Summer, but not ‘on the beach’

by chuckofish

Just think. Last Saturday I was enjoying the unparalleled company of my siblings and their spouses. As my dual personality noted, we explored the lake with our brother

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we hiked

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we shot, talked, antiqued, laughed (a lot, these silly sisters), and enjoyed nature

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It was a perfect visit. Let’s do it again soon!

Although not quite as fun and stimulating as my siblings’ company, being home has it’s advantages, too; namely, in addition to my adorable Tim, books and TV/DVDs. This week we were astounded (and thrilled) by Germany’s 7-1 drubbing of Brazil, though we couldn’t help feeling sorry for the Brazilian fans.

so sad!

so, so unhappy!

Now that the World Cup is winding down (3rd place game today and final tomorrow), I have a lot more reading time. At the moment I’m re-reading Neville Shute’s A Town Like Alice about an English woman’s experience as a prisoner of the Japanese in Malaya during WWII and her life after the war. It’s a very good (and romantic) read and I highly recommend it. First published in 1950, it has been made into a film (1956) starring Virginia Mckenna and Peter Finch

One of Peter Finch's first movies

One of Peter Finch’s first movies

and a 1981 mini-series with Bryan Brown, Helen Morse and Gordon Cameron Jackson.

Bryan Brown was a big thing in the early 80s,

Bryan Brown was a big thing in the early 80s, but I think Peter Finch is cuter

I remember watching the 1981 series with our mother and really enjoying it. You can find both versions in full on youtube or, for a better picture, you can watch the 1956 film at Amazon for $2.99. So if you don’t have plans with fun people this weekend, grab A Town Like Alice and start reading or watching.

However, if you are feeling particularly brave and/or masochistic, you can always go for Shute’s gripping, but extremely depressing, nuclear apocalypse novel, On the Beach, which was made into an excellent film starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, and Fred Astaire in 1959.

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It’s a great movie, but I don’t recommend it for a happy summer viewing experience. Wait until the depths of winter when you need reminding that there are worse things than ice and snow. I would avoid  the Armand Assante, Rachel Ward film from 2000, although it does have a 7.1 rating on IMDB (the mind reels).

Whatever you do, have a great weekend!