Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
blog promised she would be - warm, intelligent, sensitive and gracious.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Those of us who tonight attended the launch of an enticing new collection of writings by The Writers' Dozen - "Better Than Chocolate" - were the converted, lovers of words and fully acquainted with the wonderful power of books to sweep us up and take us to worlds crafted by others' imaginations.
We know that reading can be as delicious and seductive a pleasure as chocolates!
But millions of children around the world know neither of these treats.
The 13 writers who make up The Writers' Dozen meet fortnightly at the NSW Writers' Centre in Sydney's Rozelle, and have published this anthology of poetry and short stories (both 'light' and 'dark') to help Room to Read with its mission to provide underprivileged children with an opportunity to gain the lifelong gift of education.
Since it was established by former Microsoft executive John Wood in 1999, throughout the developing world Room to Read has:
- built over 400 schools
- established over 5000 libraries
- published more than 200 local-language children's books
- donated over 2 million English language children's books
- established over 150 computer and language labs
- funded over 4000 long-term girls' scholarships
If the readings given by three of the writers at the launch are any indication, there is something here for all tastes. Humour, suspense, poetry - even the supernatural.
In their own words, a "magical mix of memoir and imagination" and "a collection of deftly crafted tales that mirror the facts and fantasies of the circle of life".
"Better Than Chocolate" is no-calorie, no-GI, and non-fattening, and the good feeling that comes with purchasing one - or several! - will stay with you because you'll not only be indulging your passion, but helping a child discover it too.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Kinda makes my life look pretty ordinary ;-)
Look at this delicious trailer...
In short, a young upper-class Englishman [played by Ben Barnes] marries a brassy blonde American divorcee [played by Jessica Biel] after a whirlwind romance in the South of France but must return home to face his family, headed by his cold and controlling mother [Kristen Scott Thomas] and war-shattered father [Colin Friel].
Apparently there follows the usual comedy of manners critiquing British class and society, with all the clever repartee we expect of Noel Coward, deftly infused with champagne sparkle by Elliott and Jobbins, and elegantly filmed by Ealing Studios at one of those glorious English country houses I love to imagine I own!
My kind of film! I can hardly wait for its release here (January 22 next year) because I can't get enough of English period pieces - and of course Noel Coward's wonderfully acerbic wit is always a treat. Am I showing my age here?
[Apparently Ben Barnes provides luscious eye-candy too....]
Toronto International Film Festival
Reuters review by Kirk Honeycutt
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friends and family gathered for a happy morning tea today to help Bill celebrate his 90th birthday and to thank God for all he means to us.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
What it means is that a list of blogs you are following (receiving notification when new posts are added) will be added to the bottom of your Blogger Dashboard page (if you're a Blogger member) and to your Google Reader (if you have a Google account). No need to save all those bookmarks in your favourites, no need to keep checking back for new posts. Easy peasy.
If you elect to be a 'public' follower of, say, "Snippets 'n' Scraps", your profile photo (in miniature) will appear there in the margin of my blog, with a link back to your blog, making it even easier for my readers to pop in to your place and check out what you're writing about. Right neighbourly.
From the blog-writer's point of view, it's about warm fuzzies, knowing someone is interested enough to read my meagre offerings. If you choose to follow privately, however, you'll still be told when I post, but I just won't know you're there watching .....hmmm.
Monday, September 1, 2008
It's interesting to observe how the look has changed over the years. I recall cottage garden flowers in soft, spring shades of pink, blue and yellow which I loved, and while I can appreciate the beauty of today's more structural creations I would love to see a return to the prettiness of the earlier years.