Friday 21 May 2010

Weekend homework: 21st of May 2010

This week six Penguin classics go (RED). The books in the set are: Dracula by Bram Stoker, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Why not read a classic in a sunny park this weekend?

It's the final ever Ashes to Ashes *makes little squealing sound*

I want to go and see the birds playing guitar at the Barbican; doesn't this sound cool:

'Trained as a musician and composer, French artist CĂ©leste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape'. (finishes 23rd of May).

If you like Joni Mitchell, which I'm sure those of you with good taste do, catch up on For Folk's Sake's week of articles, reviews and Joni experiences. You could also read this piece on her album Clouds which I wrote for them.

I finally saw Four Lions, I was worried I might find it a bit tough but I laughed and then I cried- you can't ask for much more. It's definitely a very British comedy. They've managed to take extremely serious subject matter and build very real, touching characters- and then through some wonderful acting and astute use of funny runs created a really interesting two hours at the cinema. So I'd recommend it for after the sun goes down.

But while the sun is up and out I will be mostly wearing sandals and enjoying summer in London, when it's here there's nothing like it.


vicki archer said...

Happy sunny weekend Rose, xv.

Metropolitan Mum said...

I am going to think of you - it's cold and rainy in Munich.
I packed Nick Hornby's Juliet, Naked in my bag to finish. It's a bit grim, but I think you might like it.

Rose said...

Oh the irony- you leave London when the sun shines for once. Still Munich in rain means sitting in cafes with coffee and kuchen no? Also you will have to stop for hot chocolates to warm you and they are much better there.

Juliet, Naked is in a pile next to me bed to be read- will look forward to hearing how you find it at the end x

Rose said...

Thanks Vicki- I really enjoyed your English country house post!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Rose- I love your Joni Mitchell article- so amazing- congratulations! xoxo

Christina @ Fashion's Most Wanted said...

I love Joni Mitchell, I recorded Ashes to Ashes (heard from one friend it was disappointing..), I will definitely see Four Lions on your recommendation, love Chris Morris too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

Rose said...

Hi Daily- thank- you!

Christina- I watched it on i-player, it was good, it wasn't a fairytale ending really but I guess it couldn't be. I might watch again and see how I like it the second time around. I hope you like Four Lions!

Caroline, No. said...

I can't tell you how much I love Joni! She got me through my 20s. Heading over there to check it out.

Nishant said...

I love your Joni Mitchell article- so amazing
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