a hundred year message from Mars

Last night I watched a movie, A message from Mars.  This movie, made in 1913 is the first full-length science fiction feature in the history of British cinema. It stars the leading comic actor of his day, Charles Hawtrey, as a selfish man who is taught a series of valuable lessons by a visiting Martian.  Painstakingly reconstructed from existing clips of films by British Film Institute (BFI) and BBC; and with a new soundtrack, it was a peculiarly haunting experience.  Apart from the beautiful dresses of the women and the very clean streets, not much it seems, has changed.  The eternal themes are still around- of being kind to those who are in need (Amelie or Pollyanna), the need for the man to change to win the hand of his love (Grease), the shock of having the same experiences again and again until one changes (Ground Hog day) or even strange alien visitations (Donnie Darko or ET).

Watch this incredible movie that brings the past, present and future alive-

A message from Mars


a quiet confidence

Why is it that men seek younger and younger women? If famous and rich, men will have companions 20, 30, 40, 50 years younger.   But, if a woman seeks a younger man then she is called a ‘cougar’- I have never understood that.  In the age of youthfulness, any woman over 35 is an ‘old woman‘.

If I look at my hero, Agatha Christie, she was happily married to a man 16 years younger than her after her divorce.  And that was in the 1940’s.  So, let us break some of these taboos in the 21st Century and be with someone who totally respects us, whatever our age (and his age).

To tell the truth, when I was younger, I did not have the confidence I have today.  And good and kind men want confident women.  If you are planning to get old with someone, they will love you even more for being a confident person, especially when youth fades.  Actually if you look at many older women, Elle Macpherson and Kristin Scott-thomas, come to mind- don’t they look fantastic?  They are quietly confident women, confident in their work and life.  Let us follow their examples.