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November 25, 2008

Yep, I actually took a day off — shocking, yes. Curled up with two Saturdays(delivered on Mondays) worth of the FT weekend. Very nice. Especially this week’s which also had the virtue of being almost timely. Then I followed up with the Big Bang Theory — very funny, especially when Facebook informed Leonard he had a girlfriend. The show is doing a good job of mixing up the characters used for humor focus, although we could use a Raj episode, and the surgical resident dating Leonard seems to work. I do miss Leslie Winkel stomping through spitting out the word “Dumbass” in Sheldon’s direction though. Then Gayle watched Top Gear — I always thought the things I didn’t do well in the car were me, but apparently no American cars do certain things well so new goal, drive a European car sometime.

Last week’s Slow Lane column discussed the Alexander technique, one of those simple things that make so much sense — it’s an acting technique; you usually find it mentioned in books that discuss Rolfing and bodywork, but I believe there are a few books by dancers that focus solely on it. The idea is to free up your voice by freeing up your posture and it makes sense. I have never done a full class, but I have tried to adopt a few of the basics.

This week, we had two of my FT writer triumvirate turning in excellently useful stuff. Stefan Stern had lunch with Tom Peters who humbly explained he was paid a lot of money to tell people things they already knew and his job was basically just to push them into the end zone. Very quick, practical read. And at the end of the article, Stern listed his topfive modern thinkers on management worth reading — Drucker, previously mentioned here, was one as was Gary Hamel, suggested to me by friend Sally at McGraw-Hill UK after my “yuck business speak” rant.

And Sarah Hemming now has me on a pantomine kick with my favorite interview yet, if only because Susie McKenna is the first person I’ve read about in my Hemming led tour of London theatre that I’d actually like to follow around, roll up my sleeves and learn by doing things with. The only trouble is I have no actual visual memory files for a pantomime — it’s not something easy to find in America. I have some imagined combinations of Ian McKellan and my grandmother’s housedresses and PG Wodehouse characters describing people as pantomime aunts (I think, will reference, any excuse to pull out the Wodehouse). Must check out the Hackney website and see if they have previous year video — which is of course nothing like being in an audience, but would still give me a feel. It sounds very like my sort of thing — a fast moving and very organized chaos of comedy.

And the Last Digital Business page threw off a comment about how Londoners had 37 words for clouds and I am going to need to find them. And the weekend’s big book review topic was weather, Gayle loves weather books and The Wrong Kind Of Snow sounds like fun (to read about, not shovel).

And now I must rescue my tea. Happy Tuesday.

  1. Sue Benson permalink

    Actually the Alexander Technique is a lot more than an “acting technique”. Check out their website for more information:

  2. Good point.

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