The Right Words – the Right Notes

| February 8, 2020

Concerning Hobbits Lord of the Rings Oneness So far from Scotland and piping – yet the sound of a tin whistle brings the days of the Celts – Picts and Gaels to mind. The age of then is here within a much read and spoken story – time and time again. With each line by […]

Structure, Skirt and Wheel

| January 4, 2020

Reoccurring Imagery in Film Near the start of this New Year I turn again to films whose peninsular lands I have wandered. From Peter Weir’s Gallipoli, that galvanized my interest in film-making, to Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner whose pilgrim father is a character to whom I relate. In Weir’s Gallipoli it is the runner, within Mark […]

The Lost Things

| February 24, 2019

The Reminders Before Us And they come back to us in our dreams…in ways that reminders place themselves before us…we see them with our eyes, our hearts…hear their soft rasp beside our ears and at night with a gentle breeze across our pillow – as if their virtual hand remains there to remind us – […]

Sayer’s Tea Shop

| December 15, 2018

Codfish, Mackerel, Mimi and Toutou Rose Allnut turned the sign on the shop door one last time. Sayer’s Tea Shop served her and Charlie well since coming to Courtenay two decades plus three ago. As Charlie’s machines spun for the last time, he wiped his brow and back of neck. Now one last evening to […]

The horrors of war as classic horror film

| October 26, 2018

Nosferatu and Westfront 1918 The 1922 German horror film Nosferatu was directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. This unauthorized version, now a masterpiece of the Expressionist film movement, was adapted from author Bram Stoker’s book Dracula (1897), a treatise on the fears and anxieties that existed within Victorian society. Murnau was a veteran of the Great […]