It was one of the best films I ever saw (and one of the scariest) and the only reason I watched it was because it starred Mickey Rourke, who I considered one of the finest actors of his generation. (And yes, in those pre-surgery days he was also very easy on the eye).
I've just been watching a clip and even though it's been a long time… gulp!
Have you seen ANGEL HEART? Or is there a film which scares you more?
SCARY? I recently went to see the play 1984 (completely brilliant) and afterwards walked along the South Bank. It was a busy, sunny day and everything seemed bright and normal and innocent when I came across this carousel. My heart pounded. Immediately, I started thinking about clowns and spooky figures hiding in the shadows. I was sure I could hear the sound of mocking laughter…
Of course, Carousel is my favourite musical and the one which gave birth to the haunting anthem which has been adopted by Liverpool football team. And so I leave you with YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
(And it was a serious question: why ARE carousels so scary?)
One of the golden highlights of my summer is a trip to Syon Park to hear opera performed around a grand piano, by a brilliant company called Diva. This year, it was Don Giovanni and it was BLISS.
Don Giovanni was played by the amazingly charismatic Changhan Lim and it was easy to understand why women fell so easily beneath his spell. The danger and the devilishness in his eyes gave me lots of ideas for future heroes!
The evening was full of sunshine and laughter. There was delicious food, shared with dear friends. And I got to wear a posh dress, liberally sprinkled with golden sequins.
Sigh. If only life could always be like this… *my peace depends on her peace. Don Giovanni's first aria.
Rosa Corretti gets much more than she bargains for when she begs autocratic Sheikh Kulal to take her home with him… Her strict Sicilian family are trying to find her and Kulal is doing his best to get rid of her. It's one hell of a mess and when Rosa's reputation is compromised, there's only one direction this relationship can go….towards the altar!
I love this cover, though I'm not quite sure why Rosa and Kulal appear to be standing in front of a carpet ...
I'd planned to write about Tuscany and my writing course which takes place every May.
I thought about mentioning the impossibly cute little villages which look as if they've been commissioned from Central Casting. Or the roses which bloom next to the wine-veranda. I could describe the crystal clear water which rushes past, making its own particular kind of music. And the unforgettable trips to the Disney-esque Cinque Terre, or the beautiful city of Lucca.
But in the end, I thought I'd just let the mountains and the sunshine speak for themselves…
And somewhere behind me, you can hear the Angelus echoing out over the valleys….
I love St Patrick's Day. When I was little, a brown paper package ("tied up with string") was sent over from Ireland, containing masses of shamrock. For some reason it doesn't grow in England - though that didn't stop us trying, year after year. I also had a brooch in the shape of a beautiful golden harp ("The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls"). So I'll leave you with that particular tune, which I guarantee you'll know….