Well hello to all, it so nice to be finally back to my blogging. Last month I was so tired after all the travelling I let a friend of mine ghost write – did you enjoy the info on ‘The Bard’? My friend is now actually planning to start his own blog, maybe I can guest on his…interesting thought.
It has been non stop since we got back from Australia – what a fabulous time, wonderful people so interesting and cultured, almost didn’t want to come back but summer in Autumn just does not appeal to me. I am such an Anglophile although I don’t think I can quite match up to the 25 points in this article my friend sent me – don’t want a hat like Kate’s LOL. I am proud to be British and not afraid of showing it.
I was reading another article about haunted theatres around the world – very interesting, I would love to visit a few of them especially the Palais Garnier. I have actually been to a couple of them over the years particularly the ones in New York but never to the one in France – yet it is the nearest, life can be strange. This is the magnificent theatre that has parallels with Phantom,well the Gastón Leroux’s 1910 novel. All sorts of stories about the lake underneath, apparently a giant water tank and a chandelier actually did fall and kill a construction worker, gruesome.
Another theatre mentioned in the article is Drury Lane. There has been a theatre there since 1663 and the current building since 1812. The ghost has been seen by many occupying the upper box wearing his tricorn hat has been seen by many including yours truly. Yes I did and the Man in Grey was just there, I was on the stage on my own early one evening, it wasn’t spooky or scary I wouldn’t have been surprised if he hadn’t doffed his hat to me. I bet many actors and workers in that theatre have some splendid tales to tell. If you do or know of any other incidents at theatres around the country please let me know. I would love to include some in my book.Read More
It is well known that Shakespeare rose to fame due to his plays. In fact he was a theatre artist who turned into a writer. Did he? Well there are many rumors about the Shakespeare being a fictitious man. The writer was different from the playwright. One of the various theories is that the Earl of Oxford wrote the plays and handed it over to the playwright.
Now the question is why did Earl of Oxford do so? Well friends there are many things that give rise to this rumors. They are real and some of them are:
- Hidden Identity – No Official photograph of Shakespeare is available, and only two paintings are there. This means that there is very little evidence about his appearance. It might be created and actually a fictitious one.
- No Schooling – There is another fact that Shakespeare never went to school or there is no documentary evidence about the same. Now a person who did not attend school is not likely to dish out plays with polished writing. Isn’t it?
- Freud’s remarks – Sigmund Freud the famous psychologist was very much influenced by Hamlet one of the famous plays of Shakespeare. He says that anyone who wrote them had aristocratic lineage and knowledge about various languages. This does not fit into Shakespeare who was an actor and only knew English.
- Difference in writings – The early works of Shakespeare are quite different from the famous and the last ones he supposedly wrote. This lends much more to the rumors.
Actually speaking when we closely read various plays it seems that not one but many writers wrote these plays. So what is the truth? No one will ever know. If you want to have more insights about this controversy surrounding the biggest literary genius , keep on reading this blog and do watch “Anonymous”. There is more to come…
Well my friends I have exciting news to impart, John and I are off for a little trip. Short notice but that happens in life – makes it all the more exciting. We are off to Australia to visit some old friends. We have talked about this on and off for years but we are going this time because our friends have a daughter who is performing in Matilda The Musical at the Sydney Opera House, as she is Johns Goddaughter and he taught her dancing before they emigrated he wants to go. I debated at first as I have had a few big outlays this month but in the end I thought ‘it’s only money’ and I can’t take it with me can I? So asked around and friends directed me to a loan company called Ferratum, very satisfied with them. Now have the extra cash to make it a holiday to remember. Plan to do some visiting and wining and dining at Sydney’s finest. Not so looking forward to the long flight though. Thanks goodness for new technology, got a new iPad mini (one of the outlays I was talking about) and put my kindle app on it, would be lost without access to my books. Best thing every invented in my eyes, yes of course I love my actual books but with weight restrictions they can’t go everywhere with me but with the kindle they can. In fact just downloaded some of Roald Dahl’s collection, thought I would re read some of them including Matilda. I decided on the iPad mini as I also wanted internet and access to my emails, it can also double as my camera. As you can probably tell I am very much taken with my new purchase. So, not a lot of time to write at the moment as busy getting organised we go in two weeks so will write all about it when we are back in October.