Mr Darcy: A Children’s Picture Book

13. March 2012 Books 3
Mr Darcy is a children’s picture book written by Alex Field, and based on the much loved character from Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. The story follows a gentle, sometimes lonely and rather reserved duck on his discovery of friendship, in particular the importance of allowing friends to help in a sticky situation. The illustrations ...

Company vs Unions

15. December 2011 Books, Movies 2
Australia’s biggest airline Qantas, shut down all operations recently. Doors were locked, staff were shut out without pay and passengers were left stranded.  This drastic action was due to the long battle between the airline and unions. The matter is quite complex, but from what I understand, unions are working to ensure the protection of Australian jobs, and on ...

Jane Eyre 2011: Movie Review

05. October 2011 Movies 9
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is one of my favourite books, so it’s a little — what word can I use? — a little concerning to watch a movie with the same name because I wonder how the book will be interpered on film. I loved the 2006 BBC Jane Eyre Mini-Series starring Toby Stephens and Ruth ...

That’s Fantastic!

It’s interesting how the weight of words change slightly over time.  When I picked my first Georgette Heyer novel, I was taken with the language.  The language wasn’t obscure, so that I couldn’t understand it, but I noticed the thrust of some words were a little different than I was used to. One of these words ...

Period Drama Heroines: Part 1

03. July 2011 Movies 11
I’m inspired by many of the characters in period dramas (hence the “part 1”).  They all aren’t your typical heroines — brave, smart and confident — but they all have something interesting to draw on. I’ve tried to sum them up in five words (which was really hard!). Left to Right: Emma Woodhouse Movie: Emma (2009) Age: 20 Character ...

Oranges, Bananas and Little Women

This is the first banana I’ve had in the best of five months. That’s a long time to go without tasting the tangy flesh of a just ripe banana. Earlier this year, masses of banana crops were wiped out due to the Queensland Floods. As a result, the price has skyrocketed.   When I grocery shop, I usually walk past the bright yellow bananas, ...

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: Margaret Hale Hair Tutorial

I’m rather fascinated by the book North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, and the  2004 BBC period drama adaptation.  It’s an interesting love story laced with politics of the upper and lower classes, and the manners of the North and South.  The story follows Margaret Hale’s journey from the ‘refined’ South of England to the ‘working’ North and how the move changes, ...

Inspired by Colour: BBC Emma 2009

Colour inspires me, excessively. And I’ve been utterly captured by the opulent colours and textures in the BBC Mini Series of Jane Austen’s Emma (2009). There’s so much colour. Delicious, glorious, intoxicating colour. I’ll discuss different colour palates in this blog but I’m starting with my favourite: Hartfield in Highbury. Hartfield is a kingdom where Emma reigns ...

Mourning Jewellery & Holding Loved Ones Close

Hair jewellery is a form of art identified with the Georgian, Regency and early Victorian eras.  Mourning jewellery was made of a lock of hair belonging to a deceased loved one and was worn as a memento. Hair was woven carefully to make watch chains, brooches, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. There is something both morbid and beautiful about carrying around the hair ...