I spot a train

I spot a train

Whenever I don’t know what to blog about, I blog about Trainspotting. It’s my favourite childhood film (sic) and one of my favourite books. The book is better than the movie, but the movie is good enough to have achieved a cult status in my book (see what I did here?).

Trainspotting still matters. A sequel to the film is currently being shot, which is bound to fall short of the original, yet I’m so much of a fan that I’d be actually willing to see it in the cinema.

While I don’t teach either literature or film, I managed to sneak the showing of the Trainspotting trailer in one of my classes after I found that my students were completely oblivious of this masterpiece. Of course they would be, they were not even born when it was made.

I imagined the trailer would be a largely useless though interesting experience with no relevance to my English class, but there was a funny follow-up. For the final test, there was a listening exercise I lifted from one of the teachers’ books I use, and the tape contained a dialogue concerning the trainspotting hobby.

It was in fact an excruciatingly artificial mock radio programme featuring an agony aunt tackling teenagers’ dramas. A kid complained that his friends laughed at him because he was a trainspotter. The good soul advised to the kid that he might try to find fellow trainspotter friends. Problem solved.

I had a hard time trying not to crack up while playing the tape to the students (I know, I have a weird sense of humour). I was however pleased that my trainspotting lesson proved to have a practical use, provided that test writing is practical. After all, it turns out that nothing is irrelevant. (Which is an alternative to the equally valid opposite claim that everything is irrelevant.)

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Posted by Mara Eastern

I'm a sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.

17 Comments

  1. Jessie Martinovic 30/05/2016 at 1:07 pm

    great movie, actually purchased the soundtrack just the other month

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    1. Trainspotting soundtrack! Now that you mention it, I need to get it too. I remember I loved the movie music – I especially liked “Perfect Day” in the scene when Renton overdosed and was being taken to hospital.

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      1. Jessie Martinovic 31/05/2016 at 3:29 am

        Oh what a bright scene to recall as a favourite!

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        1. I know, right 😉 It’s on the whole such a pleasant movie 😉

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          1. Jessie Martinovic 01/06/2016 at 2:04 am

            yep

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  2. I haven’t seen the movie, but I read the full synopsis, quickly, now in imDB. Will see if I can find it so I can watch this masterpiece 🙂
    What were your students’ reactions to the clip you showed them?

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    1. I appreciate that you bothered to look at it on IMDB! It’s not a film for everyone. My students looked like they enjoyed the clip – they probably didn’t imagine that fun films were made before they were born, and they were probably surprised at my taste in films. People are always shocked to find out that I like morbid stuff. I put it down to my nice, harmless appearance.

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  3. Where did you get the pic, it is a good train of India.

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    1. It was shot right behind my house, where there’s a cargo train station. I imagine trains look similar everywhere, at least this old cargo kind of trains…

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      1. Oh yes it is the same exactly here too and the same color, thanks for sharing.

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        1. You’re welcome! It’s fun to see how different parts of the world aren’t that entirely different after all.

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  4. I mean good or cargo train.

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    1. I got your meaning 🙂

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  5. Wow, that’s synchronicity at play 🙂 although being a pessimist, this may not excite you overly !

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    1. I thought it a curious series of coincidences. I almost liked it (though I’m not known for liking things ;-). Even as a pessimist I do get some rare moments of excitement and delight 😮

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      1. That’s awesome – I’m glad you’re not totally devoid of them 🙂

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        1. Not totally (as yet) 😉

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