Monday, 15 February 2016

Happy Family Day!

Happy Family Day. Here are some images of family-themed TV shows from the days when TV was still in black and white.



Father Knows Best



Leave it to Beaver



Ozzie and Harriet



The Danny Thomas Show

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

My Top 5 Romance Novels

Valentine's Day is the celebration of love, so I would like to share my top five romantic literary novels.

#5 Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff and Cathy were wild, selfish, and bad for each other, but their love persisted beyond death. A ghostly love story.


Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon from the 1939 film

#4 Much Ado About Nothing

Benedict and Beatrice were too clever for their own good, so their friends tricked the quarreling couple into revealing their love for each other.


Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson in a 1993 rollicking film version, although I was fortunate


enough to see Maggie Smith and Brian Bedford in a 1980 production at the Stratford Festival. 

#3 Pride and Prejudice

If you ask me, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were both proud and prejudiced. A sparkling literary gem by Jane Austen.


A picture from the treasured BBC dramatization starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle

#2 Jane Eyre

For years as a teenager and a young woman, Mr. Rochester was my definition of masculinity. George C. Scott was born to play Edward Rochester, here in a 1970 movie version with Susannah York. 


I also enjoyed a 2006 production with Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson, although I didn't find the depiction of their relationship faithful to the story.


#1 Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries

The couple meet in Strong Poison when Lord Peter gets Harriet off a murder charge. She's too skittish to fall in love again after being charged with her lover's murder, however, and he doesn't want her to marry him out of gratitude. It takes two more novels, Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night, for these two to finally get together, and they're even plagued by murder in Busman's Honeymoon. Witty, clever, and sensitive, they're an engaging couple.


Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter in a stylish 1987 BBC dramatization of 
Have His Carcase.

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Two Charming Valentine's Day Reads


With Valentine's Day tomorrow, perhaps you'd enjoy a romantic read about a girl with a heart of gold, but terrible taste in men. When Viv gets dumped - on Valentine's Day - her girlfriends ride to the rescue to choose a prospective mate. Come check out the fun as Viv tries to figure out her heart's desire in The Dating Do-Over.

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Perhaps you'd prefer a historical romance? Having been turned out of her family home by her father's death, all Harriet has to look forward to is a dull existence as an unpaid companion to a persnickety aunt. Fate intervenes, however, and Harriet finds herself being chased by a seductive ne'er do well. Or should she choose the love she left behind? With plenty of plot twists and humour, try The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster.

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