Game of Thrones is on

Many of my friends have been overly excited about the Game of Thrones. Most have read the novel, and many have watched the TV series. For some reason, I could not interest myself in either for a long time, even though I greatly enjoy good fiction and TV drama. Then came summer holidays, and I…

Frank Underwood follows you

I’ve been down with the flu since Monday. It is strange how I always get ill when I have days off from work. This was not the first time. I managed to do a few hours of garden work on Monday, and then suddenly feverish, with flu, headache, sore throat and whatnot. Tonight finally feeling…

Keeping in touch and bumping into

I find myself buying fresh tulips every week. They look lovely on the kitchen table, even smell nice. Sharing a photo of them online makes it easy to count the weeks that I’ve been officially waiting for the spring. And they bring joy to all friends around the world even in digital format. Nice! Some…

Jane Eyre in compelling colours

It’s spring! The sunshine this morning made my eyes hurt, literally. Despite the thick layer of snow and people ice-fishing right outside Helsinki, I did see a patch of green today. It’s the promise of spring. During our morning walk, my German Shepherd dragged me on top of a small hill and there it was:…

Burning thoughts from Lebanon

You may have already figured that my favorite pastime activity is crocheting and watching movies at the same time. Audiobooks and podcasts are great too, but the visual appeal of films is unbeatable. Recently, I watched the Canadian film Incendies. It competed for the Oscar of best foreign language film last year, but didn’t win.…

Shakespeare and young Goethe in love

You remember Shakespeare in love? From 1998? I still consider it one of the best films for anyone interested in literature and drama. At the time I was a young student, my head swirling with classics and of course some more modern Anglo-American, African and Caribbean literature. I was deeply impressed with the storytelling of…

Surprising findings

I’ve seen a discarded Christmas tree on the street for a week or so. It has been leaning to a wall, probably waiting to be taken away, maybe overlooked or forgotten. Today afternoon the tree had lights on and decorations hanging on its branches. It was the weirdest sight in the darkening evening: snow falling…

Welcome 2012: may you bring desirable design

So the new year has begun. It means we will have more daylight, approximately one minute per day. The darkest hour took place 22nd December, and now it’s with full throttle we travel towards beautiful, blinding daylight. I miss it so much. Naturally, I’m in complete denial about the winter that’s still ahead before spring…

Reality TV – fight from the heart

So there’s going to be Rocky – das musical. Is it just a movie on stage? With all those great 1980’s hits being sung live? Or something else? I saw the ad in Hamburg late 2011, and the world premiere is in November 2012. Ted Berg, writing to Tedquarters, was also slightly surprised of the idea.…