Category Archives: Movies and TV

Wistful

I must be one of the few people that hasn’t read or watched the Game of Thrones. It’s not that I haven’t been interested. It’s been more like there were things more important to do, like blogging and writing.

I’ve had it downloaded on Kindle for a few months now and decided to start reading it on my trip to Portugal. Well…! I haven’t been able to put it down!

I won’t be watching the series anytime soon, not until I finish the books anyway. Che and I don’t have a TV preferring to stream our entertainment. Perhaps, after we’ve watched the whole of The X-Files and Frasier…maybe Game of Thrones will be on the list. We’ll see.

In the meantime I loved this passage from Book 1 of Game of Thrones, the Daenerys chapter, that I highlighted, that I loved:

“Dany could hear the singing of the red priests as they lit their night fires and the shouts of ragged children playing games beyond the walls of the estate. For a moment she wished she could be out there with them, barefoot and breathless and dressed in tatters, with no past and no future and no feast to attend at Khal Drogo’s manse.”

The word pictures in this passage paint a tangible wistfulness felt by the character wishing to escape the present.

Powerful.


Admire

 

Second Time Around…And Third, Fourth, Fifth…Many Times…

WordPress daily prompt: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

PridePrejudice423x630Without a doubt Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is the book that I turn to often. I don’t recall how many times I’ve read it. Many times, is all I can say.

I never tire of Elizabeth Bennet’s and Mr. Darcy’s love story.

It deals with themes of family, class structures, morality, love, loyalty, and redemption in 19th century England.

I’ve also watched many movies and TV versions of the book. My favourite has to be the 1995 BBC version with Colin Firth and and Jennifer Ehle, told in 6 exhilarating  episodes that explored the story in glorious detailed detail.

 

Who remembers these 70s TV shows?

It’s inevitable that as children we’re influenced by what we see, hence the importance of parental control. There wasn’t much sex or violence on TV in the 70s…at least not on South African television.

South Africa in the 70s was insular and closed. Media was heavily censored. TV was only introduced in the late 70s. These TV shows opened things up a little for those fortunate few who had a TV.

Which 70s shows do you remember fondly?

Little House on the Prairie – Every Sunday night the whole family gathered around the TV to watch the latest episode. My sister and I identified with the Ingalls sisters – me with Mary, being the eldest. It was because of this series that we started calling my Mom and Dad, Ma and Pa. We still do. Enjoy the video below of the opening and closing music and credits.

MacGyver – I had a crush on Richard Dean Anderson. Because of him I started carrying a swiss army knife in my bag. And paperclips. I never knew when I’d need them – any tool would do!

Emergency! – This was when I discovered the existence of paramedics. I was bitterly disappointed that I couldn’t dial 911 from South Africa.

Chopper One – It didn’t last longer than 1 season. I had a crush on Dirk Benedict. At one stage I wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter. I never did.

“CHiPS” – Monday evenings were CHiPS evenings, dinner was gobbled as quickly as possible to be in front of the TV when it came on. My fascination with bikes started then.

Which 70s shows do you remember fondly?