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Change, memories and family holidays

I’ve been going to the same place on a family holiday for over 30 years – and for a long time, you knew exactly what to expect. Now it seems that every year something changes. Despite, or maybe because of this, I have fond memories from 20 years ago which have gone down in family mythology – but no similarly epic stories from the past few years. Do our memories get less vivid as we get older, or do we just do less interesting things? Having said that, I realised that I do have more recent holiday stories – but they largely revolve around emergency hospital visits. Memories – but maybe not ones I want to keep.

My memories are mostly of people, but there are some places that don’t change. Our ‘back beach’ and the great sunsets are among these – this picture captures the memory from this year, but it it timeless.

Two accidental premieres in a day

The London Film Festival has a new venue, VUE, just off Leicester Square and, I must say, I really like their extended red carpet walk. With photographers, film crews and security, you feel like a film star even if you’re not.

The first premiere I attended was ‘From Time to Time’ – a pleasant British family film with the main character running, literally, between past and present. It was workmanlike and I enjoyed it, but it won’t set the world on fire.

Free water and chocolate at the MICMACS premiere started things off well and the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, introduced it. His last visit to the film festival was 19 years ago with Delicatessan (a personal favourite of mine – I still giggle at the thought of a Vegetarian Underground). Amelie was another one of his – another quirky and memorable comedy. This film didn’t really compete, although it did make me laugh – the underdogs won and the bad guys were punished but it seemed a slight offering – as though it hadn’t quite made its mind up as to what it was.