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It’s been all quiet on the blogging front recently, but not so in the Yellow Pages Office where phones have been ringing, photocopiers bleeping and motivational music playing (a dubious mix of Katy Perry, The Beatles, and Journey). We’re into the busiest weeks of the year for us:the run-up to printing the Yellow Pages Directory at the beginning of June (sales officially closed on March 28th, but if you still haven’t been in touch with us about your entry in the Yellow Pages then give us a call pronto!). Smiley-face badges have been distributed and the graphic design team are being reminded that coffee is their friend. And the worrying thing is that everyone keeps hinting darkly that the worst is yet to come: ‘Believe me girl, you haven’t seen anything. It’s going to get crazy. Craaaa-zy.’
As the resident New Media Developer (um, what?) I have been oddly detached from the craziness of producing 'the Book', but I have been keeping busy. I was involved at the Bermuda International Film Festival a couple of weeks ago – mostly volunteering as a membership seller (allow me to apologise now if you were subjected to my sales-pitch) – but also helping to produce a video for Yellow Pages about BIFF. Keep an eye on the website, my Twitter feed (@yabstagirl) and our Facebook page for the video – it should be landing in the next couple of days. In the end I was so busy pushing memberships, tending the bar at the Wrap Party and helping set up for the Filmmakers’ Dinner that I only made it to one film in its entirety: Sophia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’, which closed this year’s Festival.
The critics were divided on this one: half have taken the view that the way in which Coppola’s slow, careful exposition of celebrity life deliberately rejects the usual workings of plot teaches us to ‘pay attention; keep looking for longer than you think you need to; suspend your expectations and see what happens’ (A. O. Scott, New York Times Online). The other half have declared that the people in the film’s goldfish bowl of privilege and fame are ‘as boring as they are bored’ (Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune), leaving us tempted to paraphrase the assessment of central character’s ex-lover: ‘it wasn’t even that good’. On the whole, I think I’m inclined to agree with the latter group: even if the camerawork is stunning, who really has the time to sit through a movie that tells us that it’s possible to be rich, white and bored (surprise!) except rich, white and bored people? My faith in the selection committee’s choice remains unshaken, however – I heard so many good things throughout the week – so I’m planning to watch all the films I should have seen with a friend in our own mini-Festival.
In other news, Easter’s just around the corner, so keep your eyes open for some exciting new developments. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that you’ll need some white paste, some string and a helpful grown-up (!) For all of those who’ve given up things for Lent, hang in there, only two weeks to go! A special cheer for my sister, who’s given up all sweet things and bread/pastries as well as training for the May 24th half marathon! What a star! And so I leave you, as the office soundtrack rolls over to Justin Timberlake. It’s going to be a long day.
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