Thursday, 31 January 2013

The Hundred-Year-Old Man That Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man 
That Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Jonas Jonasson

"It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun feel-good book for all ages."

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

My top 5 Disney Films

My top 5 Disney Films

There is a memory engrained in my mind, it was winter and my bedroom was dark, it felt really late but it was probably not much after four in the afternoon.
I was about five or six and sick with the cold, tucked in bed drinking lots of fluids in order to get better, when an idea struck me.
I crawled out of bed and crossed by bedroom, opening the door to the large cupboard that used to hold a large set of shelves dedicated to housing boxes of my toys.
I rummaged around for a few minutes before finding what I was searching for and dragging them out. The items in question were three or so briefcase shaped boxes, each with a carry handle and a catch on the front. Opening the catch caused the top of the box to swing open releasing their treasure.
Each one held a number of VHS tapes, my Disney videos.
And I was going to watch every one of them.
I still remember that night, I didn’t get through them all but I did manage a fair few, sitting snugly in bed, roasting softly in my pyjamas and housecoat, wiping my runny nose on my sleeve and humming along to my favourite films.

I’m telling you this story because chances are you have one similar too it, some golden memory of childhood scored by the singing of a choir of mice or a fairy godmother. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t carry at least a small flame for the films produced by the house of mouse, a love of Disney films is one thing we all have in common.

I have loved these films my whole life, and have wanted to write about them for some time now, so here is my top five, it’s not a list of Disney’s best, most significant or most important films, just the films that I keep coming back to again and again.

For the sake of ease, I’m deliberately limiting my countdown to the films included in the animated feature canon of 52 theatrically released films, I won’t be including the likes of Goofy movie, The brave little toaster or Who Framed Roger Rabbit? As these films are not included in the canon, they do deserve a mention however.

I hope you enjoy.
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