Off to Soho at the weekend to see the Tooth Fairy – a charming tale of a professional ice hockey player whose game, and life, have slipped. He spends his days reducing grown men to tears, by whacking the teeth out of their heads on the ice, and his evenings making children sob by telling them the tooth fairy doesn’t exist. The rat!
Enter Julie Andrews in the role she was surely born to play, as the bossy head Tooth Fairy, and soon all is redeemed. I’m sure I should know who is playing our ice hockey-playing protagonist, as he looks famous in an OJ Simpsonish sort of way (though without OJ’s past, one hopes). In any case, to prove there is something in this film for everyone, he spends a lot of time with his top off. Oh, and there’s also a plethora of fairy accessories to die for (vanishing powder, shrinking toothpaste, sweets that make you bark like a dog) and Billy Crystal doing a fairy cameo. What more could you ask for?
On our way back from the film, we kept seeing elephants – no, not the result of a heavy night, or even a feelgood film overdose. It was all part of the Elephant Parade, which has positioned a herd of 250 elephants all over London, in order to raise money for the endangered Asian elephant. Each of the artworks is the size of an adolescent elephant, and they are all for sale. Have a look at the website here. There’s something gorgeous about the randomness of seeing elephants dotted around as you walk through familiar bits of London, though I didn’t love any enough to cart back to Dulwich – but then, I haven’t seen them all yet. Perhaps there is even a Dulwich elephant, featuring four-wheel drive, enormous diamond stud earrings, fitflops, an Orla Kiely handbag and three or four small blonde elephant children misbehaving while mummy elephant talks on the phone? Keep your eyes peeled!
Oh, and while I’m here, a big thank you to the divine Respect Organics for sending me cake. You darlings! We tested all the varieties (chocolate, banana, ginger and carrot) with exemplary thoroughness, but carrot came out on top. Yumsville.