The Classics

I was just sitting down and was watching “Cheers”…What a fantastic show! Even if Shelley Long should have never left and Kirstie Alley is a Scientologist. What a fantastic show! With Danny Elfman saying as well that they think the Simpsons will be ending still, it got me too thinking. I personally would love to see #TheSimpsons continue, I don’t think it’s THAT bad. Still better than a lot of stuff on tv right now. But I can take comfort in that there will definitely be reruns of it for years =D

Do you have any favourite classic shows that you could watch over and over again.

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Carry On

When I was younger and we were at my Nanna’s and Pops. They had this VHS set (yes, VHS) of this UK comedy called “Carry On”. There were a while rang of them. I never really thought about before, these people are/were real (I think 90% of them are dead) Probably once a year they show all of them on the tv series, over a week or so.

Carry On – 60 rare photos of the Stars on set

Does anyone else do that? You watch a movie or series over years and years, you don’t even think that they are just not here anymore. Because you are watching them at that particular time in their life. It doesn’t occur to you, that it’s years old.

Screen vs Books

I’ve realised that over the pass month or so. Most of the books that I have been reading have finally been not only classic novels. I’ve also only ever seen most of them either in the movies or on the television screen. Below are a few examples:

  • Agatha Christie Novels
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

It feels like there has been a definite theme going for myself  this month and it’s been fantastic! I’ve really been enjoying the books that I have seen on screen, come to life via the written word. I really enjoyed reading Agatha Christie and I HIGHLY recommend them. I’ve got another on the back burner, on hold, in the Library.

Here comes the old age classic question:

Book vs Screen?

Too re-read or not too re-read?

At the moment apart from the 3 books I am currently…That’s right you heard me…I am reading THREE books at the same time. When I went to my local Library recently though I was so happy to see an old favourite of mine. Cassandra Clare’S “Clockwork Angel”, the first book from her series “The Infernal Devices”.

I have not yet added the book to my “currently reading” books list on Goodreads.  Yet, here I am now reading this FOURTH book as well and I am loving it! Normally I can only read two books at the same time, and that is usually because I leave one at my house and one at my partners house.

Long Hair, Don’t Care

I have this total love/hate relationship with my hair. I love it but I hate the maintenance of it too. My hair is now officially the thing that takes me the longest in the morning. It just gets full of so many tangles, I could honestly brush it at least 5 times a day and it would still be full of so many tangles.

Classic poems about long flowing locks and keepsakes Poets and hair: now that would make for an interesting literary study. There’s Lord Byron, of course, who, when he received requests from admiring young women for a lock of his hair, would send them some hair snipped from his dog. But many poets (Byron included) have […]

via 10 of the Best Poems about Hair — Interesting Literature

Other things that are happened this weekend:

  • International Men’s Day 19th November – Yes, you gorgeous men you, it’s your day =D
  • Stan Lee was in Adelaide this weekend…He was in Queensland last weekend, but I’m too sick to go to either =/ I really wanted to go to the one in Queensland…I LOVE Queensland!
  • A lot of states around Australia had their states Christmas Pageants over this weekend…For me, it makes me feel like it’s the Christmas season started.

A good cleanout

So…I’ve been living in the house I am living in now for about 10 years so and the house before this one was larger. Meaning that we now have a LOT of boxes that have not been opened for a long time.

One of mine and my Mother’s goals this year is too clear out these boxes and see what we can get rid of. Now my Mum is always saying that they’re just my boxes and so I offered to start going through and after pulling out 4…That’s 4…of her boxes (I don’t know why she keeps telling everyone they are mine, when they are in her cardboard to even begin with) I finally managed to find my one…There’s possibly another one in there, but they are pretty much all hers.

Anyways, getting past that annoyance…It wasn’t easy to get to them either can I just tell you, because she’s put them all in her walk-in wardrobe, which has stuff on top of other stuff.

The first box that I pulled was full…just of full…of these books that I used to read all the time when I was teenager and some of my favourites that I haven’t read in year. The box also included a very random VHS tape of The Lord of the Rings. I took a few photos, just to show the collection…Oh, the memories they bring back…Especially the classic Judy Blume 3 in 1 books.

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This or that? #70

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This week Bookmark Chronicles would like to know:

Do you  have a favorite classic? If so, what is it and do you remember when you first read it?

Now I don’t know if you’d call this a “classic” since it was written in 1980. Too me it is a classic book, it’s won numerous awards and in Australia we don’t have too many well known books, or authors and Australia is a fairly well young Country. In fact quiet a few of our books/authors. The author of the book I consider to be my favourite classic book has been called the “Sydney’s Dickens”.

My favourite classic is “Playing Beatie Bow” by the Australian/New Zealand born author, Ruth Park. This book was first published in 1980 and over the years has won different awards.

To simply break the book down, the book is placed in time in the 1980’s, Australia, Sydney and has a time slip in it. Beatie’s Bow’s family believe Abigail is the promised ‘Stranger’ who will arrive to save ‘The Gift’ for future generations of Bows. Within the story a lot of changes happen to Abigail.Which means it’s a book that goes from the present (or at least 1980’s present) back in time to the colonial Sydney 1873. The setting is around the real life location in historical Sydney rocks district. This was a location where a lot of ships were coming in and out, docking for various reasons.

A movie was actually made in 1986 and I haven’t seen it, but by all accounts it’s not as good as the book.

#FlashbackFriday

Over the past week my work has quietened down a bit so I have been able to voluntarily watch a bit more of the television. Lately the television stations have been a lot of shows from the past and it has been amazing! There is definitely truth in the saying “They just don’t make them like they used too”.

A lot of the shows that I’ve been watching as well are all comedies. Comedies are just my favourites. Let me refresh your memories and lets take a step back on a much “easier and kinder” time.

Good Times” (ran from 74 – 79)

This show is a spinoff from the show “Maude” which was also a spinoff from “All in the Family”. The main premise of the show is two parents and three children living in a housing project in a poor black neighborhood. When I read more about the show I was a little surprised to learn that the show was originally meant to be more serious. It is a great comedy show though. I have never seen the show before and I was laughing through the whole way through.

Who’s the Boss” (ran from 1984 – 1992)

Anthony Morton “Tony” Micelli (played by Tony Danza) is a former second baseman who was forced to retire due to a shoulder injury. He wants to move out of Brooklyn to find a better place for his daughter, Samantha (played the sweetheart Alyssa Milano). He ends up taking a job in up-scale location, as a live-in housekeeper for divorced advertising executive Angela Bower (played by Judith Light) and her son Jonathan. This was an interesting show as it portrayed a women/mother as the breadwinner (even though Danza and Lights characters didn’t date in the show until later). It was probably one of the first shows where this was the case and it was HILARIOUS!

The classic “Different Strokes” (ran from 1978 – 1986)

This show was based around two African American boys from Harlem who are taken in by a rich white businessman and widower and his daughter, for whom their deceased mother previously worked. Although this show is a comedy it has some extremely “hard core” topics, especially for it’s time. The main focus being about racism and in their personal lives all of the stars were hit with persona tragedy.

The Birds

The Birds

For the first time watching “The Birds”…This movie makes no sense!lol…They stay outside all the time “Oh we heard an explosions, miles away, we should go outside…Were the birds are” But then they don’t want to leave because the birds are massing outside…Even though they’ve pretty much spent the entire time outside up until that point.

They deserved to die…I’m just saying,lol…”Oh I need to take her to the hospital”…No, you REALLY don’t,lol.

What was with the ending?! They drove off to the hospital (even though she really didn’t need to go) and it just ended! Apart from maybe one scene (where for some reason she decided to go into a room that she knew was full of birds, putting every bodies life at risk) where she was nearly eaten alive by the Birds, this just felt like the plot was really weak. I have no idea why this is such a classic film.