September 2004 Archives

Concert at Albert Hall: 'Lord of the Rings'

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On Thursday, I went to the Lord of the Rings concert in Albert Hall - conducted by Howard Shore with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was inspiring and the music was powerful; I've never been to anything like that before. Thanks to Alistair for inviting me along. Books: I have finished Atkinson's Greyfriar's Bobby about a week ago. I found it a difficult read and not terribly interesting. News: I am off to Wales this week to visit Portmeirion. I've been wanting to go here for a while now; it's where the series, The Prisoner, was filmed. I wish I had time to re-watch the series before leaving.

Pirate Day

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Ahoy there! Welcome to me pirate-speak edition of on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Aye, let's look for treasure and sail the Internet in search of adventure and fun. Maybe after I get me project done.

New Job

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Career news: I have accepted a position at a company in Ringwood, and I'll be starting in two or three weeks. Yay! Movie news: On Monday, I watched The Terminal. An average film, starring a typical Mr. Hanks in his usual role as underdog-hero. Though, setting the film at an airport was original, and they managed to include conflict, evil villans, unsung allies, beautiful/smart women in distress, and humor. Book news: I've just finished Chocolat by Harris. Overall, an engaging read and original idea highlighting the different viewpoints between a French village's religious leader and a pagan chocolate-store owner and their conflicting ideas within the community. Project news: I've received some feedback from the first half of the writing and will make revisions this week. Development is slow.

Books I've Read Recently

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The sunshine seems to have returned since my last post. It's been nice and HOT. I've now written around 4,500 words for my dissertation. A deadline is set for Saturday. Development work will be carried out for the remainder of the month. I've just started on a new book this week, Chocolat, after finishing Only Dad by Doug Titchmarsh. I have read at least nine fiction books this year. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens: a disappointment. Little Women - Alcott: A good book about character. Sense and Sensibility - Austen: I enjoyed it. North and South - Gaskell: Although bits of the book were engaging, I felt that it was too long and the ending did not meet up to my expectations. Pompeii - Harris: It had potential. The End of the Affair: Greene: Started well but lost direction. Father Brown Stories - Chesterton: I enjoyed a handful of them, but the majority were dull. Only Dad - Tidwell: Easy read but not engaging and fairly ordinary. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Haddon: Memorable/original because of it's point of view told from an autistic child.


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