It’s perhaps been the most active week since lockdown began in March. I actually managed to get out of my cave for a bit! The most I’ve managed over the past six months has been to help sort out the shared sewage drains, and put the rubbish out. Apart from that, I’ve not wandered far from the house.
On Wednesday I went for a haircut. The first one in five months. It was getting uncomfortable with hair covering my ears, getting tangled at the back. Just horrible. So I managed to book an appointment with my local hairdressers to get it sorted once and for all. Loads of PPE in place – full face shield, mask, hand sanitisers – the works. Me with my mask. It was all good – 45 minutes later and I stepped out the place feeling so much better.
On Thursday I had to go down to Guildford to pay in a few cheques into my bank. I had intended going by bus, but lunchtime and work commitments forced me to switch to Uber instead. It was surprisingly much cheaper than I expected, and the whole thing took less than an hour as a round trip. The Uber driver and I chatted about the whole situation – me in the back with my face mask on, and him driving with his. What did surprise me was the sheer number of people wondering about in Guildford and how many of them weren’t wearing masks. Popping into the bank felt weird, having half my face covered – I felt like Billy the Kid. But a few moments later it was all done and we were riding back home.
I’m now thinking about getting back to work – at least once every few weeks – though with the buses and trains and school kids, it’s going to be a bit of a task. It may even be cheaper just to Uber it there and back. I don’t know. We’re still in a pandemic, facing a rising tide of new cases. It’s so difficult to know what exactly to do because this government doesn’t know its arse from its elbow many a time. Go to work. Don’t go to work. That sort of thing. Still thinking about it.
Over the weekend I watched my copy of the 40th anniversary edition of Flash Gordon. It really is an excellent transfer to 4K. Comes with 5 discs (including 4K and regular Blu-Ray discs) including Queen’s excellent soundtrack. Also included is a ~90-minute documentary from Lisa Downs (who is also working on documentaries relating to Flight of the Navigator and The Neverending Story) called Life After Flash.
I’ll never forget my parents taking me to see Fiddler on the Roof when I was a young lad and then watching Flash Gordon on the TV and seeing Topol (who had been in the production we saw) and being impressed that I got to see him live on stage. Also (again, as a young lad), I had a regular barber whom I would visit. As part of the usual banter, I mentioned that I wanted to work for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop or some form of special effects. Turns out my barber knew George Gibbs (the special effects supervisor on Flash Gordon and many other action films). Nothing ever came of meeting George Gibbs or going along to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop (though I have met several former Creature Shop people since).
Next week’s opus (with apologies to one’s hearing):