Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things

Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things
Gina's Trans Diary, 18.12.16: entry 18 Horcruxes and Other Things The photo accompanying this piece is of last weekend's Trans Remembrance Evening. In the photo you'll see the poetry student Avery, and in the centre, the playwright Jo Clifford, whose talk became increasingly a mesmerizing experience for the thirty people in the room. For this photo...
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What's On? 15/12/16

What's On? 15/12/16
What's On? 15/12/16 I was once a hard core fan of Star Wars. Born in the seventies, I remember Return of the Jedi (1983) was wonderful, was in fact the centre of my universe. I remember the hype on early morning news, the playground re-enactments, the Panini sticker book that my brother managed to complete with his friend. When you're eight years o...
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Snowden / The World I Live In (2) 11.12.16

Snowden / The World I Live In (2) 11.12.16
11/12/16, Snowden / The World I Live In (2) The Trans Remembrance Evening at Edinburgh University had been and gone, months of prep and then the release after a beautiful, intense evening. I wanted to watch a movie in the cinema again. Not just any movie either, I had suddenly become politicized after reading an article by a journalist I respect, J...
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What's On? 08.12.16

What's On? 08.12.16
What's On? 08/12/16 I've just spent an hour copying and pasting the names of eighty-three transgender people killed in hate crimes, then cutting up the papers and attaching blue-tak to each piece. They'll go on display tomorrow at the Trans Remembrance event I'm organising. Yes, it feels disturbing to do something so banal, involving the names of a...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: In the Blink of an Eye

Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: In the Blink of an Eye
Gina's Trans Diary, 05.12.16: entry 17 In the Blink of an Eye The picture accompanying this post is of a French graphic novel that I came across once, I'm in love with the otherworldly images. The girl in the picture is a version of me, or of an attitude of me. Life, this image says, is sometimes an ocean bearing monsters. You face it with att...
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What's On? 02/12/16

What's On? 02/12/16
What's On? 02/12/16 Limp and ashamed, I hang my head and say it's unlikely I'll be going to the cinema this weekend. I will be in Leeds (I've never been to Leeds) at a conference on gender. At least I hope I will be, as I've spent several hundred pounds on hotel, train and the conference itself (which I aim to scrape back via funding that I don't y...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: Highs and Lows and Highs Again

Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: Highs and Lows and Highs Again
Gina's Trans Diary, 27.11.16: entry 16 Highs and Lows and Highs Again On Thursday I went to my graduation ceremony for my MSc in Creative Writing. The graduation ceremony is supposed to be a celebration of your potential. At the ceremony's end, I realised I had lost my coat, an expensive one and also one that kept me warm. It's winter here in ...
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
27/11/16, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them It was the weekend after graduation, we're Creative Writing MSc post-grads, it was appropriate to go and see this film, and in 3D IMAX too. Harry Potter has become so integral a part of the literary landscape, at least from a UK perspective, like football among blokes, that everyone has a perspectiv...
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What's On? 25/11/16

What's On? 25/11/16
What's On? 25/11/16 First of all, no, I didn't review last week's movie, Dead Man , the postmodern Western directed by Jarmusch and starring Johnny Depp. I think it was a slightly underwhelming film, though I loved the soundtrack (Neil Young, riffing on an electric guitar, apparently in front of the film as he was watching it). It's the kind of fil...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16 The Cup Overfloweth

Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16 The Cup Overfloweth
Gina's Trans Diary, 20.11.16: entry 15 The Cup Overfloweth The first unstable 'moment' came in a dream. I was playing football on a field, in a mixed gender game. My team was always one or two goals ahead, and I was either the goal scorer or goal-maker each time. A really enjoyable game. I woke up in darkness wondering why I'd dream such a dream. W...
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What's On? 18/11/16

What's On? 18/11/16
What's On? 18/11/16 The Jim Jarmusch season continues at The Cameo . As reviewed already, I watched Magic Train last Saturday and it was fine, in a whimsical kind of way. Memphis looked like a dead town in the film, the director was obviously going for that effect, and perhaps it resonates, a gentle mocking of the 'Grail quest'. Perhaps I'll experi...
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16/11/16 Arrival + Magic Train

16/11/16 Arrival + Magic Train
16/11/16, Arrival + Magic Train Within Cameo cinema, the person issuing me my ticket told me Arrival was 'cerebral'. I expected it, therefore, to be a bit dry, a bit open-ended, with some big concepts touched upon. What I watched was one of the most beautiful films I can remember seeing, and certainly one of the most potent depictions of love ...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me

Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16 The World Around Me
Gina's Trans Diary, 11.11.16: entry 14 The World Around Me And then America made its choice. Without a TV or the Internet, I had to wait until I'd got to university (I was in at about 7am, so made an effort of sorts) to find out what had happened in the Presidential Election in America. I was originally shocked, but I remember being a lot more sadd...
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What's On? 10/11/16

What's On? 10/11/16
What's On? 10/11/16 I was all set to go this weekend to watch the Amy Adams sci-fi, Arrival , when to my dismay, I found another film I should go and watch instead - one of those movies you know you need for your hipster development. A film by a director whose work I've wanted to see more of, Jim Jarmusch. His film The Limits of Control r...
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Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals
7/11/16, Nocturnal Animals I'm still not sure about the ending. My friend, next to me, asked me what it meant. I listened to those behind and beside me, and they seemed uncertain too. The ending eventually settles down and I think I understand it. Here comes the spoiler: in relationships, there are no second chances. As for the rest of this complex...
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Gina's Trans Diary 06.11.16 When You Feel You're Losing It

Gina's Trans Diary 06.11.16 When You Feel You're Losing It
Gina's Trans Diary, 23.10.16: entry 13 When You Feel You're Losing It Insanity appears to appear when I can't control things. For me, nothing brings on the appearance of insanity like technology gone wrong (I suck at I.T.). Three days ago, a file of notes I'd typed up disappeared. I was stunned, being sure I'd saved the file. I remember moping over...
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What's On? 3/11/16

What's On? 3/11/16
What's On? 3/11/16 Having eagerly pored over Empire Magazine for my monthly dose of cinema news, I can report back to you all with the insight that November will be remembered as the month of the actress Amy Adams. For some (like my friend Yesenia), Adams is the innocent girl in Enchanted , to others (like me), she's the sly and multi-layered con a...
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Dr Strange

Dr Strange
3/11/16, Dr Strange I entered the Imax amphitheatre of Cineworld with 3D glasses on, sat back and was blown away; Dr Strange is a film that deserves to be watched in 3D, in an Imax cinema. For visual effects, I've seen nothing like this before, not even The Matrix or Inception . Having said that, I'm still trying to work out the empty feeling I had...
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Gina's Trans Diary, 30.10.16: The Danger of Being Incompetent

Gina's Trans Diary, 30.10.16: The Danger of Being Incompetent
Gina's Trans Diary, 30.10.16: entry 12 The Danger of Being Incompetent Last night I took a bus to Musselburgh to see old friends. It didn't take me there; it took me to Dalkeith and beyond. I thought I'd worked out the route online, I thought the '33' bus would take me there. When I got on, I asked the driver, 'Is this going to Musselburgh?' The dr...
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What's On? 27.10.16

What's On? 27.10.16
What's On? 27.10.16 After enjoying Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie last weekend, I did think about watching a Tom Cruise film this time. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is there in the cinema, dangling attractively like a free subscription to be audited. Yes, it's probably just a harmless bit of fun and nothing more ( Jack Reacher , not Scientolog...
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