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Tuesday June 6, 2017

Gone to a place where there's a lot of cheese

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Posted on June 6, 2017 at 5:56 PM. Category: Art and Culture. | Comments (0)

Friday June 2, 2017

A heavy heart

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Since the announcement about Sir Roger the "heavy heart" has been much used. For all that, I use it here as it exactly describes how I feel - not devastated or truly affected, as I did not know the man personally, but... well... sad.
By all accounts he was a lovely unaffected man and that is just what we would like to believe of our icons.

I always knew of his modelling career and as this is a "knitting" site I am marking it here. I am only sorry that he was made to feel uncomfortable about it in the 1960s; I cannot quite convey how deeply unfashionable knitting was in the 1960s - especially among the hip and groovy fraternity. But he lived with it - and now it takes on much less significance when compared with his subsequent achievements.

He was always sartorially elegant - in The Saint his wardrobe is credited as being Mr Moore's own, and in The Persuaders, Brett Sinclair's wardrobe designed by Roger Moore. This idea appeals to me - see this fun blog.

As a final note - what strikes me about these early photo shoots - with RM in his early twenties - is how much fun they seem to be having. I am not being naive here - I know that modelling is not as glamorous as the pictures - especially in that less technological era - it would have been hard work and you spent long hours stuck in implausible poses and inclement weather (windy by the looks of it!) trying to look comfortable and natural. But somehow they seem overall to be having a laugh and the joy of it shines through. A fitting memorial alongside the rest of the man who went on to become so very famous, and who dedicated himself in his later years to working so hard for good causes.

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Posted on June 2, 2017 at 8:06 AM. Category: Knitting. | Comments (0)

Saturday March 11, 2017

Charming

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Each year at the Guild, we collect a charm. So I made them into a bracelet.

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 7:29 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Friday March 10, 2017

Coven

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Another outing with Rob to St John's Church Bethnal Green. Two of the three acts feature on Rob's choice collection for 2016. They were excellent - the audience was .... eclectic.... I am now quoting from their flyer:

Coven is a collection of three of the British folk scene's finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women's Day on a tour of unforgettable concerts. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O'Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. A rare opportunity to experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage.

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 3:20 PM. Category: Art and Culture. | Comments (0)

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Books in Febuary

  • Past reason Hated and Wednesday's Child by Peter Robinson
    [read by James Langton]
    Mini-break over - the next two books in the series which I found as audio books to borrow from the library. A story of sexual jealousy (leading to murder), and a child's abduction (leading to murder).
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  • Annika Stranded - Series 3
    AnnikaStranded3.jpg I have to say I love these stories, excellently - I would say narrated but in truth they are very much a part-acted one man show - by Nicola Walker. I think any woman can empathise with a very realistic portrayal of her working life balance and her resulting social life.
    1. False Signals: A plane crash from 1972 seems to have a bearing on a murder inquiry.
    2. Forty Words: In Bergen, Annika investigates a strange case involving a submarine.
    3. Traffic: Annika wakes up after some serious partying to find herself in the boot of a car.
    4. Vertigo: Annika witnesses someone being pushed from the top of a rock face.

  • The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries:
    JeremyClyde.jpg Jeremy Clyde (isn't he lovely?) stars as Chief Inspector Alleyn in these BBC Radio dramatisations of two of Ngaio Marsh's much-loved mysteries.
    A Man Lay Dead
    A Man Lay Dead A game of 'murders' at Sir Hubert Handesley's country house party becomes far too realistic for anyone's liking. First a guest arrives with a dangerously lethal dagger and then, when the gong sounds to announce the start of the game, the victim plays dead in a very convincing manner.
    I recently watched the TV adaptation of this story starring Patrick Malahide - and (like many of Agatha Christie's plots), it's all credit to them that they managed the logistics to enact the sequence of events as described!
    A Surfeit of Lampreys
    Like all good aristocrats, the Lampreys are charming but penniless - so a visit from the wealthy head of their family is greatly anticipated. However, their Uncle Gabriel isn't persuaded to part with his money and a row ensues. When a body is found in the lift leading to the Lampreys' flat, Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn finds a family immersed in hidden secrets and intrigue.

    A comment from another listener "Dated, implausible and formulaic".
    A comment from me: "... and utterly charming."

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 9:28 AM. Category: Books of the Month. | Comments (0)

Wednesday February 22, 2017

The Miser

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Once again off to the Richmond Theatre to see Gryff Rhys Jones in the Molière role - lots of fun.

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 11:02 PM. Category: Art and Culture. | Comments (0)

Sunday February 19, 2017

Unravel 2017

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As we had the class on yesterday, I went to Unravel on today, and took Kate and Jill with me. Neither of them had been before so it was quite fun to be a (small) group. I was inspired by the sock designs from Coop Knits, and could not resist more fluff from John Arbon

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Posted on February 19, 2017 at 6:06 PM. Category: Knitting. | Comments (0)