Ten days without the i-pad can seem like an age! Without causing offence to my regular reader, it does highlight how the tinternet eats up valuable hobby time. Without Facebook and inter web”research” , I am quite pleased to say that I have finished Simon Shama’s trilogy of the history of Britain. I have been trying to finish the three volumes for months and there is nothing worse than dipping into and out of such books. The only book I ever threw out without finishing was Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Whereas others had seen the deep meaning and sensuality of Lawrence’s writing, I consigned the volume into a carrier bag of cheese strings and Pringles on a coach journey to Berlin. I read a page about a camel with the mange at least four times and that was it……sorry El Lawrence!
The biggest discovery post the ipad- less days has been , of all things, Polish films on YouTube! ( not those sort of films by the way!) I’m referring of course to the classic “Fire and Sword” films, called simply “the Trilogy’ in Polish. They are absolutely brilliant…..you will no doubt remember my love of the 1970s “The Flashing Blade” Tv, well this is even better. Mix in 1660s Poland with scheming Tartars and ferocious Cossacks. Add devious nobles, Ottomans and a witch ( with a dwarf sidekick) and you still haven’t got these films categorised. I’m off to see which figures I can utilise for this period. The battle scenes are amazing, it was after all the most expensive Polish film ever made (ever!)
So, the despertaferres advice is simple. Just now and then, cut your browsing and keep your mind open. Whether I keep reading, time will tell but it has been refreshing! Just three and a half hours of Polish genius left to watch!