Pillars of the Earth

Ridley Scott’s glossy, exciting & rather blood-thirsty eight part dramatisation of Ken Follett’s awesome novel “Pillars of the Earth” is out on DVD, and having read both Pillars of the Earth & World without End, plus watching it on television, I would really like to get it, It has kept me glued to the television for weeks
It starts off with Tom (Rufus Sewell) and his heavily pregnant wife, son & daughter arriving in the town of Kingsbridge looking for work. Along the way he encounters a woman named Ellen (Sarah Parrish) who may or may not be a witch. Once he reaches Kingsbridge he is employed in the rebuilding of the cathedral
Meanwhile a ship carrying King Henry I’s sole heir, sinks off the coast in mysterious circumstances and the heir is presumed to have perished in the sinking. Upon hearing this news the villainous and scheming Arch Bishop Waleran (Ian McShane) wastes no time in stirring up even more trouble so he himself can become ruler

I would also like to read the latest Ken Follett Novel “The Fall of Giants” too

Rod Stewart – Atlantic Crossing

A CD with the The Complete original recording of Rod Stewarts cassic 1970’s album “Atlantic Crossing” was given away with a Sunday Newspaper recently. Tracks on the album are

  • I don’t want to talk about it
  • Sailing
  • This old heart of mine
  • Drift away
  • Three times loser
  • Alright for an hour
  • Still love you
  • Stone cod sober
  • It’s not the spotlight
  • All in the name of Rock’n’Roll

Sahara

Like National Treasure This desperately wants to be Indiana Jones, and like National Treasure it fails. Still somebody was kind enough to let me borrow it whilst I was on hospital, which was very much appreciated (Mind you Penelope Cruz is in it so it is not all that bad lol).

It stars Matthew McConnaughey as a thrill seeking underwater explorer, who along with his wise cracking buddy (Steve Zahn) meet a beautiful Doctor (Penelope Cruz) and go in search of buried treasure in the Sahara Desert.

Unfortunately they are hotly pursued by sinister villains, who are hell bent on clobbering the trio and finding the treasure first

Robin Hood

Whilst in hospital I was able to watch the latest adaptation of Robin Hood. Directed by Ridley Scott it stars Russell Crow as Robert Longstride, an archer accompanying Richard The Lionheart on a Crusade in the Middle East, who escapes back to England disguised as a deceased chap named Robert Loxley.

Once back in England he discovers a land in turmoil, which is being slowly suffocated by the extortionate taxes imposed upon the people by the villainous King John. He also meets Loxley’s father (Max von Sydow) and his widow Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett), who decide to take him in, and discovers from a local Friar (Mark Addy) that the population is starving due to these extreme measures.

As If this wasn’t enough the villainous Sir Godfrey (Mark Strong) is also stirring up trouble by trying to get King Philip of France to invade England…

Indiana Jones & the Crystal Skull

Having already watched the original trilogy whilst in hospital, I wanted to watch the latest installment again on DVD. It starts off when villainous Russians led by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) break into the top secret Area 51 looking for a mysterous Crystal Skull, and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) finds himself unwittingly swept up on another adventure, whn a young lad named Mutt (Shia LeBouef) tells him a mutual acquaintance has been kidnapped by them, whilst searching for  the fabled City of El Dorado, where more crystal skulls are said to be resting.

The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun by JRR Tolkien

The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun is another great book I reread whilst in hospital. It retells the ancient Norse legend of the Ring Cycle in two closely connected poems, and is the latest of JRR Tolkien’s many posthumous works to be published. Having read, and thoroughly enjoyed The Silmarillian, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Children of Hurin, I bought it on impulse (I just couldn’t help myself)

The first part “The Lay of the Voslings” tells the story of Sigurd (Siegfried), who slayed the great Dragon Fafnir, who was guarding stolen treasure, which was supposed to be paid for the building of Valhalla, but which had been “liberated“ by a rather angry dwarf.

The poem also tells of how he awoke the Valkyrie Brunhilde, who had been put to sleep, surrounded by a wall of fire, as punishment for disobeying Odin, and how Siegfried entered into a blood Brotherhood with powerful princes called The Niebelungs, and his dealings with an evil enchantress, who was skilled in the arts of magic, shape-shifting & potions. The second poem “The Lay of Gudrun” tells the story of Gudrun” the Niebelung, after the death of Siegfried, of her marriage against her will to the Mighty Atilla the Hun, his subsequent murder of all her brothers, the Niebelung, and her hideous revenge

 

Bellowhead – Hedonism

I would really like t get the new Bellowhead album, entitled Hedonsm it is slightly more cheerful than the last album Matachin, which was really bouncy & lively, but dealt with a lot of dark subjects, The first album Burlesque was also excellent, in a bouncy, lively folky sort of way. I also really like Mumford & Sons too, so this should be a fine album for my collection. Tracks on the album are

  • Ney York Girls
  • A BeggingI Will Go
  • Cross Eyed & Chinless
  • Broomfield Hill
  • The Hand Weaver and the Factiry Maid
  • Captain Wedderburn
  • Amster Dam
  • Cold Blows the Wind
  • Parsons Farewell
  • Little Sally Rocket
  • Yarmouth Town