A List for 2009 – Fables by T F Powys, Animals In The Dark by William Elliott Whitmore and Escapism by Yi-Fu Tuan

AliA List for 2009, Recommendations

Nineteen days after the year in question came to an end, I finally complete my list for 2009.  Not particularly timely, I know, but here are my final three nevertheless.  And although this list was never in any particular order, I do consider these three things to be my favourite discoveries of 2009.  So without further ado… T F POWYS – FABLES The only book by T F Powys that’s widely available these days is Mr. Weston’s Good Wine, which I’ve yet to read but am really looking forward to laying my hands on some time in 2010.  Two others, … Read More

A List for 2009 – District 9

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This was the best movie I saw all year.  District 9, by Neill Blomkamp.  It’s like a creature from a bestiary, made from the parts of many different animals.  It’s a sci-fi blockbuster with aliens and giant robots, yes, but it’s also an exploration of prejudice and a take on possibly the best short story ever written, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.  It has an engrossing central performance by Sharlto Copley and because it’s from South Africa it’s gloriously free of boring Hollywood cliches. I know this film divides people.  The sci-fi and action movie parts don’t appeal to everyone.  But if you’re unsure about … Read More

A List for 2009 – The Ooser

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  I just love this fella.  He’s the Ooser (who I wrote about in the summer).  Knowing that this big, dopey-looking wooden head exists is enough to bring a smile to my face.  Since initially posting about him on this blog, I’ve found two great pieces of journalism that I wanted to link to.  The first is an article from the Guardian that interviews some of the Morris dancers who accompany the Ooser on his dancing trips, and the second is a short BBC video posted by folkmagic on YouTube.   Reading and watching these, the things that strike me are the comments … Read More

A List for 2009 – www.butdoesitfloat.com

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I can’t even remember how I discovered www.butdoesitfloat.com, but I’ve found myself going back there with increasing frequency as 2009 has gone by.  For the best explanation of what the site is like you only have to visit it once, but I think it’s more rewarding to check in there quite often.  It’s remarkable that the people who compile it can continue to find such interesting and unusual images, and it makes my list of great things discovered this year because of the countless occassions on which it’s made me go, ‘wow, look at that!’  I also love the way the images fade … Read More

A List for 2009 – Far From The Madding Crowd

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Then there came a third flash. Manoeuvres of a most extraordinary kind were going on in the vast firmamental hollows overhead. The lightning now was the colour of silver, and gleamed in the heavens like a mailed army. Rumbles became rattles. Gabriel from his elevated position could see over the landscape at least half-a-dozen miles in front. Every hedge, bush, and tree was distinct as in a line engraving. In a paddock in the same direction was a herd of heifers, and the forms of these were visible at this moment in the act of galloping about in the wildest … Read More