lunedì 28 marzo 2011

"Never let me go"/"Non lasciarmi"

[image from IMDB]

Never let me go (2010)
by Mark Romanek
with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling
I've just watched this amazing film and I liked it so much that I want also to read the book it was took from ("Never let me go" by Kazuo Ishiguro, the same author of "The remains of the day").
The story: in a dystopian world Tommy, Kathy and Ruth are special children. They were clonated to become donors and they attend Hailsham, an isolated school in the english countryside, with other children like them.
As they grow up they fell in love (in a love triangle), they move from Hailsham to "The Cottages" (another step in the cycle of the donors) and they end up going separate ways. They'll get together many years later, facing old jealousies and unexpressed feelings while their destiny is getting closer and closer.
It's a sad story, but a good one if you know what I mean. It's a story that makes you think, not just a tear-jerker.
I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Non Lasciarmi (2010)
di Mark Romanek
con Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Charlotte Rampling
Ho appena visto questo bellissimo film e mi è piaciuto talmente tanto che voglio leggere anche il libro da cui è tratto ("Non lasciarmi" di Kazuo Ishiguro, lo stesso autore di "Quel che resta del giorno").
La storia: in un mondo distopico Tommy, Kathy e Ruth sono dei bambini speciali. Sono infatti stati clonati per diventare donatori e frequentano Hailsham, una scuola isolata nella campagna inglese, insieme ad altri bambini come loro.
Crescendo si innamorano (creando un triangolo), si trasferiscono da Hailsham ai "Cottages" (un altro passo nel ciclo di vita dei donatori) e finiscono per separarsi prendendo strade diverse. Si riuniranno diversi anni dopo, affrontando vecchie gelosie e sentimenti inespressi mentre il loro destino si avvicina inesorabile.
E' una storia triste, ma una di quelle belle, non so se mi spiego. Una storia che ti fa pensare e non solo piangere fiumi di lacrime.
Non vedo l'ora di leggere il libro.

venerdì 25 marzo 2011

fiori alla finestra

I really love this song.. "there'll be flowers in the window when we go".
What's your favourite song of the moment?

"... There is no reason to feel bad
But there are many seasons to feel glad, sad, mad
It's just a bunch of feelings that we have to hold
But I am here to help you with the load..."

"... So now we're here and now is fine
So far away from there and there is time, time, time
To plant new seeds and watch them grow
So there'll be flowers in the window when we go..."

Travis, "Flowers in the window"

domenica 20 marzo 2011

my London wishlist

[London, 2008]
I finally booked the flight to London.. I'm going there at the end of march/beginning of april, just in time to celebrate my birthday with my londoner friends and, of course, to do a lot of shopping (it's my birthday after all!).
I already got a list of things I'd like to buy once I'll be there, among others:
- straberry and kiwi tea. It's delicious and I couldn't manage to find it in Italy.
- "Black Books" complete series
- old charms from Portobello's stalls.
- books and magazines.
- a job.. XD

Finalmente ho prenotato il volo per Londra.. Vado alla fine di marzo/inizio aprile, giusto in tempo per festeggiare il mio compleanno con gli amici londinesi e, ovviamente, per fare un sacco di shopping (è pur sempre il mio compleanno!).
Ho già stilato una lista di cose che vorrei prendere una volta lì, tra cui:
- thè alla fragola e kiwi. E' delizioso e non sono riuscita a trovarlo in Italia.
- la serie completa di "Black Books".
- vecchi ciondoli alle bancarrelle di Portobello.
- libri e riviste.
- un lavoro.. XD

[my London wishlist - images from the web]

giovedì 17 marzo 2011

a Tea&Tv night

[image from the web]
Nothing's better than spending a rainy night watching old "Black Books"'s episodes (I love it, it makes me bent double with laughter) on YouTube with a cup of tea :)

Non c'è niente di meglio che passare una serata piovosa guardando i vecchi episodi di "Black Books" (è spassosissimo e assolutamente not politically correct, ve lo consiglio vivamente se masticate un po' di inglese) su YouTube con una bella tazza di tè :)

mercoledì 16 marzo 2011


 [image from the web]

Hi, I'm Siberja and I'm a bookaholic. Hi Siberja.
I've just joined "Goodreads", a website about books for books lovers. You can create your profile with your own bookshelves, join reading groups, write comments or reviews and so on..
The first group I joined is "Book Buying Addicts Anonymous" as I'm a hopeless case of compulsive book buying (all my friends would confirm it).
Do you want to know more about it? Here's the link to my profile: Siberja on Goodreads.

Ciao, mi chiamo Siberja e sono una drogata di libri. Ciao Siberja.
Mi sono appena iscritta a "Goodreads", un sito sui libri per amanti dei libri. Ci si può creare il un profilo con la propria biblioteca, unirsi a gruppi di lettura, scrivere commenti e recensioni e così via..
Il primo gruppo a cui mi sono unita è il "Book Buying Addicts Anonymous" ("Compratori di Libri Anonimi") dato che sono un caso senza speranza di acquisto compulsivo di libri (tutti i miei amici possono confermarlo).
Ne volete sapere di più? Questo è il link al mio profilo: Siberja su Goodreads.

lunedì 14 marzo 2011

50 questions that will free your mind

[free your mind]
I'm a bit confused in this period.
By the way, yesterday I found this list of "50 questions that will free your mind" and I thought some of you might find it interesting.

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
  22. Why are you, you?
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
  25. What are you most grateful for?
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
  27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
  32. If not now, then when?
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
  48. What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
  50. Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

sabato 12 marzo 2011

my Japanese friends

[Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Shimane - World Heritage Site]
[image from the web]

I've been thinking all day to my Japanese friends.. I tried to contact them on facebook to know if they are ok.
I can't even imagine what they are getting through in this moment.. 
I really hope they are all fine..

mercoledì 2 marzo 2011

scales and arpeggios

One of my favourite Disney's films is The Aristocats (of course).. Marie, Toulouse and  Berlioz (in italian Minù, Matisse and Bizet) are so cute, aren't they?
If you like this film too, you'll surely enjoy the following videos :)

Gli Aristogatti è uno dei miei film Disney preferiti (ovviamente).. quanto carini e coccolosi sono Minù, Matisse and Bizet (in inglese Marie, Toulouse e Berlioz)?
Se questo cartone piace anche a voi, sicuramente apprezzerete i seguenti video :)

[ENG version - "Scales and arpeggios", The Aristocats, Walt Disney Productions]

[ITA version - "Scale e arpeggi", Gli Aristogatti, Walt Disney Productions]