The Days of Their Life, Disc Three



The birth of Beatlemania. This is the way this disc started. The date of the birth of Beatlemania was ascertained: October 1963, which preceded the Kennedy assassination by a few weeks. Disc Three also covered the sophomore album by the group called With The Beatles, with the narratives in the program cleverly divided into sections by tracks from the album.

It’s not without surprises like the first two discs: we get to hear side by side The Beatles version Rolling Stones’s take on I Wanna Be Your Man. The popular story about this song is that one afternoon The Fabs, on the way to the studio, chanced The Rolling Stones and invited Mick and Keith to join them. On the way there, Mick asked John and Paul for a song. Paul offered a song which they were still working on. When they arrived in the studio, John and Paul went to a corner, finished off I Wanna Be Your Man and gave it away to the Glimmer Twins. Some say this incident started the Rolling Stones duo to write their own songs.



Other inclusions in the disc are the German versions of She Loves You and I Want To Hold Your Hand. And the wonderful three-part vocal classic This Boy plus their first ever Christmas offering exclusive then to the fans.

Murder in the Mews

Read this book a couple of weeks ago and to see its adaptation in Agatha Christie’s Poirot makes me feel really really good. Superb!

Season 01 Episode 02

Inspector Japp: Not murder disguised as suicide; but suicide made to look like murder

Missing Freddie

Freddie died on the eve of the birth of Vyera 25 years ago.

I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend.

I always knew I was a star And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.

I think my melodies are superior to my lyrics.

I want to lead the Victorian life, surrounded by exquisite clutter.
I’m hopeless with money; I simply spend what I’ve got. (Am like Freddie. The difference is he’s got royalties)




Discovering Agatha Christie

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Nope, not in her books, but on TV. If there’s one company that has it, it’s the BBC. All AC’s Hercule Poirot episode from 1989 to 2013, then the Miss Marple series. How could have I missed it! I’m done downloading Season 1 of Agatha Christie’s Poirot and rewarded myself with the first episode this morning:  The Adventure of Clapham Cook and got the taste of what is in store ahead.

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Wiki: Agatha Christie’s Poirot is a British mystery drama television series that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie‘s fictional Hercule Poirot. Initially produced by LWT, the series was later produced by ITV Studios. In the United States, PBS and A&E have aired it as Poirot. At the programme’s conclusion, which finished with Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case, based on the final Poirot novel, every major literary work by Christie that featured the title character had been adapted…

[On the casting]

Suchet was recommended for the part by Christie’s family, who had seen him appear as Blott in the TV adaptation of Tom Sharpe’s Blott on the Landscape. Suchet, a method actor, said that he prepared for the part by reading all the Poirot novels and every short story, and copying out every piece of description about the character. Suchet told Strand Magazine: “What I did was, I had my file on one side of me and a pile of stories on the other side and day after day, week after week, I ploughed through most of Agatha Christie’s novels about Hercule Poirot and wrote down characteristics until I had a file full of documentation of the character. And then it was my business not only to know what he was like, but to gradually become him. I had to become him before we started shooting.” During the filming of the first series, Suchet almost left the production during an argument with a director, insisting that Poirot’s odd mannerisms (in this case, putting a handkerchief down before sitting on a park bench) be featured.

According to many critics and enthusiasts, Suchet’s characterisation is considered to be the most accurate interpretation of all the actors who have played Poirot, and the closest to the character in the books. In 2013, Suchet revealed that Christie’s daughter Rosalind Hicks had told him she was sure Christie would have approved of his performance.

In 2007, Suchet spoke of his desire to film the remaining stories in the canon and hoped to achieve this before his 65th birthday in May 2011. Despite speculation of cancellation early in 2011, it was announced on 14 November 2011 that the remaining books would be adapted into a thirteenth series to be filmed in 2012. The remaining books were finally adapted in 2013 into 5 episodes, from which Curtain aired last on 13 November 2013. A 2013 television special, “Being Poirot”, centered on Suchet’s characterisation and his emotional final episode.

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Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew has commented, “Personally, I regret very much that she (Agatha Christie) never saw David Suchet. I think that visually he is much the most convincing and perhaps he manages to convey to the viewer just enough of the irritation that we always associate with the perfectionist, to be convincing!”

More recently, the series has been described by some critics as going “off piste”, though not negatively, from its old format. It has been praised for its new writers, more lavish productions and a greater emphasis on the darker psychology of the novels. Significantly, it was noted for Five Little Pigs (adapted by Kevin Elyot) bringing out a homosexual subtext of the novel. Nominations for twenty BAFTAs were received between 1989 and 1991 for series 1–3.

See Trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Brutal New Movie ‘Silence’ – Rolling Stone

I’d love to see this film in big screen.

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Martin Scorsese‘s new film Silence is about Portuguese Jesuit missionaries in the 17th century, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who go to Japan to find answers about a missionary (Liam Neeson) who went missing. Neeson’s character, Father Cristóvão Ferreira, renounced his faith after being tortured by a regime persecuting Christians. 

The trailer is ominous, full brief shots of violence and execution. “The moment you set foot into that country, you step into high danger. Silence is based on the novel of the same title by Shusaku Endo. The book was originally published in Japan in 1966. 

According to a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, the cast went through an intense preparation leading up to the shoot, which took place over eight months in Taiwan. Driver lost roughly 50 pounds for his part. He and Garfield also went on week-long silent retreats at St. Beuno’s, a Jesuit house in Wales. “If I’d had 10 years, it wouldn’t have been [enough] to prepare for this role,” Garfield said. Silence opens December 23rd.