Sometime around 2am this morning, I was still awake .. feeling sleepy with my eyes closing but not quite ready to drop off yet.
I was flipping channels, looking for something to entertain me, although God knows why, I should have been sleeping as I had to be at my desk at 8am this morning.
This 8am start is breaking up my sleeping pattern, I’d fell asleep after work til 10pm and then was wide awake.
On the Syfy channel, I came across a re-telling of the Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde tale, a personal favourite since I was given a collection of books by Robert Louis Stevenson when I was a kid, Treasure island, Kidnapped and this was by far the darkest story.
I remember as a child watching it on tv, black and white Victorian style … and that was just our tv .. , the gentrified Dr Jekyll in his posh sandstone house, while his alter-ego Mr Hyde roamed the seedier side of the city, frequenting the bars, bordellos and the dark alleyways of Edinburgh looking for his next victim.
The story has been re-told, many times, with many different settings, sometimes with a twist where Mr Hyde is actually Ms Hyde .. any excuse to have a girl get her boobs on at that level of entertainment.
Last night, was the Dougray Scott version from 2008, a made for tv movie, with more drama than action, lots of knowing looks but actually very little happening.
I quite like Dougray as an actor, even although he is quite hammy, he was a very unconvincing baddie in Mission Impossible 2, but quite a charming rogue in This Year’s Love.
I like the story itself, the general concept is that a good man, educated, intelligent, has a darker side, an alter-ego which is set free by the administration of some substance or other.
Where am I going with this?
I like the concept of being free from ties and responsibility to do whatever you feel .. within reason of course.
Don’t you think that every single one of us, male or female, has that that capacity? We are constricted by responsibility, peer pressure, the need to hold down a job, fulfil the role of mother or father, but it’s great to be able to break out now and then? That the more responsible you are, the more likely you are to go wild once the ties are cut?
Unlike the story, I don’t think there is any need for chemical experiments to derive this mind-altering, personality changing substance, they are available in every supermarket or bar.
Personal experience is that there are no limits on women being wilder than men and quite often are. Just watch women on a hen-night trying to outdo each other, complete carnage!
Tonight, with my 8am start, I finish at 4pm, meeting one of my pals in a bar in town, then going to see Goldfrapp, hopefully they will be up-tempo rather than chill-out, but I’m sure they will finish with a high .. any artist that doesn’t spoils the chances of a return visit.
It seems like ages since I’ve been out, even longer since I’ve partaken of any mind-altering substances .. for me, that means Peroni, .. or Stella, , Prosecco and Cocktails.
I’m really looking forward to forgetting all responsibilities and just having a good time.
The movie last night featured the following song Evil Night Together by Jill Tracy, I hadn’t heard it before or of Jill Tracy, but I like it a lot.