Monday, 30 June 2008

out the other side

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so glad i climbed into this tunnel love the shape....

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Sunday, 29 June 2008

दंसस विथ दंसस विथ wolves

For lovers of Dances With Wolves (the book and/or the movie), author and screenwriter Michael Blake returns this fall with The Holy Road, a sequel to both the book and the movie.

"Dances With Wolves" (the movie) won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Dances With Wolves (the novel) has more than 2 million copies in print worldwide. No wonder The Holy Road is described as long-awaited, even if it's only by filmmakers and publishers.

When the (book) sequel opens, Lt. John Dunbar/Dances With Wolves and his wife, Stands With a Fist, are living peacefully with their three children in the Comanche village of Ten Bears. But the American West is in tumult as marauding white soldiers try to drive the Comanches and other tribes onto reservations, making way for a great railroad, dubbed "the holy road" by Indians.

A murderous band of white rangers attacks the village, slaughtering innocents and abducting Stands With a Fist and her infant daughter. The three surviving great warriors--Wind In His Hair, Kicking Bird, and Dances With Wolves --counterattack, but Dances With Wolves knows he must resume white ways if he is to rescue his wife and child.

"Though he had worn them for many days, he could not get comfortable in the white man clothes. They bound him in places where his joints met, scratching, chafing, and itching his flesh. But the irritation of strange clothes was nothing in comparison to the processes of thought . . . It suffocated and squeezed him in every waking moment."

As historical novels go, The Holy Road breaks no new ground in the literature of the American West. Thomas Berger's Little Big Man remains the undisputed champion in the "white man-walks-a-mile-in- Indian-moccasins" genre. In fact, except for a description of his fatherly instincts, Lt. John Dunbar/Dances With Wolves doesn't really walk far enough to carry this novel, and the two main Comanche characters--Wind in His Hair and Kicking Bird--are far more engaging. Perhaps it was Blake's intent: Noble natives are adaptive humans with interesting disappointments and dreams, and white guys make wooden Indians.

And historians might quibble with the basic premise. The Holy Road is set 11 years after wounded Union Lt. John Dunbar marries Stands With a Fist, late 1863. So the earliest year the sequel could be set is 1874 . . . but the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1869. To be fair, Blake never says "the holy road" is, in fact, the transcontinental railroad, but the implication is clear because Cheyenne braves are the first to deliver the news of a mysterious armor-plated "fire wagon" on a road of steel, and the Cheyenne were among the tribes harrying the first railroad to span the continent.

But that's Hollywood, where facts are never allowed to get in the way of a good story. (Oh, wait, this is a book, not a movie.)

Call it the Nicholas Evans Effect: The line between literature and film sometimes becomes so blurred, it's impossible to discern whether the writer wants to make a novel or a movie. Evans was already an accomplished screenwriter when he wrote his first novel, The Horse Whisperer. Before he finished the first draft, he had already sold the film rights for more than $3 million. Worse books have been written for better reasons than making a movie, so what does it matter?

It doesn't. What matters is the story on the page. Hollywood might have encouraged The Holy Road, but as a novel, it must stand first as a printed work. It is not a particularly literary tale, nor is its plot especially novel. Among the "western" historical fictions of the past few years--particularly Stephen Harrigan's Gates of the Alamo and James Carlos Blake's Wildwood Boys-- it ranks in the middle of the pack, at best.

In part, The Holy Road borrows the story of Quanah Parker, the best-known Comanche chief among whites. Comanches captured his mother, a 9-year-old white girl named Cynthia Anne Parker, in an 1836 raid in Texas. Raised in the tribe, she married a Comanche and had three children--as does the fictional Stands with A Fist, a little white girl named Christine Gunther when she was abducted by Comanches. In 1860, the real Cynthia Parker was recaptured by Texas Rangers and her husband killed, but her son Quanah escaped to become a Comanche leader. Although Cynthia Parker was reunited with her white relatives, she longed to return to Quanah and her Comanche life. She never did.

But that ending is too sad for Hollywood, and the Oscar-winning Blake is nothing if not a savvy screenwriter.

Pacifica Film Development has already bought film rights to The Holy Road, and the screenplay was to be finished even before the book hit the stores. Barry Spikings ("The Deer Hunter") will produce, but no word yet on whether Blake's most famous friend, Kevin Costner, will reprise his role as John Dunbar/Dances with Wolves.

Less important to Hollywood, but an issue for readers, is whether Blake will again transform his literary Comanches into Lakota Sioux for the film version of The Holy Road.

रैनेद अल निघत cool


really busy all last night gathering water also started a thread about is it right to own mother earth .maybe as mel say's i think to much but it is hard to keep your mouth shut when you see things going on i remember working in a factory near exeter and every day you went to the notice board for that day's work sheet anyway for a few days i had noticed what i felt as obscene jokes had been put on the board then one day i had had enough i knew i would be ostricised and for the next few weeks i was but i met some amazing people who would come up to me i realised it was hard for them to speak up as unlike me they had to carry on living there i heard a story about a women in an airport she suffers from ms and when the call came over the tannoy for people with special needs to make their way to the front she slowly got of the chair eventually after battling past people that wouldn't help she was confronted by a man asking her where she thought she was going she said she felt so embarrased having to say she had special needs but when she did he just said what's so spcial about you .
i know if i had been there i would have spoke up and mel would be telling me to be quiet
i believe if you belive in something you have to have the courage to take the bollock's that is hurled at you






the stars are not for sale....

रैनेद अल निघत cool


really busy all last night gathering water also started a thread about is it right to own mother earth .maybe as mel say's i think to much but it is hard to keep your mouth shut when you see things going on i remember working in a factory near exeter and every day you went to the notice board for that day's work sheet anyway for a few days i had noticed what i felt as obscene jokes had been put on the board then one day i had had enough i knew i would be ostricised and for the next few weeks i was but i met some amazing people who would come up to me i realised it was hard for them to speak up as unlike me they had to carry on living there i heard a story about a women in an airport she suffers from ms and when the call came over the tannoy for people with special needs to make their way to the front she slowly got of the chair eventually after battling past people that wouldn't help she was confronted by a man asking her where she thought she was going she said she felt so embarrased having to say she had special needs but when she did he just said what's so spcial about you .
i know if i had been there i would have spoke up and mel would be telling me to be quiet
i believe if you belive in something you have to have the courage to take the bollock's that is hurled at you






the stars are not for sale....

Sunday, 22 June 2008

off to co-op


never complain about having to go to the shop......

mother earth


I was at the river this morning love to watch it after a good storm always humbling to see the power of mother earth sitting at the bank it takes you back through time .........

met some amazing people at www.etsy.com a site for handcrafts

mother earth

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Going horsedrawn

We have decided to get rid of the van and go horse drawn keeping the bus our home.I have always wanted to get a horse now with rise in fuel etc etc etc it makes more and more sense so over the next few weeks i will post some pics as we change over and escape further from the rat race each day the solar and win power are working really well no bills ever.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

traveller


wind genny now fitted to caravan for mobility after a few mishaps now working fine free power agh

Sunday, 1 June 2008

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