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THE FILM REVIEW (FR 6) – Queen

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If you’re a big softy like me, you’ll really enjoy the Indian language (Hindi) film Queen.

The film starts in Delhi, moves to Paris, then heads of for Amsterdam and ends up back in Delhi.  The film follows the travels and mixed fortunes of Rani (Queen), wonderfully played by Kangana Ranaut. The film starts at the point where Rani is jilted by her fiancé the day before their wedding.  Rani decides that, despite being jilted, she will go on her honeymoon anyway and heads off to Paris and Amsterdam – on her own.  After a rocky start, Rani finds her feet and some surprising new friends.

This is a most delightful film and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys romantic comedies.

I also enjoyed the music that came with this wonderful film.

I give this film the Photonomad 10/10 rating.

The Soundscape Library (Soundscape 9) – Hemmeland Woods + Dog!

Moral: never take a dog with you when you are recording soundscapes!

Please click on the Soundcloud link below, close your eyes and join me for a walk in the woods at Hemmeland – a wooded area close to Monnickendam, Noord Holland, Netherlands.

Hemmeland is a great place to see nature, picnics, sunbathing and for dog walks. At Hemmeland you’ll find a mixture of wildlife, flowers, plants, trees, beaches and much more.  There was a northeasterly wind today blowing at between 10-15 Knots. You’ll hear quite a lot of noise generated as the wind blew through the treetops.  You’ll also hear the dog sniffing around.

There’s not too much about Hemmeland on the Internet but you can look at my photographs of Hemmeland by clicking on this link to visit my Adobe Spark Hemmeland page (scroll down when you get there)

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The Woods, Hemmeland

The Woods, Hemmeland

 

The Soundscape Library (Soundscape 8) – Amsterdam Central Station, main lobby

Please click on the link below, close your eyes and join me in the main lobby in Central Station Amsterdam (a natural echo chamber). Towards the end you’ll here a station announcement but the natural echo in the main lobby makes it hard to hear what is being announced.

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Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station

THE FILM REVIEW (FR 5) – The Spanish Affair & The Spanish Affair 2

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The last film I reviewed left me with a real need to find and watch a more uplifting and humorous film. I found two of them. The Spanish language Spanish Affair (AKA Ocho Apellidos Vascos) and its sequel, The Spanish Affair 2 (AKA Ocho Apellidos Catalanes).

Anyone who remembers the old British Ealing Comedies will, I’m sure, enjoy these two films and recognise the comedy format – farce, double meanings, misunderstandings, confusion, physical comedy and so on. The linked plots of both films deal with the North/South divide in Spain and the meandering and erratic love affairs between the central and supporting characters. I’m sure there are in-jokes in both films that you would have to be a Spanish speaker to understand. I enjoyed watching both films.

The leading lady of both these films, Clara Lago, can be seen in a new English language film starring Liam Neeson called The Commuter (2018).

I give the Spanish Affair and the Spanish Affair 2 a Photo Nomad 9/10 rating.

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The Spanish Affair

The Spanish Affair 2

The Soundscape Library (Soundscape 6) – Artis Zoo Amsterdam – Weaver Birds

Please click on the link below, close your eyes and join me at the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam.  Listen to the delightful weaver birds making quite a lot of noise in their enclosure as they build (weave) their nests.  Also hear passers by talking about these highly active birds

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The Weaver Bird

The Weaver Bird

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