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Debussy plays Debussy | Clair de Lune (1913)

As some of you may know l am learning the piano. The student who's lesson is before mine is 10 years old, and, l was told this week that this sweet little girl started piano lessons at age 4. I'm quite a bit older than that. I wish l had started earlier but it's never too late and l love my lessons. This is the piece l want to be able to play. Debussy was a wonderful composer and Clair de Lune is such  beautiful, almost ethereal music. This rendition is by Debussy himself. What a treat.

Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie

Do you like Agatha Christie novels, have you seen the tv productions or any of the films??

I'm not a great tv watcher. I don't sit for hours or watch anything so long as the tv is on. That's not to say there are good programmes on tv. Instead, l tend to watch only what l want on one of the two free tv streaming shows. In Australia we have I View, which runs ABC programmes and On Demand, which runs SBS programmes.

Anyone can watch, you just have to sign in. On Demand also have Nordic Noir; that's all the crime shows from Scandinavian countries, and let me tell you , Scandinavian countries make great crime shows. They are also running Les Petits Meurtres d'Agatha Christie.

SBS have translated it into Agatha Christies Crime Games, but if l remember my school French correctly it translates into The Little Murders of Agatha Christie.  The title may give you a clue. This is the French take on Agatha Christie.

There's no Poirot, and no Marple. Instead you have Superintendent Swan Laurence, his secretary Marlene Leriox and reporter Alice Avril. Now try saying those names with a French accent.

Do they follow the books, yes and no. Both come to the same ending, but, get there in very different ways. I have always thought the Agatha Christie books to be very English and these shows are very French.

If you are a purist and only want faithful reproductions then these shows are not for you. For the rest of us they're fun and, as l said, very French.

SBS On Demand.


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