Sunday 12 May 2024

New design

 Hope you all like the new design.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Wednesday 8 May 2024

Monday 6 May 2024

Peter Pan - Silent Film

 On Sunday l travelled to Malvern Town Hall to see a silent film.

I have seen shorts of different silent films but never a full release until yesterday. Peter Pan came out in late 1924 which means it is nearly 100 years old. Of course it is a black and white film.

What did l think of it? The special effects were pretty lame but at the time they would have been something new. The dialogue, which flashed on the screen regularly was very old fashioned, but, that's to be expected too. The main issue l had with it was l felt l was watching exaggerated  mime. The lack of sound meant the actors were overacting their expressions. When there is sound we hear the tone and tenor of speech which was sorely missing in this film.

David Bailey was the organist who played the theatre organ throughout the film. It did add to the film and theatre organs produce such great sounds. This organ was a Compton and was originally installed at Malvern Town Hall in 1930. It's so very different these days.

I think if l had been a child seeing this in 1924 l would have loved it because l think this film was made for children. Apparently Walt Disney was inspired by this film to make his animated version of Peter Pan. 

Will l see another silent film. Probably not, but, l'm glad l saw it and heard that wonderful organ playing too.

This screening was put on by Melbourne Theatre Organ. I'm listing their website as they regularly put on shows. I am also listing Malvern Town Hall website as they have a lot of artistic events coming up.

Friday 3 May 2024

Ann Cleeves

I have said, more than once that l don't like owning books. 

They multiply and soon you find there are so many that you need boxes to move them. I also like thinking about a book that has been passed on to someone else and someone else again.

So how did l manage to find myself with 3 Ann Cleeves books?? The Raging Storm is a current one, but the other 2 are earlier books that have been re-released. The latest one l bought, A Lesson in Dying, was one l forgot l'd ordered. When l picked it up l had about half an hour to wait for the bus so l started reading it. 

Do you remember a few videos ago l was saying that l downloaded an audio book from the library but then returned it because l didn't like the book or the narrators voice. It was set in a school with ex school teachers; well, this book is also set in a school and l liked it.  I read the first chapter and this book is very different to the audio book. Much more in the style l like.

So l will get around to reading all 3. I'm currently reading a book that l will be talking about in a few weeks.

Who else out there likes the author Ann Cleeves?

Leave me a comment and, as l am now getting so many new views, please let me know which city you're reading these posts.

Thanks to all of you.


Wednesday 1 May 2024

What's On in Melbourne Libraries - Video

The Arts in Three Melbourne Libraries


This post all came about because someone said to me that they didn't know what happened these days in libraries.

Hobson Bay Library - Altona

Digital drawing glorious galaxies 02/05

Box Hill Library

Optical illusions: Thaumatropes and Zoetropes 28/05 4.15pm

Upcycled puppets 17/05 4.15pm

Book group - Blackburn 01/05 1.30pm

Evening Book chat : Zoom Doncaster 01/05 6.30pm

Book chat - the Pines 03/05 10.15am

Our Library - Mornington

Author talk with Lisa Medved 03/05 11am

Intergenerational Art Program 04/05 10.30am

Crafting captivating characters with Lee Kofman - Rosebud Library


Who wrote the book?