Just squeezing this post in before I go. Here’s the outfit I wore at our May film screening.
Note that I wear quite utilitarian skirts and tops as there’s work to be done and I need to look business-like. The top is an old one and that’s an M&S Per Una skirt at £2.99 from my local charity shop. The skirt may look at first glance to be a bit tame, but actually it fits very well and has a hint of my pash, Claire Underwood, I think.
Hey, do you see I’m not wearing the boots! Instead, right at the back of my wardrobe (where I’d been rummaging for my cruise decks) I found these quite formal shoes with kitten heels that I wore for work. I hadn’t thrown them out as I thought I might one day wear them again, and I have!
Our film was Hannah Arendt, which showed to slightly less people than usual (55) but had a good feedback rating of 84%. Some people had commitments elsewhere, but I know others were put off by the subject matter. Because Hannah Arendt is the philosopher who covered the Eichmann trial for the New Yorker, and it is her analysis of Eichmann that is controversial – to this day! It was an interesting and challenging film. It didn’t over-dwell on the trial it was more about her thought processes and lord, did she smoke a lot while she was thinking.
But very timely, I thought. The film showed Arendt questioning the nature of evil: could it be just a function of thoughtlessness rather than outright ‘radical evil’? Arendt’s emphasis is that we all need to be critical thinkers: to question and think for ourselves otherwise we allow the politicians, the naysayers, the downright fudgers and liars who use their way with words to turn facts upside down. And if we don’t check and restrain the untruths, the nearly truths, if we don’t take stock of what is happening all around us, then we lose both our humanity and our ability to see the humanity in others. And it is this lack of critical thinking that allows the denial of humanity to a class, a race, a people. But above all, she would not say that Eichmann was a monster; instead, she argued, he was banal, he was a nobody, and it was this which so shocked people at the time. He was not a dark Satanic force; he was an everyman. It is a timely film because it is still necessary to be on the watch for those who dehumanise the poor, the vulnerable, the disadvantaged, because that banal evil is still there today. What a film – proud to show it.
Well, gosh, off I go to finish my packing. And here’s something to end this rather sombre piece (not sorry to say all the above, though). It’s a little look at one of my dresses bought for £5.99 just yesterday.
Thank you so much for your good wishes for the cruise. But also can I say a very big thank you to all of you for sticking with me and reading this blog week after week – I appreciate you so much.
Anyway, I have one pre-prepared post for the June hat session, but I probably won’t be able to post anything else whilst away. I will take lots of pics though, and keep a bit of a diary so I can tell you all about my travels when I get back.
Very best wishes to you all
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper