Monday, February 17, 2014

Books, Movies and Newspapers

In the past few weeks I have attended movies which were based on real life stories - two of the latest were Philomena and The Railway Man.  Books were written and eventually movies.  You can read more about them here.  I will at some stage endeavour to get the books so I can read the stories, but there is a link from that blog to the real story about Philomena.

I am a great reader of Obituaries in newspapers too and for some time was comparing the numbers of male or female obits - clearly there is more written about men.  I don't know the reason for this - other than in some circles it is thought that the men had more interesting lives.  I guess if they were community leaders or similar, it could be seen that only these apparent "important" people are worth writing about after their deaths.

I was pleased to read two stories in the Courier Mail on Saturday (15th February) - one of the stories was a double death event - the husband who was a World War II Veteran died just on two weeks after his wife passed away.  The story said that hey had been inseparable for 66 years, and were both in their 90's.

As it turns out there was another story - there are usually two obits on a Saturday, and this one was about a lady who had been a nurse, and when I read the story I recalled that I knew her.  She was a Stomaltherapist and attended the World Stomaltherapy Conference in Perth in 1986, at the then Sheraton Hotel.  There is more of that story here.

I certainly love reading about their lives - though wishing too, that I would have had the opportunity to meet them.


peter petterson said...

Interesting post Di. Obituaries? That could be interesting and informing. Some people have great lives; worked, lived and loved in some most interesting ways.

Anonymous said...

It seems strange that a lifetime can be summed up in a few short paragraphs.