31 October has many names; some call it All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. Some call it Samhain (say saveen or sowwen). My dear friend Rick from Lowlands country calls it his birthday and popular Anglo-Saxon culture calls it Halloween. For the Dark Fairy it’s a time to reflect on the results in her life and prepare the soil for a juicier harvest when the wheel has made another turn.
It might have been more than two years since I left the cultural desert called Alexandria. And even having recently moved back to Da Hood, close to the best cinema in South London I fail to express my love of film by watching magical creations of light on the silver screen. I’m a big Bond fan however, and have been looking forward to the latest instalment for quite some time. I’m not too much of a fan of crowed cinemas so I choose a midday screening – which was busy enough- to enjoy the fruit of some cinematic labour in celebration of 50 years of Bond, and boy, is it sweet. Even Adele’s theme song which I wasn’t too impressed with initially, fits perfectly well with the action, the cool, and the hidden humanity that is Bond. Skyfall is a deliciously entertaining 21st century Bond, looking back at the old and introducing the new. It raises the issue of when the old are no longer considered the experienced ones but mastodons from a bygone age no longer suitable for current times. Q has become a young genius yet not infallible geek and Miss Moneypenny had a rather funky make over. Daniel Craig’s Bond is übercool, yet o-so hot as ever. Although the exotic locations are still part of the mix – Shanghai looking particularly spectacular- it’s very much a British based affair with London looking stately and gloomy. Skyfall, in my opinion the best Bond to date, is about actions having consequences, whether one regrets these actions or not.
As I’m looking back and accepting the consequences of my (in)actions, I’m gearing up for another turn of the wheel. A wise woman taught me today that fabulous living is a state and a practice. Let’s get into the habit of tilting the soil and paying attention to the roots to produce the juiciest of fruits of charmed living.