Explore dramas on Netflix

I’ve learnt to get on with Netflix. Many times in the past, I’ve subscribed then aborted attempts to watch something for the sake of it.

Recently, it’s come up with some goodies – Like Water For Chocolate, Blue Velvet. I’ve even stuck with Grace and Frankie!

But two of the current bests have to be Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Japan) and Rookie Historian: Goo Hae-Ryung (South Korea). They are delightful in their story-telling with a blend of humour, a good splash of modernity, great timing and hooks. Lighting in the cinematography is natural and relaxing. Costumes, exquisite.

I admit I love a good story from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China – they are absolutely worth it. I am biased of course. I love Zhang Yimou and other 5th Generation Directors, Kurosawa, Ang Lee, Kim ki-duk. From the days of international film cinemas in the 80’s, through to HMV and their decent DVD selection and now Netflix, East and South East Asian directors of film and tv dramas have influenced me and kept strong my love of this artform.

Go explore beyond the usual!

Review Rookie Historian

Midnight Diner on Netflix

 

 

The last days of summer – hooray!

My favourite season is almost here and I am looking forward to it.

It’s a bank holiday weekend and the August one is always packed full of events in the neighbourhood – Leeds Festival and Carnival being two major players.

I am staying local and heading to the hills, taking daily walks, studying, reading, writing.

Netflix has a couple of great things on including a favourite film, Like Water for Chocolate and Tokyo Stories.

Then there’s the delightful music from https://meszecsinka.bandcamp.com/album/

Reading and studying Robert MacFarlane’s publications and the latest Joanne Harris – The Strawberry Thief.

Completing a throw with leftover yarns.

There have been many curved balls throughout August to contend with, as some things come to an abrupt end and changes take on a shapeshifting form. Forces are trying to slide things together.

I am asking Mother Earth for synchronicity. I offer personal change and improvement in exchange so I can be a better person. Let there be magic.

 

It’s Earth Day

… and the Easter Bank Holidays. Rebellion is afoot. I sense a long, hot summer of action.

Activities over the weekend include painting and writing, listening to plenty of music.

My fuel, now that the sun is warming, is affogato.

I am avoiding the crowds.

Easter salad recipe:

You will need a large platter for this.

Sliced boiled potatoes and eggs left to go warm

Red onion, red pepper, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, all chopped.

Variety of salad leaves.

Lots of rocket and grated carrot.

Black olives

An avocado, sliced. 

Croutons, pomegranate seeds.

Arrange everything as suits.

Dress with extra virgin olive oil, cider vinegar, lime juice, pepper.

Add some smoked salmon if you fancy it.

I don’t think you need anything else to go with. Enjoy!