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The sound of music …

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

I actually wrote this a while ago – found it in my drafts box though so don’t know why it never got published 😦

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it!
For anyone who is a fan of the film, The Sound of Music, this is a definite “must read” as the film was almost like Part 1 of a whole lifetime of music, family and events!

I don’t want to add too many spoilers for those of you who might want to read the book for yourself, but a couple of favourite parts showed that when the family put others’ needs before them, and helped them out to get through a situation, the next time the Trapp family were in need themselves, they found a crowd of helpers ready and willing to help THEM out for a change πŸ™‚

And an interesting insight into “popular” music that I found quite insightful:

“The mere word ‘popular’ means ‘of the people,’ but these tunes going under that name have nothing at all to do with the people. They are artificially made up by some individual, put on the market with the aid of great publicity, but after two years they are completely forgotten, which only shows how little popular they have been. Neither the words nor the music express the true sentiments of the people. That’s why they have no strength to survive.”

I found myself thinking of some of the “popular” music in the world today and thinking how true this statement was … and it was spoken about 80 years ago!

And of course, I now have a favourite quote from this narration: ” … one of those friendships that has a beginning but no end!”

Check out http://www.trappfamily.com/story to read more on the story yourself πŸ™‚

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Book Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen by Paul Torday
My rating: Β 3 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the story of this book, although at times found the style of the writing quite hard to find the story in. Β It’s written in the form of letters, dairy entries, emails, government memorandums, etc, so at times felt quite mixed up, but at other times, seemed perfectly in order – if you get what I mean!

I also had the opportunity to see the film adaptation over the weekend and found the story a lot clearer and easier to follow in that medium πŸ˜‰ Β I also preferred the “end” of the story in the film version, to the book version, so that may have had some bearing on my total enjoyment of the book.

I still would be interested in reading some of Paul’s other books, however – it would be interesting to see if he uses the same style in all his writings …

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NCIS:Los Angeles spoilers inside!

Okay, so it was the final episode of my favourite TV show this week and after watching it, I had a sudden thought … and if you haven’t yet watched the finale, you probably won’t want to keep reading my thought πŸ˜‰

This was G Callen’s facial expression from episode one of season three of the show this year:

I tried to find a picture of him later in this episode but couldn’t sadly, cause the images of the character as he shot the bad guys at the end of the first episode kind of looked a little something like this one taken from the very last episode:

I feel like we haven’t really moved very far in this season from the same angry Callen who was defending his “family” against the bad guys …

Anyone else want to dissect the best season (so far!) of NCIS:Los Angeles with me?! Β πŸ˜‰

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