Tuesday, 17 January 2012

HELLO Cats, Moon and Memories

Can I link these? Yes I can.
What links Cats to the Moon? Memories.

I love how the mind works; how it makes connections That great computer that stores information. We look out at the world through our eyes and interpret life through our senses, and store it all as memories.

Cats.
Memories, all alone in the moonlight.
What a great song

Destination Moon.

The other day, I was watching Destination Moon- a sci-fi film from 1950- and it all seemed a little familiar to me. No, I've never been to the Moon. Mars maybe, but not the Moon. Well, it suddenly came to me then. After all this time, I remembered the name of the BBC Radio serial that I'd heard as a teen, and loved so much.

Journey into Space.

Of course I'm talking about Journey into Space-Operation Luna -the 1958 sci-fi radio drama, featuring Jet Morgan, Mitch, Doc and Lemmy.

NB When I said I listened to this as a teen, it was a rerun, okay, in 1989. I was 17.


Anyway, I may have recorded them onto a cassette at the time, and threw them out years later. I often thought about getting the CD box set, but could never remember what the show was called. Then, of course, time passed, and the memories of the said serial were packed in a faraway nook of my mind.


Memory storage and retrieval.



I've seen many sci-fi films since 1989-they are my favourite films-but non triggered me to remember the title of the show.

Here's what all the fuss was about. I found this great site: Old Time Radio Fan, which has all the adventures: Operation Luna, The Red Planet, and The World in Peril. I've just started listening to Operation Luna and am at episode three of twelve. I could listen to all of the thirty minute episodes in one sitting, but that'd spoil the fun. They were aired as weekly shows after all. I treat myself to an episode once I've reached my target word count.

Have a listen if you wish, and tell me what you think.
BTW. What's your favourite sci-fi film? It's no joke; it's Total Recall.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

HELLO What? Another Writing Challenge?

Oh yeah! And it closes Wednesday 11th January. Thanks to Cathy at My New Notebook for this.

In a nutshell
Write 100 word flash fiction based on,
 linked to,
 inspired by
 a song on YouTube.
 Win e-publication and support a charity. 

Want to know more? Take a look here Caroline Smailes's site and  A challenge and the chance to see your story in print.


Friday, 6 January 2012

HELLO Are You One Of Those People?

Unfortunately, my body decided it wanted to start the year off by getting a throat infection, leaving me sounding like a cross between Norman Collier (comedian) and Phyllis Pearce (Coronation Street actress. Skip to 3.26 on clip). I sounded bad and felt like a zombie.


So, I've been off work this week, drowning in barley water, fresh orange, tea, Beecham powders (ultra all in one). Thumbs up for Beechams! Also tried to sleep, but it's hard to do when you're a zombie. I couldn't concentrate to do any 100k in a 100 days. I did what a good bookworm does best. I read. Thus, leading me to the title of this post.

 'ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE?'

Don't worry. It's nothing awful like zombies. 

As you may have noticed I have a new page:  BOOKWORM LIBRARY 2012, and there are a few books in there that I have read this year (already?) I started and finished The Importance of Being Earnest in a day (see Classics Challenge) and the other books I'd started reading towards the end of 2011. Depending on the day and what I'm doing, I am one of those people who can have more than one book on the go. That's what I was doing with those books last year. During my zombie week, I did finish them off one at a time.


Does anyone else do that? 



Or are you a one book at a time person? 




Wednesday, 4 January 2012

HELLO A Classics Challenge



Oscar Wilde 16th Oct 1854-30th Nov 1900


My first classic read is  The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) Wilde in 1895.

Oscar Wilde, the writer and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland. Some of his works include: The Picture of Dorian Gray, in 1891 (his only novel), A Woman of No Importance 1893 and An Ideal Husband 1895.

The Importance of Being Earnest is one of his many comedies that he was known for. This play involved 'bunburying' -adopting an alternate persona for town and country, to escape from social customs. It was written in late-Victorian period and clearly represents and mocks this era. It was enjoyable to read all the niceties of genteel life knocked sideways by word and action. 

We all know the famous 'A handbag' quote, but I liked this one: 'To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.'

George Bernard Shaw, a contemporary of Oscar Wilde viewed The Importance of Being Earnest as 'rib-tickling' but 'lacking in humanity.'

In 1895,Oscar Wilde was imprisoned for 2 years for gross indecency. 

He died in Paris, France, in 1900, from cerebral meningitis.

On a lighter note. Let's not forget that he was involved in the aestheticism movement, a branch of philosophy that critically reflected art, culture and nature. I can now end with an appropriate epigram of Oscar Wilde: 'Art for art's sake.'