Anna Akhmatova – from her ‘Northern Elegies 4.

In a remote suburb, a solitary house … 

People walk to this house as if to their grave,
And wash their hands with soap – when they return,
And blink away a facile tear
From weary eyes - and breathe out heavy sighs ...
But the clock ticks, one springtime is superseded
By another …  

And there are no remaining witnesses to the events,
And no one to weep with, no one to remember with.
And slowly the shades withdraw from us,
Shades we no longer call back,
Whose return would be too terrible for us … 

And waking one morning we realize that we have forgotten
Even the path to that solitary house … 

by Angie Latham (Scotland)
Michael Krainer (Carinthia)

The Medicine (Medicinen) from Sweden 2014 but now on Netflix

Helena Bergstrom – When her husband leaves her for a younger woman, a cash-strapped reporter volunteers to be a pharmaceutical test subject, with unexpected results.
Ann and I enjoyed the story. OK, predictable, in parts, but kept us gripped for almost 2 hours. Good balance in the story with the part played by the children, and, of course, the supporting players.   
Helena with her husband Colin Nutley

Midnight Diner/”Shinya Shokudō”(2009 – 2019) a Japanese TV series now on Netflix. An unexpected delight – love the concept, a real delight.

Kaoru Kobayashi aka ‘The Master’
Set in a little restaurant in an inconspicuous lane of Shanghai, which opens at midnight everyday. The owner is a man of about fifty, makes a set of special food for each guest who visits the restaurant, and listens to everyone’s story. Director: Tony Ka Fai Leung

Love & Monsters (2020) Our late night film: good fun and Dylan a great bit of casting.

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there's nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.
Totally agree with RT: 'Led by a charming star turn from Dylan O'Brien, Love and Monsters peers into the apocalypse and finds an action-adventure with surprising emotional depth.'
Dylan O’Brien – re the film “he made it” as we say, plus ‘Boy’ of course. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Girl in Red

Girl in Red – Rilke

Sometimes she walks through the village in her
little red dress
all absorbed in restraining herself,
and yet, despite herself, she seems to move
according to the rhythm of her life to come.

She runs a bit, hesitates, stops,
half-turns around...
and, all while dreaming, shakes her head
for or against.

Then she dances a few steps
that she invents and forgets,
no doubt finding out that life
moves on too fast.

It's not so much that she steps out
of the small body enclosing her,
but that all she carries in herself
frolics and ferments.

It's this dress that she'll remember
later in a sweet surrender;
when her whole life is full of risks,
the little red dress will always seem right.

ZeroZeroZero – powerful drama, an excellent series.

Following a consignment of cocaine from the moment a powerful Italian cartel decides to buy the cocaine until it has been delivered and paid for. On the way, it is packed in Mexico and transported across the Atlantic. I gives an accurate picture of the modern cocaine trade that's rarely seen on screen. It is loosely based on Italian journalist Roberto Saviano's nonfiction book by the same name.  Languages? Partly in English but the cast speak a number of languages throughout. It is also in Italian, Spanish, French and Wolof. Great casting ... 
Adriano Chiaramida – turns 80 this Summer.

C5’s The Intruder.

The "edge-of-your-seat thriller"  !!!!!!!!!!!!! No. The edge of your seat cringe. It was terrible. Kept watching - aided by the 'fast forward' dynamic in places - just to see how much worse it could become. Ridiculous story. Wooden acting. Super amateur bad 'am-dram' in places that was truly cringe worthy ... but, at least the actors - some good at playing themselves - made some money to pay their bills.  Absolutely shocking. Sorry, Gareth (Tunley) the Writer, but 2/10 for this one.