Friday, June 23, 2017

Middle Aged Lady Night In

Hello to another middle aged lady night in- its cold outside and raining here so it's leggings and sheepskin slippers on and leftover pizza on the couch.   Best of all free television is showing An Officer and a Gentleman. Oh my gosh- young Richard Gere us quite the sight.  I was only 14 when it came out, and it felt like a real grown up movie.  I must have seen it a couple of years later.

So it is nice to have a bit of 80s nostalgia tonight.  Who needs to go out to have fun?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pecking Order

This was a fundraiser movie I saw tonight.  This small documentry follows a small New Zealand chicken/duck/game bird club as they prepare for the National competition.   There is also dissension in the ranks as the aging guys running the show are wanted out by the younger members.

Amusing to watch even if there was an element of cultural cringe, as Kiwis we all know characters like the ones on the screen.  4/5

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Returning Tide - Liz Fenwick

This is a story about families and finding out the truth about what happened seventy years ago in the second world War to drive two sisters apart.  Now at 90, Ellie is helping her loved grand daughter celebrate her wedding at the family home in Cornwall and she is wondering her sister and her wartime love.

I always like a good second world War story, and this one was enjoyable although the flow between the historical story and the current storyline was a little bit stilted for me.  Still it was filled with lots of strong female characters and windswept Cornwall. 3/5

Monday, June 19, 2017

Music Monday- Sign if the Times - Harry Styles

No I am not a One Direction groupie - I am decades too old for that.  I keep hearing this one and have it stuck in my head.  I think it has only 4 or 5 lines, so is easy for an old girl like me to remember.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


A winters afternoon meant it wasn't a hard choice to stay home with the heater on.  I feel that I am constantly trying to watch the programmes and movies clogging up my DVR.

So I tackled this one - Centurion, a take of an unlucky Roman in early Britain.  After being captured by the Picts and then meeting up with the famous ninth legion, our hero a tough looking Michael Fassbender spends much of the movie running, looking dirty and cold.

It didn't really hold my attention too much, and I had the middle aged lady feeling that I may have seen all or parts of it in the past.  3/5.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Post Mortems - Carla Valentine

Carla Valentine has written an interesting biography about her career working mainly as a mortuary technician.  If you ever were intrigued about what goes on in the mortuary, then this is the book for you.

Since a young age Carla had an obsession with burials and pet funerals and it is interesting to read about her career working in various departments.  I would worry that doing the same job, that the bodies would haunt my dreams too much.  That it would be too much sadness day in and day out. 4/5

Monday, June 12, 2017

Music Monday - Fading

I keep hearing this song in lots of shops, and on the airplane flight so I looked it up and put it on my playlist.  There doesn't appear to be a video - just the music.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Carpool Karaoke- Ed Sheeran

I watched this tonight.  Ed Sheeran is so good.  He tours here next year and I was disappointed and unable to get tickets to see him.  Still at least I get to watch him here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Orange Blossom Days - Patricia Scanlan

This is one of those books that I fit I into the gentle lady holiday reads.  We get to meet a group of different characters as they buy new apartments in a southern seaside town in Spain.  As the years go on we learn more about their relationships and families.

I did like this read, and with the grey skies of winter here I loved reading about the warm temperatures and sunshine. 4/5

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Travel Man

Choice tv here in kiwi land has a few little shows that make me smile.  Tonight was Travel Man.  Richard Ayoade is a British comedian, who travels with a different actor/comedian to a foreign city and they spend 48hrs exploring.

Tonight was a double episode with 48 hours in Budapest and also St Petersburg.