I posted some older photos from my archives onto The Mirror Project today (they were remarkably quick updating, it usually takes 3 days):
I noticed someone chose one of my photos to be in the "cities" theme.
Tonight I cooked potatoes with Spanish paprika and flat leaf parsley with poached eggs and serrano ham. I made the recipe up and it came out beautifully. With it we drank a bottle of Bordeaux (should have had the Portuguese, really, but the Bordeaux was calling to us).
After dinner we watched the sweet and moving Indian Dream and The Office.
"The idea of a new wave of Asian drama has been greeted with some suspicion by Asian writers and actors who fear pigeonholing and tokenism, yet hot on the heels of Channel 4's Second Generation and Avie Luthra's The Sea Captain's Tale comes BBC2's Big Dreams season, focusing on Asian culture in Britain.
Luthra's Indian Dream is, however, notably different in both its concerns and context, swerving gritty urban realism and crosscultural angst in favour of this gentle fable that nevertheless manages to make a piquant political point.
Christopher Bisson plays Surender, an Indian English teacher who visits England on the holiday of a lifetime. Unfortunately, a passport mishap sees him sent to a detention centre under suspicion of being an illigal immigrant. Terrified that he will be forced to stay there for a year, he runs away, winding up in Sedgton.
Here, he auditions for the part of Puck in the village's forthcoming production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, pretending to be the local doctor's cousin and quickly charming Sedgton's inhabitants.
With the exception of the romantic Penny (Doon Mackichan), however, these people are the very embodiment of Little Englanders, and Surender quickly learns that the magical faries and sylvian scenery that he delights in on his arrival fail to hide the realities of everyday British life. Nitin Ganatra also brings an additional poignancy as Dr. Rajiv, desperate to be part of village life and unable to understand how Surender's "exotic" ease enchants the village more effectively than his entry into the Best Painted Gnome contest.
Sweet and subtle, Indian Dream makes a clearer point about British attitudes to immigration than a hundred hard-hitting documentaries, the magic of midsummer casting new light on everyday nightmares of prejudice and alienation." - The Sunday Times