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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Hollow Crown

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad and BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked Season, (and for all you Loki/Avengers fans) BBC is airing

The Hollow Crown 

A series of Shakespeare's adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV (parts I and 2) and Henry V 

The episodes were directed by prestigious British stage directors and all filmed on location in the UK.

This series seems to have gotten quite rave reviews for the acting and quality of production. 

The main themes point towards power struggles, redemption, family conflicts and betrayal.

If you are from the UK you can probably view it online, or purchase it, but for us US'ers-- it should be airing in the US later this year or in January/Feb. What can be said folks, we US'ers are always stuck with the thin edge of the wedge when it comes time for broadcasting these adaptations.

But keep your eyes open for this one! And if you've seen it let me know what you thought!

Starring:
 Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) plays Richard II
Jeremy Irons plays Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston (Avengers, Cranford 2) plays Henry V



Happy Viewing!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Downton Season 3 Sneak Peak, Harvey Dent and Frozen Working Tundra

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My teeth are clattering as I pound out words on the computer keyboard in an effort to generate some heat from the rigorous movement.

What??--"It's summertime in Florda?! Impossible to be cold!".

Yes well...my lovely employers keep this office building set to polar climate temps and I have a hard time adjusting to air conditioning deluge.

I've resorted to hovering over my desktop vanilla candle, extracting every possible vestige of warmth.

The problem: I'm wearing a cute green stripey dress, and while I have a backup sweater for just such emergenices, it is bright orange and clashes horribly.

What's a girl to do?

To be warm? or To be a style trainwreck?

Which would you choose?

*in case you were wondering I am on my lunch break writing this-- I'm being a good girl ;)
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 On my drive into and from work everyday I see numerous "Vote For Dent" signs stuck haphhazardly about the sidewalk areas.

How much of a Batman nerd am I that I automatically assum it's Harvey Dent who's running for the position of District Attorney of Gotham City every time I pass one by??

It could also have to do with the fact that I went to see The Dark Knight Rises last weekend with some friends and family. Loved it. In my opinion, one of the best of the comic book-to-screen series.

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Costume Drama Sneak Peak
This Downton Abbey picture off of their FB page  is genius.
Sneak Peak at upcoming Downton Abbey Season 3 from Masterpiece - airing January 6, 2013.

whoot, whoot!



It will be fab I'm sure.

Rumors are there is a surprise-ish wedding...maybe...and it has something to do with Miss Edith...

I think the Chauffeur and Sybil make a darling couple. Can't wait to see more of them.

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I had delicious spinach and artichoke pizza and a strawberry blondie ice cream for dinner when I got home. My dad was over and he treated my sister and I. Very sweet of him :)

And a great way to start the weekend.

And I hope you all have a lovely weekend as well.

I have quite a bit of work to catch up on with the business. Hopefully I'll make lots of progress. That's the plan. In reality I may just lounge by the pool sun tanning. Again.

How will you spend your weekend?


Peace, my friends.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Let's Not Wait


Let's Not Wait
 by Ron Atchison

We will meet again my friend,
 
A hundred years from today

Far away from where we lived
And where we used to play.



We will know each others' eyes

And wonder where we met


Your laugh will sound familiar

Your heart, I won't forget.



We will meet, I'm sure of this,

But let's not wait till then...

Let's take a walk beneath the stars

And share this world again.



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This poem... :)


Happy Weekend Friends...




 "This is the day
which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:2





Thursday, July 5, 2012

Next Big Film Since Harry Potter



Get ready for the next big fantasy film since Harry Potter...or so I have been hearing.

This up and coming Costume Drama Movie is based on a very popular series about a teenage boy living in Victorian England who gets sent to work as a magician's apprentice assisting with stage shows for guests at the Prince Regent––an enormously imposing hotel built into the side of a cliff.

The above stairs guests experience every kind of luxury in this steam powered marvel of a hotel.

Below ground floors? Murky slimy passageways and basement rooms abounding in murder and every other kind of egregious shenanigans.

The boy's name? Mariah Mundi

The name of this teen thriller? 
Mariah Mundi and The Midas Box

Based on the novel written by G.P. Taylor 
(author of Shadowmancer, and interestingly-former English Vicar, dubbed "next c.s. lewis")

Aneurin Barnard actor in title role
Mariah soon uncovers, with the help of a servant girl, that every other apprentice before him has mysteriously disappeared including his brother before him, Felix.

The hotel's owner is an evil man bent on finding a box that will turn everything to gold and by any means necessary.

And he is only one of a host of interesting and diverse characters in this story including Captain Charity-a strange sort of eccentric "Indiana Jones" type of character who they team up with to help them in their quest to find Mariah's brother and the mystery behind his disappearing parents as well.

I have not read this series (although I just might pick up a copy now, my interest having been piqued), and I have heard it has a Dickensian feel to it with a heavy dose of epic goodness vs. evil theme which sounds doubly interesting :)

This movie has already finished filming and is set to release in 2013.

Lots of great actors including Sam Neil, Michael Sheen, Keeley Hawes, Ioan Gruffud and Lena Headey.


Have you heard of this story?? Read it already? Recommend it, or not? Let us know!

Captain Charity played by Michael Sheen


fantastic cover art!!


 The End.



Monday, July 2, 2012

Colossal Magical Air Beasts

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I was driving home early this evening, within a wide stretch of three gloriously empty lanes, tunes blaring on the radio, sunlight streaming across the sky on its merry way to meet the horizon line when I reached one of my favorite parts of the trek home.

I was passing the local airport.

I had my eyes on the upcoming traffic signal to gauge whether or not I should start gunning the gas pedal to make it through in time :) when whoosh, right above that green light, I was rewarded with a broadside view of a massive jetliner, roaring it's mammoth self upward.

It looked as if it was only a few yards above the power lines. There we were, just me with my mouth gaping open and this large, gleaming Air Beast.

It actually took my breath away.

If I reached up high enough--I just knew I could touch it.

Seeing those tinted windows, like so many pairs of hooded eyes, staring down at me.

Teasing me. For I am stuck down here while they, they are headed for the azure expanse of wide open skies.

Airways that promise of untold adventures, thrilling new landscapes and anticipated experiences to come. Just waiting on the other side of destination.

When I see a plane I'm still amazed that we ever figured out such a thing.

Flight. It's incredible.  

Cocooned in a metal shell cruising through the air somewhere around 550 miles/hr.
my first glimpse of England :)
and over Sicily, Italy :)
Is there anything quite like seeing the sun streaming through puffy clouds––when you are actually inside those puffy clouds??

Let me answer that for you––um no, nothing.

Can I admit something?

Every time a plane falls into view, I am instantly curious.

Who are those people seated within? Hundreds of yards above my head––where are they going?? What are their stories? What about the pilots and airflight attendants--are they just plumb beat and looking forward to one last trip before home? Or excited to be soaring through the air again?
Antonio Zarli
Are the passengers eager? Disgruntled and dreading their destination? Could they be visiting a family member, one last time, before saying goodbye? Or reuniting with a lover after many months apart? Leaving friends and family behind to start fresh in a new city?

I suppose my highly romanticized view of it all is inspired by all the good experiences I've had flying. 

Not all great times though...

Like the time when we hit major turbulence and I almost hurled the contents of my queasy stomach all over the nice Indian man telling me all about his Hindu religion. 

Close call. It wasn't pretty.

But all in all, there's just something magical about it. 

One moment I can be standing on the hot sunny tarmac of the Sunshine state, and within a few hours I can be thousands of miles away in another country and or continent breathing in unfamiliar air. Discovering different cultures, peoples and foods.

And yes. Magical, too:
Casting my vision upwards and catching a brief glimpse of people in a super fast flying capsule far above my head--this is something that will always fascinate me. How could it not??

I hope that sometime soon I can join their ranks up there in the sky. Journey to a new place I've never been before. Do some good for others. Enjoy being alive and this planet that God gave us. Then I'd journey somewhere else...

And do it all over again.

Until then, I will just have to enjoy watching from far below. 

Just a girl on her way home from work, anticipating a peek at those captivating streamlined curves... 

Hopeful to spy the precise choreography that catapults that colossal beast, soaring high in the sky.


Oh, and by the way, the captain has turned off the fasten seatbelt sign and you may now walk freely in the cabin.

Merry Travels ;)




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