Here I reblog pictures from Christmas 2013, What precious memories! 🙂
Have a picnic or BBQ and relax with your friends & family
On Tuesday, the 30th of December 2014 we met Tristan, Stephanie and their daughters Kianga (7) and Jakira (6) at the Blue Lotus Water Garden. They provided everything for a BBQ, such as sausages and salads. Martin had brought along some pieces of watermelon as well as a good selection of fresh berries, custard and cream.
Tristan and his family have arrived.
I soon found out I could quite well walk around the garden. But…
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There are several good movies Peter and I have been watching recently online. And there are some other films from this year’s Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) that also do look quite interesting to me.
Set in the 1930s, ‘High Ground’ is inspired by true events. It goes back some 12 years to a massacre of an Indigenous tribe in Northern Australia. It says: “. . . the film explores the nature of loyalty and the ability to distinguish freely between right and wrong, in opposition to the dogmas of the age in which you live.”
“. . . a father and daughter struggling with his dementia.”
This tale is set in present-day Berlin. A refugee is illegally crossing by boat from Africa to Europe.
The above three movies were shown at the Berlin Festival.
The following two movies I watched with Peter online. We both liked them very much!
81 year old Mr Stein (Pierre) gets a computer, and his life changes!
Pierre has heart trouble and often gets back pain. His daughter comes in to look after his needs. So there are some similarities to the way my 84 year old husband lives. The movie is set in Paris, which we loved! Alas, the computer gives Pierre a new lease of life . . .
There is something else in this movie that I find of special interest, namely how one of the characters in the movie struggles to become a writer, and how success beckons by interpreting the events in his own life and writing about it!
It is a love story even though the marriage breaks up!
This is a very interesting story about the break up of a marriage in America. I think the husband likes everything about his wife, and he very much loves their little son. But to the great disappointment and heartache of the wife, the husband is not exactly faithful anymore. Both have demanding jobs. They do not want to live together anymore. He works in New York, she works in Los Angeles. In the end they come out of a very expensive divorce still being good friends and having good family relationships!
I want to copy here, a write-up about this very interesting father/daughter relationship in ‘The Roads not taken’.
“Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning shine as a father and daughter struggling with his dementia
Dir/scr: Sally Potter. UK. 2020. 85mins
The game we all play of wondering where we’d be if we’d taken different forks in life’s journey provides the narrative bedrock of Sally Potter’s new film, which pairs Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning as a dementia sufferer and his journalist daughter having a bad day in New York. But two bravura performances can’t disguise the thinness of a script that exposes just how uninteresting this ‘sliding doors’ game can be. The Roads Not Taken redeems itself, partly, through the compassion and sensitivity with which it deals with the mind-ravaging illness at its core.
Sensitive, nuanced performances
High production values, including some fine, caressing camerawork by DoP Robbie Ryan, and the draw of the two leads (ably abetted by a couple of extended cameos from Salma Hayek and Laura Linney) will help The Road Not Taken find an audience on a world tour that begins when Bleecker Street release it in selected theatres Stateside starting on 13 March. It’s an awkward fit between the arthouse and commercial melodrama, and an out of competition slot may have served it better in Berlin. Skewing towards older viewers, Potter’s latest may turn out to lack box-office staying power.
Adapting its title from Robert Frost’s much-quoted poem ‘The Road Not Taken’, the film follows the lead of Still Alice in trying to convey a degenerative mental disorder (in this case frontotemporal dementia) from the inside. But The Roads Not Taken does more than adopt the point of view of Bardem’s Leo, who at the start of the film is seen staring into space in his unadorned Brooklyn apartment while his carer Xenia (Branka Katic) rings the doorbell and his daughter Molly (Fanning) desperately attempts to reach him by phone. It goes further, entering the mind of a man who outsiders (including a brusque optometrist) consider to be “not all there”.
Over the course of the film’s day, we watch as a loving but distressed Molly, wrangles her father to the dentist and to that optometrist, while simultaneously dealing with a work crisis over the phone, What should be a simple task becomes an ordeal punctuated by little incidents that befall the inarticulate, confused Leo – he wets himself, bangs his head, hugs a stranger’s dog in the supermarket. What Molly is not seeing, but we are, is where Leo goes when he’s not in the here and now. Today, it’s two places; a Greek island and some unspecified part of rural Mexico. We soon realise that these sequences spliced into the New York present are not flashbacks, but little imagined stories he’s playing on some sort of cerebral projector; stories about who he might have become if he had taken two of those other roads way back then.
Alas, this laudable attempt to show how intensely the light can still burn in the mind of a person who seems to be dimming is compromised by the overwrought melodrama of the Mexican story, in which Leo imagines what would have happened if he had stayed in his native country with his first love, the fiery Dolores (Salma Hayek), and the sheer weakness of the Greek strand, a nothing of a tale that sees a melancholy Leo meeting a young woman (Milena Tscarntke) who reminds him of the daughter he abandoned years before to pursue a career as a novelist. Leo’s imagination seems to tend to clichés – Mexican rooms done out in red ochres and sunflower yellows, a blue and white Greek beachside taverna just ready to be Instagrammed – and these alternative outcomes he drifts us off to are far less compelling, in the end, than the father and daughter story that is playing out in the real world.
With their sensitive, nuanced performances, Fanning and Bardem both lift a script that, in the hand of less able actors, would have risked coming across as a grotesquely sentimental. Ryan’s gentle handheld camera often homes in on their faces, blurring the background as if to convey the loneliness of each character’s ordeal, before pulling back to frame the two sharing, for example, a rare moment of mutual laughter. A string, keyboard and percussion soundtrack composed by Potter herself strikes an unexpectedly jaunty note at times, in a film that, for all its dark subject matter, is suffused by sunlight.
Production companies: Bleecker Street, Hanway Films, BFI, BBC Films
International sales: Hanway Films, email@example.com
Producer: Christopher Sheppard
Production design: Carlos Conti
Editing: Emilie Orsini, Sally Potter, Jason Rayton
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Music: Sally Potter
Main cast: Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Branka Katic, Milena Tscharntke, Laura Linney, Salma Hayek
All the videos and write-ups to these movies you can find here:
So far just having glanced at this article for a bit, it looks to me extremely complicated. Would it not be possible that serious mistakes can be made?
25 February 2020 — Global Research
Introduction by Michel Chossudovsky
We bring to the attention of Global Research readers, excerpts from an important study entitled “An International Collaborative Genetic Research Project Conducted in China” which has a bearing on our understanding of China’s coronavirus epidemic.
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This sort of invention gives hope for the future!
Soon, we’ll be able to order 3D-printed hemp houses! A Dutch town will host the world’s first five livable 3D-printed homes, with residents set to move in next year. Credit: Project Milestone
An Australian company is 3D-printing hemp bioplastic walls, floors and roofs to be used in the construction of eco-friendly prefabricated homes.
The carbon-neutral homes will take only weeks to construct and will store massive amounts of CO2 in their walls.
The company, Mirreco, hopes their 3D-printed hemp polymer panels will become the material of choice for residential and commercial builders around the world.
Not only is hemp bioplastic easier to work with than concrete, it’s way more environmentally friendly.
The hemp biomass used to make it sequesters carbon dioxide when its growing and stores it “forever” when its turned into plastic.
And unlike concrete, hemp is a renewable resource. There is simply not enough sand in the…
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This is a great movie! I published some more trailers here:
I would recommend to have also a look at this trailer:
Nelson writes beautifully. I love this story about his ‘Second Mother’. This is why I reblog it here:
I got to know her first as my English 1 teacher on my first year in college. Professor Jovita H. Orara was a very strict teacher. She was like a visiting professor from UP then. My classmates feared her because she would use her UP style of teaching in her classes. But later on, we found her very friendly especially outside the classroom. She was like everybody’s grandma.
After the first semester, she was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During that time, there was no CAS existing in our school, and that meant that she needed to start her office from scratch.
That time, my parents have told me that our finances cannot support my nursing studies anymore because of the expensive tuition fees in our school. I was told…
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Since I was asked today about David and Gaby, I looked up this post and want to reblog it now.
David’s brother let Peter know that David is in hospital. We went to see him there two weeks ago on Sunday. We traveled by train to Westmead station. From there we walked to Westmead Hospital. We found David in good spirits. He looked much healthier than we had seen him before. We talked for about an hour. He called us ‘Papa’ and ‘Mama’. He showed us his leg where it had been amputated. He said he was going to get physio so he would be able to walk better. In a few weeks he was to go back home.
In the meantime the brother sent another message that David was to be sent to a nursing home. So the villa where Gaby and David had lived for the past twenty-three years had to be vacated. We were asked would we perhaps want anything out of the villa that had belonged…
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This post from 22 August,2013, was something I just went to have a look at again. I very much like to read some of these old blogs!
Some bloggers may not want to read any more about the lives of Gaby and David. However I am still at this stage where I keep thinking about it a lot. Recently I wrote two long replies to comments from ‘Words fall from my Eyes’ and ‘Island Traveler’. Just for recollection I want to publish these two replies here. They only touch on the lives of Gaby and David. But anyhow here is what I wrote:
Wow, Noeleen, there’s so much to remember. Both had kind, big hearts. But Gaby was very demanding. It did get too much for David over the years. He just wanted to be left alone. He led a very unhealthy life over many years and often drove Gaby’s carers round the bend with little bursts of energy, screaming, yelling. this sort of thing. But most of the time he would stay semi conscious in his…
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Image: Calvin Shen
The report says a combination of global starvation, war, disease, drought, and a fragile power grid could have cascading, devastating effects.
According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes.
The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key agencies including the Army, Defense Intelligence Agency, and NASA. The study called on the Pentagon to urgently prepare for the possibility that domestic power, water, and food systems might collapse due to the impacts of climate change as we near mid-century.
The report was commissioned by General Mark Milley, Trump’s new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, making him the…
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