First of all let me just wish all my American readers a very happy 4th of July. Have a great day everyone, even if you did kick British butt! 😉
Secondly, I’m at home alone today, doing, well, laundry and playing catch-up with household chores. Not because I want to, but because the Other Half—Left Brain—was asked to go into work today for an extra-ordinary meeting that they had to attend due to the client’s request.
I’m also stuck at home because we discovered a leak in the guest bathroom. Well, we think it’s a leak, as water had pooled beneath the cistern. It could just be condensation from the extreme heat. Especially as we’ve had the apartment closed up, to keep it cool. So, of course, someone has to wait in for maintenance to come.
Anyway, my time home alone has given me the opportunity to download all the photos from both cameras, and back them up to HD, never mind what I have on my smart phone. In just three days alone, we’ve acquired way too many images of goats, guardsmen, and lots of pretty flowers!
I won’t bore you further with another gallery. But I will mention we watched a movie last night: Victoria and Abdul [there is an interesting article about the “friendship” here, at the Smithsonian] is about one of the most unusual friendships in history.
Victoria and Abdul is a moving, poignant, heartfelt, laugh-out-loud fun and yes, tearful at the end. Every heartstring and every emotion possible is pulled and plucked, while the dialogue is, as you would expect from a BBC coproduction with Working Titles Films, funny, acerbic, scathing, observant, and so much more. The asides and back chat, the whispers and hushed conversations, as important as every wonderful moment between Dame Judi Dench, as Victoria, and Ali Fazal, as Abdul Karim, her beloved Munshi [teacher] and, over the years, a trusted advisor. He gave her daily lessons in Urdu (how to write and speak the language) and counselled her on Indian Affairs, much to the consternation of her other advisors at the time, including Bertie — later to become the short lived King Edward VII.
Their 14 year friendship is squashed into a near two hour movie, so I’m sure a great deal has been sacrificed to give us this ‘snap-shot’ of their time together. But what a glorious snap-shot of a movie. Beautifully filmed and acted by the stellar cast of famous Brit actors. This is, for me at least, one of those outstanding movies that I am sure, will stand the test of time. Reminiscent of those Merchant Ivory productions, that suck you in and don’t let you go till the last frame has flickered off the screen.