Wednesday, April 26, 2017
This book reinforced for me what a nice sweet boy he is, and how he uses his skills to help people heal and grow. He does spend a fair part of this small book explaining what he believes which is interesting, discussing what he thinks happens when we die and how our love continues, even when our loved ones have passed. 4/5
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I didn't know anything about his early life except that he was born in Scotland, and when I was in a bookstore I thumbed through his autobiography and was instantly hooked.
In this book he writes about growing up poor in Glasgow with an alcoholic father. Things didn't improve once the family moved to Adelaide Australia, it is real Angela's Ashes hunger, violence and poverty that surprised me. Such a shock to think about how rough it was for him when he was younger and I felt for him as a young child. I didn't like the teenage Jimmy much though, break ins , drugs, drinking and horrible amounts of violence. 4/5
Saturday, April 22, 2017
It was nice to get home in time to pull the curtains to keep the warmth in. The movie I chose tonight was Ron Howard's Documentry Eight Days A Week. Set around the touring years of the Beatles mainly from 1962-1965. I have always loved the Beatles, but haven't listened to them in a while, but this wonderful movie makes me want to listen to them all over again.
Such a delight to see these four talented chaps as handsome and cheeky young men as the play in front of crowds of screaming teenagers. Watching the movie it made me realize how short their time together was, maybe that is a reflection of my age, but when I was younger it felt like they had been round forever. I wonder if teenagers today even know who they are?
Much as I love the pop songs if their youth, it is the songs like Blackbird, Norwegian Wood, Eleanor Rigby and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds that give me the most joy.
So I am going to load up all their tunes tonight so that I may listen to them tomorrow. 5/5
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
I did enjoy the story although I could not help but feel a bit annoyed with Alice, as she seemed to have her own social issues. It helped to read the authors explanation of why she wrote the story after thinking about what would happen to children in her own family if something happened to the parents. She also wanted to explore what would happen to those people who are alone without any support. 4/5
Sunday, April 16, 2017
She is able to talk about some of the hard choices that people face when they become critically unwell. Do we do everything we can at any cost? What does that really mean and do patients and their families understand the consequences of that decision? What would doctors choose to do when they attempt end of their lives?
Such an interesting book - one that I think everyone should read and talk about with their family and friends. 5/5
Saturday, April 15, 2017
At it's heart though is the story of young Welsh woman Catharine who is finding it hard to survive and doesn't expect to find love.
At first I didn't think much of the story but was impressed by the lovely scenery and perfect rumpled costuming. As the story developed it became more endearing and charming. 4/5
Saturday, April 08, 2017
I really enjoyed this book, she's a good story teller and I felt like I was just listening to a good friend chatting. She doesn't have to throw in lots of absurd cheesy jokes to enhance the humor, her telling of the stories us entertaining enough. 4/5
Friday, April 07, 2017
Basically this Aussie documentry maker Damon Gameau , who lives the good life without a lot of sugar decides to take on the average persons diet of 40 teaspoons of sugar a day. At first he thinks it will be hard to do, but as he discovers sugars are in 80% of products at the supermarket.
Without eating junk food, sodas or sweets he consumes sugar through juices, yogurt, cereals, bread and ready made meals. The effects of weight gain, fatty liver and foggy brain happen rapidly but are also reversed once he returns to his normal eating.
A movie that we should all watch, not too long and presented in an easy way to consume the information. 4/5
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
There she meets Ryle a handsome Neurosurgery registrar who falls in love with her. Somehow it all felt a bit too TV movie for me. I didn't feel like the characters were real. 3/5
Sunday, April 02, 2017
This movie is based on a real story. It tells of a young French red Cross worker who is asked to assist with a difficult labor of a young woman at a Polish Convent. While there she uncovers a secret that the nuns have been trying to keep quiet from the locals.
I did enjoy most of the story, although we had been warned it was somewhat grim. It was a bit bleak and I did nod off a bit half way through. 3/5 nods from me.
In this her latest book she has made it a memoir telling us about her early life growing up in Auckland, and leading onto her latest venture of rebuilding a house in rural France. It just all felt a little flat for me. I think I needed more amusing stories, instead it was a little dry. 3/5
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The author was just a young girl who was with her family on board and she tells the amazing stories of many of the passengers. It still shocks me to hear what these poor people endured in concentration camps, in gulags, hidden in convents, holes in the ground or hidden in attics.
Interesting to hear too, about their lives in Australia and New Zealand and how hard they worked. This us one of those books that I will think about for a long time. 5/5
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
I enjoyed the first half of this story but it seemed to take me a long time to get through the last part. 3/5
Friday, March 17, 2017
I found this one a nice piece of light watching. Emilia Clark was a delight to watch and provided the perfect mix of airiness and drama that the character needed. 4/5
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Soon Bob and James are inseparable and become famous with clips of them together watched by millions on YouTube.
I really enjoyed this one, showing that love can come in many forms and from different creatures. It was also awesome that the real Bob got to play himself in the movie as well as a cameo from the author. 5/5
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
At the core of this book is a love story, of the couple that spent all their time together, of love notes left any time they spent apart. 4/5
Saturday, March 04, 2017
This one for me was a bit of a dud. It seemed to be lacking in any cohesive story, just a series of car chases and shoot out scenes. A bit of a worried looking daughter and two obviously bad guy cops. All I could think throughout though, was that Liam looked bone tired like he just needed a good lie down on the couch and a good burger and fries. Thank goodness it is the final of the three part franchise - you have a rest now Liam. 2/5
Thursday, March 02, 2017
However she is not the only one seeking handsome Haralds heart, will he marry the Nordic Tora or never return home, continuing to plunder riches from wealthy cities across Europe.
I felt sacked into this historical novel, althou5it did take me a long time to read it. 4/5
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
An entertaining 4/5 watch for me.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Jo Malone, the famous London Perfumer ticks all the boxes in her autobiography. A simple childhood with money struggles, hard work, opportunities, health struggles etc. I always like to hear about some one from humble beginnings becoming so successful, it gives all of us hope that we just need that one great idea and lots of hard work. 4/5
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 05, 2017
A sweet little book about age and love that I devoured in one sitting. 4/5
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
All three main characters were lovely to watch, with the right amount of humor and warmth depicted. I did have to wipe back a tear or two and be sure to watch the credits. 5/5
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I had seen the shorts for Lion a few times. Sarno is a small 5 year old boy from a small Indian village, living with his mum, younger sister and big brother. When they become separated how will he find his way back?
Dev Patel does a great job as the grown up Sarno, but it is the young Sunny Pawar who for me is amazing in this movie who steals the show. I didn't need tissues but there were a couple of tears building up. Be sure to stay till the end too, as the last few minutes are important. 5/5
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
He initially posted a note to the terroristsupermarket, addressing the fact that although they killed his wife, they would not win. They would not have his hate, and this then went viral and he sat down to write this book. It is a love letter to his wife and their little boy and bought tears to my eyes. I was especially touched when he was talking about blaming the men who killed his wife " Death awaited his mother that night; they were merely ambassadors ."
Such a sad story but told with such grace and restraint. 5/5
Monday, January 16, 2017
She does however not give a lot away, still being a bit discreet. There are a lot of diary entries regarding her insecurities and a lot of poetry. I did find parts of it a bit confusing as stories sometimes seemed a bit untold. 3/5
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Based on a true story the author spins a fictional start that puts a personal twist on what is truly an evil evil deed and it is pretty confronting thinking about what neighbors can do to each other. I didn't expect to hear about the continued prejudice and animosity that still occurred within the population, with many still blaming the Jews for what occurred to them. 4/5
Saturday, January 14, 2017
I tried to avoid reading reviews about the movie, so it was nice to be surprised and enjoy the movie. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were awesome in the lead roles and although I am not a big fan of musicals I thought they did a great job of making the songs bearable.
I don't want to go over the plot here, you can find it all on Wikipedia. A 4/5 from me.
Friday, January 06, 2017
After going off the rails for a few years she escapes to New York City where she finds a new life for herself. I did like the story and Shelby and her friends, and the dogs but it did seem a bit contrived. Although it was a case of bad girl done good, and I was rooting for Shelby to find a good career and meet a nice man I could not help thinking I was reading the script of a Hallmark movie. 3/5
Thursday, January 05, 2017
It is interesting to see how the people surrounding her tried to manipulate her to their own advantage, but how even at a young age she seemed to make good choices. The show also focused on the romance between her and Prince Albert which I think I often forget about when you think of Queen Victoria. It is hard to forget the image of an older large woman in her mourning outfits, and think of her as a young woman in love.
I think that they are making a second series which I look forward to. 4/5
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Lecretias story became known in NZ after she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor. She entered our living rooms through some written articles and TV interviews snippets , as she advocated for physician assisted dying. Sadly she died aged just 42, on the day that the high Court released their decision declining her case.
I devoured this book in a day and felt that I learned a lot more not only about the case and her cause, but about Lecretia herself.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
I think I didn't believe that this street wise girl with a past would then marry some rich guy without finding out about his past. She seemed a bit prepared to roll over and do what he said without questioning anything. For a thriller I Didn't really feel scared at all. 2/5
Monday, January 02, 2017
So back to Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini an Olympic runner, who in the second world War crashes with his air crew into the ocean. Surviving an amazing 47 days in a lift raft, he is rescued by the Japanese only to be tortured and forced into labor in a POW camp.
For me the most moving parts of the movie are in the final 5 minutes of the film, learning about what happened decades after the events depicted. 4/5
Sunday, January 01, 2017
I had meant to see 45 Years at the cinema but managed to miss it, but the Apple store had it at 99 cents, much more affordable than the $19 ticket I would have to have paid. I think this year I will save my pennies and only be going to the cinema for special movies with friends.
This tells a story of an older couple about to celebrate their wedding anniversary when a letter arrives for the husband, forcing them to discuss secrets long hidden. Great performances from Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney. 4/5
Happy New Year and heres to lots of good reads and entertaining movies.