Posted in Weekend Chat

Weekend Chat 31 March 2013

215561_10150156966756445_7044587_nGrab a cup of coffee, find a comfy seat and discover some my favourite blog posts, films, etc from this past week.

Things to watch

Dr Who is back for a new series!  Gotta love the Doctor!  Quirky, funny, scary – I confess to being a fan!

At long last I have managed to see “Les Miserables“.  I wasn’t initially sure whether or not I liked the singing.  Not the actual songs – they are amazing.  But the “singing instead of speaking”.  It definitely grew on me, though.  Particularly the fact that the voices aren’t perfect adds something very special.  And Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen – hilarious!

Things to read

New blog in town: Restless Fingers are the musings of an adult TCK (Third Culture Kid) friend of mine.  She’s off to a great start.  I love her writing style and her thoughts on roots – do yours go deep or wide?

And here’s a post for anyone who has moved to a new city or country recently.  And what point do you feel settled?  Is it when you have found a place to live and all your stuff is more or less in place?  Does it depend on relationships?  On your job?  Or…?

Things to listen to

“A Tale of Two Cities”.  Charles Dickens’ famous novel as a BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama.  I downloaded the podcasts over a year ago and finally got round to actually listening to them.  I’m so glad I did!  They’re very good!  I have to confess I never read the book so don’t know how they compare.  Not sure the podcasts are still available but you can buy a cd.

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Posted in Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week 24 March 2013

66923_446008701444_2313361_nHere are some my favourite blog posts, films, etc from this past week.

Things to watch

Life of Pi” – great story, great cinematography – all round worth going to see.  I had read the book and really enjoyed it, so was a bit wary of going to see the movie.  But it completely lives up to the book.  Loved it!

“People” by Alan Bennett at the National Theatre in London.  And since I don’t live in London, what a wonderful invention National Theatre Live is!  Watching amazing theatre from London from the comfort of my very own (well, not really) cinema in Berlin!  Gotta love modern technology!  The play itself was wonderful – funny, thoughtful, very English (in the best sense of the word).  A few soapbox moments which I didn’t like so much but never mind.  Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter. Three-part drama series on German television.  It follows the fortunes of a group of friends who say good bye in Berlin in May 1941, expecting to be reunited by Christmas, with the war behind them.  That of course does not happen.  Instead we follow them into war, “sharing” in some of the experiences that have shaped a generation.  Tough to watch but a definite must-see!

Things to read

Time to Say Good-Bye. Great post on one of my favourite blogs.  The importance of saying good-bye when you leave a place you have lived in.