A Thai chicken curry is enjoyed from a former restaurant location, and Smash Palace is a worthwhile blast from the past.

Community lunch

Thai chicken curry

At today’s community lunch we had a good Thai chicken curry that raised a few complaints that it was too hot for them, but despite that it was really nice. They can go back to their own bland diet if they like – I’ll happily enjoy a variety of experiences instead.

Henry remarked that he used to work in this location several years ago when it was a restaurant, and that our version was quite close to that which the restaurant regularly served, which was great to hear too.


Afterwards some of us enjoyed Carcassonne again with a new person thoroughly enjoying the experience – I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow’s board games evening that we’re holding here too. Plans are to obtain the Big Box 2012 version of it at some stage, so that a larger range of expansions to the original game may be enjoyed too.

DVD movie

Afterwards it was around to Felix’s to enjoy some chess, and then off with him to Juliet’s place in Papanui to enjoy Smash Palace.

Smash Palace

Smash Palace (1982) is a raw NZ-made movie about Al Shaw (Bruno Lawrence) is  Grand Prix racing driver who leaves to take over his fathers garage. His French wife Anna Jemison (Anna Maria Montecelli) is not quite so content though. After wanting him to leave the racing circuit before he is killed, she has come to detest the smell of oil for this wasn’t the life that she had come to imagine for themselves. When having trouble convincing him to sell up the garage, she ends up finding release in the form of an affair with Bruno’s best friend, the local cop, and returning to being a school teacher teaching French.

Some parts of the movie are notable too for being more risqué than is accepted in recent decades too, but overall we are taken step by step through the process of someone in perfect happiness ending up in hell, and the surprise is that each step along the way is reasonable and rational for the characters, and differ little from how we may act in a similar situation.