Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oranges & Sunshine, a movie based on true events

We watched this film last night, if you recently viewed the film Philomena you are probably aware of children in the United Kingdom, and Ireland, being taken away from their birth mothers (during a time when pregnant unwed women were treated less than humane), this wonderfully portrayed film, based on true events, is 130,000 times worse(!) as that is the approximate number of children taken away from their families in the United Kingdom and sent to Australia - both government kept this "dirty little secret" hidden from the world for decades. 

The film is definitely worth watching, just get a hankie or tissues handy for the end.....  
I have taken the liberty of copying then Prime Minister Gordon Brown's apology speech, I googled the text.  It is as follows:

Gordon Brown's apology: From BBC Democracy Live

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised for the UK's role in sending more than 130,000 children to former colonies where many suffered abuse.He expressed regret for the "misguided" Child Migrant Programme, telling the Commons he was "truly sorry".
He also announced a £6m fund to reunite families that were torn apart.
The scheme sent poor children for a "better life" to countries like Canada and Australia from the 1920s to 1960s, but many were abused and lied to.
'Deportation of innocents'
Mr Brown said: "To all those former child migrants and their families... we are truly sorry. They were let down.
"We are sorry they were allowed to be sent away at the time when they were most vulnerable. We are sorry that instead of caring for them, this country turned its back.

UK is the only country with a sustained history of child migration - over four centuries
In 1618, 100 sent from London to Richmond, Virginia
In total 130,000 sent from the UK to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Australia
Post-war, 7,000 shipped to Australia and 1,300 to New Zealand, Rhodesia and Canada
Source: Child Migrants Trust

"And we are sorry that the voices of these children were not always heard, their cries for help not always heeded. And we are sorry that it has taken so long for this important day to come and for the full and unconditional apology that is justly deserved."

These children were told their "mums" and families were either dead, or did not want them.

The courage of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, was beyond belief.  The courage of the "children", now adults, was even more amazing, considering the brutal abuse they were subject to from people who should have known better. 

I know this is not an easy film to watch, I was weeping by the end, but it is an important film to watch, and consider all that occurred to these innocent victims, however, it is done with grace and love, and well deserved to be watched.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads

Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.
Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming (born May 28, 1908) may have achieved everlasting fame as the creator of the dapper James Bond, but he was also the author of a popular children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Take the road of life and see the sights around you.

Currently reading "North of Boston"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Quote of the Day-----Goodreads

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (born May 22, 1859) created the observant and skeptical Sherlock Holmes, but later in life Doyle became interested in the supernatural. He had a falling out with Harry Houdini when he refused to believe that the magician's illusions were not real.

Don't know if he would approve of all the books that surround us in our home, however, I believe a home without books is like a body without a soul.

Currently re-reading for the 6th time,  "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" by Helen Simonson.  This one stays on my bedside night table all the time, for comfort and joy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

quote of the day-----goodreads

It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.
W.G. Sebald
W.G. Sebald (born May 18, 1944) was a German writer whose elegiac works of history and memoir explored the physical, political, and emotional fallout of World War II.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Quote of the Day-------Goodreads

In secret we met
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
George Gordon Byron
May 17, 1824: Before dying in Greece, Lord Byron entrusted a friend with his memoirs. Other friends, worried that the memoirs would be scandalous, fought to destroy the manuscript—190 years ago today, they succeeded, tearing it up and burning it in the office of Byron's publisher.

What a shame about his memoirs!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Blue Jasmine" a movie

So, we watched this last night.  Hmmmmmm.......

So, she was awarded the Oscar. Hmmmmmmmm.......

About halfway through the film, I stated to my husband "If you had seen any of Woodie's previous films, say with Diane or Mia, and suddenly you lost your eyesight, and someone offered to take you to "see" a film (but they didn't tell you what film it was) you would know it was a Woodie Allen film.  Same cadence of dialogue, same music (which I really love) and same dysfunctional characters."  Just different faces and places.

I would rather Judi or Emma have taken the Oscar home.

Quote of the Day----Goodreads

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.
L. Frank Baum
What do Capt. Hugh Fitzgerald, Schuyler Staunton, and Edith Van Dyne have in common? They were all pseudonyms used by Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum (born May 15, 1856) for his non-Oz books. Before he found success as a writer at age 44, Baum raised fancy chickens, edited trade publications, ran a newspaper, and owned a general store.

"Knowledge is understanding". 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"My Afternoons with Margueritte" a French film

We have watched several films that were up for Oscars recently, and I have written my impressions of them.

Then along comes "My Afternoons with Margueritte", a French film starring Gerard Depardieu and Gisele Casadesus. 

This was by far the most beautiful film, easy to watch even with subtitles. 

Not much to say, except this was a "Love story of a different kind" ( to paraphrase Jimmy Buffet ).  I loved this more than any of the others I have recently written about!

Hope you can find it and check it out.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Philomena, a movie

We watched this one just the other night.  Although I was aware of the story behind this, I was not prepared for the impact of the film.....  
Once again, we watched non-stop as the story was so gripping.
Judi did an incredible job, too bad she didn't win the Oscar.

Captain Phillips, a movie

After watching "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom, we watched this one a night or two later.  Tom and I share the same birthday (July 9th) and I have always enjoyed his films, so let me just say, that this film was just another example of his talent as an actor. 
A long film (by today's standards), we were truly glued to our seats watching this ----- no pausing to get water or other types of breaks, just non-stop watching.  I did get fidgety towards the end with all the action revolving around the rescue.
This one topped "Saving Mr. Banks" hands down.

"Saving Mr. Banks" a movie

We recently watched this film.  It was very well done, Emma was marvelous as Mrs. Travers.  Of course, one cannot really imagine her singing and dancing as portrayed in the film.  After all, she refused to ever let Disney to make an sequels from the rest of the Mary Poppins books.  Tom Hanks was really "top on" in this film.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Quote of the Day----Goodreads

O, ah! The awareness of emptiness brings forth a heart of compassion! Gary Snyder
Happy 84th birthday, Gary Snyder! The Pulitzer Prize winning writer and environmental activist was the inspiration for Japhy Ryder in Jack Kerouac's novel, The Dharma Bums.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Quote of the Day------Goodreads

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Rabindranath Tagore
Influential Bengali poet and thinker Rabindranath Tagore (born May 6, 1861) was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

What an interesting vision this is.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"1" The True Story of the Drivers Who Risked Their Lives

This documentary about the history of Formula One racing is one of the best one we have ever watched.
Be Aware that there are some "dreadful" accident scenes throughout the film.
It was really interesting to watch, as my husband used to go to the German Grand Prix when he lived in Germany.  We watched several of the racers in this film at the 24 hours of Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring. We went to the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport one year, had "pit passes" , I have some really great up close photos of Emerson and Graham, plus Jackie Stewart.
Enjoy, the sound of Formula One is no longer as loud or enjoyable with the new "regs" the FIA has now imposed.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Quote of the Day--------Goodreads

One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.
Bobbie Ann Mason
Happy 74th birthday, Bobbie Ann Mason! The celebrated author of In Country and Clear Springs also wrote Girl Sleuth, a memoir-style tribute to her beloved childhood heroines like Nancy Drew.

Happy May Day!