The Day of the Dead

(photo Richard Ellis)

(photo Richard Ellis)

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (filmed by John Huston, 1984) 1 November – The Day of the Dead.  A great festival, we gather, but our interest is naturally aesthetic, and as background to that superb Malcolm Lowry novel, Under the Volcano.  And a terrific film as well, the last great John Huston picture, featuring Albert Finney’s best performance since Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. Lowry takes this single day, the Day of the Dead, and its doomed British Consul, Geoffrey Firmin, and has them represent western enlightenment in decline, with Firmin as a dissolute diplomat who can see the Nazis coming, through his alcoholic…

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The Case that Will Not Die

September 22, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | CRIME, Documentary, Drama Film, LIFE |
Ramseys

The Death of Jon Benét Ramsey We have spoken of the various imaginative, speculative and trashy treatments of this awful case before: See Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and Books About Jon Benét. Disclaimer: TVC has a keen interest in but no actual knowledge of, this matter.  Apart from an individual who appears to have confessed to the crime in order to be extradited from a Thai jail, no one has admitted guilt nor been charged.  Patsy Ramsey is now deceased and she always denied involvement in the killing, as have John and Burke Ramsey.  We are discussing possible solutions on a…

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20 September, 622

September 20, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | LIFE, METAPHYSICS, RELIGION |
(photo by Noumenon)

(photo by Noumenon)

On this day, the Prophet slipped out of Mecca and decamped to Medina. It was a bad day for a great religion; the day the Sword cut the cords of Compassion and Mercy. One day, Allah shall re-tie those knots, and there shall be The Peace! “Every hardship is followed by ease.”

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The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble

September 19, 2016 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Fiction, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, WRITING & LITERATURE |
Aeneas and the Cumean Sibyl

Aeneas and the Cumean Sibyl

Drabble’s seven “sisters” are Candida, a pallid fifty-something abandoned by her hypocrite husband and cold daughters; Julia  a wicked, diamond-dripping novelist; Ida  – a bohemian, somewhat reptilian classics scholar; Sally  – an obese and nosy social worker; Anaïas – exotic and energetic, who may or may not work in television; Cynthia Barclay –  matronly with a hint of something else, a housekeeper who married her employer, and Valeria, a striking and noble tour guide.  Or so Candida tells us. Candida’s marriage has ended and she has left her position as a rural headmaster’s wife for a flat in a “colourful” district of London.  She…

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Tickled Pink

September 18, 2016 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |
Photo courtesy of the SANFL website

Photo courtesy of the SANFL website

SANFL Under 18s Grand Final (Adelaide Oval, 18 September 2016) Pink!  Unlikely name for a hero!  And an unlikely way to win a game of football, kicking 6.20, but that 20th point will go into legend as did Barry Breen’s for St Kilda in the 1966 VFL Grand Final.  Here, the winning point was even more unlikely…of which more later. Glenelg took on North in an old-fashioned tug-of-war in which both teams each held sway at various moments of the game.  North enjoyed the biggest lead in the first quarter, although the Tigers found their mojo and narrowed the gap…

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