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Congrats to friends and colleagues who've worked on the advocacy campaign for U.N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities! President Obama signed the convention on Friday. Now, on to Senate ratification....

Morocco in the news:
cheat sheet on travel to Morocco
King Mohamed VI's position on the Holocaust and his grandfather's actions during WWII.

I have the famous "tennis elbow" so I sat out the last half of practice on Saturday morning. I learned that the admonition to "play through the pain" does not help matters. Afterwards I visited the Corcoran Gallery, where the main exhibit was on William Eggleston's photography. My childhood took place largely in the 70s, and his lurid and garish photos brought back a lot of memories. Then on to Drilling Tennis, the DC tennis shop everyone recommends. I got a funny-looking brace for my arm and the resident tennis expert asked me to demonstrate my serve and backhand (the most painful moves for me) for what MoBob would call "une diagnostique."

We also (finally) went to see the new Harry Potter movie. I wonder if the HP franchise will follow Star Trek in that certain numbered movies are better than others. At any rate, two thumbs up from both MB and myself. I was disappointed though that the Dursleys were cut out, and that Ron didn't comfort Hermione at the end the way he did during the Buckbeak incident in HP3. I also wished that Ginny's line about "books that talk back" was left in. And too bad that the creepy but handsome Tom Riddle from HP2 was replaced. I liked that Draco was a "real" character this time around. I liked the chase scene and the sacking of the Burrow. (Sounds like the sacking of the Shire, doesn't it?) Also, the young TR reminded me of the kid from the Damien movies. Did anyone else notice that the standard HP musical theme wasn't around? We didn't stick around for the credits so perhaps it appeared then.
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On July 27th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC), four_alarm commented:
I heard versions of the standard HP theme but it wasn't as blatant as it usually is. I thought the music sounded a lot like it did in the 5th film, so maybe they used the same composer?

One of the Tom Riddles (the younger one) is Ralph Fiennes' (Voldemort) nephew. I thought that was kind of interesting.
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On July 27th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'll probably catch the HP themes on later viewings, as I'm sure we'll get the DVD! I read that about the younger TR too. Good-looking family.
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