So here we are at the end of February already. How time flies….anyway, here is a round up of what I’ve been watching, listening and reading this month.
Over on BBC we watched the rest of Apple Tree Yard, which started slowly but built up to a tense ending. While bit of it were a bit far fetched, it was compelling viewing. It’s the story of a well respected female scientist who gets caught up in an affair which turns bad in every sense of the word. Catch it if you can. We’ve also watched the first part of SS-GB, a ‘what if’ drama about Britain if Germany had won World War 2, based on the novel by Len Deighton. More on that next month.
On Swedish TV there’s been more of the Melodifestivalen competition to find Sweden’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest…only 2 more heats to go I am pleased to say! We also watched a really good drama documentary about Monica Zetterlund, the Swedish jazz singer (who actually scored ‘null points’ in the Eurovision Song contest of 1963, with a beautiful song that was just not right for the competition). You might be able to find Monica Z on some network somewhere.
On Netflix, I binged watched series one and series two of the ever wonderful Gilmore Girls when off sick and to switch off after work. The best film I saw this month was the 2012 film The Perks of being a Wallflower. Based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky,it tells the tale of 15 year old Charlie, an outsider at a new school, dealing with his first love, the suicide of his best friend and his own mental illness. He is taken under the wings of two older pupils, who look after him and teach him about growing up. The end though….gosh…what a shock. Catch it if you haven’t seen it. Girls series 6 has started and we’ve started rewatching Cradle to Grave, the series based on the teenage years of presenter and journalist Danny Baker which is great fun.
Podcasts I’ve enjoyed this month have included Prince Street, A Taste of the Past (which I mentioned in a past post), the return of Radio Cherry Bombe and 99% Invisible. I’m catching up on Desert Island Discs still (the one with David Beckham was surprisingly interesting) and of course get my daily fix of The Archers.
In terms of music, if you don’t know Monica Zetterlund do listen. This beautiful song was the one that failed at the Eurovison Song Contest – En gång i Stockholm.
I read two of Lilian Jackson Braun’s detective novels featuring Koko and Yum Yum, the Siamese cats who help solve crime. They are funny, light and well written, and there are thirty of them! In a very different style, I also read Anna North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, a tale of the life of the enigmatic Sophie Stark told through the eyes of six people who knew her. It’s a really good read, and I loved the way all the pieces fell into place. And finally, I got around to reading the book about Len Lye I picked up in New Plymouth last year.
As well as books and magazines, there have been blogs aplenty, on all sorts of topics. My three featured blogs this month are, in no particular order:
Leave No Scone Unturned – check out The Rolling Scones page!