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June 08, 2006

A Story of Hope in the Face of Adversity: An Article and Study Guide on Memoirs of a Geisha

Writing about web page http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=468

Click on the above link to see my article and study guide on Memoirs of a Geisha.

Voice Training

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/cll/skills/postgraduate/gsp/

I learnt many useful skills at the voice training session that I attended recently. Most helpful was the advice to think of each word as you say it. For example, thinking of the colours 'black', 'pink' etc whilst saying them makes my voice sound less monotone.
It was also helpful to learn to stand firm and breathe effectively.
The course was definitely worth attending if only to take away a couple of ideas and to gain an insight into the basics of voice production and control.

Fact or Fiction?

Re–considering the Da Vinci Code after a talk given on it in relation to Bible reliability led me to consider the thin line that exists between fact and fiction in the public consciousness and our possible debt to the Victorians who, it seems, substantially narrowed the chasm between reality and fantasy. The fact that the BBC receives baby clothes when a TV character gives birth and that actors who play villains receive hate mail reflects the phenomenon that perhaps goes back to the nineteenth–century when Dickens received hundreds of letters asking him to spare Paul Dombey and enquiring what characters were up to once the book had ended? It seems that, in our attitudes towards popular novels and TV, we are not so far removed from the Victorian sense of friendship with novel characters such as Jane Eyre or sense of love for Heathcliffe.

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