Well thank God, that whole little scenario is over! I mean the Christmas season, in case anybody might not have guessed! Sorry, don’t want to offend anybody, but its one time of the year that I really cannot stand, with all its pomp and commercialised hypocrisy. People only give presents to each other – or remember each other with silly greeting cards and all that sort of thing – while millions of others around the world are starving in poverty with little or nothing to eat or sustain them. While we are remembering our friends or relatives; I wonder just how many give those people a thought?
Not that there’s anything wrong in being thoughtful or kind to people; but why on only a few days of the year? out of an almost compulsive obligation? The Churches just tell you to ‘pray’ for them. And many do – at least, pay ‘lip service’ in ‘prayers’ in the particular Church they might happen to be attending; if, in fact, they happen to attend one at all!
And ‘no’. I am not ‘playing the hypocrite! I recently made a film titled “The Christmas Quarrel” which involved Christmas decorations being displayed in the background of my home. But that was just for the set of that particular film to reflect the ‘Christmas spirit’. If Hollywood insists on its props . . . well, at least I was only doing it for a film: not out of heart-felt sincerity for the ‘invented occasion’! I think its what you really feel inside – not what people just pretend to feel for the sake of show.
For example, I recently saw a message board in which one proclaimed ‘Christian person’ published pictures of himself and his partner enjoying a lavish Christmas dinner. All lavishly cooked (for the sake of the cameras) and which, by all standards, could only have increased his dangerously increasing weight! And what about the millions of people who might have had nothing to eat at Christmas (or any other time of the year)? Well, no mention of them!
But getting away from that; I see the Press and other media sources are still interested in the strange case of the Highgate ‘Vampire’ (in which this author played a central part).
We are now told, that one Asa Bailey is bringing out a book and ‘fictional film’ about the activities of this so-called ‘vampire’. The local Highgate newspaper, the Hampstead and Highgate Express, picked up the story and decided to do a review. I have reproduced this here (above) for the sake of all those who may still retain some interest in this 40-year-plus saga. Some people do – indeed, still appear to do so – maybe trying to create a modern day legend upon facts which were really non-existant all those years ago. But that’s Hollywood for you!
That’s all for now everyone. Have a good New Year,