Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Although the Buddha says that we should not look for solutions in distant lands, but within our own hearts, regular readers here will know that I have a tendency to look to distant lands quite often! Not for solutions necessarily, but to feed my imagination - feed my heart, if you like - so perhaps it works out as amounting to the same thing?
At present, I am feeling that tingle in my wandering feet again and as well as my favourite locales - Japan, Europe - I am thinking too of India. I have been watching "The Jewel in the Crown" on one of the new digital channels here late every Sunday night and although I watched it with my parents when it was first released in the early 80s, I didn't really understand it then. Critics I'm sure could (and probably did) call it 'Brideshead in a Hot Cilmate' (with apologies to Nancy Mitford) since they were made at about the same time, but I am really enjoying it. I studied Indian history for a year as an undergrad at uni and so I am slowly recalling bits and pieces of long-forgotten facts as it goes along. As well as that, I have also just started reading E.M. Forster's A Passage to India which, although I have loved the film for some time, I dismissed the book as boring. I am now finding it to be really engaging and so vividly depicted. Has anyone else read it? I would have loved to put a clip of either "The Jewel in the Crown" or "A Passage to India" up here but there were no clips of the former to be found on You Tube and the latter's clips had been disabled. Huh. However, last but by no means least, I can bring you a gorgeous clip from "Monsoon Wedding", a lovely, lovely, lovely movie which you have to seek out if you haven't seen it already. And, needless to say, it presents a more modern view of India than the titles mentioned above! This song is one of my favourites from the soundtrack (the sound is a little subdued, so crank it up a little if you can). I defy you to not be cheered by it.
Has anyone been to India? What's it like?
And one last thing while on the topic of India (sort of), I have lately discovered a very nice little side dish which I have now had two nights running. It sort of reminds me of the cucumber dish which is generally served with pappadums at Indian restaurants. Combine sliced or diced cucumber with natural yoghurt and a little finely chopped or minced garlic. The proportions of each are to your own taste. Mmmm.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
A lighter note to end the week - perhaps. The Muppet Movie, from which this song is taken, was the first movie I saw at the cinema. And Kermit the Frog was my first love. I didn't realise he wasn't a real frog until I was 5. Seriously. It seemed completely plausible to me that a frog could talk. I think this says a few things: that I was very gullible, very naive or very imaginative. Or all three. And perhaps these descriptors still fit, which would explain all sorts of other things too!
Also, I've always rather liked the lyrics to "The Rainbow Connection". I know they're a bit syrupy, and certainly that angle has been played up over the years, but I also think the song talks about keeping your hope alive in the face of disappointment. Or at least that's what it says to me. Either way, enjoy and have a lovely weekend :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
A musical post today. This is a beautiful piece called "Forgiveness" and it's the theme tune to a Danish crime tv show called Ornen (this is not quite how it's spelt but I'm afraid I can't quite seem to put in the Danish 'O' with a line through it). Here it's called The Eagle. I would love to go to Scandinavia and I must say that the cold, vast landscapes that this song conjures up in my mind appeal to the slightly melancholic aspects of my character! The show itself is a little too bleak for my taste, though - if last night's episode is anything to go by - but the music is sublime. Makes me want to have another go at reading Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow which I bought many years ago while travelling through Vietnam and didn't make much headway with. There are no pictures to distract you with this clip - just sit back and enjoy!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tickled pink as I was with my award yesterday, I got a bit overwhelmed and didn't quite manage to fulfill my duties as a Kreativ Blogger! So, part of the game is to tell you 7 things you didn't know about me. Here goes:
2. When I was at high school, I was seriously obsessed with the band Bros. The first concert I went to was their's. I joined their fanclub. That year, as a part of our P.E. class, I did a dance routine to "When Will I be Famous?".
3. I believe in ghosts. When I worked at a National Trust building a couple years ago, I heard one.
4. I have a large collection of teddy bears.
5. I am about to start collecting Smurf figurines.
6. I am very sentimental and cry buckets during any even remotely touching movie/tv show/ news report.
7. I don't exercise anywhere near enough, even though I know it's bad for me not to.
There it is. Hope we can still be friends :) So, here are the rules of the Kreativ Blogger award in full:
1. Thank the blogger who awarded you (done - thanks again Bodecea :) )
2. Copy the logo into your blog (done)
3. Link with the blogger who awarded you (done)
4. List 7 things which we do not know about you (done - for better or worse!)
5. Nominate 7 other 'Kreativ Bloggers' (started - I'll keep going with this over the coming week)
6. Link with these bloggers.
7. Inform these bloggers with a comment.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I would now like to put forward Pina at Another Beautiful Day (http://milk-and-berries.blogspot.com/) for the award. Her great blog is full of gorgeous photos of both the lovely cities and beautiful rural areas of Slovenia as well as her thoughtful and interesting posts.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I have long been a fan of the writer Sylvia Plath. At school, we had to learn "The Applicant" for our English Lit exam and in first year uni, I read "The Bell Jar" for the first time (my copy is now well thumbed). While I realise many people are perhaps ambivalent about Plath due to the tendency for her poetry to appeal to angsty university undergrads (!) or for the choices she made in her own life - I continue to just love the way she uses language. If I could manage even a part of what she did with my own writing, I'd be very happy! This poem, "Cut", is a delight for me. Such richly envisaged, cleverly employed words - and crafting such a piece about something so commonplace as cutting your finger while cooking. Brilliant. I was especially thrilled to find clips on You Tube with Plath herself reading her poems. That voice!
Her more sombre and complex poems are on You Tube too and are equally wonderful, but I leave you to listen to those of your own choosing. They are heavy going and not for the heavy-of-heart.
Have a beautiful weekend :)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
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Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am addicted to pop culture. There, I admit it. But not just any old pop culture. Nothing against them, but I am a little non-plussed by the romantic problems of Britney Spears or Posh Spice. What I'm talking about is my very own little version of popular culture. The Feronia-brand special. What interests me. Because pop culture - movies, books, music, tv shows - have really had a big impact over the years on how I see myself and the world. I suppose this is true for many people, really. But as a teenager and a young adult especially, films were far more for me than just films. I entered right into the world they presented to me.
I had "Two for the Road" on VHS video cassette tape (!) and I watched it over and over and over again. I wanted to be Audrey Hepburn (and hey, I know I'm not alone there), even though a rake-thin, finely-boned, straight-haired woman was a long way from where I was at! Everything is so neat in many of these older movies, so precise, so succinct. Even bitter arguments are confined to a scene or two and then left behind. It took me a while to realise that life doesn't often imitate art in that regard! So the world of movies has been at least partially responsible for building up a lot of unattainable expectations about how my own scenes would be played out, but they've also had a significant part in refining (what I think is) my fairly quirky and individualistic kalidescope view of life.
What movies did you grow up with?