Saturday, 10 March 2012

A great escape

This week we went to the pictures to see, 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. It is an absolute hoot, with some excellent one-liners. The cast comprises Britain's great and good, Judi Dench, Maggi Smith, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Ronald Pickup, all pensioners escaping the threat of a grim old age in Blighty for the delights of a hotel in India. 
It is laugh out loud funny, if a little too close to home for someone of my age. Himself said, "Okay, when do we pack up and go?"
Ha ha!

I have never been to India but our daughters have visited various parts of the country and sing its praises. Wee One came back with a lip ring, a rather lovely sari and a good tan! 

I like to disappear into the dark of the pictures and immerse myself in a story.
I'm not interested in going to the pictures in the summer. It seems very strange to walk out into the street from a darkened cinema when it is still almost light outside. I have embarrassed myself in the past by emerging with damp nose and swollen, red eyes after viewing some heartbreaking film to find everyone else looking perfectly composed.
I wish that we had the weather in Britain to have films out of doors in the summer months the way that they do on the continent. My first experience of outdoor cinema was as a teenager in Italy in the fifties. Oh, the glamour!


  1. I went to an outdoor movie with a friend once after we had been celebrating our birthdays quite vigorously. We wondered why there were not many people there and why the subtitles were all backward. We scoffed at the techies. Afterwards we found out we were sitting BEHIND the screen. We've laughed about it ever since.

  2. I can picture you both - no wonder you are still laughing, it's making me smile! I wonder who the techies thought you were?

  3. We are going to the Station cinema in Richmond on Tuesday to see it. Have you been? We are going to the 5.30 performance and always go around four o'clock and have a delicious tea in the cafe before wandering into the cinema about five minutes before the film starts - all very civilised.
    The pub in Carlton is going great guns I understand and is doing an afternoon tea on Tuesday - booking only - to see how that goes. I think they intend to make it a regular thing if it goes well.

    1. My old school friend posted on an article about the 'Forester's' from the Yorkshire Post. I'm pleased that it's proving a success, I shall book in for tea next time I'm in the Dales. I'm tied to home at the moment waiting for a date for my hospital admission.
      You will both love the film!

  4. We are going to see this film shortly, and really looking forward to it! And love the hat.