pub singer with dreams of stardom and a frustrated long-term girlfriend. She goes to all his gigs, where they pretend they don’t know each other, chat each other up then go and have sex in his car. In my innocent early teens I didn’t know this was a classic game old couples play (see also Kate Bush’s Babooshka – same principle) and was a bit puzzled. Here’s an episode from the second series (because it’s the first one I could find on YouTube – there may be others…)
  • Portrait of a Domestic Abuser Sensitive blog post about domestic abuse by someone working with victims, referencing Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson.
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