Got the letter in the mail today. ^____^
Along with a second postcard from Sparrow, who is in the UK at the moment. *envies* That postcard took three days to reach me. Which is amazing, considering that Singapore Post takes 10 days, even if the material is for time-sensitive University Applications. *makes face*
Sparrow says that the UK is full of ironies. "Piccadilly Circus is not a circus, but a fountain. Covent Garden is not a garden. The bus-stops here are built backwards." Supposedly for to prevent water being splashed on unwary bus-waiters.
Feeling generally exhausted in the past two days. Mom thinks it's because I haven't been getting enough sleep. *Cue James Marsters' "Let Me Rest In Peace"*
Went out to the Marina Square/Suntec City area with Mom and bro today. Main motive was getting Dad's Father's Day present. I hereby nominate fathers the most difficult people to get presents for, next to teenage boys. It is so much easier to get presents for girls. I got Dad was presents in three different shades of blue. Light, Dark and Transparent.
Bro says Todd Lockwood's first art compiliation book will be out soon. "Transitions".
Am quite amazed by bro. He can kill off Tomb Creeper (Lut Gholein boss)at Level 76 while carrying on an involved conversation on D2 - Which characters have it easy starting off, which class gets easier the higher you go, and about how we both hate Lighting Enchanted-anything.
Goodbye, Gregory Peck. My mom and I watched "To Kill A Mockingbird" - and both agreed that at that age, he possessed a maturity that distinguished him. And, for my mom, Mockingbird's most memorable line was Scout's "I'm a ham."
"Like Stewart and Cooper, Peck on the silver screen radiated effortless decency, goodness and virtue. He did it with such dignified nobility that being good became awe-inspiring rather than blandly boring.
But in Peck's best roles, he confronted and fought the world's injustices with anguished heart, guided always by an unimpeachable sense of right.
That combination of patriarchal authority and impassioned morality glowed truest in the role that won Peck his sole Oscar for Best Actor out of five nominations: Atticus Finch in 1962's To Kill A Mockingbird.
His portrayal of the upright Southern lawyer who defends a black man accused of rape is such a shining beacon that the American Film Institute named Finch the greatest movie hero of all time early this month.
Peck himself once said in an interview: 'That was a great role, and my one fear was that I wouldn't live up to it. So I just put everything I had into it - all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children.
'And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity. I drew on my strong feelings that I have on those questions, so it was a natural for me.'
Playing the hero came so naturally to him that audiences seldom accepted him as anyone else.
He was a combination of reel and real life honour. As his son Anthony observed in an interview recently: 'He is totally like the lawyer he plays in To Kill A Mockingbird. Gregory Peck is Atticus Finch.'
The man lived up to the title of the greatest movie hero of all time.
Off-tangent on reading material: My grandfather was always a step ahead of us in reading. When I was in Primary Two, he wanted me to read "To Kill A Mockingbird". Now my cousin (Legolas Fancier) is Primary Five, he wants her to read Jeffery Archer's short stories - "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less".