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My heroes…

I went to see the new James Bond movie ‘The Quantum of Solace’  on Friday. I loved it. Having read lots of mixed reviews, I was unsure whether I would enjoy it as much as ‘Casino Royale’ but I needn’t have worried – was action packed, full of exciting, jaw dropping stunts (all performed by Daniel Craig himself) and finished off the story started in ‘Casino Royale’ very well. Daniel Craig is impossibly gorgeous and the two girls, Gemma Arterton and (especially) Olga Kurylenko, are stunning and wear the most fabulous clothes. The locations are amazing – the scenes shot at the Palio in Siena and at a performance of ‘Tosca’ in Austria stand out. I highly recommend it (but make sure you watch ‘Casino Royale’ first.)

On Sunday, my friend Claire from Los Angeles came to stay. She was on her  way back from filming her cameo in the movie ‘Plus One’ in Cannes. She had a wonderful time but the weather was very un-South of France like – it poured down (unlike when I was there a couple of weeks ago). If nothing else it has convinced her that she would not want to leave the wonderful Californian sunshine for the freezing rain of Europe! You can read about her efforts to get her book made into a movie (which forms the basis of the movie!) over at her blog Claire Fordham, Diary of a Hollywood Somebody) there is also a link to Amazon where you can buy a copy of the book or you can click here. Claire and I have been friends for about 15 years now. She was the first friend I made when came to Dorset. Here’s a photograph of us both taken at a party – it’s what we do best…

We watched the Brazilian Grand Prix yesterday. I’m not a huge motor racing fan, I vaguely follow it but find the races themselves a little tedious. The battle for the Formula 1 World Championship was to be decided at this, the last race of the season.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was leading the table but was only 7 points ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa, and Massa had the advantage of being at his home circuit . It was astonishingly exciting and was only decided during the last lap – Massa won the race and we thought Lewis had lost but as Lewis Hamilton managed to manouvre himself into 5th place right at the end, he secured victory. Claire and I were screaming at the TV in excitement – it was truly heart stopping. Claire’s husband Colin (who is a motoring journalist and avid motor racing fan) was back in LA and as he was watching a recording, he was about 5 laps behind us – Claire was able to phone him up and share the astonishment of the last lap with him.

I was very tempted to re-name Milo ‘Lewis’ in honour of the occasion but decided the poor dog was confused enough by all the screeching.

Today, my #2 son arrived home for a few days. It’s my birthday tomorrow (4th) so he has come to spend the day with me. He arrived home with a birthday cake.

Another hero.

21 responses to “My heroes…

  1. Vanessa (the old friend)! November 3, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Diane
    I have been dithering about the Q of S, but will go to see it. I enjoyed Casino Royale very much. DC has an apartment round the corner from me (Shhhhh)! He comes to W often and has been seen in his Aston Martin (but unfortunately not by me!).

    Enjoy your birthday tomorrow, that cake looks just yummy! Don’t let Milo near it. I read what you said about his little body when you bathed him. If you keep his hair long and allow him to get dirty then he won’t be like those precious pooches in dog shows!

    We have a West Highland terrier called Tina and she is long haired, rather scruffy at times but endearingly so! She often has a very brown undercarriage!

    Happy Birthday :)

  2. laketrees November 3, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    what a gorgeous cake!!
    Happy happy Birthday to you Diane….
    we are having a party for Melbourne Cup here today…so come over and pick a horse…

  3. Teresa November 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    It’s your 4th birthday? Aren’t you a bit too young to be driving and blogging? LOL! Seriously, though, happy, happy, happy birthday, dear Diane! I’d like to thank your parents for giving birth to you so you can brighten all our days!!

    I wish I could join you for cake, but I must go cook dinner now (a rare occasion in itself). :)

    Big birthday hugs!!

  4. Lord Likely November 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    A million happy returns for tomorrow, m’dear!

    In fact, let me go crazy – TWO million happy returns!

    Well, I can afford them.

    Have a truly lovely day!

  5. 70steen November 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Dear Diane ~ so many WOWs
    Q of S I so need to get to see this week… love Daniel Craig as Bond .. the coolest Bond since Sean C.
    Love F1 watched the race on the edge of my seat .. how exciting was that? .. a shame for Massa ( I did feel for him) but wtg Lewis.
    You look so fab on your photo there with Claire .. and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow (I may just have mentioned it at 70s … circa 8 am GMT tomorrow)

    have a great day :-) x

  6. Diane November 4, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Vanessa – I saw Daniel Craig at the Royal Court theatre a few years ago and he came into the bar afterwards. He is SO charismatic I have had a serious crush on him ever since! I may have to come to W and hang around until I spot him again…..
    Milo likes digging i the garden – he is never going to be a papmered show dog! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I’m counting backwards now…

    Kim – I’ve picked my horse, I’ve got my fingers crossed for him.Alessandro Volta. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

    Teresa – you are very kind! Glad your NaNoWriMo has started well, I’ll send you some cake for energy!

    Lord Likely – your generosity knows no bounds! Thank you so much!

    70steen – Daniel Craig is my favourite Bond. I’ve never been a big fan until he took over but WOW! he is fab!
    Such an exciting race – I couldn’t believe it. It was up there with Manchester United winning the Champions League the last couple of times (tee hee!)
    Thank you, you are very kind, I will check out 70s tomorrow for sure.

  7. 70steen November 4, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I will let you off that Man U mention (just this once) as it is NOW your birthday lol .. yoh happity burfday

  8. Helen Heap November 4, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Happy Birthday Diane. What a young thing you are! Hope it is wonderful. Your cake certainly does look fab..very impressive gift from a son, indeed. Love H and A

  9. Daddy Papersurfer November 4, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Another Scorpio!!! my goodness we are all soooooo good looking – I get mistaken for Daniel Craig all the time as I expect you do ….. I mean one of the Bond girls ….. obviously.

    Have a lovely day …… and don’t eat too much cake!

    [That’s a very sparkly dress you’re wearing in that photograph with Claire …… just about to pop down to the shops?]

  10. RennyBA November 4, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Happy Birthday Diane, my dear blog friend and BD twin and thanks for your greetings too!

    You look fabulous and the cake look delicious – what more can you ask for – wishing you a good one and many more to come :-)

  11. Diane November 4, 2008 at 11:21 am

    70s – thank you!!

    Hi Helen and Andrew! Thank you for birthday wishes. As for ‘young thing’ – if only…..I am now counting backwards so will get younger every year…

    DP – Nice to chat to a fellow Scorpion, we are pretty fab aren’t we? ;-D
    Sparkly dresses are ‘de rigeur’ for shopping in Dorset…that and a Barbour jacket and Hunter wellies…..

  12. sylvied November 4, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Happy birthday!!! Love the cake! it looks so cute!

  13. laketrees November 4, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    oooo I hoped you saved a smartie for me Diane…
    hope your day was the BESTEST ever :)

  14. Olga, the Traveling Bra November 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Diane!! Great photo – you don’t look a day over 20! :) xoxo

  15. strugglingwriter November 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Look at you two in that picture. Very lovely.

    Pardon me on the short comment here. My stomach is a wreck worrying about this election. I’m hopeful but cautious.

  16. Daddy Papersurfer November 5, 2008 at 9:08 am

    My goodness – the WBC has approved your blog! How did you manage that? ……..

  17. angesbiz November 5, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Happy Birthday Diane!! That cake looks so delicious and you look so gorgeous in that photo!! You’re one hot mama tssssss!! ;)

    I’m glad I stopped by, you look great, your blog looks great and your having the time of your life or that’s what it sounds like.

    Happy Days!
    Ange xoxo

  18. Brain Teasers November 6, 2008 at 7:39 am

    James Bond is not my hero but I must admit that James Bond is one of my favorite movies. We don’t know each other but I would like to greet you a happy happy birthday. I wish you all the luck in the world.

    Keep smiling.


  19. AmyH November 6, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Happy Birthday-a day late! I hope it was a great one.

    Thanks for the reminder–I need to call a babysitter now for Quantum’s opening next weekend. I wouldn’t want to miss out.

  20. Diane November 8, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    DP – extreme grovelling…

    Ange – thank you so much, you are a sweetie! Nice to keep in touch – I’m off over to yours right now…xx

    John – welcome! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, you are very kind!

    AmyH – it was a very nice birthday! I hope you enjoy QofS as much as I did….

  21. Maxi December 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Great blog! A paying client – yea! On your books – how about “make an offer,” if it’s no good, you can refuse.

    May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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