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Friday, February 07, 2014

I am taking positive steps to get my health and my mood under control.

For two days in a row now, I've gone out walking in the cold. I get exercise, sunshine, and fresh air. Well, sometimes the sunshine is in short supply, depending on what's going on in the upper atmosphere, but close enough.

This morning I also went to the gym and did a half-hour strength training workout. I thought that was my "thing" today, but turns out I had put it down for Saturday instead. I think I will have to switch my Friday and Saturday, because I can't repeat ST tomorrow when I have already done it today.

I've been doing some knitting while watching old movies. Lately I've seen "Twelve Angry Men" (a behind-the-scenes look at jury deliberations), "The Lost Weekend" (first movie with alcoholism as subject matter), and "Georgy Girl" (a weird take on British kitchen sink drama).

"Georgy Girl" was interesting. The leading lady, played by Lynn Redgrave, was meant to be fat and unattractive. It required some suspension of disbelief. They had to dress her in deliberately frumpy clothing and make her mug for the camera. Whenever she wore anything remotely fashionable or smiled a natural smile, it was very difficult to see her as big or plain.

Also, the man who had just had his 49th birthday looked about 60. (The actor who played him would have been in his mid-50s.) But maybe they deliberately made him look older so that Georgy's plight seemed all the more poignant? I don't know.

To me the story in "Georgy Girl" was so bizarre that I can only read it as a complicated allegory embodying the zeitgeist of Britain in the mid-sixties. And if you ask me to explain, I will answer with a meme from modern times:

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  • SQUIRRELMOMMA1
    I am glad you are feeling better. Getting outside and getting some fresh air will do that for you. And the old movies - love them! I've been watching some weird ones myself lately.
    2448 days ago
  • MADEIT3
    So interesting to see how another generation responds to this movie. I saw Georgy Girl when it first came out in 1966, which was pretty much the height of the Twiggy era. If you weren't thin, you weren't in! I recall at the time I thought Georgy's life was incredibly sad. I didn't find the movie at all funny. Also, it reminded me of a series of books by Margery Sharp - Martha, Martha in Paris, and Martha, Eric, and George. The books are still available although not on e-readers. Martha had much less love for children and a lot more feminist backbone!

    Glad you got outside - hope there was some sun!!
    2448 days ago
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