Month: October 2021
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie – Book Review
One of my personal favourites, After the Funeral may not have the sort of shocking and daring high-concept solution that marks Christie’s most popular novels, but for me it’s simply a great example of the Queen of Crime excelling at her craft.
Hampton Beach 2 Brighton Beach
Six Melbourne lockdowns later, there’s finally a cautious hope that The Most Locked Down City in the World is putting those times behind it. So to mark the occasion of eased restrictions, I thought I’d do a photo tribute to my favourite beach walk that helped me keep my sanity in 2020 and 2021.
If there’s any silver lining to the Covid era, it’s the fact that it got me walking outside in almost any weather, on an almost daily basis. There are a few nice parks and green areas around where I live, but nothing has done more for my mental health during lockdown than a brisk walk by the beach, and a chance to look out on that infinite horizon, breathe in the salty air and feel less boxed in. I loved watching the beach change from day to day, and couldn’t resist taking photos.
One of the most pleasant things about this walk is getting rewarded with a view of the city and the famous colourful Brighton Beach cabins from the top of a small hill; on occasions I would extend the walk and check them out.
The Farewell – Film Review
Beautifully observed and bittersweet drama about the conflict between family ties and cultural values, with an impressive dramatic turn from Awkwafina.
The Station Agent – Film Review
A sweet and quirky comedy-drama about an unlikely trio of lonely souls coming together in a small town… and trains.
They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie – Book Review
An earlier Miss Marple mystery that I pretty much completely forgot. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it, but there’s also little to make it stand out in the series with so many memorable entries. It could unkindly be called Christie-by-numbers.
Moneyball – Film Review
A film involving baseball is extremely unlikely to make it on my watch list, but this intelligent and strangely melancholy movie, with Brad Pitt in one of his finest performances, was very much worth suspending a prejudice against baseball movies.
Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Pet Peeves
Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme resides at That Artsy Reader Girl – see the link for the rules. I’ve seen it pop up many times on the blogs that I follow, and I thought that since I love reading and compiling lists, I should finally jump in and participate! This week’s topic is Bookish Pet Peeves, basically a chance to rant about the things that ruin the reading experience.