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May 13th, 2010

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12:38 pm - "Michael can act anything. He is an acting animal"
OK I am going to just forget politics for a while, because things will unfold in their own good time, at which point I will put my 'I told you so' hat on (or not). I'm just going to post about books and plays and things like that for now.

Michael Sheen is the latest actor lined up to play Hamlet. I have a lot of poetry on my i-Pod read by him, I played altariel and katlinel his reading of Kubla Khan last time they were at my house, and I thought he was great as Brian Clough in The Damned United. Will definitely try to get a ticket - anyone else want to go?

The Guardian had a nice article yesterday with five age-band lists of The Best Children's Books of All Time:

Best books: 0-2 year-olds

Best books: 2-4 year-olds

Best books: 5-7 year-olds

Best books: 8-12 year-olds

Best books: 12-years-old and over

(those are links to the lists)

As always the lists seem odd, though I have read most of them. Here are my top ten children's books:

Wind in the Willows
Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Where the Wild Things Are
Moomintroll (any)
Stig of the Dump
His Dark Materials
Narnia books (I loved them as a kid)
The Borrowers
The Hobbit

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Date:May 13th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
For some reason I hated the Moomintrolls -- it was read to us at school when I was around five and, as I zoned out, I distinctly recall acquiring a hatred of being read aloud to that lasts to this day. It probably had more to do with the fact we were sitting on a hard floor in a hot room than anything to do with the story.
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Date:May 13th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
You have made me think about how many of those books did come to me through being read aloud by my mum or at school. I would have said I was a visual rather than auditory person, but I am the opposite to you, I loved being read to as a child. Only really struck me just now.
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Date:May 13th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm incredibly textual, I think. Also impatient. I used to enjoy reading picture books with my mother when I was two or so and could barely make out the text, but as soon as I could read properly I couldn't see the point of acquiring the story at the glacial pace of the average reading aloud speed.
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Date:May 13th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
I didn't understand the allegory and I thought CS Lewis was on my side. Only later did I find out otherwise, but I've left them on there because I loved them so much when I was innocent of their meaning.

I see Northern Lights came out when my son was about seven, and my ex read it to him. I picked it up out of curiosity. That and Where the Wild Things Are are two I got to know through my children, not as a child.
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Date:May 13th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I was v excited about the Michael Sheen as Hamlet thing. As we are still awaiting news of the Simm Hamlet, I would love to do the Sheen one!

A Saturday?
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Date:May 13th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
That would be great. Perhaps a matinee and then we could go for a meal after?
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Date:May 13th, 2010 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 14th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
Me too me too!

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