Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Movie review: Love's Labour's Lost (2000)

Love Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's less well known comedies. In 2000, Kenneth Branagh, Shakespearean director and actor extraordinaire, adapted this play into a musical movie. In Love Labour's Lost the young King of Navarre and three of his close friends take an oath to devote themselves to study for three years and not see any women during this time. Their decision is soon made difficult when the Princess of France arrives with three lady's maids to talk to the King about a political matter. Though the ladies have to camp outside the court, the King and his companions do visit the Princess. Inevitably, the King falls in love with the Princess and his friends also are not wholly immune to the charms of the lady's maids!

Friday, 15 August 2014

A-Z bookish questions

A to Z Bookish Questions
Borrowed from Kara at Flowers of Quiet Happiness

Author you've read the most books from: I'm not sure, but I think it might be Lynn Austin. I read almost all of her books.

Best sequel ever: Well, maybe not the best (and I know many people will not agree with me), but certainly a remarkable one was Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley. Just because it gave us a chance to spend more time with Scarlett and Rhett and for them to have a happy (happier?) ending.

Currently reading: Slowly making my way through He knew he was right by Anthony Trollope and just about to start on Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James

Drink of choice while reading: Tea all the time!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Book review: A heart's rebellion

Jessamine Barry, dutiful daughter of a country vicar, is tired of being 'the good girl'. After all, it has not earned her the heart of her longtime friend Rees Philips, who married a French woman, nonetheless! During her first London season, Jessamine decides to be a little more daring. She caught the eye of the friendly young vicar Lancelot Marfleet and although she finds him pleasant to talk though, she doesn't want to consider him a suitor. Instead, she befriends the fashionable crowd and especially the handsome Mr. St Leger. Then, things get out of hand for Jessamine. Who can she trust?

Saturday, 9 August 2014


I've been seeing a number of pretty interesting trailers recently for, mostly, period movies. I thought I'd share them with you!

The imitation game: This reminds me quite strongly of Enigma, one of my favourite WWII movies. On the one hand, why make another movie about the Bletchley codebreakers? On the other hand, it's a fascinating subject and this one seems to be based more on true historical events. Besides, it stars the-one-and-only Benedict Cumberbatch and also Matthew Goode (one of my personal favourites!), Allen Leech and Keira Knightley. 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Trip to Toronto and Ottawa

It's been some time since I posted, I have been on holiday and after that, recovering from my holiday ;-)
As you might expect from me, first things first: my holiday pictures!!

This year, I went outside of Europe for the first time! I went to Canada, first four days to a scientific conference in Guelph, followed by a holiday in Toronto and Ottawa.