Poetry In Song

What a lush soundtrack Michel Legrand composed for the Thomas Crown Affair film of 1968. This must have been a big hit – all 2 minutes 20 seconds of it. Noel Harrison’s vocals are very unaffected and natural. He sings as if time is running out, and of course, it is. Its both eerie and sad in a wholesome (not morbid) way.  As someone once pointed out “this song will outlive us all.” Quite! Its already outlived Noel Harrison, Steve McQueen and a few others…

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King Solomon’s Mines (H Rider Haggard)

king-solomons-mines-h-rider-haggard-book-cover-artThis is probably the Grandfather of all adventure novels. The author was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It has all the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. The strengths: a true sense of adventure and exploration that marked British sentiment at this time, the sort found in Jules Verne and Rudyard Kipling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World and the like. The main weakness has to be our three protagonists just blasting away at anything on four legs, but in 1885 nobody thought about conservation or the possibility that over-hunting could contribute to the extinction of a species.  [Read more…]

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