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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 24th April 2012

Yet another great 'Detective' series - a Swedish/Danish co-production.  I've been totally gripped by all the ones I've watched recently.  (Didn't see The Killing but a friend has the lot and is going to lend them to me - that should keep me quiet for a weekend).  This current one has a great plus in that atmospheric bridge linking Sweden and Denmark - The Oresund Bridge.( I was giving talks on a P & O Cruise up the Baltic and we passed under the bridge - it really is an amazing feat of engineering.)  Also, all the characters look totally credible - just the sort of folk you'd bump into at the super-market.  They aren't glamourous and really do look like hardworking, overworked, tired detectives.

Can't put my finger on why they are so good - perhaps it is the psychological aspect to the crimes.  And I greatly appreciate being able to read subtitles so as not to miss anything. So often these days with British productions, the cast speak too quickly and mumble - and my hearing is very good indeed.  I've said before that the production team and the actors are too close to the production - and they forget that the audience are only going to get one go at comprehension.  I usually go out during commercial breaks to make a cup of tea, take off my make-up, get ready for bed - do the advertisers really believe that we want to watch the same Ad endlessly?  But there are some ads where I have had to watch a couple of times to get the gist of what they are saying - in one the young lady speaks so indistinctly that I'm not even sure what she is advertising.  I'm not suggesting a return to the 'cut-glass upper class' accents of the 50's (almost as irritating) but perhaps an independent team should be invited to view programmes as they are being recorded  and make comment on the inaudibility or incomprehensibility of the dialogue.  Dream on girl!

I have a friend who now turns on subtitles for English programmes - perhaps I'd better follow her example- if I can find the right button - I'm a technological dinosaur.

Am thoroughly enjoying Homeland and will be really sorry when it comes to an end in a fortnight.  It's twist and turns keep you totally in thrall.  Last night I found myself saying 'Ohhhhhh ........" in disappointment and frustration when the episode ended.

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