At the movies · Conversation recall · Memories

“I can’t believe you’re buying this”

Does anyone remember a 1987 film called “Black Widow”? It starred Debra Winger and Theresa Russell and was directed by Bob Rafelson, as you can see here on this IMDB page. There’s certainly one person who saw it back then and has no memory of it: my brother. We were discussing it earlier this month… Continue reading “I can’t believe you’re buying this”

Conversation recall · On writing

A numerical joke, and its relevance here

My cousin Eamonn is a great joke-teller. He also knows the words to hundreds of songs. My brother shares these traits. As I have noted more than once, starting with this piece, there seems to be a link between people’s ability to tell jokes and their ability to remember the lyrics to songs. Many years… Continue reading A numerical joke, and its relevance here

Conversation recall · Learning · Notes from West London

Chatsworth and Devonshire

This piece, from exactly a year ago, describes how I learnt about two of the architects from the Gilbert Scott family, or maybe that should say “the Gilbert Scott dynasty”. This obituary for Richard Gilbert Scott, who died last month aged 93, says that he “represented the fourth generation of England’s greatest architectural dynasty”. A… Continue reading Chatsworth and Devonshire

Conversation recall · Reading

Conversation Recall: Martin Rees, or Martin Amis?

I haven’t written about Conversation Recall yet this month. Some people are not so good at it. They misremember conversations, or just make things up. Some years ago I was having a conversation over dinner with some friends. We were discussing books. A member of my family was in the room, not really taking part… Continue reading Conversation Recall: Martin Rees, or Martin Amis?