Friday, 18 April 2014

Record Store Day - Saturday 19th April 2014

Just reminding you... whilst they are still there to be visited and used... tomorrow (Saturday 19th April) be Record Store Day when you can celebrate the great tradition of independent record shops and see who has set up events, special releases, live music and so on. 
If you want some music outside "the charts"? Some coffee? A book? A dvd? A chance to chat about a new release, the music you want... or dogs.. or stuff? Forget Amazon and try out your local independent record shop...
There aren't many. So let's use 'em or.... lose 'em.

And I do say if you is in the West Country.... in the vicinity of Falmouth... visit Jam Records.  Totnes? Then Drift Record Shop...

By the way... I do pick up my copy of Liz Green's "Haul Away" from Jam only this week....

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Good Weather - Out And About

Been enjoying camellias, magnolias and such like at Trewidden.
And the next day.... a quick march around Goonhilly Downs.... (eh-hem)... where there be six tall wind-turbines and I do not hear a sound from them and ... they are working... and anyways I buy my electricity from a renewables only company.
Yes. I am that kind of girl.

Rhododendron flower at Trewidden
Goonhilly Downs

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The New Me

Okay. I have had discussions with Mrs D about this duplication thing. And once I "put my best face on".... I start to accept the transfer to a new body... in a Frankenstein manner.
Mmmmn.... Mrs D as Dr Frankenstein.
She do assure the old me that I will be celebrated by being kitted out in a new transformation dress.
Preferably bright red I do say....
Though... mind... I don't think her problems be entirely solved with bits of the "New-Me". She be tut-tutting about hands and faces, see. And I do think they legs be a bit spindly like.

Nevertheless I am assured that, one day, I ("New-Me") shall stand on me own two feet for a change.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Listening To: "I Lie" by David Lang From Soundtrack of " La Grande Bellezze"

A friend recently gave me the soundtrack recording for "The Great Beauty" (see previous post) and this is just one of the items on the double CD. The Yiddish lyrics for "I Lie" are from a song written by Belorussian-born Jewish poet, Joseph Rolnick who died (1955) in the USA aged 76. The lyrics...perhaps the words of a girl waiting for her lover... were set to music by composer David Lang as a commission for all-women vocal ensemble Kitka, first performed in 2001.
"I lie down in bed alone.....

Friday, 4 April 2014

Travels With My Film-Life: Italy's "La Grande Bellezza"

We be back in Italy.... Roma.... sampling "The Great Beauty". A philosophical journey for us oldies as we contemplate the value of our.... values and where one finds the beauty. All that we call "beautiful"... and notions of success.
The film itself is beautiful.... a succession of images,days, thoughts, even memories of the 65 year-old, world-weary journalist Jep Gambardella - played by Toni Servillo.... a Sorrentino regular whom we do watch in "The Consequences of Love" (that post is here).
I contemplate this Roman procession after the film ends and think it is moving but demands some time and patience to sink in.
The Old Man do not indulge time and patience when it comes to forming opinions, so he do be more doubtful about it all.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Enough Is Enough

"I've had enough of this... this .. duplication!" I do say to Mrs D. "...All of these bits of wire and stuffing and stocking and such. What you trying to do to me? What is this creature you are making?"

And Mrs D cannot look me in the eye.

But I know.... I know...
that she is making another ME."

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Friday, 28 March 2014

Kneehigh Theatre's Asylum Play for 2014: Dead Dog in a Suitcase

Kneehigh Theatre's new Asylum production this year will be at the Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey. It's a reworking of John Gay's "Beggars Opera" re-written by Carl Grose and with music by Charles Hazlewood. It's called "Dead Dog in a Suitcase: and other love songs". It's on 30th August to 28th September 2014 at 7.45pm. Booking is open now (via Hall For Cornwall) with an Early Bird price offer until May 1st.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Mrs D Has Plans For Me...

... and I ain't sure I like them.
The other day she do lay me down... in an undignified manner... and do draw round me. Then she do fetch out a great big metal ruler and do proceed to measure me up. Does she know something I do not?

I know I'm a bit tired now. There was that time me head fell off..... and I lost a finger I think. And things don't bend like they should. The hair's a bit dull but... hey... I am an elder person. The way she do treat me I do feel like she be making me ready for that wicker coffin.

Next thing I know I am forced to look at a headless wire monster and to stand (or lie) next to it.

No. I do not like this at all.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Spring And Stuff

Definitely spring has come... although the rain do fall as usual today. But the other day.. which be sunny... we lift up the dustsheet which we had spread out on the decking.. (the dustsheet we do block the back door with when the wind do drive in the rain). Underneath the sheet is a fully grown slow worm... bronze and sleek... still slow moving until I leaped indoors to get me camera... when it skidaddled toot sweet.... fast as a flash.
There are also some yellowhammers visiting the bird feeding area. They look wonderful and unbelievable. Like yellow bright canaries sitting in the plum tree in the feeding queue. Both slow worms and yellowhammers were thin on the ground last year. So I be very pleased to see them.

Ourselves? We do have a new baby. It sits in the corner and we do stare at it lovingly.
"Isn't it clean," say we.
"Isn't it quiet," agree we.
A brand new washing machine. Spring and spring-cleaning has arrived.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Animated Discussions: Kijek/Adamski - Shugo Tokumaru Music Video

Shugo Tokumaru / Katachi from Kijek / Adamski on Vimeo.

From Polish animators Kijek / Adamski. If my previous animation post sampled the impromptu, "simple" end of things.... this music video is a pearl of the more complicated kind. (Quote from their Cargo page: "...made with approx. 2000 silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using computer-controlled cutter.")

Monday, 17 March 2014

Re-Reading a Favourite Book: "Borderliners" by Peter Hoeg

Remember I posted about Library Thing and the book groups you can join there?

As part of one group's subject challenge... to read around the theme of "education".... I've just finished re-reading a favourite of mine from the 1990s: Borderliners by Danish writer Peter Hoeg.

Set in Denmark in the early 1970s, the story is narrated from the viewpoint of one of the "borderline" children of the title: three damaged adolescents placed in an elite boarding school as part of a secret experiment in social integration by the Danish Education department. Peter and Katarina, the elder pair, try to look after the third and youngest - August - who is deeply damaged from a life of abuse at the hands of his own parents. Not knowing that they are the subjects of a social experiment, they observe their teachers and those in authority with feral detail in their efforts to interpret a survival pattern for themselves as individuals and as some kind of distorted family group. Their paranoia (if you like) also drives them deep into esoteric theories concerning time. It is a concern that stays with the narrator into adulthood and life in the "laboratory".... his term for everyday life and domesticity. These aspects make the book difficult to read. Some reviews love this complexity and originality... some see it as affectation. Whatever... I found reading Borderliners still to be an intense and moving experience. The book remains a favourite of mine and its denouement is both tragic and triumphant.

I also loved Hoeg's previous novel - Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow which is the book that brought Heog to the attention of the popular reading public. And which I now realise heralded my passion for Scandi-Noir as it falls more easily into the category of crime fiction. But each book Hoeg writes is different. In Borderliners he seems perhaps to have been at the forefront in writing about the damage wrought by institutional abuse (a subject now all too familiar to the contemporary reader) and in writing from the point of view of the psychological outsider. (If you enjoyed Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo you may realise how it's anti-hero Lisbeth Salander became who she was... after Hoeg's account of childrens homes, schools and psychological and physical abuse.)

Borderliners is currently "out of print" as I write this. But it is available - either secondhand or as a "print on demand" item - from various sellers via AbeBooks.