Friday, February 18, 2011

The King's Speech


The King's Speech

Writer: David Seidler
Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon 

Thousands of words have been written about 'The King's Speech'.   Mostly raves, but also many decrying the fact that historical liberties have been taken.   But one thing everyone, without exception is agreed upon, is that Colin Firth's performance as the stammering Duke of York and then King George V1 is a tour de force.

Every time we watch a film, we are required to suspend belief.   Do we really believe that these are not actors, but real people?  Well, yes we do.   And in this superbly mounted English period piece, I for one  joyfully allowed myself to believe everything and to enjoy every moment of the meticulous craft and sublime skill demonstrated by the actors and the film's makers.

I would be most interested to know your opinion.    Do write to me at les@leslieback.co.za or leave a comment on the blog.  I look forward to hearing from you.   

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Back Chatter on Oysters

'Only another oyster would find an oyster beautiful' wrote Dr R.Hedeen in his definitive book on oysters.  But to the true afficionado oysters are a thing of beauty.  Savour the sheer delight of a succulent oyster feeling it slip, like silk, down your throat - bliss!!

It is overwhelmingly extolled for its alleged enhancement of the human libido.  Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, emerged from the sea in an oyster shell and the legend was born.   But is it a legend?   Casanova ate 50 raw oysters every morning.

Back Chat lifts the veil on the mysterious world of oysters.  This is for those who love oysters and for those who have yet to learn to love them.
Should your curiosity be aroused and should you wish to know more about these amazing molluscs, please contact me at Back Chat, http://www.leslieback.co.za or email me at les@leslieback.co.za .  I would love to hear from you.