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A Night at the Movies


Hi again! I was thinking about the books I make for artists which have watercolour paper pages and decided that a larger book would be a useful addition to the range. This book has Bockingford watercolour paper pages and measures 10.5″ x 8″. The cover paper is a Japanese Chiyogami paper.


I went to see the movie ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ last night. An excellent film starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who were all outstanding. The film describes how a little known congressman arranged funding and support for the Muhajideen rebels fighting the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. You can read all about it at the IMDB.

I have a soft spot for Tom Hanks anyway as I will confess to a weakness for girlie romcoms and he has starred in some of my favourites ‘You’ve Got Mail’ and ‘Sleepless in Seattle’, both with fabulous Meg Ryan. I loved her in ‘French Kiss’ with gorgeous Kevin Kline (a film particularly close to my heart as part of it was filmed in Valbonne where my ex and I had a house, so I know the area well) and ‘When Harry met Sally’ with Billy Crystal. These are all my ‘comfort’ films. I watch them when I am feeling low and want something undemanding. In these films, you can believe that even though the road to true love is a tangled, complicated, occasionally upsetting but always funny one, eventually all will turn out right in the end.

In case you’ve never seen these lovely frothy nonsenses, here is a trailer for ‘You’ve Got Mail’.

and this is the scene in ‘French Kiss’ which is filmed in Valbonne, so you can see how pretty it is.

Parasols and a big fan…


I’ve gone back to the Japanese Chiyogami papers for this one. This paper makes me think of elegant geishas teetering along the street carrying their parasols daintily over their heads. I loved the book ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden, I have read it several times including trying to read it in French when I was being serious about learning French. Needless to say I didn’t manage to finish it and reverted to the English version eventually.


I also loved the film even though it got mixed reviews. It might be that I have a serious crush on Ken Watanabe or it might just be that it is a very good film. I couldn’t possibly say…


No, that’s not a very good photo of him but it does have a parasol and a geisha in it so let’s try again.


That’s better. And while we’re at it let’s have a gratuitous George Clooney shot to really cheer us ladies up….


I’m feeling much cheerier now!