“I’m a woman, Mary. I can be as contrary as I choose.” — Violet, Dowager Countess, Downton Abbey, Season 2
A couple of days ago I did something I rarely do; I went to the cinema (movies). These days there’s never anything to pique my interest, and even if there was, I’d prefer to watch in the comfort of my own home.
This time was different, the film was Downton Abbey, and I couldn’t wait to see it.
For the convenience of daughters Elizabeth and Sophie we chose a late morning viewing which suited me perfectly, and we even booked the best seats!
British people will know that Downton Abbey is set in Yorkshire (my home county), and in the film, Harewood House was featured, in fact, some of the filming took place in the house and grounds. Harewood is just a few short miles from my house and less than a fifteen minute drive.
In the film, Harewood is pronounced Harwood, but these days’ most people pronounce it as it is spelt, Harewood!
I know Harewood well, and I felt very much at home watching the film.
Last Christmas, elder daughter Victoria and I visited Harewood to take part in the Christmas festivities; it followed a 1920s theme when Princess Mary the daughter of King George V was the Countess of Harewood. I wrote a blog about it – It’s 1929 and it’s Christmas.
If I’d been the marketing director over at Harewood, I would have chosen this year (2019) to feature the 1920’s Christmas theme and take advantage of the Downton Abbey publicity, just as they did with the television series Victoria; that too was filmed at Harewood.
I absolutely loved the film and could happily watch it again; however, there was one downside to my cinema trip. The long adverts before the film were exceptionally loud, and painfully so, leading us to think the cinema had breached the noise levels advised by health and safety guidelines. At home I would have reached for the Off switch!
You’ve heard the saying ‘How many people does it take to change a lightbulb?’ Well, I have a new one, how many women does it take to turn off a water tap?
At the end of the film I visited the Ladies’ room, and after washing my hands, the tap continued to flow. The lady next to me offered to help, as did another, and another, and another, each of them convinced they would be the one to stop the flow. I think of myself as a gregarious person, but even I’m not fond of this much company! Perhaps someone should have made the announcement, “Is there a plumber in the house?”
It was reminiscent of a scene from Candid Camera – a succession of ladies taking turns to turn off a tap! I left them to their efforts and walked away, but I couldn’t help wondering how long the rigmarole ran for, could it still be running now?
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