Monday, 26 April 2010


Three letters with a variety of meanings.
I'm reminded constantly of the need for ppp (practise, practise, practise) whenever I work at the flame, and it does occasionally bring rewards.
Talking with an old friend a week ago, I remembered a completely different ppp - the Penultimate Picture Palace off Cowley Road in Oxford. Wonderful cinema: dark, musty, atmospheric and showing unusual and offbeat films from around the world. It had a face and pair of white hands welcoming from above, and was run by Bill Heine, the guy who got into trouble putting a shark through his roof . It has gone now, to be replaced by the smartly named Ultimate Picture Palace.
Maybe when I've stopped doing ppp, I'll go onwards and upp-wards.

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