Sunday, April 30, 2017
In a series of essays she talks about the times and people in her life. Her parents who died while she was young, her relationships with various men, her singing career, acting and then writing and her deep deep love with her children and husband.
For me there was a real poetic quality to her writing and the stories about her kids and partner were just a joy to read. 4/5
Friday, April 28, 2017
When her partner David Levy goes missing she wonders if he has been involved in foul play, there have been whispers round the station and she is suspicious about several of her colleagues motives.
I enjoyed this light read which transported me to the streets of London. 4/5
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