2012 in review

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

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BOOK REVIEW: The Famous Five #6- Five on Kirrin Island Again

The Famous Five is a fictional series written by Enid Blyton.  This is a mystery sequel. The four detectives – George, Anne, Julian and Dick solve many mysteries together, and of course not forgetting their beloved companion and pet Timothy.

Georgina, or I’d rather call her George, always wanted to be a boy instead.  She wore curly hair short and had gleaming blue eyes. Timothy was George’s dog, whom she loved with all her heart. He was a big scruffy brown mongrel dog, with a ridiculously long tail, and a wide mouth that really seemed to smile. All the four cousins loved him. He was so friendly and loving, so lively and amusing, and he had shared so very much adventures with them all. The five of them had had many happy times together.

This novel is another adventure that the five had during their holidays. The four went to boarding school, Anne and George in one and Julian and Dick in the other. George’s school allowed the students to keep their own pet. If it had not allowed this, it is quiet certain that George would not have gone to boarding school.

George’s father was a famous scientist. Her mother sends her a letter telling that her father proposes to live on her Kirrin Island for some time in order to finish some of his scientific work. The letter also stated that he would have to have a sort of tower erected there. George considered Kirrin Island as her own and now here was her father waning to borrow it! It once belonged to George’s mother and she had given it to her. Kirrin Island was a little island off Kirrin Bay that belonged to George. It was a tiny place with an old ruined castle in the middle of it: the home of rabbits and gulls and jackdaws.  She and her cousins had had many adventures together in the underground dungeons of the island. When she showed Anne the letter, she tried her best to convince George that her father would need peace and quiet to finish his work. However, George complained that she would not have minded if father himself had asked her for the borrowing of Kirrin Island.

The term ended and the children reached the Kirrin Cottage where George’s mother was there to receive the five at the Kirrin station. They asked Aunt Fanny about their Uncle Quentin. George’s mother told them that she had never seen their uncle so thrilled before. He never told anyone anything while he is at work, except his colleagues. She only knew that it was very very important, and of course that the last part of the experiment needed deep water all around.

They came in sight of the bay. Guarding the entrance to it was the little island topped by the old ruined castle. They looked at the island seeking the building their uncle had made, whatever it was. They saw it easily enough! Rising from the centre of the castle, probably from the castle yard, was a tall thin tower, rather like a lighthouse. At the top was a glass-enclosed room, which glittered in the sun. Her mother looked at George’s disapproving expression and said that it’s very flimsy and temporary thing and it could come down after the work is finished.

The five and Aunt Fanny went down to the island to meet George’s father. They had their lunch and asked Uncle Quentin what his work is about. He won’t tell them anything and he won’t let them visit.

Then they discover that someone is on the island, spying on Uncle Quentin and the plot thickens… Dick suspects the new neighbours who were too much interested in the island and George’s father’s work. Timmy’s bravery and understanding nature saves the day and the spy is caught and Quentin’s work is completed. The tower comes down and the children can now spent the rest of the vacation enjoying the island.