For anyone who’s interested, here’s an update on my poorly back (and I should mention here that I’ve been quite humbled at how many people have wished me well, both on this blog, on MySpace and on Facebook, not to mention emailing me directly, so thank you all!): the injection worked a little. Just a wee bit. Enough to take the edge off the pain, but only when it feels like it, and I still get a horribly numb leg and am pretty much crippled. Even the addition of Very Strong Painkillers(TM) haven’t helped too much – and they make me woozy and dizzy and quite tired, so bugger. I’m probably back to how I was two months ago, so I have improved, but it’s not enough.
Next step: chat with the surgeon on 13 August. I will beg for surgery. Again. Until then, the painkillers mean I can just about go shopping (woohoo!) and my leg doesn’t hurt so much when I’m in bed at night, so I’m thankful for small mercies.
End of update.
Last night I went to see Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix for the second time, only this time at the IMAX with the last 20 minutes in 3D. Incidentally, I had no idea the IMAX at Waterloo was the UK’s largest screen until the manager told us all beforehand; he also babbled on about how the sound is the best sound you can ever get and I totally agree with him, it was awesome, but I do wish the film hadn’t looked so blurry compared to how it looked on the screen at the Empire Leicester Square last time I saw it. I guess bigger isn’t always better.
Anyway, the upshot was this: I’ve never found Voldemort scary. But in 3D? I nearly wet my pants. He’s naaaaasty! The final showdown – which involves lots of flying glass – was stunning, and there’s something unimaginably cool about watching Harry Potter flying out of the screen on his broomstick. I’m still disappointed that we’re in the 21st century and nobody’s invented holographic movies (come on Lucas! Come on Cameron! You’re the most likely candidates), but until then 3D will do nicely.
The final Potter novel comes out next week. With the last book, I had to read it in one day so I could write the review for SFX. This time I’m not reviewing it for anybody so I can take my time. Although I have a sneaking suspicion I’m gonna read it in one day regardless… who’s with me?