This week has been quite the mixed bag.
I watched the fantastic film Belle by Amma Asante at a preview. Please watch it. It is important that we cherish our filmmakers who represent the breadth of our society, so show this Black, British, female director some love. The story is fabulous and well acted - I reviewed it more fully on my film blog - and reminds us that Britain is a country capable of being courageous and capable of changing what it is a huge risk to change. It’s Lord Mansfield’s film as well as Dido Belle’s. It’s importance is discussed here by Melissa Silverstein in an interview with Amma Asante.
I went to a talk at BCU about Reality TV. It was unreal! It confirmed that Big Brother Producers have a lump of coal where a heart is and that tv workers, like sex workers, all have a price on their dignity.
Maya Angelou died last week and there are constant reminders of her dignity, grace and humanity. I wanted to share her memorial service which you can view here and is a testament to a beautiful woman and a magnificent life.
The antitheis of grace and humanity was my experience with London Midland who cancelled my late night train last night, leaving me with a gargantuan task of getting information about how they suggested I get home. My phone was out of charge (in part because their trains have no plugs) which made it yet more challenging. Thankfully I had been to the cashpoint earlier that day, otherwise the task of getting home at 2am from New street could have gone from the ridiculous to the macabre.
London Midland’s cavalier attitude to customer service will be detailed in a later post.
Today, after the frustrations of the London Midland customer relations phone line, should hopefully end on a higher note. I am looking forward to the free Crowd Out performance at Millennium Point. A thousand voices in shouting out! Maybe they can get London Midland to reply to my tweet!