Recovering from company…

As lovely as it was to show off our city and countryside to our American friends, it was just as heavenly to have a little down time this past week to recoup and just enjoy the quiet.  Much napping was done and George picked up his new Ford Explorer (which will be our car for driving back and forth to Florida and Thornbury), and I picked out a new Mini Cooper Countryman SUV.  So cute!  I pick up my new car tomorrow afternoon.  Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly. We still haven’t made it out to the movies to start catching up with our summer blockbusters, but I did manage to watch a little TV this past week. Here are some recommendations:

Netflix

Animal Kingdom season 1 is now available on Netflix. As season 2 has begun airing in the US, those of you who want to catch up with this terrific crime series (Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman) can see it on Netflix before it begins airing Season 2 on Bravo later this season.
House of Cards is airing its Season 5 episodes on Netflix.  I think audiences will honestly have a hard time engaging with its dark storyline in light of the madness that is hitting the news media everyday re Trump’s America.
Bloodline is airing its third and final season on Netflix.  Still dark and brooding, this series continues to take us down its noir storyline in sultry Isla Morada, Florida.
The Girl With All The Gifts is a wonderful and original zombie story from England about a post-Apocalyptic world where a fungus has brought about a zombie Apocalypse and a group of survivors tries to develop a cure.  Very suspenseful and starring a wonderful group of actors that include Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Gemma Arterton and a terrific child actress named Sennia Nanua in the leading role as Melanie.

Amazon Prime

First of all, I keep forgetting that I can actually watch this channel from an App on my iPad.  We are Amazon Prime customers, so see if you can get the app.  Some of their shows are terrific:  Flesh and Bone, The Man in the High Castle, Goliath, Bosch, Transparent, Catastrophe, Fleabag, Good Girls Revolt, Patriot, Mad Dogs, Alpha House, The Night Manager, Mr. Robot, The Expanse, Red Oaks, Sneaky Pete, Mozart in the Jungle, etc.

American Gods is like no other series I have ever seen.  Old gods versus new gods amidst humans who scarcely understand where they fit in.  Ian McShane is wonderful as the god behind this story. New episodes air weekly!
I Love Dick comes from the creative team behind Transparent. It’s a savage social satire of the artistic life and the poseurs who pretentiously act like artists.  Not for everyone, but give it a try.  Very naughty sexual triangle!

Comedy

Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show airs M-Th at 11:00.  I love his sense of humour! He skewers Trump nightly.
The Jim Jeffries Show airs Tuesday at 10:30.  This irreverent Australian is having a very good time making fun of the lunacy of US politics.
The President Show airs Thursday at 11:30.  You have to see this show to believe it.  A wonderful Trump impersonator has real guests on his show and takes  a devastating look at all things Donald.
Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal airs on Wednesday at 10:30.  Bee is fearless in her weekly attacks on the US political scene.

PBS

PBS has returned from its fundraising hiatus with some new summer programming on Sunday nights.

Masterpiece Theatre:  My Mother and Other Strangers, Episode 1 airs tonight at 8 pm. Rose meets Captain Dreyfuss.  Emma goes on a date and incites an international incident.

Masterpiece Mystery:  Grantchester, Season 3: Episode 1 (Christmas Episode) It’s the week before Christmas, 1954.  Vicar Sidney Chambers is engrossed with holiday duties, but distracted by an impossible situation – how can a vicar and a woman carrying her estranged husband’s baby ever make it work?  He is one dishy vicar with a knack for solving crimes!!!

Bravo

The Handmaid’s Tale This dark dystopian adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel is chilling and stars the wonderful  Elizabeth Moss in a story of female oppression under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.  Particularly timely given the Trump administration’s intent to roll back Roe v. Wade, defund Planned Parenthood, etc.

NBC

The Night Shift returns for its 4th season this Thursday June 22. It is a throwback tv series in which a group of doctors from the Army return to work the night shift at a hospital in San Antonio.  All the usual TV Doctor show cliches but starring a very dishy Irish star named Eoin Macken as the lead doctor.  Guilty pleasure to the max!!

CBS

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Monday – Friday at 11:35) has taken the lead among the late night talk shows because of his relentless attacks on Trump.  Must see nightly viewing!!
CBS Sunday Morning is playing in the background as I write this.  This wonderfully soothing show has been airing since 1979 and is now hosted by Jane Pauley.  Celebrity interviews, human interest stories, current events, pop culture, the arts, etc. are all covered in wonderfully inspiring and moving ways. The moment of nature at the end of the show is my Zen moment every Sunday.

HBO

Veep and Silicon Valley both air on Sunday nights. Terrific writing and performers in two very funny shows.

Audible.com

We are currently listening to the comic novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.  The Ibooks store describes it as the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the mot massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Bonus Reads: Irreverent Editorials on Recent Events in the US

I was very impressed by this recent editorial in Maclean’s Magazine following the latest mass shootings:

I came across this story in Texture and thought you’d find it interesting: “America’s mass delusion” Maclean’s, June 19, 2017.

https://read.texture.ca/dl/content/mme/2017-06-19/ri/3462bcab-e02e-3541-9430-041a4a4f53c7/?src=iOSShareMail

 

In addition, my husband sent me this editorial from today’s NYTimes regarding the Trump administration’s fixation with a ban on Muslims and illegal immigrants:

Closing Thoughts

We just had a lovely Father’s Day lunch today with our children and extended family.  We’re celebrating our son David’s 35th birthday with a special dinner for him on Wednesday.  My gourmet group of almost 30 years is gathering at our place in Thornbury next weekend and 15 of us will be dining under the stars in our backyard.  Fingers crossed that the spectacular summer storm we experienced last night doesn’t make a repeat appearance next Saturday!  There were tornado warnings and one did touch down near Creemore.  That would be way too much excitement.  In the meantime, get out there and enjoy this wonderful summer weather between raindrops.

 

 

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