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Patricia Furstenberg is a skilled and diverse author, poetess and mother, known for her uplifting, charming themes and lovable, enchanting characters: dogs, cats, elephants, cheetahs, lions, but also squirrels and snails. Her words “truly make the world a happier and more beautiful place!” Her book "Joyful Trouble" is an Amazon Bestseller. Her book of poems "As Good As Gold" became a #1 New Release the day it was published. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about mind, brain and education and the psychology behind it. Using her knowledge she crafts stories and poems that are great fun, as well as teaching empathy. Her stories are filled with “creativity and vivid imagery” and she knows how to “capture the reader’s imagination.” Her prolific writing is described as: positive, diverse, crisp, joyful and uplifting. Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. As a winner of the Write Your Own Christie Competition, the Judges "were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style”. The judges thought Patricia's writing style is "well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense”, “confident and intriguing”. The Judges were Mathew Prichard, David Brawn from Harper Collins UK and Daniel Mallory from Harper Collins US. When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read and dance. She never counts how many cups of coffee she enjoys in a day. Between her books you can also enjoy: "The Cheetah and the Dog", "Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles", "The Elephant and the Sheep" and many others. She is a Huffington Post contributor.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, a Magical Theatre Experience and Why #KeepTheSecret via @PatFurstenberg

There is something magical about attending a theatre production. It is a thrilling experience being immersed in a story evolving right before your very eyes, on the stage. Forget special effects; welcome instead the sound of feet on a wooden board and the masterful use of primary tools: voice, facial expressions, body language.

The actors on a stage have large gestures and welcoming body motions. They reel you in, welcome you into their stage life – their open life. Come, see, live – their hands say. Tune in, listen closely – their voices whisper. Have you taken it all in? Are you sure you caught each detail? Their eyes beckon us.

A theatre experience presents us with raw life, but through a looking glass: every detail shows, every detail counts. Theatre is life in its distilled form, pure and flavorful. Come with us, share this experience we offer so willingly. Forget your troubled life; maybe even find an answer you didn’t know you were looking for, on our stage.

The Mousetrap - Agatha Christie, first edition, published by Samuel French in 1954
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, First Edition, published by Samuel French in 1954

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

is a chiseled locked-room mystery: a group of strangers gathered in a country house cut off by the snowstorm discover that one of them is a murderer.

Death IS present in the play, coming from a desire for revenge, but not overpowering. The search for justice, the desire to solve the murder is the force that moves the play forward – even if the murderer proves to be sympathetic through life circumstances and mitigating reasons.

What is real and what is not? Find out by yourself, it is theatre and the work of Agatha Christie, after all.

A word of advice: patrons attending the St Martin’s production are asked to tip their cab driver on arrival – a bad tip usually means that the cabby will shout the murderer’s name and speed off.

In theatre there are no second chances, second takes or cuts – and for this I truly admire its actors.

In the South African Pieter Toerien Productions of The Mousetrap:

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, South African Theatre Production  @PieterToerien @Monte_Theatre
The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, South African Theatre Production @PieterToerien @Monte_Theatre

I loved the passionate interpretation of Melissa Haiden as Mollie Ralston, the frank way in which Mark Sykes performed the role of Giles Ralston, the epic rendition of Matthew Lotter as Christopher Wren, the stellar appearance of Michele Maxwell in Mrs. Boyle, the virtuoso performance of Malcolm Terrey as Major Metcalf, the mature interpretation of Shannyn Fourie in Miss Casewell, the colorful performance of West End Star Mark Wynter as Mr Paravicini as well as the meticulous character Aiden Scott instilled in Detective Sergeant Trotter.

The South African production of The Mousetrap is directed by JONATHAN TAFLER who played the role of Mr Paravicini in the St Martin’s production of The Mousetrap on the West End.

Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre
24 January – 3 March
Performances: Wed – Fri at 20h00, Sat at 16h00 and 20h00, Sun at 15h00
Tickets: R100, R150, R200, R240
Computicket or Theatre Box Office 011 511 1818

Interesting facts about The Mousetrap:

The Mousetrap is the longest-running play in the history of London’s West End. In 2019 the production headed into its 68th year at the St. Martin’s Theatre. Since 6 October 1952 the play has reached well over 27,000 performances.

The Mousetrap was initially performed as a radio play in 1952 and was broadcast by the BBC with the title Three Blind Mice. The radio play had been commissioned in 1947 by Queen Mary, who was a Christie fan. There is no tape of that broadcast known to exist. The forty-five minute play was based on a short story on which Christie had been working. Due to the extremely warm welcome by the audience, Christie elaborated the script. Its first performance was on October 6, 1952, when The Mousetrap became a stage play.

There is still an original cast member in each production: recording of a radio broadcast the play opens with. The voice belongs to English actor Deryck Guyler who, thus, has ‘appeared’ in every UK showing of The Mousetrap to date…

Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sims starred in the original production.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie - Richard Attenborough and his wife Sheila Sims starred in the original production

Most of its sound cues – wind, bells, slamming doors – are created live backstage.

The Mousetrap has never been adapted in any other format.

Christie signed over the royalties from the play to her grandson, Mathew Prichard, at its opening in 1952.

Agatha Christie made her last public appearance at The Mousetrap in 1974, age 84.

Each performance ends with one actor from the company addressing the audience: “Now you have seen The Mousetrap you are our partners in crime, and we ask you to preserve the tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in your heart“. Have you watched it? If so, we are “partners in crime”.

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Movie Music Monday, Wartime Music, Sentimental Journey via @PatFurstenberg #ww2 #wartime #moviemusicmonday

This year we will celebrate 74 years since World War Two ended, its veteran survivors being in their 80s and 90s. Some of them were dog handlers, such as Marine Corps war dog handler Pvt. Homer J. Finley, Jr. who still remembers his dogs, one of them being Pvt. ‘Jan’, a Doberman Pinscher, a silent hero of war.

One of the most popular songs of WW2 was Sentimental Journey, written by Les Brown in 1944 and first performed by Les Brown and His Band of Renown with Doris Day as vocalist. The song’s release coincided with the end of WW2 in Europe, thus becoming the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans.

Here is being performed by the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald:

Sentimental Journey Lyrics

Gonna take a sentimental journey
Gonna set my heart at ease
Gonna make a sentimental journey
To renew old memories
Got my bag, got my reservation
Spent each dime I could afford
Like a child in wild anticipation
Long to hear that all aboard
Seven, that’s the time we leave, at seven
I’ll be waitin’ up at heaven
Countin’ every mile of railroad track
That takes me back
Never thought my heart could be so yearny
Why did I decide to roam
Gotta take that sentimental journey
Sentimental journey home
Sentimental journey

Songwriters: Benjamin Homer / Bud Green / Les Brown
Sentimental Journey lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc


Song lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners and are provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on wartime beloved songs? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in comments below.

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12th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #drummers #drumming via @PatFurstenberg

12th Day of Christmas Haiku: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Twelve drummers drumming

Pa-ra-pa-pam-pam. Peace on

Earth. First snow falls soft.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

In older versions of the song the twelve drummers drumming were lords a-leaping, bells ringing, fiddlers a-fiddling.

It seems that the first drums were introduced to Europe during the Crusades, brought back from the Holy Land; they were Egyptian and Sumerians.

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website.

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Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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11th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #pipers #piping via @PatFurstenberg

11th Day of Christmas Haiku: Eleven Pipers Piping

Graceful tartan plaids

With auld bag pipes and wee drums.

Soar, golden eagle.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

In previous versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the pipers piping were ladies dancing, ladies spinning, badgers baiting, lords a-leading, lads a-louping or bulls a-beating.

The pipers piping might be a remembrance of the shepherds siting by the fire the night Jesus was born and, most probably, playing their pipes. Later bagpipes were used by musicians and became a symbol associated with Scottish fighters and soldiers.

The french bagpipe was called musette and was played by the upper class during 17th-18th centuries only to be picked up by rural people later on.

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Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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10th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #lordsaleaping via @PatFurstenberg

10th Day of Christmas Haiku: Ten Lords a Leaping

On pouring days when

Sky and earth by rain are joined-

Leap frog games indoors.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

Eight days after Christmas and throughout January the Christian world celebrates the naming of baby Jesus.

In older versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the lords a leaping were pipers pipping, ships a sailing, fifers fifing, ladies dancing, men a-mowing, cocks a crowing and even asses racing.

Back in the day leaping was an exclusive men’s activity. One explanation would be that during rainy winter’s day men would keep up their stamina by playing a leap game on those long corridors of Victorian houses. Another explanation would be that leaping was used before a battle to raise the morale.

Men a leaping could also symbolize the Morris dancers that performed between courses during a Christmas feast.

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9th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #ladiesdancing via @PatFurstenberg

9th Day of Christmas Haiku: Nine Ladies Dancing

Nine gowns a’ dancing

One, two, spin; three, four and round.

None flowers swaying.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

In older versions of the song the nine ladies dancing were lords a leaping, drummers drumming, bulls a-roaring, bears a beating, even pipers pipping.

Dancing was an important part of rituals, celebrations and even social communications since 30 000 years ago, with rock-art and Egyptian tomb paintings bearing witness. Dancing was also a way to worship the sun, this being done in a circle movement around a fire, from east to west – following the sun’s movement on the sky.

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Happy New Year 2019, New Year’s Day via @PatFurstenberg #HappyNewYear #HappyNewYear2019 #Pentatonix #Music #FeelGood #TuesdayBlogShare

Happy New Year! I hope you will choose to focus on the future and its endless possibilities! You can “ kiss the past away ” and be the Kind or Queen of your own world!

New Year’s celebrations can be traced as far back as the times before Christianity spread. Although during the Roman era the month of March marked the beginning of the calendar and the year, it was Julius Cesar creating the Julian calendar that set the New Year where we know it today.

But whatever you do this January 1st, don’t let social convention dictate what you do, rather choose what feels best for you.

New Year’s Day  – lyrics

Tonight, the apple falls in time
We’ll sing along with Auld Lang Syne
And throw confetti high up into space
Tomorrow morning when we wake
This town will be a different place
And the past will wash away like coffee stains
We could be kings of the world
On top of the nation
It’s a celebration of the moments to come
The city’s on fire
We’re holding up lighters
Raising them higher and we’ve only begun
Take me all the way (oh)
Hear me when I say (yeah)
Let’s kiss the past away
Like New Year’s Day
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
It’s time to celebrate
Like New Year’s Day
We’ll play it back in slow rewind
And laugh about the cold and bitter nights
We’re [?] our way on maps of stars
Hold on tight to fragile hearts
And keep our friends forever by our side
We could be kings of the world
On top of the nation
It’s a celebration of the moments to come
The city’s on fire
We’re holding up lighters
Raising them higher and we’ve only begun
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
Let’s kiss the past away
Like New Year’s Day
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
It’s time to celebrate
Like New Year’s Day
Morning breaks, take my hand
Wide awake with arms wide open
Catch your breath, walk this way
No regrets on New Year’s Day
Morning breaks, take my hand (kings of the world, top of the nation)
Wide awake with arms wide open (it’s a celebration of the moments to come)
Catch your breath, walk this way (city’s on fire, holding up lighters)
No regrets on New Year’s Day (raising them higher, we’ve only begun)
We could be kings of the world
On top of the nation
It’s a celebration of the moments to come
The city’s on fire
We’re holding up lighters
Raising them higher and we’ve only begun
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
Let’s kiss the past away
Like New Year’s Day
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
It’s time to celebrate
Like New Year’s Day
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
Let’s kiss the past away
Like New Year’s Day
Take me all the way
Hear me when I say
It’s time to celebrate
Like New Year’s Day

Songwriters: Martin Johnson / Jacob Pitts / Jeremy Ferguson / John William Feldmann / Andrew Biersack
New Year’s Day lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

AfrikaansGelukkige nuwe jaar
AlbanianGezuar Vitin e Ri
ArabicAntum salimoun
ArmenianSnorhavor Nor Tari
AzerbaijaniYeni Iliniz Mubarek!
BengaliShuvo Nabo Barsho
BulgarianChestita Nova Godina
CatalanFELIÇ ANY NOU
ChineseXin Nian Kuai Le
CroatianSretna Nova godina!
DanishGodt Nytår
DutchGELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR!
EskimoKiortame pivdluaritlo
EsperantoFelican Novan Jaron
EstonianHead uut aastat!
FinnishOnnellista Uutta Vuotta
FrenchBonne Annee
GaelicBliadhna mhath ur
GermanProsit Neujahr
GreekKALÌ CHRONIÀ
GujaratiNutan Varshbhinandan
HawaiianHauoli Makahiki Hou
HebrewL’Shannah Tovah
HindiNaye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen
HungarianBoldog Ooy Ayvet
IndonesianSelamat Tahun Baru
IrishBliain nua fe mhaise dhuit
ItalianFelice anno nuovo
JapaneseAkimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu
KoreanSaehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo!
KurdishNEWROZ PIROZBE
LithuanianLaimingu Naujuju Metu
MalaySelamat Tahun Baru
MarathiNveen Varshachy Shubhechcha
MalteseIs-Sena t- Tajba
NepaliNawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana
NorwegianGodt Nyttår
PersianSaleh now mobarak
PolishSzczesliwego Nowego Roku
PortugueseFeliz Ano Novo
PunjabiNave sal di mubarak
RomanianAN NOU FERICIT
RussianS Novim Godom
SlovakA stastlivy Novy Rok
Sloveniansreèno novo leto
SomaliIyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican!
SpanishFeliz Ano~Nuevo
SwedishGOTT NYTT ÅR!/Gott nytt år!
TamilEniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal
TeluguNoothana samvatsara shubhakankshalu
ThaiSawadee Pee Mai
TurkishYeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
UkrainianShchastlyvoho Novoho Roku
UrduNaya Saal Mubbarak Ho
UzbekYangi Yil Bilan
VietnameseChuc Mung Tan Nien
WelshBlwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Song lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners and are provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

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8th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #maidsamilking via @PatFurstenberg

8th Day of Christmas Haiku: Eight Maids a-Milking

Hay on the shed’s floor,

Steamy, barny-odour milk.

Last star shies away.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

La Multi Ani!

Gelukkige nuwe jaar!

Bliadhna mhath ur!

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Bonne année!

Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit!

Today Christianity celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of Jesus.

In older versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the maids a-milking were hares a-running and even hounds a-running or boys a-singing.

The eight maids a-milking might simply represent the goodness of the dairy products, so sought after during the Middle Ages when refrigeration was not an option.

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website.

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Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

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7th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #Haiku, #swansaswimming via @PatFurstenberg

7th Day of Christmas Haiku: Seven Swans a Swimming

Plumed water lily

Gliding shyly away. Swan.

Odette, not Odile.

~

Happy New Year 2019!

Hogmanay is celebrated today in Scotland, with the first stroke of midnight, so Slàinte Mhath!

Catholic Church celebrate Pope Sylvester today – in many Central and Eastern European countries New Year’s Eve is called Silvester.

Swans have been associated with the supernatural world by Egyptians: swan statues have been discovered in royal burial chambers. Egyptians successfully captured many of these birds during their migration and acclimatized them to the weather conditions along the Nile.They must have looked so elegant and graceful gliding with their white bodies over water and singing – more beautiful as they grow older.

Greeks, too, have a mythological story or two involving swans, perhaps the best known and most controversial being that of Leda and the Swan, in which God Zeus took the form of a swan to seduce his beloved Leda, Queen of Sparta – and thus Helen of Troy was born.

King Edward of England took his knighthood vow in Westminster Abbey on 22 May 1306 together with 266 other esquires eligible for knighthood on two swans, ‘The Feast of the Swans“. Apparently the swans had golden and crowns and since then swans have been associated with monarchy.

I hope you will enjoy the 12 Days of Christmas haiku; there will be published one each day starting on Christmas Day. Subscribe to my newsletter to never miss a blog post.

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Movie Music Monday, Wartime Classic, WW2, Begin the Beguine, Happy New Year via @PatFurstenberg #HappyNewYear #ww2 #moviemusicmonday

A most beloved war-time classic song, Begin the Beguine was composed by Cole Porter in 1935, turned into a swing by Artie Shaw and band and made famous by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell. Their legendary tap dance in the movie Broadway Melody surely caught on.

Begin the Beguine  by Cole Porter – lyrics

“When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender,
It brings back a night of tropical splendor,
It brings back a memory ever green.I’m with you once more under the stars,
And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine.To live it again is past all endeavor,
Except when that tune clutches my heart,
And there we are, swearing to love forever,
And promising never, never to part.What moments divine, what rapture serene,
Till clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted,
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted,
I know but too well what they mean;So don’t let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember;
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine.Oh yes, let them begin the beguine, make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you,
Till you whisper to me once more,
“Darling, I love you!”
And we suddenly know, what heaven we’re in,
When they begin the beguine”

Songwriters: Cole PorterBegin the Beguine lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Memory Lane Music Group (Domestic)

Song lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners and are provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on wartime beloved songs? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in comments below.

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