Friday, March 27, 2015
I'm now reading 'Far from the madding crowd'. I saw the 1967 movie with the ravishing Julie Christie in the lead. This remake with Carey Mulligan is so beautiful. I only just now found out that Thomas Hardy had this serialized in 12 parts in Cornhill magazine, the editor at that time was Sir Leslie Stephen who had a hand in shaping the novel. Who was Leslie Stephen? He was the father of Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf and Cornhill magazine was started by Leslie Stephen's father in law, William Thackeray, another English literary great. I have a huge collection of books on the Bloomsbury group whose founding members were Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. I've visited Charleston farmhouse where Vanessa Bell lived for many years with her gay lover, the painter, Duncan Grant and with whom she had a child, Angelica Garnett.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
We took the hydrofoil from Naples to the Isle of Capri, from Capri, we boarded a launch and was taken to the mouth of the Blue Grotto. The entrance to it is very small and so we had to transfer to the little row boats that were waiting there, 2 to a boat. The boats man would then row to the entrance and with some action on a chain, pull us and the boat into the cave. That was the fun part. It was pretty hilarious. We do a short turn round the cave and out we go in reverse.
The world is one big amusement park, one gigantic Disneyland and the fun that one can have is limitless. The only problem is you can't do it in a day or on one entrance ticket. It takes a lifetime and many airline tickets to do it all or as many as one has the propensity for.