Monday 13th March 2017
|Born||Richard George Adams
9 May 1920
Wash Common, Newbury, Berkshire, England
|Died||24 December 2016 (aged 96)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
The original book cover.
Release date: November 1972
I first bought this book in 1974 and promptly read it from cover to cover. It was my type of story, a fantasy and well written. Not to forget it was about rabbits, adorable and cuddly creatures and makes one cry when harm comes to one them. Richard Adams the author, became one of my favourite writers, I went on to read other titles by him. PLAGUE DOGS 1977- SHARDIK- 1974 & GIRL IN A SWING 1980. All brilliant stories and each was made into film, some with changes, ie, characters names. I say all are a must read.
My mistake was to read the book first, however, saying this I didn’t really have much choice as the film was released at a much later date, 1978. The film at the time was a bit of a flop, and I could see why. Not very good animation or art work in my view. But if one hadn’t read the book then, by having nothing to compare, I am sure one would enjoy it. I later did. But what helped this film was its music especially one track. “Bright Eyes” is a song written by Mike Batt (ex Wombles) and performed by Art Garfunkel.
Gerry A/C 2017
Since Xmas I have decided to read some classic books. My last post about 39 Steps was number one, some might say it is not a classic. My second was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”. However I have now watched a film of this book even though I could only find the one.
I was surprised to see that the film, starring Gregory Peck, followed pretty close to the book. ,,however there were a few minor changes to the book. The ones that were noticeable were parts of the story being left out. This did not affect the story-line. Where the book, like most books, write descriptions of people and their expressions or the environment. Some try to put the reader into a place or situation this film uses the visual qualities and camera work and techniques of film. If you haven’t read the book or seen the film I strongly advise that you do, I am sure you will enjoy it. I say to you now ‘Good Viewing or Reading or Both’.
Friday 3rd February 2017.
“You better hand it over or I’ll shoot you. In your arms first then your legs, maybe knee caps first, then the feet. So where is it?” Alfred just looked at him, showing no fright or shock. He knew this man, holding the gun in his right hand would use it as he says, but he also felt confident that he could outwit him and eventually over power this evil person.
“I haven’t got it but I know where to get it.” Alfred said calmly.
“Well, where is it?” the man said gruffly.
“Oh yeh, like I am going to tell you. Soon as I do so you’ll shoot me anyway, so I’ll take you there. Or just shoot me and you’ll never get it.” Alfred saying with some authority.
“Okay, but if you are playing me, then I will. Lets go then.”
We walked into the cafe, which was an annexe to the lighthouse, and here there was an entry gate to the lighthouse. The lighthouse was no longer used as a working lighthouse. A small fee was asked to go inside and traverse the steps to the top, there is a great view to see, on a clear sunny day one could see for miles. There is a small high walled harbour, and a lock gate that allowed members and yachts to moor. The water was still, brown muddy colour, with a few seagulls floating on the surface. Alfred nodded a hello to the woman behind the counter, “nice day for sailing.” he said.
Alfred got the gunman to pay the fee to pass through, they proceeded through the hall and came to the porch that took them through to the steps leading up. We climbed to the top, and was confronted with an open wooden floor, and the large hexagonal room had glass panels all the way round. The patron was given a full circle vision of the harbour the hillside and village.
“Okay, where is it, I am now getting a little bored with this treasure hunt.” The gunman said with a threatening attitude. I noticed four other people here enjoying the scenery, one old lady was sitting on the wooden benches set in the middle.
“You’ll have distract these people, it is hidden under floor board.” Alfred said quietly.
“Okay but no funny stuff.”
“You are the one with the gun.” Alfred said angrily.
Alfred went to the edge of room, tapping floorboards until he tapped one that made a different sound. Bending down he fiddled with a small piece and lifted it from the floor. He then leaned over put his arm in and then pulled out a wrapped package.
The gunman saw this and went to him and grabbed the package, felt it and walked off quickly. “Don’t try to follow me.” Alfred just smiled as he watched the gunman go. Alfred then looked out of the window, looking down to the car park, he smiled and whispered to himself ‘got ya’
Back in the cafe the police had arrived as planned and arrested the gunman.
“Oh, I’ll take that, and enjoy your new home.” Alfred grabbed the package from the gunman and unwrapped it to reveal a very valuable antique, an ornately and brightly painted wooden Indian. He handed it to the woman behind the counter and said, “Give this back to the rightful owner Julie, and tell him thanks.” As Alfred went to walk away Julie shouted after him, “Alfred, here don’t forget your fresh vegetables and fruit.” she handed him a large bag. Alfred just smiled as he walked away, nodding to the four policemen as he went.
Gaa/C© Originally written and posted on Sitting on the Porch. Monday 19th May 2014
Tuesday 17th January 2017
I am confused, disappointed and even go as far as to say I am unhappy. Why? I hear people say. Well! The above book is one of my favourite books, it tells a story that cannot be bettered. Well maybe it can depending on your tastes. My confusion etc started a few years ago when I managed to get hold of the book.Several copies actually, one stand alone book and also included in a compilation by the same author. (The story 39 Steps are both the same by the way, word for word) I hope you are smiling. Anyway, over the years I have seen many film versions of this book, old black and white films and new ‘ish coloured films. I have tried to find more but have been unsuccessful. While I enjoy the films and their differences, the story they tell all have one big flaw which seems to be missing from the book. Or..in this case lets say added. Why is that? I ask myself or anyone else that listens and might know the answer and might have their own opinion on this matter. Every 39 Steps film I have watched have all added one extra character to the film, a female co star. I am not being sexist or against female actors (actresses, I think is old fashioned these days) in fact some of my favourite actors are females. But why do directors, producers or script writers think they know better than the author. Why do they want or need to change an already great story. This happens rather a lot and it really does ‘**** me off. Watership Down, the more recent Shanara Chronicles plus many more. Why oh why do they do it? By they I mean people who make these films.
Anyway guys this is my rant do you have any or do you agree with me.
Gerry A/C 2017
Sunday 25th December 2016
I am cheating today, Christmas is in the post title rather than the song title. After all this is a special day for all.
Still thinking of you.
Christmas may be a little emptier but our hearts are always strong and our minds are thinking of you forever.
I can’t believe it has been 4 months without you walking this world.
Gerry A/C 2016
Friday 23rd December 2016.
Well, I had to include the most popular ever Christmas song.. didn’t I? Enjoy!
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Wednesday 21st December 2016.
In remembrance of my hospital visit three years ago today when it happened.
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Monday 19th December 2016
Only a few sleeps left before the big day. Cannot wait, can you?
Another selection from Sandra, and a great choice it is. I have posted two very different approaches but both are very powerful in their own right. Hope you enjoy both I certainly did.
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Saturday 17th December 2016
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Thursday 15th December 2016
Another oldie the very best
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