Archive for January, 2011

DVD menus

We now have DVD menus designed for the forthcoming DVD editions of  A Weekend Away and A Week By The Sea. Past and current users of the series will be able to play “spot the episode” with the objects in the pictures.

A Weekend Away:

A Week By The Sea:


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A Weekend Away, A Week By The Sea

We’re still a few weeks from publication, but we now have a draft sleeve design for the two-on-one edition. A Weekend Away and A Week By The sea will also be available separately.

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Another Year

See film review of Another Year by Mike Leigh.

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New Year’s Day. I hate the fact that in Britain it’s a “dead” day. Everything is closed. But it’s not Christmas Day, so there’s no large family lunch (though we will have a family dinner this evening) or excitement. Most people are just sleeping off the night before, but I was up and about by 8 a.m., had a long New Year bath, and a careful shave, ready to face 2011.

Looking at the date, I want to write some cheques just to see 1.1.11 in print, but who writes cheques nowadays?

Usually we take down all our Christmas decorations today, but it’s going to be dinner with small kids this evening, so we’ll leave them until tomorrow. Twelfth night, the traditional date, takes Christmas much too far into the New Year. I love putting the decorations up, but after the long, slow British Christmas, I also enjoy taking them down, putting them in the attic, clearing the decks, getting ready for the New Year.

Music, on British TV, had the New Year greeted by Wanda Jackson singing Let’s Have A Party with Jools Holland. Very good, but she is getting on a bit! Last year (or the year before) was Paul McCartney duetting with Kylie Minogue, and he couldn’t take his eyes off her shapely form, and made a little too much of the hugs at the end.

Last year … and the ghost of New Years past!

This year Kylie was just before midnight. It’s funny how Kylie has become the herald of the British New Year. In my youth, it was always Andy Stewart in kilt and sporran. The skirt suits Kylie far better.

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