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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summertime Time Out

So how do we relax? We read, and thought we’d have a brainstorming session to see if there were any books etc that we could honestly recommend to you, which would in some way be linked to our blogspot.
It was easy to come up with the kids’ story, “The Gingerbread Man”, and JP Donleavy’s “The Onion Eaters”, and “The Ginger Man”, but then we went off on a Greek trip down memory lane, having posted recipes for Tzatziki, and a Greek Salad, and came up with the following:”Eleni” by Nicholas Gage; ”The Island” by Victoria Hislop; “Zorba the Greek “ and ‘Freedom and Death” by Nikos Kazantzakis and “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernieres. There is the film of Zorba, (Anthony Quinn and Alan Bates) and of Captain Corelli too.
Of course we’d have to also recommend Bram Stoker’s Dracula (film starring Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder). Bram Stoker was partly responsible for the resurgence of the old belief that garlic wards off evil, as Van Helsing hangs a string of garlic around Lucy’s neck, to protect her from vampire bites.(Read the book.)
As for music, chill out to Jeff Buckley’s album, “Grace”, and perhaps the soundtrack from “I’m Your Man”, featuring the songs of Leonard Cohen. There is a link, really!

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