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DIY Soundtrack

It’s no secret that Jane Austen’s Persuasion is my favourite work of literature, and it’s no secret that the 1995 adaptation of this book is one of my favourite films as well. The 1995 version had that grungy, authentic, candle-lit and make-up-less look way before it was cool and the acting is brilliantly executed.

The soundtrack is superb as well although unfortunately it was never published for purchase. The original music written for the film can only be heard by… listening to the film. However the music borrowed from more famous composers, Bach and Chopin, can be listened to anytime! For years Jane Austen fans with a penchant for classical music have been tracking down the pieces for us to and here I present my own DIY soundtrack for Persuasion (1995). This list includes a couple of almost-matches, pieces that are incredibly similar to those in the film and sound like they influenced Persuasion composer Jeremy Sams.

Music from Persuasion (1995)

Soundtrack under the cut


Blog Lovin’

There have been some great posts up on some of my favourite non-LJ blogs over the last few weeks. Here they are, corralled into a handy post, for you to check out too.

Five totally not rocket science tips for reducing your footprint at eek.ology
A beautiful post with five simple, logical and pleasant ways to make your life a little more environmentally friendly. They will probably also make you a more social and well rounded person (turn off the TV and go share a meal with your friends? Heck yes!).

Will our suffering be vindicated? at Winged Keel and Crumpet
Short comment on a beautifully selected excerpt from a recent interview with Archbishop Rowan Williams on senseless suffering. This is worth reading and considering regardless of what you think of Rowan William’s opinions on the whole.

When I was a girl, I read about girls: #1 Pollyanna at As some of your own poets have said…
A dear friend has gradually returned to blogging with a series of reviews of films and books. Pollyanna was one of my least favourite “little girl” books when I was young, and Pollyanna herself was definitely my least favourite heroine! Regardless of my feelings I really enjoyed this review – it’s maybe even leading me to consider re-reading Pollyanna as an adult. Thoughts?

Gradually Getting There
Weirded Out at The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
I haven’t posted about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries here yet, but don’t worry. A day will come soon when I gather all my thoughts and tell you why I think that the Lizzie Bennet Diaries phenomenon is so good and interesting that one day it will probably be the HSC English text that all the year 11 and 12 girls secretly hope that their teacher will choose for their class.

In the meantime, Lizzie herself is recovering after just meeting William Darcy in the corridors at Collins & Collins and having a super-awkward conversation with him. Turning to Jane Austen herself for spoilers I am expecting that later this week Fitz will let slip that William intentionally encouraged Bing to move to Los Angeles (“moving to Los Angeles,” says Jane to Lizzie on an earlier episode, “not London!”). And then sometime next week we will see the equivalent of Darcy’s very insensitive proposal. I’m extremely curious to see how it turns out – not just how it is modernised but how everything will be justified so that we can publicly hear about it on on this supposedly-non-fictional vlog.


About this time last year I jumped on birdienl‘s bandwagon and answered a series of questions on my favourite films. This year she has been at it again with a very enlightening series of posts on books, and again I am inspired to follow suit. This time I have done it all in one go.

I have hidden my self-indulgent reading reflections behind a cut.

For the curious and bored: Spally was once an avid reader…

Beautiful things

Number One: Austen mind maps
Thanks Fiona for uncovering an amazing data visualisation based on the text of Persuasion, over at Many Eyes. It creates beautiful maps of the relationships between communly used words and you can modify it endlessly. It’s like reading the book all at once!

Number Two: Clocks and Chicago
Thanks Matt for uncovering this violin mash-up of Coldplay and Sufjan Stevens. Oh, the beauty!

The mp3 can be downloaded here for free!

Signs of the times

I have been wanting to post here for awhile but the only things that have been piqued my interest have been thoughts I don’t want to share with the wider world and thoughts about the weather. Generally weather is a boring topic. Then I remembered that a stack of Livejournal-reading friends seem to be obessed with the weather!

Things are getting colder but it’s not just the temperature that has alerted me to the end of summer. Here are some signs of the times:

– Daylight savings is over and the sun is setting on the way home from work.
– Daylight savings is over and now I won’t be able to see the colours in my church’s stained glass windows until next summer.
– Our lemon tree (and everyone else’s) is bearing fruit.
– Forgetting my cardigan and scarf on my way to work is now a tragedy of epic proportions.
– It’s netball season.
– Apples are at their cheapest.
– I’m considering unpacking the heater and we have our doona on our bed again.
– I’ve made my first chocolate self-saucing pudding of the year.
– The first Easter Show patrons caught the train to Lidcombe with me this morning.
– Harris Park locals are harvesting olives from the trees on the nature strips.
– I find myself subconciously searching for nice foliage to decorate easter eggs with.
– All my teacher friends are on ‘holidays’.

And what do all these things mean? It’s autumn, of course! It’s time to read Persuasion again, of course!

Olives ripe for harvest on a Harris Park nature strip.
On my lunch breaks, I sometimes catch residents out on ladders, beating olives out of the trees and catching them on outstretched bedsheets. I wish suburban farming wasn’t so novel!

Jane Austen on film

I watched the old school Pride and Predjudice today – the really really old school one, with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier. Normally I avoid this film because it is possibly the worst ever remake of a book. That said I really enjoyed it today. Even with the Victorian costuming and befuddled plot lines, Greer Garson makes an amazingly pretty and witty Lizzy Bennet.

As I was watching, a number of things jumped out at me as being extremely familiar.

What!? What is familiar!? Find out under the cut!