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Dream Home

If this place was in Western Australia, it would be my ultimate dream home!  Love the furnishings, they take me right back to my childhood.

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#DreamHome  #1950’sFunishings  #1950’sStyle

 

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Motherliness

The thought Mum is watching over me – hasn’t ever left me, is what helps me cope with her loss after so many years. My mum was a writer too. I only have copies of scripts we wrote together in my late 20’s and the ticks of approval found later in my 1968 poetry journal. My parents moved houses and countries often because of war, they traveled ‘light’ – how lovely to have such a school book!

SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

It’s strange how things happen. I was only saying to son, Harry, yesterday how fortunate I was to have the mother that I had in that she was so loving, humane, witty, comforting and understanding about everything.

We were driving round a roundabout when I came out with this utterance which arose as a reaction to hearing a lot of heart breaking stories on radio recently about people whose mothers had disowned them or with whom they simply couldn’t get along for all sorts of complex reasons ranging from clashes over arranged marriages, drug abuse, alcoholism, adoption issues, personality differences …

There was a time when I was foolish enough to think that everyone had a great relationship with their mother but over the years I’ve come to know lots and lots of mothers and daughters who have no connection whatsoever and maybe haven’t spoken to each other for decades.

Then…

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Their Finest

Oh, another one to look out for, screening previews this weekend…

Film Mafia

Their Finest Hour and A Half
Directed by Lone SherfigPreview Screenings in Australia over the Easter long weekend; opens April 20th

*** (out of five)

Lone Scherfig loves to fetishise Britishness. In her masterpiece, An Education (2009) she presents a fabulous and slightly fantastic 60s London; in The Riot Club (2014) she gets right into the taffy and the toffee at the snootiest club within Oxford University. Now she gives us a dreamily romanticised London under the blitz. It’s suitable for a romantic and slightly ludicrous drama – as this is – but one can imagine the matte painted bombed-out streetscapes and central-cast Old Londoners With War Relief Tins seeing Ken Roach, Danny Boyle or any one else with a penchant for grit or realism puking in the aisles. Bombings – and bombing victims – are rarely this pretty.

That said, the subject of Their Finest is filmmaking, and, during the course of the film, we see plenty of instances…

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Very entertaining! Congrats on the move from the hills to the downs, from the ground to the top floor. As your friend says, don’t be a prisoner! Looking forward to more lofty writing…

The Immortal Jukebox

I am writing this Post from a new home.

We have exchanged the woods and swooping Hills of Surrey for the heaths and lakes on the edge of the glorious South Downs.

New home. New School. Packing up. Moving on. Moving on up.

Actually 39 steps up.

Which seemed, when we first viewed the apartment, a good way to get the heart pumping and the blood pressure lowering each time those 39 steps were climbed.

But. But. Carrying 2200 books up those 39 steps proved a little more than a toning exercise.

Consider the equation.

2200 books times 39 steps equals one very tired hombre!

I’m not even contemplating the Vinyl issue.

I never have trouble sleeping.

But last night you’d have to measure the time between my head hitting the pillow and me lying in the arms of Morpheus in micro seconds.

A full fathom five sleep caressed by…

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A New Desk

Colly, I am so pleased you’ve had a wonderful year – congratulations on finding your soulmate too!
While you’re examining GATECRASH, may I suggest you just write a synopsis from your head. A 1, 2 or 3 page explanation of what the story is. One or half a page would be ideal but I know from bitter experience, it’s very hard to do. However, it has helped me get to know my story again, to reconnect with the characters by looking at them and their journey holistically. Also answers questions of why, theme, structure and new possibilities.
Best of with it all…

Freedom from the Mundane

Two Thousand and Sixteen

2016 was a monumental year.

I married my soulmate, had the honeymoon of a lifetime in Paris and New York, bought a new home in a lovely part of Scotland, and moved in just in time for Christmas.

All in all, probably the best year of my life.

And although this blog (at certain points last year) was used as a means by which to focalize where I am, where I’ve been, my ups and downs, all that guff, everything has now settled; I feel happy, supported, balanced. In short, I’m burning to do some work.

Now, I’m aware I’ve had time off before and that I’ve used the phrase “I’m back” on a couple of occasions, but now really is the time for me. It’s been a long road I’ve trekked and everything in my life is now as it should be (and how I…

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Source: The stand up | Write Out Loud

 

#TheStandUp  #Poem  #WriteOutLoud  #Wolfgar Miere

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elena

REVIEW: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante | TV adaptation to come.

by |April 6, 2017
#Booktopia  #BrillianFriend  #ElenaFerrante  #NovelSeries  #TVAdapt

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