T+308 Intermission

Sorry for the bit of an intermission on my blog. Of course in one sense it means nothing exciting is going on medically which is a good thing but I really should try and manage at least one update a week. I will try harder.

My excuse, such as it is, is that last week I was working Wednesday to Friday doing a disaster recovery test at Hewlett Packard's (HP) recovery centre in Rugby. This is where we pretend some of our systems have exploded and we go down and try and recover them using just the backup tapes onto new equipment provided by HP.

These are relatively intense sessions albeit with some periods of inactivity whilst we wait for the data to be recovered from the tapes. This along with travelling to and from Rugby for three days meant I was really tired by the end of each day. More so than usual. You'll be pleased to know, however, we recovered the systems successfully even if the client never turned up to test them.

In other news I finally got my eye hospital referral sorted after several more phone calls to both the eye hospital and Vision Express and three faxes. A few days after that I had my appointment come through for 28th July at 6:45pm. I was a bit surprised the appointment was so late and I hope I don't get a doctor that has been in clinic since 8:00am. Still I'm glad I've got an appointment relatively quickly after finally getting my referral onto their system.

Yesterday I went to see the Harry Potter (HP) film "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" at he Electric Cinema in Birmingham with Gareth and Andy. We didn't have a posh sofa this time just the normal seats and in relative terms the cinema was pretty busy with about two dozen people in the 17:30 showing. Even so we had the row to ourselves and the rows immediately in front and behind were empty as well which suits me just fine.

I won't go into a review of the film at the moment other than to say I enjoyed it and was surprised to have an intermission about half-way through ( it is 153 minutes or just over two and a half hours long). We thought this was something the Electric were doing off their own bat but just after the Christmas Party scene up came an official HP (not that one, the other one ) title screen announcing an intermission so clearly this is designed in to the showing of the film as it were.

We had a five minute break and people could get drinks from the bar and go to the loo. All very civilised. Quite how this would work with a huge 300 seat screen at your local multiplex I'm not sure but for the couple of dozen people at the Electric it worked well.

The only other films I have seen with an official intermission in them are "Gone With the Wind" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" and no I wasn't old enough to see these at the cinema, these were on DVD.


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