Normal service shall be resumed -very soon

This blog has been rather neglected  for the last couple of months.  I’ve not given it up – and I’ve plenty of material to add.  So watch this space………….. test card image is from here Happy Burns night! Happy Birthday Playwright, columnist and novelist Keith Waterhouse  (1929 – 2009)

Watched – Enid (Blyton)

Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton When I was a child, Enid Blyton was my favorite author. She was beloved of most children: a wonderful storyteller whose stories kept you entranced. But I often wondered what Blyton was  like as a person. Helena Bonham Carter was, at first glance, a surprising choice, to play Blyton in thisContinue reading “Watched – Enid (Blyton)”

Watched ‘Barchester Chronicles’

I have never read an Anthony Trollope book, and I know there are many of them.  I have however seen the series ‘The Way we Live Now’ starring David Suchet and greatly enjoyed it.  So when I spotted ‘The Barchester Chronicles‘ DVD I was quite looking forward to watching it.  The series was first shown in 1982Continue reading “Watched ‘Barchester Chronicles’”

Watched ‘The Black Swan’

Directed by Darren Aronofsky’s and starring Natalie Portman the Black Swan is a kind of modern-day fairytale (more Brothers Grimm).  It is advisable to suspend all belief all who enter into the film and just sit back and enjoy. Henpecked Nina, a delicate flower in a hothouse of casting couches and farfetched scenarios, pirouettes between fantasy, reality andContinue reading “Watched ‘The Black Swan’”

Watched ‘Carrington’ DVD

I rewatched Carrington the other night on DVD.  I had watched it ages ago, but for some reason or other just wanted to see it again.  The film is about the artist Dora Carrington‘s relationship with the writer Lytton Strachey.  As a painter Carrington was quite selective in her subject matter, painting  her immediate background andContinue reading “Watched ‘Carrington’ DVD”

Watched ‘Hattie’

I missed this  BBC4  biopic when it was first shown a couple of weeks ago – however I was lucky enough to catch the repeat the other night.  Hattie Jacques (Josephine Edwina Jacques) b. 1922 – 1980)  was a British comedy actress, well-known for her roles in the Carry On films from 1958 – 1974 where sheContinue reading “Watched ‘Hattie’”

DVD review ‘Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky’ by Patrick Hamilton

I don’t know what it is recently, but I have the urge or need to watch a DVD most nights before going to bed, no matter how late it is. Unfortunately for me, I have already exhausted my supply, so now it’s a case of playing ‘repeats’. The trouble is that they have to matchContinue reading “DVD review ‘Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky’ by Patrick Hamilton”