Well, I’m back. Been back for a couple of weeks as it happens, but have simply been too hellishly busy to post – especially since my home computer seems to have finally packed up. I have sent Steve Jobs an invoice for the inconvenience.
The holiday was absolutely fantastic, although the liver and bank balance well require some regeneration. I have many stories to tell, although most are not for circulation on a public website !! We were fortunate to hook up with some ‘naturals’ as I call them on our first night, and therefore had something of a new social life to explore as many of the people were local musicians, bar workers, wannabe stand up comics and actors (what a surprise..) so we got invites to many different events, gigs and clubs.
Yes, that’s the real Warner Brothers water tower. I caught four movies whilst I was out there, ‘Spider-Man 3‘ (sucked), ‘28 Weeks Later‘ (good fun), an oldie called ‘Blue Collar‘ (at the famous Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood boulevard no less – site of the first official film premiere, ‘Robin Hood‘ in 1922) and the half superb, half terrible ‘Grindhouse‘ for which I will do justice with a proper post. The cinemas out there put us to shame – the size of the screens and sound quality were superb, and since I saw both ’28 Weeks Later’ and ‘Grindhouse’ in the Kodak Theatre (where they hold the Oscars and various AFI events) there was just a special vibe. The hotel was five minutes walk from here. Excellent.
I will draft a separate post on the film sightseeing that I did, the locations and museums visited, studio tours etc. but for now here are a couple of photos taken from the Hollywood Cemetery which is right next to Paramount Studios – I don’t think it was covered in the UK but an enormous bush fire started up in the hills when we were out there. I knew I should have put that cigarette out properly….
Finally, nice of Jack to leave me a message, and on my first birthday no less. More to follow….