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Still here

Hi, l have posts written in my mind, but, not on the page. This summer is doing my head in.

My thoughts are also going out to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere battling with that intense cold.

Let’s all get through this and then start talking again. Keep safe😊

Posted in Tv series

The Typist

I have watched another fantastic series, this time from Germany.

Iris Becker is superb as the secluded Freya. She works for the Berlin Police Department as a typist; sitting in on interviews. A girl goes missing which brings up memories of the tragic disappearance of Freya’s own daughter.

The production is top class as is the acting from the whole cast.

Well worth watching.

Posted in Books

The travelling book

It was originally bought at Melbourne International Airport. Travelling to New York. It looked brand new then.

Then it travelled down to the south of America, being taken in and out of bags. Then, back to New York before flying home to Australia again; and then it was given to me.

It looked a little beat up;

the spine is very creased, but, the book is still readable.

I love J.D Robb books and had converted this person into the fold. That’s why she gave it to me, and l was very happy to take it. So, l read it and loved it like all her books.

Now when l buy a book, or are given a book by someone who doesn’t want it back, l do something different. First off, let me say that l don’t like owning books. This book was not going to stay with me. I read it, wrote a note,

and left it, with the book, at a bus stop.

I went back 2 days later and it was gone. I hope someone picked it up and is now reading it. I hope it hasn’t been thrown away because there is something in me that loves the thought of a book being read and then left for the next person, and the next and the next.

This book was bought for travelling and l’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s still travelling.

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I’m back

I’ve been missing in action lately. Australia is having a hot, hot summer and l’m not coping well.

All l’ve been doing is working and sitting in front of the fan. There are things l’ve been wanting to post, to talk about, but haven’t had the energy. Well, no more sitting around. I’ll back tomorrow and the chatting will begin again.

Posted in Films

Mary Queen of Scots

Not one Queen, but two this week.

Unlike The Favourite, l knew something about these two Queens; Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots. I think most of us will have seen images of Elizabeth 1, maybe not so many of Mary.

First off, can l say what wonderful performances by the two main characters. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie are brilliant and it’s good to see films showing strong female characters. The whole cast were brilliant with a standout being an unrecognizable David Tennant as John Knox.

The film is based on John Guy’s novel Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. Is the film 100% historically accurate, l doubt it. Most of these films are more of an interpretation. It was shot in Scotland and England and the Scottish scenery, in particular, was stunning. The costuming and make up were wonderful and that white face of Margot Robbie near the end is truly scary.

So, overall a great film that’s well worth watching. There are a few niggles for me, but, they are only minor. It did veer into melodrama a few times and l think they took liberty with history, but, these are only nitpciking by me.

If you see this film for no other reason, see it for a wonderful acting display by the cast as a whole.

4 out of 5 star.

Posted in Books, Reading

My new reading buddy

This heat is driving me troppo. The baking sun has now been replaced by awful humidity which makes it hard to sleep at night.

I do most of my reading late at night, after everyone has gone to their rooms and the place is quiet. I can then get lost in the story and generally lose all sense of time.

Last week a new reading buddy came into my life; Emily the rescue cat. She’s not mine, but, has now decided that every time l sit to read she must be beside me.

This was her the second day she arrived. Notice the stiches from her little op that came out early this week.

I personally don’t think that looks comfortable, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

Finally she goes to sleep and l am left to read of murder and mayhem.

So think of us both later tonight; her sleeping and me reading well into the early hours.

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Black Water

We’re in the middle of a heat wave and my small studio is baking. It’s energy sapping heat and all l can do is sit in front of the fan and read.

And fall in love with a writer. I love Joyce Carol Oates writing style. As you can see this book was bought at an Op Shop for just a few dollars, and, when l bought it. l had no idea who Joyce Carol Oates was. I read the blub on the back, thought it sounded familiar(and interesting), so l got it.

What a find; what a writer. Her use of language is superb and it only took a few pages for me to realise just how talented a writer Oates is. For a book that spans only 154 pages, it covers a lot. Of course, what l realised was that this book is based on the infamous Chappauiddick incident that involved Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne. Oates has reimagined the evening that led to Mary Jo’s death, and the end of Ted Kennedy’s Presidential race. It was 10 hours before the accident was reported to the police, and you can draw your own conclusions for that delay.

Oates’ protagonists are a Senator and young female aide. She also covers a certain time in American History with a beautifully crafted piece of work. It really is one of the best books l have read in a long while.

I will definitely seek out more of her work and give this novel 5 out 5 stars. Absolutely outstanding.