Memorial Day

In less than a month, it will be the longest day of the year. Thursday, June 20th marks the last day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The apple tree in the garden is in full bloom. Hopefully we will have a lovely crop of apples in a few months and I can bake to my heart’s content.

Apple blossom in the garden. Collage created with photovisi.com. Photos Grace @ Cultural Life copyright 2013

Apple blossom in the garden. Collage created with photovisi.com. Photos Grace @ Cultural Life copyright 2013

As well as celebrating the wonderful weather and the imminent arrival of summer, today is Memorial Day in the United States. Whatever your personal beliefs are regarding the issue of war, spare a thought for families who have loved and lost on this Memorial Day. I have relatives – now deceased – who served their country and it is important to remember the sacrifices they and countless others have made and are still making.

“Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace” – Martin Luther

Many other countries are celebrating holidays today too. In the UK, it is a Spring Bank Holiday, in Bolivia they are observing a Mother’s Day holiday, it is Children’s Day in Nigeria and the President of Ghana has recently declared that today is a public holiday for the country. Are any other countries celebrating public holidays today?

To Rome With Love – movie review


To Rome With Love trailer linked from YouTube. No copyright infringement intended.

To Rome With Love (2012), directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg and Alec Baldwin, is a romantic comedy which is filmed and set in Rome. But you probably guessed that from merely reading the title. So, what makes it different from all those other rom-coms out there? Instead of focusing on just two characters like many rom-coms do, this movie involves the viewer in the lives of various people. Some are American tourists and others are Italians, resident in Rome. This means that there is plenty to keep the viewer engaged as we flit from one set of characters to another and then to another. There are plenty of amusing scenes, misunderstandings and humorous predicaments, including a farcical storyline which satirically pokes fun at the nature of fame. It’s not an outstanding movie but it is very funny and has a touch of that Woody Allen uniqueness that makes the film really worth watching.

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This weekend I look forward to watching Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012), based on the novel by Julia Strachey, which was published in 1932.


Cheerful Weather for the Wedding trailer linked from YouTube. No copyright infringement intended.

I enjoy costume dramas because they give the viewer a window into another world, one that is so different to our modern lives and yet so similar. Etiquette, manners, social conventions and fashions are far removed from the way we live today but at the core of it, the events and occurrences of human lives remain the same.

Do you enjoy historical dramas? What movies will you be watching this weekend? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment. I’d love to hear from you!