March 10th, 2011


"Are we equal?"


The two-minute short, specially commissioned for International Women's Day, sees 007 star Daniel Craig undergo a dramatic makeover as he puts himself, quite literally, in a woman's shoes.

Directed by acclaimed 'Nowhere Boy' director/conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, scripted by Jane Goldman ('Kick Ass') and featuring the voice of Dame Judi Dench reprising her role as 'M', the film will be screened in cinemas and streamed online in a bid to highlight the levels of inequality that persist between men and women in the UK and worldwide. It is the first film featuring Bond to be directed by a woman.

Director: Sam Taylor-Wood. Producer: Barbara Broccoli. Scriptwriter: Jane Goldman. Director of photography: Seamus McGarvey. Featuring the voice of Dame Judi Dench.

Editor: Mel Agace
Post production: Michael Sollinger
Post production coordinator: Harriet Dale
With thanks to all the team at Ascent, including Patrick Malone, Dean Harding,
Grading: Robin Pizzey
Deluxe grade production: Rob Farris
Effects fix: Emily Greenwood
Sound producer: Hannah Mills
Sound: Simon Diggins and Peter Gleaves at Goldcrest

The EQUALS partnership and Annie Lennox would like to thank all the production team, cast and crew that donated their time, vision and energy in the hope of a more equal world for women and girls.

YouTube - EQUALS

Are we equal? This is a STRONG video from Dame Judi Dench and Daniel Craig.

Literary vs. genre fiction?

I have been meaning to ask this since watching a TV programme about a "Literary Fiction" new authors short-list.

What exactly is literary fiction and why do these people look down upon genre fiction authors?

Surely genre fiction is just … All fiction has a genre (or many overlapping genres), surely? Is it, as someone has suggested to me, "all the 'ponsy' stuff," meaning, if I am interpreting them correctly, writing that is well written and edited Queen's English (as opposed to 'common' English) and is all high-brow and know-it-all? I know that I like to write fantasy or SF settings but I do use very British English with lots of 'pretty' / 'clever' prose. That happens to be how I think and often how I speak. Does that mean that my vignettes are literary fiction which happen to also exist within a genre?

I am totally confused. I guess I should google or wikipedia for "literary fiction". The dictionary is little help. All it ( in this case) says is:

   /ˈlɪtəˌrɛri/ [lit-uh-rer-ee]
1. pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature: literary history.
2. pertaining to authorship: literary style.
3. versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
4. engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man.
5. characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
6. preferring books to actual experience; bookish.

1640–50; < Latin līterārius, litterārius of reading and writing. See letter, -ary

So, all books are literary and, extrapolating from that, so is all fiction.

Grargh. Okay, sometimes English fails me. Usually when English is being as illogical as this!
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Pixel likes to make a nest by the radiator in the bathroom. My fleecy sweater that has been cat-bed for a few years is not good enough, though, so he pulls hubby's towel down from the rail above him. Apparently he does not like peach coloured towels because my towel is still hanging up — this time at least!

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"The power of lonely"

This would be better titled, "The power of solitude," but as an ambivert that gets much more done when alone, I agree with this article that solitude can be productive and, for some of us, more sane than being social. A pair of introverts working on their own projects in the same room without necessarily interacting can be as sociable as I am able to be, some days.

… spending time alone, if done right, can be good for us — that certain tasks and thought processes are best carried out without anyone else around, and that even the most socially motivated among us should regularly be taking time to ourselves if we want to have fully developed personalities, and be capable of focus and creative thinking.

The power of lonely - The Boston Globe