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See. Think. Write. Turns 1, Looking Ahead, and Further Updates

Hi, everyone.

I know, it’s been a while since I last wrote an actual post. It’s just that things have been quite busy, here, the past few weeks. So, here I am today to share with you all the latest updates.

First off, as you could probably tell from the title, yesterday was my first WordPress anniversary.

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That’s right! It’s already been a year since my maiden blog post! Time sure flies by, doesn’t it?

Looking back, I’m very happy with how my blog has evolved in just a year. From simply finding articles, then commenting on the subject or simply expressing my opinions, to actually writing my own material; book reviews, travel journals, etc.

Thinking ahead, I still have plenty of ideas about what to include on See. Think. Write. More football-related content, for example, possibly introducing a “Did You Know?” section, and a couple of other surprises along the way. Ultimately, my aim is to keep the blog entertaining, yet also educational (and still fun) for you readers.

To close off this part of the post, I wish to thank all those who, in some way or another, supported me over the past year – be it the “likers”, followers, commenters, and even the critics.

Now, onto the updates.

Preparations for Is-Sirena ż–Żgħira Taħt it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra – where I will be playing the part of Prince Eric – are progressing well, with production week in just over a month’s time, and performances on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of December. It was also announced that all proceeds from our performance will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Group Malta. For those who do not know, muscular dystrophy is a terrible disease which results in a person’s muscles weakening and deteriorating over time. People who suffer from this condition are eventually unable to walk, leaving them wheelchair-bound for the rest of their lives. So, besides this being an exciting return to the stage for me, it will all be for a good cause in the end. And I couldn’t feel prouder to be a part of it.

Continuing on the same topic of acting and drama, I was called in for an audition, over the weekend, for a chance to be in MADC’s upcoming production – California Suite – based on Neil Simon’s comedic play, and the 1978 movie of the same name. And I felt that my audition went pretty darn well, actually! As I am still awaiting a reply from the company, though, I do not have any further updates regarding this matter, but I’ll be sure to fill you guys in when I do hear back.

Well, that’s a wrap for today, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you once again for your interest and support in See. Think. Write!

Until next time,

Cheers!

George-Cheers

– Preston Carbonaro

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Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Ras-poutine

(lover of the traditional Canadian dish)

– Preston Carbonaro

 

Words of the Day

largesse” (noun) – Generous acts of giving gifts or money to others

Example: Even before he won the lottery, Albert performed acts of largesse within the homeless community.

slovenly” (adjective) – Untidy and dirty (especially of a person or their appearance)

Example: After a night of wild partying, a slovenly-looking Carl came in to work wearing yesterday’s clothes.

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Corgi-ography

(the art of dog dance)

– Preston Carbonaro

Words of the Day

obdurate” (adjective) – Unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn, obstinate

Example: Even though his fellow teammates urged him to accept the new coach, the star football player remained obdurate and refused to follow the coach’s directions.

furlough” (noun) – Leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the services or a missionary

Example: Jaime is taking a furlough after being critically wounded in the line of duty.

Preston’s Turns of Phrase

Cologne, Germany. Eau de toilette, France

(people from these two cities are known to smell really good…)

– Preston Carbonaro

Panto Officially Announced!

It’s official! 

This year’s panto which I am so happy, excited and proud to be starring in, has been announced!

Evolution Dance Co. Productions’ first theatrical production – Is-Sirena żŻgħira Taħt it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s novel The Little Mermaid, and Disney’s renowned 1989 movie of the same name.

A pantomime which is sure to please audiences of all ages; with slapstick comedy, political humour, double entendres, romance, and more, jam-packed into one awesome performance!

 

Stay tuned for more details to follow in the weeks/months to come!

 

– Preston Carbonaro

Words of the Day

waylay” (verb) – To actively block an individual’s path in order to interrogate, detain, etc.; to hold someone up

Example: Reporters attempted to waylay the celebrity at the airport and bombard him with questions, but his security team intervened.

serendipity” (noun) – The fact of finding pleasant or useful things by chance

Example: When I ran into my first love on a singles cruise, I knew it was serendipity at work.

Book Review – “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins

In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott called her sister.

Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped he had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

 

Book title…

As always, one of my favourite things to do whenever I read a book: to try and spot where the author got the idea or inspiration for his/her book title. In this case, I think Paula Hawkins was making a reference to when women walk into the water during the horrifying and bizarre “Ordeal by Water”, also popularly referred to as “the swimming of witches“.

She could also be referring to when Nel Abbott fell into the water.

The characters…

Compared to Hawkins’ debut thriller – The Girl on the Train – this one is much more character heavy, given the fact that Into the Water has lots more characters (more than ten), each with their own personal secrets. However, the book is mainly centred around three main people – sisters Julie “Jules” Abbott and Danielle “Nel” Abbott, and Nel’s daughter Lena.

Memory as a recurring theme…

Paula Hawkins herself had said in a Waterstones interview that she is “fascinated by memory, and the way memory works”. In Into the Water, we get a bit of a more complex and deeper side of shift in memory. “In this book, I’m more looking at how we can misremember things from our childhood, or we can tell stories about our lives which actually turn out to be not quite true, so we sort of create new memories”, Hawkins says.

Interesting details…

  • One of the things that I really liked in this book were the scattered aquatic allusions. There are references to artworks, such as Francisco Goya’s The Dog, and Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, which both depict someone/something drowning in water.
-The Dog- by Francisco Goya
“The Dog” by Francisco Goya

 

-Ophelia- by Sir John Everett Millais
“Ophelia” by Sir John Everett Millais

 

  • Similes such as “memories which rose now like driftwood out of water” and “his nose purpled, mapped with blue veins which spread to his cheeks like an estuary”. And metaphors such as “Her guilt was liquid, too, it seeped through cracks when she tried to dam it out”.
  • **SPOILER ALERT FOR THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN!** Libby (Elizabeth) happens to be the name of Megan’s first-born child, who tragically dies as a result of drowning. Although the two novels have nothing to do with each other, I just found it interesting how the author used the same name for two different people, in two different books, but who suffered the same fate.

 

Into the Water may be only 353 pages long, but it has a very intricate and deep plot, on several different levels. There was a lot to take in, chew on, piece together, and analyse. And what a plot twist at the very end…

For those who really enjoyed reading The Girl on the Train, I would definitely recommend getting your hands on this dark, gritty, psychological thriller by the same author.

 

My rating:

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– Preston Carbonaro

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