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  • Falena Porter
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    Well, Cookie, it sounds like he didn’t make a huge impression on you LOL. From the movie, I’d almost have assumed he’d shaped the emotional development of an entire generation of American children. LOL

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  • Overcome
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    I watched Mr rogers neighborhood but don’t remember more than the intro music and red sweater! Lol

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  • Falena Porter
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    Recently, I watched a movie which starred Tom Hanks called A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood.

    I had never before heard of Fred Rogers but I infer from the movie and things I've since read that he was something of an institution in the States.

    Did any of you watch him on television when growing up? Was he helpful to you?

    I also read that in real life, Fred Rogers is actually a sixth cousin to Tom Hanks. I guess they're both pretty remarkable men.

    The only reservation I had was the way in which the character of Fred, at least in the way he was portrayed in the movie, seemed to blur the lines of a therapeutic relationship and a professional one or that of a friend. There were a couple of scenes when I felt he said things which did more to obfuscate rather than bring about clarity, as if he were deliberately putting the other person a little off-balance.

    I mean, that was the point of the movie, how his relationship unexpectedly brought massive change to the journalist sent to interview him so I guess I ought not to pick holes in it.

    However, I wasn't entirely comfortable with that, nor the way in which the family seemed to mend and heal so dramatically and so fast. I mean, I can accept that love conquers all, but I cannot accept that personal insight and even willingness to forgive and start over could re-constitute a fractured family at such a rapid speed.

    It's like when I watch movies or read books which are ignorant of the needs of children and have happy-ever-after endings which could not possibly have seemed so for the children but they are not the focus of the narrative and any emotional damage is swept under the proverbial carpet.

    Having said all that, though, I did enjoy the movie. It was good to watch something about an exceptional man who apparently brought such warmth and understanding to a whole generation of children.

    Given his stature in the States, I wonder how it is that I had never heard of him before.
    Last edited by Falena Porter; 20-11-2023, 11:15.

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  • Falena Porter
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    Originally posted by Overcome View Post
    I love call the midwife.
    The series recently began a re-run from the very first episode here. I decided to watch it as I'd only seen fragments of some episodes before.

    I was so much enjoying the show, looking at something set in the decade in which I was born and the developing characters.

    Unfortunately, I've had to give it away. The acting is so good that I cannot cope with the birth scenes. You'd think now my children are all grown up it wouldn't be an issue, but the show is so evocative, I've had to put it aside. I can't bear to go through childbirth once a week!

    I'm always saying how thrifty I am, but I wanted to see every episode of The Great British Sewing Bee so took out a subscription.

    On the same streaming service, I have also discovered Somebody, Somewhere. I am enjoying a story about people whose lives are not glitzy and I'm also enjoying seeing life set in Kansas. It looks so different from where I live. I find myself looking at the landscape, the housing, the way people speak. I feel to have been transported somewhere else.

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  • Starship
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    I want to watch the Handmaid’s Tale, Timey, but am waiting for it to be available on one of my streaming services where I don’t have to rent or pay a fee.

    Right now I am looking forward to my favorite cooking competition show to start season 3 - Alex V. America. (I think the first episode is on tonight - yay!)

    I’m also enjoying The Pioneer Woman with Ree Drummond. Her recipes that I’ve tried so far are really quite good and, most of all, something that I can actually DO in the kitchen.

    And I’ve been watching 1,000 lb Best Friends and Crikey, It’s the Irwins!

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  • Catie
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    A few years ago I enjoyed call the midwife very very much, and I read the book

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  • Overcome
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    I love call the midwife.

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  • humbledbygrace
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    We've been watching Australian Idol. They are making their way to the final 12 contestants.
    Also, looking forward to the return of The Good Doctor, which was stopped mid-season because apparently cricket, tennis, and other summer delights are more important.

    Tonight we are watching the news about the anniversary of the bombing of Darwin (Australia), 81 years ago today.

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  • timey
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    Currently I am watching Grey's Anatomy - semi-binge watching. I allow myself a few episodes a day unless I have decided I need a rest from responsibility and then I shut myself in my room and watch several episodes.

    I also like Call the MIdwife (call me strange). I would love to watch The Resident, but I missed the beginning and can't find a free streaming service that has it.

    I have read The Handmaid's Tale. Don't know if I could watch it. I think it might be triggering.

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  • Catie
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    Sounds interesting, Hope4Healing. I haven't seen either of those.

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  • Hope4Healing
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    I’ve been watching All Creatures Great & Small (newer one - only 3 seasons) and Miss Scarlett & the Duke on PBS.

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  • Falena Porter
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    Originally posted by Tulip View Post
    I think the Chosen is accessible free to most countries online Falena???? you can watch it on a laptop through your internet browser as i do. If you googgled 'watch, the chosen, angel studios' you'd find it for sure, should you want to of course.
    Oh, yeah! I now see that I can! Thank you Tulip.

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  • Tulip
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    oh! the sewing bee, its a top favourite of mine, of course with your sewing knowledge & enthusiasm you'll love that.

    My mother was a keen dressmaker, even made her own wedding dress, & i have fond memories of lying in bed as a child, while 'he' was out at the pub & her sewing machine running downstairs, a comforting sound. the bee makes me feel close to her. I particularly love the transformation challenge

    I think the Chosen is accessible free to most countries online Falena???? you can watch it on a laptop through your internet browser as i do. If you googgled 'watch, the chosen, angel studios' you'd find it for sure, should you want to of course.

    Humbledbygrace, i just noticed Four Good days is coming to Netflix uk nxt wk it looks good
    Last edited by Tulip; 22-01-2023, 00:00.

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  • Falena Porter
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    I don't have access to The Chosen but lately have been watching two shows.

    One is a BBC production called Pilgrimage. It is about modern day pilgrims who walk a pathway in Scotland. They come from a variety of traditions of faith.

    There was also a previous series in which a group of people walked to Istanbul.

    I've also been watching something quite different: The Great British Sewing Bee. There are 8 seasons so I've plenty of episodes awaiting me yet. I love it!

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  • humbledbygrace
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    Being unwell for the past 6 weeks, I have spent a lot of time blobbing on the couch. I've recently watched two good series on Stan... but disappointed because they have been axed after a couple of seasons. Well one was after the first season.
    Chasing Life
    Open Heart

    Last night I started watching Amazing Grace, only one season... but fell asleep not long into the first episode.

    Hubby and I have jut finished watching Four Good Days, on Netflix.

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