Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Still a Slow News Day

It's starting to cloud up, but the skies were blue this morning. Temps were in the upper 30s with a very chilly wind as I walked to village centre around 11:30. After a visit to the post office, I ate a bowl of chicken and sweet corn soup at the River Cafe. I read The New Yorker as I ate, but also eavesdropped as best I could as a guy at the next table described how he can identify a good spiritual medium. After lunch I stopped by a clothes shop and returned some DVDs to the library. Have you seen The Ipcress File, Michael Caine's first leading movie role from 1965? Bill and I quite enjoyed its earnest 60s cool. I checked out a book of Jonathan Franzen essays and dropped in at the pub for a cappuccino.

Here I am outside the Raheny library. This is the same branch Jimmy Rabbitte, Sr. visits in Roddy Doyle's novel The Van. It's the most frequently used branch in the Dublin Library system.


Lisa said...

Yes, we've seen The Ipcress File! Apparently, Mike Myers based the Austin Powers character partially on Michael Cane's Harry Palmer character in that film. Billion Dollar Brain and Funeral in Berlin are good also (other Harry Palmer films).

Sharon said...

Cool, more Harry Palmer. He likes fine food! You and Kurt are noir fans, right? Does Ipcress fall into that category?

Lisa said...

I don't think I'd put Ipress in the noir category. Maybe a pre-007 secret agent category. Kurt reminded me last night that the other two I mentioned weren't as awesome as Ipress. Still fun to watch more HP though.