5th February 2018 by - No comments

I have never been hugely into politics, but I do like to keep up to date with this complex world that we live in. I like to know who is in charge of ruling our country and other if only to figure out why they make the decisions they make.

Politicians are very interesting indeed, they have very difficult jobs, and so much responsibility.

The same can be said about journalists. Without journalists, newspapers, news channels, how would we know anything about politics and the world we live it. In many ways I feel the journalists have the tougest job of all. Conveying the ‘correct’ news to us all so that we know the truth.

There are some instances however when the politicians do not want the public to know about the truth, thats when the problems arise.

The Post is based exactly on this, a newspaper tries to expose the wrong doing of the politicians, and the politicians try their best to stop it from being published.

The Movie –

Katharine Graham is the first female publisher of a major American newspaper — The Washington Post. With help from editor Ben Bradlee, Graham races to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spans three decades and four U.S. presidents. Together, they must overcome their differences as they risk their careers — and very freedom — to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Verdict-

This movie is based on a true story. The cast is top class – Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep.

It is very political though. The first hour was quite difficult to comprehend at times. But make sure you sit it through to the end when things get clearer. A good movie.

Lets see if The Post gets an Oscar! I think it deserves one for sure.

It can be seen on the big screen now at cinemas Nationwide.

29th January 2018 by - No comments

Ever since I lived and studied in Amherst, Massachusetts I have been interested in poetry.

My love of sonnets and poems actually goes way back to when I studied A-level English Literature. Then my time in Amherst, and visiting the home of Emily Dickinson reawakened my love yet again.

Poems are the most wonderful, romantic, selection of words and phrases. So beautifully put together.

So when I was asked to review a book of poems about butterflies I just had to find out more.

The Book –

Papiliones by Jonathan Bradley is a collection of poems inspired by butterflies, as well as the stories behind their often unusual and exotic names, and colour photographs.

In this charming collection, the poems evoke both the colourful lives of these lovely insects and the emotions that they arouse in us.

Each poem is unique, frequently inspired by the unusual scientific names given to them, which are often poetic in themselves. The poems lead the reader on a journey of discovery of these delicate creatures, each poem and each butterfly a new delight.

Profit from the sale of this edition of Papiliones will be donated to the Butterfly Conservation charity.

Verdict –

I have always loved butterflies. I love all wildlife, but the ones that visit my garden are extra special, they are my friends. Robins, ladybirds and butterflies.

This book is not only filled with beautiful poetry, it is very educational.

It is a breathe of fresh air. It isn’t a novel, it’s not a biography, but it is filled with wonderful facts about the most wonderous beautiful insects. The poetry is lovely and totally understandable.

I look forward to spotting the various species of butterflies that will visit my garden in the Springtime.

A lovely gift for anyone who likes poetry & nature.

Available on Amazon uk now.

21st January 2018 by - No comments

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to read more classics. I think its mainly because I am so in love with watching period dramas lately, I wish I was born in the late 1800’s. But as we all know, the book is always better than the movie, so I just had to read these amazing classic books which have made such a name for themselves in modern society.

The first of my reads had to be ‘Howards End,’ ever since it was aired on television just before Christmas it has been my favourite programme, so much so that I bought the series of iTunes and have been watching it over and over again.

It’s just such a wonderful story.  Each time I watch it I discover something new about the characters, the story or the scenery.

So I was very excited to read the book itself.

The Book –

When a brief romance between Helen Schlegel and Paul Wilcox ends badly, their two very different families are brought into collision. The liberal, intellectual Schlegels, who had hoped never to see the capitalist, pragmatic Wilcoxes again, learn that Paul’s family are moving from their country estate – Howards End – to a flat just across the road.

As the lives of the Schlegels and the Wilcoxes become increasingly entangled, Helen befriends Leonard Bast, a man of lower social status. His presence further inflames the families’ political and cultural differences, which are brought to a head in a fatal confrontation at Howards End.

Considered by some to be E. M. Forster’s finest work Howard’s End blends humour and lyricism in this classic exploration of British class and character.

Edward Morgan Forster was an English novelist and short story writer. Many of his novels examined class difference and hypocrisy in early 20th-century British society, notably A Room with a View(1908), Howards End (1910), and A Passage to India (1924), which brought him his greatest success.

Howards Ends was first published in 1910, about social interactions and relationships in turn-of-the-century England. Howards End is considered by some to be Forster’s masterpiece and in 1998, the Modern Library ranked Howards End 38th on its list of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century.

Verdict –

I read the book over one wintery cold weekend. Tucked cosily under my favourite cashmere blanket with temperatures outside well under zero, I couldn’t imagine anything more enjoyable.

The first thing I have to say is the book is just as good as the mini series, I loved the mini series and the book just as much. There are so many similarities between the two. The script is almost identical.

I am looking forward to reading the other great classics by E M Forster, and I plan to watch Howards End the movie starring Antony Hopkins and Helena Bonham Carter.

So many things to look forward to… xxx