Hello! Nice to meet you. My name is Robert and I'm from Dundee, Scotland(U.K.). Shortly after graduating in Physics, at university, I decided to come to Japan. I spent my first two years in Kitakyushu before deciding to move to Sapporo in 2006. The main reason for my move was the summers down south. Sapporo has a very similar climate to my country so I enjoy it very much. I enjoy playing many kinds of different sports, with my favourites being football(soccer) and golf. There are many things that have kept me in Japan, including the people and the food. I look forward to seeing you soon.
|夏のお得 1: 『1000円英会話』 9,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|夏のお得 ２: 『個人レッスン』 入会金半額 5,400円 クーポン！|
|夏のお得 ３: 『会員制チケットTOEIC』 19,800円で始めよう クーポン！|
|お得情報: 『個人レッスン昼割』も (費用シュミレーション)|
Sometimes I need a little bit of England in my life and this does the job magnificently. Downton Abbey is a TV drama that took the U.K. by storm. It is the story of an aristocratic family and the various ups and downs of their privileged lives. The story is a slow burner but well worth sticking with, and the costumes and locations are exquisite. At times a little contrived yet it manages to keep the audience desperately wanting more. A binge watching monster, I highly recommend, however the English is somewhat dated so be warned.
Review score 10/10
To take by storm – to become popular very quickly
Aristocratic – The richest level of people / born into wealth
Slow burner – Starts slowly but gets better and better
Exquisite – perfect in every way, beautiful
Contrived – Been done before, lacking origionality
To binge watch – To watch a complete TV series without stopping.
To be dated – No longer used
The Madness of King George
Originally a stage production by Alan Bennett, this riotous comedy is a led by a career defining performance by Nigel Hawthorne together with a great supporting cast. Overlooked for an Oscar in favour of Tom Hanks for Forest Gump, I believe this film to be far superior in terms of acting. It follows the true story of George the Third of England as he struggles with bouts of mania and delirium. His eldest son, seeing his father`s madness, then tries to take power and become Prince Regent. The fate of the realm then rests on the shoulders of a somewhat unorthodox priest turned doctor, who fights the kings madness with a novel approach to patient care.
The costumes, locations, and of course excellent cast all give this film a feeling of madness surrounded by reality and we are carried along on the kings journey in such a way that its easy to forget that this film lasts nearly 2 hours.
Review score 9/10
riotous – full of energy
supporting cast – all the actors except for the lead actor.
overlooked – ignored or not considered
mania – craziness/madness
delirium – to be unaware of reality
to rest on the shoulders of someone – to take all the responsibility for something
A Matter of Life and Death
This movie is a real classic. A romantic comedy released in 1946, it tells the story of a British pilot who falls from a bomber returning from a mission during World War 2. He cheats death because the angels make a mistake and allow him to live. He then falls in love and the angels have a problem, do they take him to heaven and break the romance, or let him live on earth. Staring David Niven and Kim hunter it is one of those rare films that stands the test of time. Although it harks back to a very different period of British life the story is still fresh and captivating.
I found this film on the top 100 films list according to Timeout Magazine and I have to agree it is well worth spending the time to watch.
Review rating 9/10
Released – The year the film was shown in cinemas
Bomber – an aircraft that drops bombs
To cheat death – to survive something that should have killed you.
To stand the test of time – To not become dated or redundant.
To hark back – To make you remember a past moment or time.