New Films: Jane Eyre

I know, another Jane Eyre.  But somehow, this is ok with me.  It’s one of my most favourite books of all time, and as long as the actors get it right, which they often do – I can cope with another version of the story quite happily.

Here is the trailer for the 2011 version with Michael Fassbender *sighs*

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I hope I get to see this at the cinema.

The Children of Green Knowe

One Christmas when I was a child, I remember watching a TV programme set in a beautiful country house (makes so much sense now, lol), with ghost children and a scary moving statue of St. Christopher.

I never managed to see the end, which made me sad for many years, especially as I never knew the name of the story.

I later found out it was called The Children of Green Knowe, one of a series of books by Lucy M. Boston.  You can find now, luckily for me a copy of the original programme posted here (in parts).  Interestingly, since I re-discovered it, a film has been made of the sequel The Chimneys of Green Knowe starring Maggie Smith, which is known as From Time to Time.  I watched this on TV over Christmas (coincidence, again).  It has some charm,  – and was filmed at Athelhampton House –  though I still love the 80s show best!

Here are the books in order:

  • The Children of Green Knowe (1954)
  • The Chimneys of Green Knowe (1958)
  • The River at Green Knowe (1959)
  • A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)
  • An Enemy at Green Knowe (1964)
  • The Stones of Green Knowe (1976)

I am now collecting the stories for myself!  Also, Lucy Boston lived at The Manor, Hemingford Grey.  You can understand where she got the ideas for such wonderful stories.  One day I would love to see it.

The Castle Ghosts Series

As an addendum to my previous post, I remembered watching a series about castle hauntings on the Discovery channel some years ago.

I know that there are many ghost-type programmes out there, some better than others.  I did enjoy the mostly historical legends that were recounted here, however – plus the presenting by Robert Hardy.

I’ve discovered that you can also get it on DVD if you wish, but I’m sure it will be repeated on TV around the world.  You can also get a taster from YouTube:

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It’s Castle Ghosts of Scotland – and Fyvie is included here!

The series are:

  • Castle Ghosts of England (1995)
  • Castle Ghosts of Ireland (1996)
  • Castle Ghosts of Scotland (1996)

Possibly hokey, but very enjoyable all the same!

Mars Concert Here At Last!

I never thought it was going to get here!  I managed to get tickets to 30 Seconds To Mars’ tour at the AECC for the 3 December, and that time came around really quickly.  Problem was the really bad snow where we all began to doubt that the concert would ever happen.

Good news is, after walking to the venue and back in the snow we made it and had an amazing time!  I didn’t take my camera, but here is a recording from that show…

(Sound quality is good for this one)

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New Music, and Music Revisited

I’ve been listening to a lot of new music lately.  I don’t know if it’s the time of year, the freedom from study or what.  But I’ll enjoy it all the same!

Some of you may remember my mentioning 30 Seconds to Mars a couple of years ago.  They have now released a new album, and I’m loving the single Closer to the Edge.  My fave from the new album This is War is Hurricane.

Check our Closer to the Edge, it’s fab!

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Also love their cover of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Also loving: Muse, Biffy Clyro, King of Leon, Hurts and Marina and the Diamonds…