Saturday, November 17, 2012

Watching, Listening and Watching

A few weeks ago I started watching the 1984 BBC adaptation of Paul Scott's Raj Quartet, called "The Jewel in the Crown." I watched it a couple of times when I was in high school- I was a big fan of "Masterpiece Theater" but I was probably too young to understand some of the show's more adult content. Homosexuality, adultery, alcoholism, drug use, abortion- you name it, it shows up in Scott's tale of the waning days of the British Empire. I haven't seen it in years and it's been fun to watch it again. I got the idea because one of the stars, Charles Dance, has an important role in "Game of Thrones" (he's Tywin Lannister) and when I saw him I thought, "hey, it's Guy Perron!" I have the books- the Raj Quartet series- in my to-be-read pile and I would love to read it. I read the first book, also called The Jewel in the Crown, after I saw the show for the first time but like I said it was probably a little too heavy lifting for me at the time. I'm sure I'd do better with it now!
The latest thing in on my iPod is this song by Aurelie et Verioca, a duo blending French and Brazilian music, with lyrics in both French and Portuguese. The result is a very relaxing, mellifluous music that I've just been loving.  It's great chill-out music with some tea at the end of the day.

I've also been watching the TV series "Angel," slowly, maybe two episodes a week for the past several months. I'm almost to the end of Season Four. Don't tell me what happens next! I like the show sometimes. I started watching because I kept tuning in for random episodes on one of the cable networks, and got intrigued enough to want to see the story from start to finish. Right now the plot is pretty ridiculous. Angel's son, Connor, is pretty useless and I keep hoping someone will put him out of his misery. Don't think that's going to happen, though!

1 comment:

Laura Benson said...

Once they introduced Angel's son, Connor, it went down hill. I really would've liked to have seen an Angel/Cordelia pairing.

However, Angel and Buffy will always be destined.