When I grow up, I want to be Michael Gambon.

In the meantime, I will happily remind myself of his performance in ‘Quartet’ and his character, who spent pretty much the whole film in a dressing gown, barking at people.


I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. If we don’t dream, we die.

I read somewhere that all people can be divided into the characters in The Wind In The Willows, and it’s a great way to find out, quite quickly, whether you’re going to get along with someone.

In the article, it suggested that this would be a brilliant means of predicting the course of a romantic relationship, but I think it can be extrapolated into friendships as well. If, for example’s sake, you’re Toad (frivolous, happy, with no concept of consequences), you’re going to struggle with Mole (timid, kind-hearted but very little confidence).


And maybe that’s why I like Michael Gambon so much. I see myself as a mix of Badger (cantankerous, disappointed, fiercely loyal) with a smidge of Ratty (kind, jolly, just looking to enjoy things).

And that’s the sort of character Michael Gambon tends to play: me.

So, there you go: Day 31, an entire month of Happy Days resulting in Michael Gambon.