Monday, 3 January 2022

We Had A Quiet Day,

Sunday lunch as usual,

started with a read and a sherry,

for our starter pate with dry toast and peppered sliced radishes,

for today, pheasant wrapped in bacon,



for dessert.

a small Christmas pudding,

which needed a touch of brandy to lite it,

and cream to put it out,

lots of cream!

that's the way to do it!

it had been raining through our lunch, just as we finished eating we were treated to a rainbow,

looked on by us and one of the crows,

in the late afternoon we watched a real boys own adventure, North West Frontier, the storyline, 'in northwestern India soon after the turn of the 20th Century, Moslem rebels seek to kill a six-year-old Hindu prince to end his family line. Captain Scott of the British Army is ordered to get the prince out of the region safely. Adventure ensues as Scott sneaks the child away, through Moslem-held territory, by train, also on board are the boy's American governess, an arms merchant, a cynical reporter, and two upper class Britons', a great if dated all action adventure,

which we followed with a timeless classic, Kind Hearts and Coronets, although made in 1946 still good fun to watch, from the blurb, a distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession, it sounds horrific but handled as it was by Ealing Studio's it was a harmless black comedy to watch, 

we rounded the evening off with Fleetwood Mac live In Boston, after which we were off to bed.


jpo5626 said...

Stan & Diana- if you can see if you can download the French movie “The Man in the Hat”
This is a good comedy set in South France…beautiful landscapes, countryside. Key is no talking so the director took the challenge of telling a story only by vision. A great work of art and very relaxing to watch. Check it out!
John and Alley

PattayaStan said...

Dear John and Alley, I have put it on our 'buy' list, at £20 or so we will wait for it to come down a tad in price, I guess we can stream it somehow, but I prefer to have a blue ray of many of the films we watch, if you like French films we have 5 that we really enjoy, Le château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle), there is also My Father's Glory, which follows the growing up of author Joseph Pagnol, a real delight to watch, we both thoroughly enjoyed all 5 films that we have by this author and film director, if you like film masterpieces, The Russian Ark is for you, this is a copy and paste from the blog:

Russian Ark, the word masterpiece does not give justice to this film, I will copy and paste this from the storyline, 'an unseen man regains consciousness, not knowing who or where he is, no one seems to be able to see him, except the mysterious man dressed in black', you are the unseen man,

it is if you are walking through the halls and rooms of the Winter Palace of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, being ignored, not seen except by the mysterious man, as you walk through each room time changes, in one room you are in the 1700s, next some young modern day sailors are being addresses by the man in black in the next room as you walk in you are in the early 1900s, stunning cinematography, it is all of course in Russian but with English subtitles, but what a film!

think on this, 2000 cast members, 3 orchestras, 33 rooms, 300 years, ALL IN ONE TAKE, yes no director yelling 'cut', all in one take, all 99 minuets of it, the preparation for this unforgettable night took almost four years, it was seamless, if you have not watched the film for myself I would highly recommend it.

a truly great film I have now watched 3 times! best regards, Stan and Diana.