In connection with his work Stuart attended a conference about human rights today (like so many of you he has a much more interesting job than me - sigh, a recurring theme . . . ) Anyway, he got to take in a seminar about blogging presented by the man behind Slugger O'Toole, the premier blog focusing on Northern Ireland politics. It receives over 50,000 hits a month (talk about blogebrity!) so if anyone is daft enough to wish to try to understand Northern Ireland politics I suggest you give it a look see. Well, apparently good old Slugger himself emphasised the importance of conversation within the blogging ethos, which made me feel just that much happier to have so many comments (yes apple dumpling, even from you!)
Tonight we visited the cinema across the street from us (love that) to see 'The Holiday' which was okay/basically mediocre. (Not an overwhelming recommendation considering the critic is a girl who loves a good Christmas romance movie!) On the saccharine scale the reviewer in today's Guardian compared it with having a melted Mars bar being poured down your throat (good or bad? You decide.)
While of course I did get drawn into the whole snowy Christmas/falling in love motif, I felt mildly annoyed throughout by Cameron Diaz who seems to have a knack for playing really unsympathetic characters (remember guiltily rooting for the other woman in 'My Best Friend's Wedding'?) Kate Winslet and Jude Law are likable (still, I just struggle to forgive Jude for the whole divorcing the mother of his four children/getting a new girlfriend/cheating on the girlfriend with the kid's nanny thing) However, the infinitely quirky and puzzlingly attractive Jack Black is the main redeeming factor. That, and the saccharine of course.
In other news (well, not news exactly) I just downloaded Sarah McLachlan's version of 'Song for a Winter's Night.' Originally by Gordon Lightfoot I think. It's beautiful and snowy.