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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Dreams

A kind of meme, cribbed from an interview Douglas Adams gave which is reprinted in The Salmon Of Doubt. As I cribbed it from memory I've probably forgotten a few of the original questions, and have definitely added one or two of my own. Basically, DA was asked to list his "Dream XXX...". Here are my own. Anyone else care to have a go?

Dream band

Gil Evans conducting a jazz orchestra comprising Jan Garbarek (sop), Charlie Parker (alto), Lester Young and Stan Getz (tenors), Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie (trumpets), John McLaughlin (guitars), Colin Hodgkinson (bass guitar), Buddy Rich (drums), Jerry Goodman (violin), Gary Burton (vibraphone), Keith Jarrett (piano), Brian Auger (organ) plus a few geniuses I've never heard of before.

Dream alternative career

Violinist in a string quartet. Or imaging specialist for NASA planetary science team at JPL.

Dream date

Madhuri Dixit. If she's too busy, Nicole Kidman would do. Or Aishwarya Rai, or Isabelle Adjani.

Dream holiday

Travel overland to Tuva, probably via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Tour the place at length, staying with horse herders in their yurts, learning throat-singing, climbing Mt Mongun-Taiga and white-water rafting on the Yenisei.

Dream meal

Pineapple Rassalam (as made in The Spice Route, Imperial Hotel, Delhi)
Grilled sardines with lemon
Paella
Tiramisu
Espresso & Armagnac

Accompanied by a bottle of Frascati.

Dream cuisine

Tapas.

Dream film cast

A film version of Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly, directed by Gore Verbinski and starring:

Kris Marshall..........................................Neil
Kiera Knightley......................................Alice
Alan Rickman.........................................Ares
Nicole Kidman........................................Artemis
Ewan McGregor.....................................Hermes
Samuel L Jackson..................................Dionysius
Kenneth Branagh...................................Apollo
Emily Watson.........................................Athena
Aishwarya Rai........................................Aphrodite
Helen Mirren..........................................Hera
Derek Jacobi...........................................Zeus

Dream city

Not yet visited: New York
Already visited: Amsterdam

Dream day out

With Hilary. Climb Lochnagar from Invercauld Bridge in perfect weather. Champagne and sushi picnic on summit plateau.
On descent, catch helicopter to Edinburgh. Shower, and soak in jacuzzi in one of the grand hotels. Dress; get driven in Citroen Traction Avant to Usher Hall.
Watch Sir Simon Rattle conduct Berlin Philharmonic in Mahler's Second Symphony.
Eat late dinner with Sir Simon in Kalpna vegetarian Indian restaurant.
Home (chauffeured in the Citroen).

Dream "fly on the wall" experience

The Sermon on the Mount; or being aboard Eagle as Buzz Aldrin steered it down onto the lunar surface.

Dream art purchase

Painting: Lucas Cranach, Venus and Cupid (Alte Pinakothek, Munich)
Sculpture: Brancusi, The Kiss (Pompidou Centre)
Architecture: Lincoln Cathedral

Dream play

Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, directed by Peter Brook

Vladimir: Stanley Baxter
Estragon: Billy Connolly
Pozzo: Michael Gambon
Lucky: David Tennant

Dream drink

A really well-mixed Manhattan.

Dream dinner party

Myself and Hilary plus:

Compton Mackenzie
Richard Feynmann
Robert Anton Wilson
Cary Mullis
Alan Watts
Iain Banks
Leonard Bernstein
Bill Clinton
Noam Chomsky
Aaron Sorkin

4 Comments:

At 07 December, 2007 06:25, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

See, one reason why I come here - all people I have never heard of. And Indian takeaway. Thanks.

 
At 10 December, 2007 15:12, Blogger Chip said...

1 - You've not been to NY?
Oh, you really must go!!!

2 - Surprised I wasn't on the Dream Dinner Party (mostly 'cuz I'd love to be there!!!) ;-)

Chip

 
At 11 December, 2007 09:18, Blogger Marie said...

Ooh, I had to google Aishwarya Rai. She's lovely. Good choice.

The rest are all good choices too. I was surprised at Rickman because he's very unlike Ares as I describe him in the book, but his innate sulkiness would be excellent for it. Kidman I hadn't thought of but she can definitely do icy and sexless for Artemis. Branagh as Apollo is particularly inspired, as are Mirren / Jacobi. And Kris Marshall! Such a good call! He's a bit tall for Neil but we'll let that fly.

All in all I am dead chuffed. We'll see if the Stiller boy can do as well as you...

 
At 12 December, 2007 13:45, Blogger Lisa Rullsenberg said...

I love the idea of measuring Rob's suggested cast list against what Stiller acheives!

great post btw.

 

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