Henry V

For my Great Books Book Club, I read and watched Shakespeare’s Henry V. I saw the 1989 film directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also adapted the play and starred in it.

Filled with intrigue, camaraderie, betrayal, battles and even wooing, Henry V is compelling. The best speech is this “We few, we happy few” band of brothers speech. It’s right at the climax of the film as the Brits are about to battle the French who far outnumber them. Like many speeches in Shakespeare it’s stirring and wise.

I did fast-forward through much of the battle scenes because they were authentically brutal, but at the same time true to life. While the film doesn’t contain every line from the play, it’s a faithful version and still packs a wallop and ends with a cute flirtation between Henry and the French princess. The end does have a very different tone than the main part of the film. Is that an error?

If so, I’ll forgive it because it gave another facet of Hennry’s personality.

Thursday Door Challenge

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Buckingham Palace, gate

Hosted by Norm 2.0, Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

 

Thursday Door Challenge

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).

Thank Norm 2.0 for hosting this terrific challenge.

Which Way Challenge

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The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Gion, Kyoto, Japan

See more Which Way photos by clicking here.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transport

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London

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos of public transportation, e.g. buses and trains, etc. The only restriction is you shouldn’t include cars or trucks, or anything privately owned.

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Minibus, Pekanbaru, Indonesia

For more black and white photos, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Columns

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Phnom Penh

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London

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National Museum of China at night, Beijing

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of subjects that feature columns or vertical lines.

If you want to see more fun photos, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Domes

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London

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia

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Richard H. Drieshaus Museum

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to find photos of subjects that feature arches, semi-circles or domes.

If you want to see more fun photos, click here.

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