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Harry Potter

We went to the Harry Potter movie tonight. It was a school fundraiser, so it was like the whole school community was there, in the school holidays! Cold, wet night, but I did enjoy the movie. My friend didn't. She was standing there with her chidren afterwards looking grumpy. She thought it was a bit dull (!). I said I liked it. I know there was heaps they missed out, or glossed over, but it was action packed, some personal bits, I liked Luna more than in the book, and the evil is mounting. Finn said he didn't like the increased scenes with Voldemort but Christy and I both felt that since that Voldemort is getting stronger, it makes sense that he's more prevalent. It's not a children's movie though, really, unless they've grown up with the movies in order. It was a shame they didn't include Sirius' mother screaming from her portrait. I was looking forward to that. There was a lot about that house they could have included.

Still, it was a good night out and now we're home and ready for bed and c-c-c-cold again. My friend texted me to say her and her boyfriend have had a nasty car accident and they are not hurt but the car might be written off. She's going to phone me tomorrow. I hate having car crashes, it takes ages to get over them. It's like burglaries, though, the first is the worst. Or maybe the second... last time, all I did was yell at the woman who had rear ended us, then just got on with dealing with it.

And we had some new bits of furniture delivered today, in the rain, but I'm too cold and tired, I'm taking my laptop to bed so I'll tell you about it tomorrow!


Jul. 12th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
You Kiwis are hard aren't you? You don't really go in for heating much, do you? So, my question is. Is it cold beause it is really cold or is it cold because you don't have heating to take the edge off - being tough KIWIS?

Either way, you have my sympathy. I hate the cold - unless i am warm. :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
-Is it cold beause it is really cold or is it cold because you don't have heating to take the edge off - being tough KIWIS?
By UK standards it probably isn't that cold, but that's probably why we don't bother so much with heating. You'd have to ask Viv, she's lived in both places.
I have to admit we do tend to skimp on the heating thing, unless you're considered rather wealthy and have central heating installed! We mostly don't have double glazing or extra thick curtains or underfloor heating or much central heating (no air conditioners either).
In our house we have one heater, a gas fire in the living room... occasionally we get out something for up the hall, I did when the children were very little, but these days we tend to just wear more clothes or have more blankets on our beds!
And we often leave doors open! Children are always in and out so much!
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
The weather overall is colder in the UK in winter than in New Zealand, though the bitterness of a southerly in Wellington should never be underestimated....
On the other hand houses in New Zealand are much colder than houses in the UK, no central heating, double glazing, etc and Kiwis dress much warmer than the British indoors and spend a lot more time outdoors in winter. There is far less difference between the indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature in New Zealand houses, which I think must be much healthier.... though I never ceased to find seeing families curled up their living room wrapped up in blankets and thick fleeces watching TV a little strange from my British perspective.... my children used to bring their duvets(quilts) down from the bedrooms to the living room when they got up in the morning to stay warm!!!

I have found it hard to adjust back to the very short days and indoor lifestyle that typify the British winter... but I do enjoy the longer summer nights when it is light almost till bedtime!

But cold is all relative really, when I lived in Vanuatu we would not swim during winter (July, August) because it was too cold... but all the tourists swam quite happily at that time of year!
Jul. 12th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
I think you summed it up really well!! Thanks! My children carry their blankets or duvets round the whole house in the mornings!!

And it is true, we still get outside a lot in the winter. The rain has finally cleared today so we think a group of us will go to Red Rocks and see the seals! Hopefully I'll post some pics later!

I like your icon!!

Jul. 12th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, just as I thought. Hardy Kiwis. :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Be sure to come here and read Viv's reply too!!

And yeah, today we're trekking round the southern coast to see the seals!



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