Tag: culture

  • Words

    There’s a song I used to love, twelve years ago when my husband and I started going out. It’s Words, originally I believe by the BeeGees but in ’99 when Andrew and I met it had just been covered by *shameful whisper* Boyzone. It has lovely lyrics, but it’s the refrain that’s the killer: It’s…

  • Relics and Lost Things

    I have been in reminiscing mode a lot lately. There’s a variety of reasons for this, mostly shallow. Sparked off by the exciting news that I’m hosting a post from a special guest whose book, 21st Century Dodos, will be out soon; encouraged by the discovery of old school photos; serendipitous finds on the Internet…

  • Adaptation Troubles

    After my rants of recent posts, this one is a little more light-hearted, you will be pleased to hear. Or maybe you won’t. Anyway. I’ve recently finished re-reading all of the Harry Potter books. I do love that series. I have to admit I resisted reading them until they’d been out a while (I think…

  • Miss Saigon and the Unreliable Narrator

    I’ve listened to and loved Miss Saigon for about twenty years. I know every word and I identify with the characters – well, as much as I can without actually being an American GI or a Vietnamese prostitute forty years ago – so much that my pulse still races building up to the finale or…

  • Pacing Tips from Queen

    Yes. Queen as in Freddie, not Queen as in Elizabeth II, although I daresay she also has some interesting ideas if anyone ever asks her. I’ve been listening to Queen a lot lately. Partly because a new character who is trying to get my attention likes their music, partly because I just love them more…

  • Belle

    There’s a scene in Moulin Rouge which is possibly in my top ten film scenes ever – The Emergency Rehearsal. Christian (Ewan MacGregor)is unexpectedly pitching the show they need finance for to The Duke, and he says it’s about love. The Duke sneers until Harold hastily adds more licentious details. Well, excuse me, M. le…

  • Not very Misérable

    Ok, I’m sorryabout the pun. But I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity. I decided to buy the DVD of Les Miserables: Live at O2 since I had some birthday money left, and it really is one of all my all-time favourite shows. And I have to say what I think – absolutely blown away.…

  • I Love to Laugh

    Waaaay back in the mists of time (ok, a few months ago) I wrote a couple of posts about lessons learned from Mary Poppins, here and here. I’m coming to regard Mary Poppins as a kind of life guru, as here’s another post based on the wisdom found in one of the best kids’ films…

  • 5 Things Musicals can teach us about writing

    I was driving yesterday and put Les Misérables in the CD player for the first time in ages. Wow, that’s a good show. And as I was listening, it struck me that there’s a few tips you can pick up from musicals on good writing. Dialogue – Expositional dialogue drives me crazy. “Hello Annie who…

  • Our Daughters’ Daughters

    More Life Lessons from Mary Poppins Anyone who read my post Sand Through A Sieve and thought it was inspired genius (well, who can blame you?) may realise that I am quickly coming to regard Mary Poppins as a Parenting Bible. Today I put the DVD in and went about my business, tidying up and…