See anything good yesterday August 12?
By John Roberts
Los Angeles, California
August 13, 2017 11:04am CST
Saturday evening was devoted to watching the five episodes of a British-Irish series titled “My Mother and Other Strangers” which had been shown on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre. The setting is October 1943 in a small village in Northern Ireland next to an American air base. The war is raging but the village is untouched as the bombs and threats are far removed and one Yank puts down the military age Irish “You aren’t even in the war” as a retort to the locals’ resentment of them. The story centers on the family owning the local pub in particular the English mother who feels as out of place there as the Yanks. This is rather a grim portrait of flawed people in an ugly backwater town which is more realistic than the usual picaresque flag waiving villages depicted in these types of stories. Did you go out Saturday night or relax in front of the tube?
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Why yes, actually I did, and I was waiting for this today hoping I wouldn't forget...that seems to be a problem recently. I guess I did both, now that I think about it. I went out last night doing a sound gig, but yesterday afternoon I watched 'Gone Girl' which I thought was pretty good...but when I found out the name of the character Rosamund Pike was playing in it, I had to wonder if Ben Affleck was 'Chasing Amy'
• Petaluma, California
Not really anything great yesterday -- the thing that mainly stands out was an episode of Mystery Diners, where one of the waitresses was discovered to be destroying merchandise so that it would be blamed on two of her co workers, plus said waitress was posting bad reviews about the restaurant she was working at -- mainly complaints about the two co-workers she was trying to set up and pit against each other.