Monday, 11 November 2013

Hawking

Tonight we went to see the documentary Hawking 
The study of the life of Stephen Hawking was , for me, a bit of a hard slog.
And when chris and I left the cinema! I asked him why he thought I did not enjoy the film!a film which I described as being rather sterile
" He's an eccentric academic.... That's why you couldn't access it.....there's no flapping emotion for you to latch on to" he suggested

He knows me so well

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  1. And yet Stephen Hawking's life is anything but sterile. It sounds to me as if the movie missed out on his humanity...

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    1. It did.......very much......

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    2. Completely agree. It could have been so different.

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  2. I though he was so good in Treasure Island too . . . . . . . . . . AH hang on that was Jim . . . . . .DAMN

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  3. Oh, I thought this post was going to be about you flobbing on the streets of Trelawnyd.

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  4. Flobbing?
    What's that...
    Is it a southern thing?

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    1. Actually, I haven't heard that word used (for gobbing or spitting) since I was at school, so it might even have been only ever used at my secondary modern in Surrey anyway.

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  5. I want to see this. You've made me curious. Right after The Hurricane started at Cambridge (before Hawking gave up his position there), she got lost in the maths building one evening. She found herself outside Hawking's office. She peered around the corner and saw his chair and his assistant, but not the great man. She never saw him, but her boyfriend of the time did frequently. I guess he hid from The Hurricane, a good decision on Hawking's part.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. Okay; but have you seen the sitcom "the Big Bang Theory"? You'd like that I think! :). Dr. hawking has had many a nod (and it is funny!).

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  7. Thanks for the heads up on this film John. I am a huge fan of Hawking!! Yes, too bad the film didn't pick up on his humanity.

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    1. I have to be honest
      But I don't
      Like him

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    2. I like him for what he has accomplished....... intellectually.
      Can't like everyone, John!

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  8. Don't know Dr. Hawking . Not sure if I want to check this out..I'll just take your word ...
    Have a great day..ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  9. Did you ever watch Law & Order? The American version not the UK.

    They did an episode involving a "Hawking" type character. Made you really wonder what goes on behind closed doors. As the old saying goes, no smoke without fire.

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  10. Hawking? I thought it would be a film about selling goods informally in public places, noisily clearing the throat or stepping out with a peregrine falcon on your leather gauntlet.

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  11. I take it that Chris enjoyed the film, 'cos I get the idea that he's a bit of an eccentric academic himself? Soooo . . . . how come you and he get on so well? Opposites attracting and all that?
    Can I confess here that Mr Hawking leaves me cold, too.

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  12. I think I would offended?

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  13. Not really on my 'Must Watch' list, but I admire him enormously.

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  14. I am married to a physicist. Sad but true.

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  15. I was aware of this film but didn't realise till now (you having spurred me on to look it up), that it was a documentary concentrating on his own life. In spite of your major reservations I'd like to give it a whirl if I get the chance.

    Did you never get through 'A Brief History of Time'? (You must own or have owned a copy.) I did, and without even getting too lost (Aw shucks!) But having had a lifelong interest in Astronomy (as against Astro-physics) that definitely helped.

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  16. I never could stand Stephen hawking, and that's coming from someone who, believe it or not, was set to work in chemistry when he left school. I agree with Spinners End Farm, take a look at Big Bang Theory, much more fun.

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  17. Funny Chris should say that - my eldest lad is marrying into a family of academics and when my lot went to meet them all the other weekend, it was like something from 'Meet the Fokkers'! I'm dreading the wedding!

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  18. Chris's comment perceptive. Be glad.

    Thought I'd take my sentiment on Hawkins to my grave. So relieved to see that you - and some other commentators - share it. Still can't bring myself to say it out loud/write it down: That is how terrible we feel when opining on the less than fully able-bodied. As an aside, John, and - no doubt - you have far more experience of it than I do: Why is it that we dare not criticize/not like someone who is (physically) disadvantaged? I feel so uncomfortable with it I almost squirm. Yet, looked at in the cold light of a physicist's eye, there is no rationale behind making them exempt.

    U

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  19. 1 is sure that he didn't have a dependency to block 1s mind from "feeling" therefore the machine has a design flaw. did he have a accident that made him "the life in the chair" or was it from the kindness of others he is able to fulfil a lost emotionally rich life with social connections and a sense of "belonging". or is that just a distant memory and 1 has given up on "humanity". i won't go on they are are all lining up to have a piece of the "fruitcake". let me just pass on that 1 today.

    :0)

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  20. I have always been amazed at the Mind that is trapped in that Body. May have to see the film and then see what I think....

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    1. I'm with you, Linda. Can you even imagine trying to communicate such complex ideas with such a devastating disease? Hope to find the film here.

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  21. 'flapping emotion' - bloody brilliant!

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  22. I'd rather have my eyes poked out!

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  23. Sorry but all I can think of is Frank Pickle auditioning for a Wise Man in hte nativity play on Vicar of Dibley - in Hawking's voice because, of course, he is a very wise man, right? ;-)

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