Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What a wonderful film - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I had a busy morning and was going to do some uni work in the afternoon, but the new website has worked to refuse me entry to the material I need, and my pleas for it to be fixed have fallen on deaf ears.

So I went to the movies.  I am disappointed that  have missed a few movies that I wanted to see - will just have to wait until they are out on DVD now (Iron Lady is one!)

I really must try and go to the movies every fortnight.  Then I will not miss any.

I will see this one again - it was fabulous, and is really good for a great laugh.  So funny!  So real in a way.

Loved it.  Loved to see the colourful life of India and Judy Dench and Maggie Smith were fabulous in it.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Book about the Pilbara in WA.

I have just finished reading Lonely for my Land by Tish Lees.  I met Tish at an Author's Fair in Maroochydore, Queensland, last year, and purchased her book for my friend Bev, who is a registered nurse working in WA, and who lived and worked at Karratha.  She read it with enthusiasm, and later when I visited her in WA in January, she loaned it to me to read.

She certainly had an extra ordinary life living in the Pilbara at a time when it was clearly quite primitive, and she tells wonderful stories about her life there.  I recommend it, especially as a gift for someone who lives in WA, or knows that region.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I must, I must - see a Movie This Week!!

It has been a while - but with study and travel I have not been to the movies, and I have rarely watched one on television.  I MUST have some ME time, so this week I will get to the movies.   I feel I have more freedom now that most of my study is behind me.

While I have not seen a movie, I have continued to read and I have a couple of recommendations.

My granddaughter treasures a book "A Waltz for Matilda" - which is a fabulous story - fiction, but much of it 'linked' with Australian history, of a little girl Matilda.  A.B. Patterson's "Waltzing Matilda" forms a framework of sorts.  In any case it is a brilliant story and fantastic read.  Jackie French, the author is quite a fantastic writer - and she writes good material - and I am in awe of the number books she has written.

Last year I attended an Author's Fair at Maroochydore, and purchased a book "Lonely for My Land", Tales of Karratha Station and the Nor' West, by Tish Lees.  Tish was at the Fair, and I spoke with her, and I purchased the book because my good friend Toby, with whom I did my nursing training with in Mt Gambier Hospital, lived and worked at Karratha.

I gave it to her for Christmas and she read it enthusiastically, and when I went to Perth in January for her graduation from university, she loaned it to me.  I am more than halfway through it - and enjoying it very much.  Tish clearly had a wonderful life - but they were tough times.  Karratha, which is in the Pilbara of WA was a pretty desolate place in the early 1900's, and into the war years, and so close to the action of World War II.  A great read though.