July 13th, 2002


Tour de France

For some reason, I kinda like watching Tour de France on TV..

I mean.. absolutely nothing.. well.. not that much at least, and when somehting happens, it's fast and far between..

Still.. it's kinda interesting.. as is my interest in seeing Boston Marathon, London Marathon etc, on TV..

I think there's several reasons..

That it's kinda "dumb".. kinda relaxing..

Since not that much happens, the commentators doesn't need to spend that much time commenting on the action, but can talk about it in general, giving lots of various facts etc, that may or may not be related to, in this case, Tour de France etc..

As for sport.. it's kinda.. suspensful.. nothing happens, nothing happens.. and .. you kinda sit and wait for it to happen..

One huge benefit is the, since Marathons and bicycle etc, is really long, and takes place out of a station.. It's perfect "touristy"... Being able to see the landscapes, see what towns looks like etc.. You get some sense of the place they're at.. (and way too often.. darn.. that looked great.. I'd love to go there)..

Hmm.. they just talked about an island close to where they are at the moment, which is surrounded by water only certain times of the year.. Some conditions being right for it to happen.. That way, if one wants to see it as the island it is.. you gotta time the trip. Sounds kinda interesting..


They're showing "Excalibur" on TV right now.. Except that it's hard not to think about "You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you." (Monty Python and The Holy Grail), when seeing it, few movies has been so influencual on my life.. in some senses..

It was because of that, I think, I read my first book in English; Sir Thomas Mallory's "Le Mort d'Arthur", which "Excalibur" is most directly based on. Which, of course, was a monumental task, to start reading.. It being written in prose in the 14th century, sure didn't made it easier.. but.. well.. it went surprisingly well, and was a start.. And since then, I haven't read that many books in Swedish. I, for sure, hasn't bought any..

Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" is featured heavily, or at lest "O Fortuna" for key scenes, and even if you can mind Orff being a supporter of the nazists etc, it sure is a masterpiece, and.. of "works", by far my favorite works of music, and I think I've got 5 different recordings of it, at home, + a video of a Swedish "opera" based on it (Which I'm still sad I missed having a chance of seeing live because I so much wanted to).

The visuals of the movie has influenced me a lot, and even if I haven't been able to directly use it, it's something I long for.

and.. I've been a huge fan of Helen Mirren ever since, too...