The new incarnation of the Triffids with their fatal sting will be shown in High Definition for the first time.
via BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Triffids returning to television
John Wyndham’s science-fiction classic The Day of the Triffids is to get another reworking by the BBC in a production due to be screened next year.
And I for one am certainly looking forward to watching it.
© 2008 Gary William Murning
At a loss for something to blog about today, I thought, instead of simply rambling on about absolutely nothing, I would instead share with you one of my favourite British comedy classics. (It was this clip or the “Jesus was English” clip — but I thought I’d save that one for Christmas! 😉 )
Alf Garnett’s going to Bournemouth…
© 2008 Gary William Murning
I was, alas, too young to listen to The Goons the first time around but over the years I’ve heard bits and pieces of them here and there. Today, however I stumbled across the clip below and have been catching up with some of the stuff I’d missed. The simple humour, the naivete of character… delightful, clever and hilarious.
Well, I finally made the push and started, after many exercises in avoidance, Tolstoy‘s War and Peace.
I read it in one sitting and… only kidding! I’ve been on with it for a few days, now, and I’m about 160 pages in. I realise, of course, that it’s far too early to judge just how readable the novel as a whole actually is (this edition runs to in excess of 1,400 pages) but so far I’m finding it absolutely riveting. Tolstoy through necessity draws his characters with an economy that I find extremely attractive. The brushstrokes are quite broad, but for all that there is an enviable subtlety to it that gives it a relevance that I hadn’t expected.
I should have known, though. As I have said before, I read Anna Karenina many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve already used the word “relevance”, I know, but that’s the overwhelming feeling I get from it. It doesn’t seem at all dated. I watch and listen to these characters and despite our obvious differences, I understand their dilemmas and concerns in a way that I seldom do when reading contemporary fiction
To write this quality of work and knock out twelve children… that Tolstoy — what a guy!
(Expect more on this subject over the coming weeks, months, years… why not, decades! From the comments and reviews I’ve read, I’m expecting a few difficulties up ahead!)
I today received a message regarding my last post (on the story of Kafka and the doll) from William Diamant — father of Kathi Diamant, author, actress and Kafka researcher.
William kindly wrote to inform me that the story of Kafka and the doll was originally told by Anthony Rudolf who, unfortunately, I know nothing about. He went on to add, however, that Kathi tells the story in her book Kafka’s Last Love and that Kathi is currently in Prague on a mission to find lost Kafka letters which were confiscated from Dora Diamant (Kafka’s last mistress — and, I believe, not related to William and Kathi) by the Nazis.
If you’re interested at all in Kafka, you may want to take a look at the Kafka Project. Additional information can also be found at Kathi’s website.