J S Bach: Ransome and Wilde in Moonlight

 

 

 

The news today is that the recording of Bach’s Prelude Number One went like a dream and is there on the new Moonlight page to add a new dimension to this site.

Mr Ray Turner of Lancaster Film Makers’ Co-op kindly filmed this video, had it ready for today and took the photographs, creating a special moonlight effect so a big thank you goes to him.

You will notice if you visit the new page that Bach’s magnificent piece of music  has a ripple effect like running water and seems so appropriate to represent the streams, lakes and rivers of the Lake District that Arthur Ransome loved so much and the life on the ocean wave or river lifestyle that was so central to him as a man.

It is also appropriate to the amazing characters in his novels and their adventures.

Yet we must not forget that Wilde also was a keen sailor.  He visited the Worthing regatta a year before his disastrous trials and enjoyed trips on the water.

Bach’s masterpiece also reflects the mood of the age in which these writers lived, its triumphs and tragedies.

http://www.arthur-ransome.org.uk/

http://oscarwildesociety.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Review of The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974) by Anne Gaelan

 

 

Photos are used with the kind consent of the author.

The Arthur Ransome Society

This uplifting memoir by Sophie Neville tells us how a schoolgirl’s life was transformed by unexpectedly starring in a major film adaptation of the world famous classic tale by Arthur Ransome.

A minor role as author Laurie Lee’s childhood sweetheart led to her winning the role of Ransome’s much-loved tomboy Titty Walker.

Interspersed with the narrative are charming diary entries twelve-year-old Sophie made of her day-to-day experiences.

The book captures the demanding work required of child actors and the additional pressures they faced of discomfort and school work.

The narrative also opens a window onto the detailed process of film making and the many  skills involved.  Photographs include examples of call sheets.

However, the book’s greatest asset is how it communicates a sense of camaraderie between players and crew.

In a profession notorious for back-stabbing it is refreshing to read how such a community worked with mutual respect for each other on a highly commercial enterprise.  Claude Whatham, the director particularly comes across as a kindly and empathetic influence.

This production you feel had heart and its success was deserved.

This work is a treat with an afterward not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluffy Coconut Pineapple Drop Biscuits — Sweet Dreams

Happy August everyone- wow July sure flew by fast! But before the rest of summer does too, I want to share with you my recipe for these incredible coconut pineapple drop biscuits! They’re drop-dead delicious, easy to make, and perfect as a sort of end-of-summer, tropical breakfast treat.

As summer is approaching I just had to remind you of these tasty treats which are just perfect for a summer’s day and absolutely melt-in-the-mouth!  They are yummy!

I am sure Arthur Ransome would have loved these tropical treats!  I am sure that the pirates of his beloved fiction would not have turned them down either.

They are very melt-in-the-mouth – but not particularly conducive to campers on Wild Cat Island, that Lake District haven!

 

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