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21 February 2010


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The Year of Living Dangerously is one of my favourite films. Sigourney Weaver has long been my favourite female actress and Mel Gibson was pretty hot stuff back then. I also love the haunting track throughout, Vangelis' L'Enfant:

I caught the end of that programme too (strange to think of us both tuning in yet so many miles away). It was a lovely end to the programme, from 1995 I think. Mortimer was very gracious, I thought.

Thanks for the listen again link.


What a beautiful piece. Give me chills ! Thank you for sharing it.

Good to hear from you again Milo and do agree about The Year of Living Dangerously and Sigourney Weaver. Thanks so much for the excellent Vangelis link. (I can remember exactly when, where and who I was with the first time I saw this film and just loved the soundtrack. Have watched it many times since.)

Colleen: well, kindred spirits and all that! Mortimer was indeed very gracious; a delightful man. Much missed.

Welcome Nedine; glad you enjoyed the music too.

I absolutely agree about Jessye Norman's version of Four Last Songs. I have about 6 other versions on CD, and while the others have their strong points, Jessye's is the most thrilling and radiant.

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Thought for life

  • The House of Breath, William Goyen
    We are the carriers of lives and legends - who knows the unseen frescoes on the private walls of the skull?

Thinking about . . .

  • Daniel Klein, Travels with Epicurus
    I too listen to music more and more. Throughout my life, music has stirred me more than any other art form, and now, in old age, I find myself listening to it almost every evening, usually alone, for hours at a time.
  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths
    I began writing because I liked to write things down. I learnt foreign languages because they seemed to enter my head by a process of osmosis.
  • Joan Bakewell, Stop the Clocks
    I live contentedly alone. It's better that way and I am often thoughtful about what has been and what might have been. There are many like me.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Oh to be reborn within the pages of a book.
  • Patti Smith, M Train
    Why is it that we lose the things we love, and things cavalier cling to us and will be the measure of our worth after we’re gone?
  • Judith Kerr, Observer Magazine, 22 November 2015
    I don't believe in God. I find it much easier to believe in ancestors. I like to imagine they are pointing us in the right direction.

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