Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winnie the Pooh Day! A.A. Milne & More!

"What day is it?" 
"It's today," squeaked Piglet. 
"My favorite day," said Pooh.

Today is Winnie the Pooh Day, and I've posted a recipe on my other blog DyingforChocolate for Honey Chocolate Pie. The reason January 18 was designated as Winnie the Pooh Day is that today is the birthday of A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh, the "Bear of Very Little Brain,"who wrote Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. A.A. Milne studied mathematics at Cambridge, but began to write while still a student. After receiving his degree in 1903, he became a full-time writer, producing humorous pieces for Punch. He went on in 1906 to become assistant editor. He served in WWI, after which he became a successful playwright (original and adaptations), but he also wrote mysteries, perhaps the most famous, The Red House  Mystery (1922). Milne wrote 7 novels, 5 nonfiction books and 34 plays plus numerous stories and articles. His self-stated aim was to "write whatever he wished." In terms of children's books for which he is most remembered there were actually only two books that made up the Winnie the Pooh series, as well as two poetry collections: When We Were Young and Now We Are Six.

Here's one my favorite quotes from Winnie the Pooh:

"I'm scared," said Piglet.
"A story will help," said Pooh.
"Don't you know? Stories make your heart grow."

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cartoon of the Day: Police Artist

Agatha Raisin: AcornTV

It's Official: Agatha Raisin returns to Acorn TV this year. Acorn TV has commissioned a second season of the charming British mystery Agatha Raisin!

This series is not exactly faithful to the characters, but I love the actress and the production values, and it's what it is--very fun and enjoyable! So glad to see the series will be continued. If you haven't seen Love, Lies & Records with Ashley Jensen, give that a go. It's currently on AcornTV. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Serious but with humor.

Agatha Raisin is based on M.C. Beaton’s best-selling novels, the Acorn TV Original follows London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen, Love, Lies & Records, Ugly Betty) after she opts for early retirement in a small village in the Cotswolds and becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder.

Series 2 begins production in April 2018 for a late 2018 premiere. Series 2 will adapt three of MC Beaton’s novels, The Wizard of Evesham, The Curious Curate, and The Fairies of Fryham and will be available internationally as three 90-minute television movies or six 45-minute episodes.