Ever since school started things have been a bit crazy (good kind of crazy actually) here. I started by teaching computer science but now I also teach Maths to young kids. Not a big deal because high school maths isn’t difficult for me, but then I almost have a whole day of teaching to do and then planning for the next day teaching etc. Apart from that, we had school inspection this week which made it crazier. Today is the first day after the school reopening where I am sitting on my couch doing nothing and just thinking if and when should I be having my breakfast and it is already 10 am 😉
Last weekend we had been to a 2-day spiritual retreat conducted by Skandavale folks in Gilwell Park. It was nice. The place was lovely. Amidst the Epping forest, with Scouts roaming around, we had our own cocoon of spiritual talks and singing (not that I did, but I got to listen) and food (amazing!) and lots of volunteering.
I haven’t had time to check news or blogs or new music for that matter. I sincerely hope the season of hurricanes and earthquakes are over now. There has been enough destruction already and as if people don’t do enough of those by themselves. We are already in the Autumn season as of yesterday night when the Autumn solstice started. There is definitely a change in the weather. That extra bit of chill and the moment you step out and blow out air, you can see the smoke effect (which is something I am rather fond of doing 😉 ) I will try and get through the posts this weekend. Stay safe, keep yourself warm and cosy and keep smiling.
We are nearing the end of Inspector Lewis. Already on to our 9th season. Wonder what we will do after it is over. Mr. M is already having some withdrawal symptoms 😉 And surprises in Death in Paradise. Out goes Humphrey and in comes, Jack Mooney, played by the Irish actor Ardal O’Hanlon (Mr. M tells me he is from Father Ted…I have seen only two episodes of it so far…so couldn’t really place him). I am sure lot of us would be feeling a bit weird about it, but the transition was smooth, unlike the last time when Humphrey was pulled in because Poole (played by Ben Miller) died. That was a huge change. But I am enjoying Mr. Mooney as I did the other two. Common Sense, a BBC series where a select people from the public all over the UK discuss the weekly happenings, is another series that we are watching regularly. This is very different from the others as this involves real people and how they feel about important issues that were in the news every week. They are really very funny and honest. I like the butcher couple a lot. I am still keeping a tab on Taboo, with all its gory and blood and grime.
Watched a couple of very good movies. Old ones but golden ones, I should say. The first one was 12 Angry Men. If you haven’t watched it, and if you like crime drama, you should try it. 12 jury members of a murder trial are the main characters in this movie. They are sent to discuss the fate of a young boy who was accused of killing his father. They reconstruct the whole story piece by piece. It is a very interesting screenplay. You start with a mindset and slowly and steadily each one’s motives for their decision is questioned. I really enjoyed the movie.
And yesterday we managed to catch up on To Kill a Mockingbird. I haven’t read the book, wasn’t really sure if I would like it. But I enjoyed the movie. I don’t have to tell you much about it because I am sure it is one of the must-see movies of all times. And I am sure it makes sense even in this day and age. Gregory Peck is amazing. If you haven’t watched it either, give it a try.
Another 3-hour long movie we watched a while ago was A Passage to India. Again, I haven’t read the book, but the movie was nonetheless different and managed to hold my attention for all of those three hours. I am not sure I would have had the patience to read the book. But the dynamics of the varied characters are quite intriguing in this one. It could have had some editing done to it, but then the character’s depth would have taken a beating.
We also had been to a couple of museums. Will get around to copying those photographs sometime next week. I am being lazy over the weekend and not participating in the weekend prompts as of now. I hope to get back to it soon. Until then, I do hope you enjoy my photographs and random TV and Movie updates. And I could definitely use another extra day for the weekend. Don’t you? 😉
Since we have a long weekend, we three friends decided to make a trip to a hill station to see if we can enjoy some chill weather and maybe lose ourselves amongst the mist, which will be in total contrast to the unbearable heat we are experiencing now in Bangalore. Will be back in three days with loads of photographs. Until next week, ciao! Happy Blogging and Be Safe!