Saturday, 3 February 2018

Richard Burton

Actor Richard Burton (left) laughs with his father, Richard Jenkins

Richard Burton interview in depth by Júlia Baló

The Richard Burton Interview on Parkinson

In From the Cold. The World of Richard Burton

Richard Burton on The Dick Cavett Show July 1980.
Plus Cavett's reminiscence of the interview

Cleopatra: Richard Burton and Liz Taylor on Set in 1962

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Detective Dee 2

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

Directed Tsui Hark, 2013

"From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. His very first case, investigating reports of a sea monster terrorising the town, reveals a sinister conspiracy of treachery and betrayal, leading to the highest reaches of the Imperial family." (IMDb).

Note: I was unable to track down a copy of Detective Dee 1 to watch for free online

French with English Subtitles


The Cult

From the album Love, 1985

Hot sticky scenes, you know what I mean
Like a desert sun that burns my skin
I've been waiting for her for so long
Open the sky and let her come down

Here comes the rain
Here comes the rain
Here she comes again
Here comes the rain

Hot sticky scenes, you know what I mean
Like a desert sun that burns my skin
I've been waiting for her for so long
Open the sky and let her come down

Here comes the rain
Here comes the rain
Here she comes again
Here comes the rain
I love the rain
I love the rain
Here she comes again
Here comes the rain

Oh, rain
Oh, here comes the rain

I love the rain
Well, I love the rain
Here she comes again
I love the rain


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Circle of Two

Directed by Jules Dassin, 1981

"In Toronto, the fifteen year-old student and aspirant writer Sarah Norton meets the sixty year old painter Ashley St. Clair in a cafeteria while hiding from her stalker boyfriend Paul. Ashley hasn't painted for ten years. He agrees to read the poems that Sarah has written. They start seeing each other at his studio and Sarah falls in love with him. Ashley feels a platonic love for Sarah that becomes his muse and he decides to paint again. Paul spies Sarah in Ashley's studio, and misunderstands their relationship, he attacks her in a cornfield but she defends herself." - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. IMDB.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

The Laughing Heart

Your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Charles Bukowski

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Neighbours With Noisy Dogs

This says it all really: dogs in general are a pest in the neighbourhood. Not cats. Not goldfishes. Not hamsters. Just dogs.

Common Pet Problems

"Pet problems among neighbours can range from the most common, such as Persistent Dog Barking, dogs fouling the payment, and Aggressive Dogs when out and about but dogs are by no means the only culprits.  Other complaints include cats straying into your garden and digging it up or fouling it and people who keep birds such as pigeons whose droppings can become both a nuisance and a health hazard. Then, there are also associated issues such as pet neglect."

"VSLVSL - No: Tell the council and get them to tell the owners to do something legally or they will have the dogged removed. We did this. I have no regrets, the neighbours dog was very loud and constantly barking - and it was not acceptable. The council letter made the neighbours take action. People should not have to put up with stress from their neighbours in this or other forms - people should have a Right to live in unstressful environments." - Gelion.


(You can't)

Certain selfish, aggressive dog owners actually train their dog to bark as a weapon rather than utilising ant-dog-barking devices, whistles and shock collars to teach them to be quieter for the purpose of neighbourly peace. "Dogs can be trained using positive reinforcement (food treats, verbal praise etc) to reduce barking." Evidently, they do not appreciate peace and quiet unlike most of us!

Leaving a dog unattended

"It could be worse - you could have a neighbour like mine who has 3 dogs he keeps outside all the time that bark from 2 in the morning till I set off for work at 8. But added to that he now has a cockerel which starts crowing at about 6. No I don't live in the country, I live on a housing estate. Selfish selfish people! :rant:" - Joey.

"You need to phone the council not the RSPCA. The dog isn't being mistreated, but it's causing a noise nuisance which comes under environmental health. They'll probably ask you to keep a noise diary and/or bring out some recording equipment (if they have any available :rolleyes:)." - lolliew.

"What's all this tripe about "dogs bark, get over it"? You can TRAIN a dog you know! Mind you, the kind of people who don't give a damn about whether their dog is barking while they're out probably also don't give a damn if the dog is correctly trained. My parents had a rescue dog and even he was able to be trained - he only barked if anyone came to the door. If a dog is barking otherwise he is poorly trained." - Mathom.

"The answer is very simple, get rid of the dog! You will get no more visits from the RSPCA, you will no longer p*ss off your neighbours and your poor neglected dog wont be left on its own for hours on end pining for its pack (you) thats abandoned it." - waldershelf.


"A dog which is left alone all day is not well-cared-for. Dogs require company." - Heyesey.


"Continuous barking is not a sign of boredom - it's unhappiness at your absence. The dog is suffering psychologically. Unfortunately the RSPCA don't take this into account. Train the dog - you know it makes sense! :thumbsup:" - Don.


"It seems to me that some people own a multitude of dogs for the single purpose of eliciting complaints from neighbours. For myself I can't imagine what function is served by having dogs running around your yard. The whole phenomenon is a mystery to me. Dogs are animals and will behave as such, and that pretty much exhausts what any rational man can say about them. Many dog owners are stupified by the fact that many people are not as enamoured of dogs are they are. Some people - such as myself - look at a dog and see nothing but a creature of appalling stupidity and abject uselessness. The fact that these animals also seem happy to bark endlessly merely throws a further spotlight upon their utter imbecility." -Witham.

"Why don't you move house and take your noisy dogs with you." - stewpot54.

So, there are no excuses for either allowing or making a dog bark loudly and frequently every day, indoors or outdoors, full stop. and particularly not in the company of it's owner(s).


Neighbour complaint to council about my dog barking 24/7!!

"And, finally, if you want a dog that will not bark at all get yourself a Basenji."

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mysterious Evil Spirits: Siren Snake


Aka The Monster Memoir Snake

Directed by Zhang Sheng and Ge Wen Zhe, 2017

Screenwriters: Zhang Sheng, Ge Wen Zhe and Liu Lingqi

Starring : 毕梦格 / 林晨 / 韩明霖 / 麻家铭 / 李之浩 / Bi Meng / Lin Chen / Han Minglin / Ma Jia Ming / Li Zhihao

Long ago, there was a book called Mystic Sketchesit which recorded the battle between people and demons. The war lasted for aeons  and both sides lost countless lives. In an effort to win the war, some people created special jade pendants that provided them with magical powers. The combined the auras of both Earth and space. These jade pendants were worn by people known as 'Capturers' who were able to use them to kill millions of demons. Since their victory, demons dare not appear in the human world.

A thousand years later, two snake demons named Jin Mang and Mo Man, who are sworn sisters, return to the human world, boldly but unwisely. All because Jin Mang wishes to find her true love in the human world. To this end, she steals the 'red line' from the Master and wears it as a bracelet on her human form. She and Mo Man stealthily attend a college solely so that she can find the right guy, the one who is her destiny. She quickly finds him on the campus and the adventure begins...

I believe this is a modern version of an ancient story in which a snake demoness assumes a human form and goes in search of her true love who is a Taoist scholar.


"There is a magical book called Xuanmo Notes, recorded in the book between the clan and the fairy battle, the existence of the clan clan catcher, they use jade as a weapon to fight with the fairy, the two sides after the war, the fairy exits world. A thousand years later, the spiritual snake sisters Jin Mang and Mohito came to the world for searching for true love. Jinmang fell in love with the painter Ji Jiangning and Mohito had the emotional entanglements with the deceased monsters. However, Uncle Duan Chang found the truth, Love in the face of fate of the tragedy will pay the unthinkable price."