This is the link to the current radio play version of one of my all time favourite stories.
I was introduced to Alan Garner at Primary School. We were read the story of Elidor, we acted out the story, we created dances in music and movement. It is a measure of how strong an impact it had on me as I was eight years old.
I am now reliving the feelings and excitement again through the fabulous adaptation currently on BBC Radio4 Extra.
Radio plays are one of my very favourite ways to meet new stories, I love how I am not dictated to; I am not told what things should look like; instead, we are nudged and guided by sounds and voices towards the pictures in our heads.
The BBC have a wealth of wonderful adaptations, if you have access to BBC radio then please look out for their adaptation of the Kipling's The Jungle Book: Eartha Kitt is the best Kaa ever. Look out for Narnia, the whole sequence, listen for Tin Tin, Five Children and It, Old Peter's Russian Tales.
If it is adult stories you like then listen out for Falco (the Lindsay Davies stories of the Roman detective), Book at Bedtime will introduce you to others. It is one of life's pleasures, the surround sound cinema in your head.
I am married to a man who follows his nose and instincts. Often this leads him into unexpected places and usually has the most excellent outcomes.
One of these has to be Andrew Cronshaw. Many years ago a cd cover "winked at him" whilst we where waiting at Helsinki airport. He bought it and shelved it.
Earlier this week he was poked into a reminder of it by (the excellent Fiona Talkington) a radio show.
He has since purchased "The Unbroken Surface of Snow" which is utterly beautiful.
Panserbjorne: Armoured bears, resident of Svarlbard.
IOREK BYRNISON: the rightful King of the Ice Bears, Cheated out of his crown by a rival and exiled for the killing of an opponent bear.
Whilst in exile, Iorek is found by Lyra in an Arctic port, his armour has been hidden from him and the towns people have reduced him to a drunkard. With Lyra's help he recovers his armour, is set free and ultimately returns to reclaim his throne.
favourite character (from His Dark Materials) has always
been Iorek Byrnison.
I thought it would be nice to make him a version. Iorek is now
finished but is in need of his sky iron armour. I am not sure how to do
this. Should I felt straight onto the bear, or make it separately and
then dress him?
It's not far to the wheely-bin Almost full... The half-eaten turkey That pork-pie...lurking at the back of the fridge Long past its eat-by date... It's not far to the corner-shop The loaf of bread...the chocolate To munch while watching the telly It' s not far to the supermarket With siren ranks of goodies Each with its low-fat absolution It's not far to that little pub Lovely village...great food...atmosphere Only an hour down the motorway It's not far to...Florida...Thailand...Tenerife Superb hotel...five restaurants...all-day service It's not far to the dusty, sun-cursed square Where swollen-bellied babies Scrabble in the dirt for grains of corn... Small world!
Tim and I are going to try selling some of our work; we are in the process of setting up an etsy shop and also a gallery blog. There is still a bit of tweaking to do and quite a lot of photography and marketing to manage.
As I am not back to work yet, I have not walked to school but I have yomped around Hucknell and Annesly with good friends and family. I walked and talked much of the way with my boy (John). Sadly I added to the Rubenesque-ness of my figure with far too much food and wine, eaten in the company of said friends and family. I don't feel that guilty about it (yet) as I think this was valuable time spent.
So some promises kept then, although you will have to take my word for it as I have no evidence of my fidelity.
I do however have evidence of other promises made.
One sketch, two days. (I hope the Sanskrit does say Kapi, which is the word for monkey)
Needle felted and beaded hat pin.
1st attempt at a beaded bracelet (not a great first attempt)
I should review my list regularly and remind myself of what I have promised, then attempt to keep these promises.
I am going to add a new promise to my list:
to keep track of the weird and wonderful referring sites that come up on my stats list.
So far my favourites are Gothise (which is a site for the alternative lifestyle) Domar.ru (Russian but for what? I have no idea).
But the best by far GetDentalImplantsInfo.com. The mind boggles.