Posted in Films

Rocket Man

Rocketman is the story of Elton John’s life. This is an authorised version of his life, so it is told from his point of view.

Back when he was Reggie Dwight he showed great musical ability. The young actor playing him, Kit Connor, is good as is the actor who plays him in later life, Taron Egerton. Stephen Graham plays Dick James to a tee and Bryce Dallas Howard also shines as Sheila Eileen. In fact, the performances overall are good and yet, l have to be honest and say l didn’t enjoy it as much as Bohemian Rhapsody.

If you love Elton John’s music this is the film for you. It is the music that is the stand out star of the film. Elton John and Bernie Taupin created classics that still sound great today. Listen to the man himself sing Rocket Man at Royal Festival Hall back in the 70’s.

Posted in Life

Missing in action

I’ve been missing in action from this site for quite a few weeks.

The past 7 weeks have been go, go, go with work and training and l’ve been tired. Not much good for the arts loving life, but hey, l have to pay for all those tickets somehow. That’s not to say that l haven’t been reading and l’ve also been catching up on some great tv series from Russia and Germany.

More on all that in the coming weeks, and, my first show is next week, plus l’m seeing a film this weekend and l have discovered a brilliant new ( to me) author. I’ll be telling you all about Jane Harper next week.

It’s cold, miserable and dark by 5.30pm and my 3 month feast of the arts is about to begin.

Bring it on.

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I’m a patron

I’m sitting here looking at my noticeboard. There are tickets pinned up for the coming 3 months. Six shows, yes, six shows and what a variety. Musical theatre, theatre, ballet, opera and comedy.

Being a patron means supporting something. In my case it’s the arts, especially suburban arts. I still love reading, but, there’s so much more than books and that’s what l’m going to be talking about.

Welcome to my arts world.

Posted in Books, Reading

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

What can l say about The Husband’s Secret other than it is just as good as the first Liane Moriarty book l read. She is a true master of her craft.

I found this book to be Sydney centric and very much set in world of Tupperware and the middle class, which could have made it very limited in scope. This never happened because of Liane Moriarty’s deft hand at forming an enthralling story. You care about the characters and there is not one superfluous word or line .

The story revolves around three women and a long forgotten letter. Cecila, Tess and Rachel have lives that intersect through a school in Sydney; Cecila, the high achiever(and very successful Tupperware lady), Tess, the professional career woman who’s husband tells her he’s in love with someone else( driving her back to Sydney) and Rachel, who’s daughter Janie’s murder remains unsolved.

Liane Moriarty has cleverly managed to craft a compelling story around these three women which leaves the reader interested until the very end. She really is a wonderful writer.

My thanks to Angela for lending me this book. She has lent me another and l’m going for three out of three great books.

Who else loves Liane Moriarty books?

Posted in Books, Crime, Reading

A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Another audio book. The trains are running as normal again and l’m enjoying listening to my books while on the move.

Tom comes home from work to find his wife missing. She has been in a car accident that has left her with amnesia. Added to the mystery is a murder that happened very near to the accident scene.

This is the basis of what could have been a brilliant mystery. Overall the story is good, but, the best part of it is the ending; never saw that coming. I was a little disappointed with some the characters. They seemed to be cut out walking, talking suspects. I think they could have been fleshed out more and the writing could have been crisper.

It’s not the best mystery l’ve read nor is it the worst. I would say it’s a middle of the road that is still worth a read. It hasn’t put me off trying another of her novels. I’ve heard good things about this author and everyone can have an off day.

So, maybe a 3 out 5.

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FYI bookworms

The annual bookfair is on at Clunes next month. The weekend of 4/5th of May will be awash with authors, panel discussions and books, books and more books. All in the company of other bookworms.

What’s not to love. Train and bus it there or drive. Clunes is just past Ballarat. I can personally say it was a great day.

So, if you’re free that weekend why not meander up and see for yourself.

Clunes Bookfair 2019.