Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Seen and heard October 2011

Obituaries and memories of Steve Jobs (1955-2011), including a quote on design as not merely surface veneer but the soul of a device
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (the 1979 TV series with Alec Guiness as George Smiley) - after rewatching this on DVD, the new film seemed pretty trite and superficial
"Copenhagen" (play by Michael Frayn about Werner Heisenberg's mysterious 1941 visit to Niels Bohr in German-occupied Denmark) - repeat of the tremendous TV film version
"Mixed Britannia" (on the history of mixed-race people in Britain) - sensitive and moving TV documentary series by George Alagiah
"Strictly Come Dancing" and "Merlin", new seasons - so that's Saturday evenings sorted then
"Lavinia" by Ursula Le Guin (novel telling the story of the Latin woman married by proto-Roman Aeneas) - lovely re-writing of Virgil, more about household gods than battles
"Downton Abbey", second series - increasingly-soapy, but still hugely compelling
The Plenary Producer - wonderful resource with zillions of ideas for group activities by schoolteacher Mark Gershon

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