Thursday, July 31, 2014
Liza though has her own secret that she is then careful to share, she sees Visitors, the ghosts who haunt the places that they lived in or died near, and it is their voices alone that she is able to hear.
I did so enjoy this little book, the Victorian setting was so vividly described and the characters seemed real and bright, with a little bit of ghosty business tossed in - perfect. 5/5
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Anyways I don't want to give it all away, Wikipedia tells the whole plot. I might just suggest that this is not a movie for the kids, it is definitely an adult show, and a serious one at that. No cuddly cute aliens here. It will be on of those movies that will stick with me for a while with some memorable moments, 4/5
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Way too long and with long long periods of boring dialogue, I have to give it a 1/5 for the scenery of an area in Turkey that I visited twenty years ago.
You have to applaud a movie that can make advanced theoretical physics look kind of interesting!!! And more applause for an hour and a half of viewing that makes you smarter on the way out then you were on the way in to your seat. 4/5
Monday, July 28, 2014
The Noble Family is the story of a rich Mexican family, where the father has earned millions, and his three spoiled children take everything for granted. When a health scare forces the father to re-evaluate his priorities, he decides to teach his kids a lesson. Telling them that all the money is gone, they are forced to live in an abandoned family home and all get jobs to earn money for food and doing up the home.
Like all good moral tales, it is not only the children that learn the value of earning their own money and about what is important in life, but if forces dad to see them differently too. I sense a Hollywood remake coming on. A heart warming 4/5.
It is suggested that she may have been the mistress of William Shakespeare, and her own writings may have influenced him in his plays and sonnets. I liked a lot of the novel, but it did feel a bit jumpy for me, and I had a hard time keeping the story in my head, as it swung from one idea to the next. 3/5
I guess one of the advantages of walking lots of places is that I listen to a lot on my ipod. Mainly podcasts, but I do like a bit of music, and this one from Sam Smith is one of my favourites a the moment. Wrapped up warm, I sing along in my head while strolling the streets.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
This was a sweet little movie. An about to retire office worker begins receiving tasty meals in his hot delivered lunch, and at first sends an initial note to the maker commenting on the first lunch being overly salty. Our lovely neglected housewife, at first thinks she is making her lovely lunches for her husband, but realises that they are going to a stranger and so begins their friendship, with them communicating by notes put between the Indian meals.
4/5 and it is probably a good idea to combine it with a night out of Indian food for dinner.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
It was hard not to be jealous of her lovely life with and country houses filled with children and extended family, casual collections of pottery and paintings around the house that you know will be filled with the smells of home baking and flowers. How I can only dream of such a life!! You know though that Emma achieved this by working hard and believing in her dream of making that homely mug, plate and bowl that so many of us love. A scrumptious book. 4/5
Monday, July 21, 2014
I was surprised to see that most of the book was the story of young Mike and his life, I was expecting more of it to be about Philomena and her search. For that I give it a 3/5.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
This clever little novel looks at the lives of the women of Los Alamos during WWII. Not knowing where or why they are being sent to a small rural town in the desert, the wives are also sworn to secrecy and not allowed to let their families know, or keep in contact with them while away. With new names and identities they have to learn to get along with the other wives and children in their isolated neighbourhood.
There is also a poetic motion to this story as it is not just the tale of one wife and her circle, but rather includes the experiences of many, the American, British, Russian and many other nationalities of women brought together and of their children, the babies, toddlers, children and teenagers who have to adapt and move forward.
The only thing I was left wondering was what happened to those testing the atomic weapons, what happened when they went home, ten and twenty years after. How were they affected?
Friday, July 11, 2014
I was not so interested in reading about the fund raising, although interesting I found that bit a bit dull and wonder if the book was written a bit too early in his life. It wonder what the next twenty years will hold for Adam Braun - I hope that there are more great things in his future. I do like that stories such as his are being told and that we are celebrating some of the good people in the world, who reach out to help others, especially in our pseudo celebrity adoring society.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
I was reading other peoples reviews on Goodreads and thought that the reason so many people disliked the book was the fact that it was a bit of a downer. It seemed quite sad and they didn't really find any joy in other food and drink options until they discovered the way to add dextrose to baking to make their cookies and cakes sweeter. Much as I couldn't do it for too long, I would guess the way to survive would be to eat meat and three veg most of the time, and having fruit in place of sweet treats. Seems simple to me, and is the way that many people eat. I guess though for many Americans it would be tricky as they have so many more options available and sugary treats and takeaways are often cheaper than eating fruit and veg. 3/5
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
He is quite scathing about the all the red tape and political correctness being brought into the hospital by medical management, and that it will end his working career in the UK.
A great read - could only have been made better if it came with pictures!! 4/5
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Each wife, Hadley, Pauline, Martha and Mary are given an equal chance to tell their stories and you could feel for each of them, all strong opinionated ladies who were wooed by the charismatic handsome author, who to his credit married each of them. It was easy to picture parties in the south of France, and wartime celebrations at the end of WWII and I liked that the book wasn't bogged down by too much detail. I didn't need page after page setting the scene, instead I enjoyed the authors restraint.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Imagine the choices? Would you break up with your partner or marry them, have children or remain childless, travel or stay at home, remember lotto numbers, invest in apple computers, fight or be a pacifist, study or work the land and how would these choices then affect the way your life turned out? Would it change the world?
I couldn't help but admire the author for being able to keep to her story as surely the spinning plots must have sent her slightly potty. I did though, have to admit to getting myself lost in various places throughout this novel and I couldn't help but being annoyed that our hero Harry kept finding himself in spots that I thought all of his knowledge could have helped him avoid.
Still a worthy 4/5.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Doing up the houses is interesting, and sounds like for the most part she has done well in flipping houses, but it must be unsettling as a family to keep moving, and came across as slightly schizophrenic to me, the constant need to move on. 2/5