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Another Liebster Award! Wow!!!

What! Another award nomination!

That’s what I thought when the lovely Jenny Pugh nominated me for a Liebster award. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – its always a pleasure to receive a nomination from one of my fellow bloggers. It means I’m doing something right! And it’s great to have received this nomination from Jenny because I am a huge fan of her blog The World Of Jenny Pugh, and I always look forward to her posts – and I’m not just saying that because she’s reading this! ūüėČThis is actually my second Liebster nomination but who’s counting, right? And who cares? I’m always thrilled to get nominated!liebster-awardThe rules of the Liebster Award are pretty straightforward:

  1. You thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate eleven bloggers for this award.
  4. Think of eleven questions to ask your nominees.

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So first things first, I’d like to thank Jenny for this nomination. She’s actually been following Nostalgia Pie pretty much since the early days and has always been very enthusiastic about my posts and very supportive. So thank you, Jenny – you’re the best. And if you’ve never checked out The World Of Jenny Pugh, do so now. You’ll get a sneak peak into Jenny’s fabulous world and see what a thoroughly nice lady she is. ūüėä

JENNY’S QUESTIONS:

1. Which film do you think everybody should see, and why?

Goodness there are tons of films I think everyone should see but just off the top off my head I would have to say Grease purely for the feel good factor, the awesome songs, and those fantastic outfits, and the fact that you could never feel glum after having watched it. I dare you not to walk away singing and dancing after having watched Grease!

2. If money were no object, what would you do with your time?

There’s so much I would like to do! Blog; write a novel; travel, and create housing for homeless people, create jobs for the unemployed, spend more time with the people I care about among many, many other things. Oh to live the dream!!!

3. Do you have any funny responses when you receive spam phonecalls?

Sadly no – I’m way too polite! I can’t remember when was the last time I got a spam call anyway because I hardly ever get them but I really should think of some responses – just in case…

4. Is there any animal that you‚Äôd like as a pet, but can‚Äôt because they‚Äôre not really ‚Äėin the house‚Äô pets?

Unfortunately the fella and I can’t keep pets because of our allergies so most animals would be ‘not in the house pets.’ But ever since I was a very young child, I’ve loved peacocks. They’re absolutely stunning and there’s something so majestic about them so yeah, I wouldn’t mind having a peacock!

5. If a film was being made about your life, what would they call it and who would you want to play you?

Never Born To Follow would be the title of the film which incidentally is also the title of one of my favourite songs. I can’t really think of anyone famous who looks like me, so I suppose my niece or cousin could play the younger me, and my sister the older me. Besides my sister has been around for most of my life so she already knows the plot!

6. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Everything! I enjoy the whole process that goes into writing a post from concept to research to finished article, and that it gives me a chance to write about things that really interest me from my point of view. Blogging also enables me to come ¬†across some awesome blogs that I enjoy reading which I could very easily have missed, and it’s brought me into contact with some fantastic bloggers.

7. What was your favourite place that you’ve ever been?

There’s just way too many to name! I have many favourites because lots of places I have been to are special to me in one way or another but I will give a special shout out to Bournemouth on the coast because I totally fell in love with the place and I have very to fond memories of the time we spent living there. It totally broke my heart to leave. ūüėďūüėď

8. What’s your favourite quote? screen-shot-2016-01-11-at-7-13-22-am
Sounds like the story of my life but of course my life is nowhere near as fascinating as Bowie’s!

9. What was the first record/cassette/CD/download single you ever bought?

Michael Jackson’s Dangerous CD. I bought that with my very own money that I earned from two weeks work experience. I listened to it constantly on repeat until my dad got sick of it. In my humble opinion, Dangerous was Michael Jackson’s best ever album and I could listen to it endlessly even now and never get bored of it. Furthermore, every time I hear the album it brings back great memories of the early nineties, secondary school and my early teenage years.

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10. What do you love most about where you live?

Well I’ve only just moved to Massachusetts so I’m still trying to explore my new surroundings and discover what’s here. But what I love without a shadow of a doubt is that I live just outside of Boston – the city that gave us New Kids On The Block! I’ve been a massive fan since I was eleven and ever since I clapped eyes on the five bad brothers from the bean town land, I’ve wanted to live in Boston (or as in my case now, near it!) and I can’t believe my dream has come true! Aside from the New Kids connection, Boston has a lot of history, culture, and a distinctly English vibe that I’ve never felt in the other states I’ve visited. It also has great seafood and I love the Bostonian accent!

11. What made you start blogging?

I have a few other blogs out there but Nostalgia Pie was the one that kicked everything off. I was coming across a lot of things from my childhood: TV shows; pop artists, clothing, books…things I’d long forgotten about. And I remember the buzz I got when I stumbled across them again. I’d thought about blogging for a while but couldn’t find a topic I was interested in enough to blog about consistently. I suppose you could say the topic found me! Childhood memories make me very happy and I wanted to share that with those who had an interest in the seventies, eighties and nineties knowing that they’d get the same buzz from it as I do.

THE BLOGGERS I WISH TO NOMINATE:

This is the part I always find difficult because¬†there are so many great blogs out there. ¬†Blogs nominated for a Liebster award need to fit within a certain criteria, and I normally follow these guidelines but just this once, I’m going to pick the eleven blogs which have interested me the most recently. Nominees don’t have to participate if they don’t wish to, and even though I try very hard not to nominate bloggers who don’t wish to receive nominations, if I’ve selected you, I’m sorry! ūüėģ

 1. Every Number One https://everynumberone.wordpress.com/

 2. Tangled Up In Music https://tangledupinmusic.wordpress.com/

 3. MyEighties https://myeighties.wordpress.com

 4. Movie Rob https://movierob.wordpress.com/

 5. Cinema Parrot Disco https://table9mutant.wordpress.com/

6. What’s On Where¬†https://whatsonwhere.wordpress.com/

7. The Nostalgia Blog http://thenostalgiablog.com/

8. Sconesavvy https://sconesavvy.wordpress.com/

9. Adventures Of An Author’s Wife ¬†https://jennypughuk.wordpress.com/

10. Tamarind And Thyme  https://tamarindandthyme.wordpress.com

11. Miss Marzipan http://missmarzipan.com/

MY QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

Now this is the part of the process I do enjoy especially as it gives me a chance to get to know my fellow bloggers a little better. I’m going to do things a little differently to how I normally would and base my questions around a theme, so surprise surprise, I’m choosing a nostalgia theme!

  1. Nobody really liked school dinners but was there anything on your school canteen’s menu that you actually looked forward to tucking into?

  2. Punk, new romantic or cheesy pop?

  3. What sitcom from your childhood did your family used to gather around the TV to watch?

  4. Who was your first teen crush?

  5. What’s your favourite eighties’ movie?

  6. What was your biggest fashion disaster?

  7. Is there any long forgotten food item that you’re hoping will make a comeback?

  8. What was your best ever childhood  Christmas present?

  9. Did you ever read any comics when you were a child?

  10. What was your favourite playground game?

  11. If a time machine could take you back to either the seventies, eighties or nineties, which decade would you choose and why?

So once again thanks to Jenny and congrats to all the nominees. ‚ėļ

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Posted by on March 30, 2016 in Awards

 

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A Few Of My Favourite Things

The hubby and I have been in America for over six weeks now and I’m slowly becoming accustomed to my new home. To be honest we’ve both been busy with all the usual hectic stuff that goes with a move abroad i.e. renting a flat; buying a car; settling into a new job; getting to know people; finding the best place to get a take away curry etc. etc.

I’m very excited about coming to America and all the opportunities it presents. From the time I was a teenager, I had a feeling that I’d one day end up living abroad. And now I’ve done just that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get homesick and miss England and everyone and everything in it terribly because I do. So I always take comfort in anything that reminds me of home… and some of these things even have a connection to my childhood!

BOOT’S PRODUCTS

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I remember when I was last in Oregon a few years back, Target had started stocking ¬†up Boot’s products which I was very excited about. And I’d totally forgotten about it until we went into our local Target last week and found a small section of the store – and I do mean small – dedicated to Boot’s cosmetics and skin care products. That really did cheer me up – to see a little piece of home.

I’m not familiar with many of the brands available in the States although I will inevitably get round to trying them out – but right now its great to see a brand I know and trust.

JELLY

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Or jello as its called over here. OK, I know – jelly is such a kid’s dessert. No one with a sophisticated palate would even consider a bowlful of the wibbly-wobbly stuff and most adults will probably only touch it if you add alcohol and serve them up in little plastic shot glasses at parties.

But then I’ve never really been one for following the crowd and I’ve always loved jelly. It stems from childhood when a bowlful of jelly was an amazing treat – how easily pleased we were – and even now, when I’m feeling homesick or a bit low for any reason, jelly hits the spot every time. And if there’s any ice- cream or squirty cream to go with it, so much the better!

Funnily enough, most American adults I know have no interest in jello – unless we’re talking jello shots – but yet there’s such a fantastic array of flavours unlike the UK where we’re pretty much limited to five flavours. So far I’ve come across peach, melon, cherry, blueberry, apricot, grape, fruit punch, cola, pineapple, mango… and those are just the ones I can remember!

While the Americans beat us on flavours, the thing I love about jelly in Britain is that you can get them in the form of squidgy gelatine squares whereas over here in America it’s always in crystal form. How I love those jelly¬†squares! Whenever my mum used to make jelly for us, you could be sure I’d pop a couple of squares in my gob. In fact, I’ve even been known to scoff a whole packet like sweets!

EGGO WAFFLES

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In Britain, waffles are either Belgian or potato which are both fab but I remember my aunt making a different type of waffle when i used to go round to her house which seemed to be made from batter. I have no idea what brand it was but when I was much older I used to look for them in the frozen aisles but could never find them so they’d obviously been discontinued long ago.

Eggo waffles are the ones that come closest to my childhood memory and they are a firm favourite in our household.

SARA LEE DESSERTS

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Who remembers those Sara Lee television ads of the eighties where we were advised that “If at first you don’t succeed – cheat!” I’m quite sure that Sara Lee gateaus would have been all the rage at dinner parties back in the day but this brand is another thing that seems to have disappeared over the years in Britain. It was only when I used to visit Oregon a few years back that I ran into this brand at the supermarket like a long- lost friend… and those Sara Lee fruit pies soon became a freezer staple.

These days I’m addicted to Sara Lee’s pound cake. Delicious!

 

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The Start Of Something New

When I write my posts for Nostalgia Pie, I usually write them with the perspective of a yearning for times gone by, usually the late seventies to early nineties. But the next time I write a blog post, don’t be surprised if you detect an element of homesickness – because I’m very sure you will!

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This will be the last post I write from England for a while as we will be moving to our new home in Boston, Massachusetts! That’s right – we’re making a new home for ourselves right in the New Kids country! It has always been my dream to live in Boston, or at the very least visit and walk the same turf as Jordan, Donnie, Danny and co. And now I’ll be able to do exactly that!

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But on the other hand, of course I will miss my family, friends, country and all things British, and when I think about that, that’s when the sadness sets in. I’m naturally feeling a mix of emotions right now but I know how fortunate we are to have this opportunity, and everyone who has been to Boston keeps telling me how at home I’ll feel there, so I’m trying to be a little more optimistic each day and not let the uncertainty get to me. Plus there’s so much history and culture in New England, I can’t wait to dive in and explore – but I’m still holding back from doing the New Kids dance just yet. Maybe once I’ve settled in!

 

So wish me luck as I begin the journey to the new world. I wonder what I’ll find there!

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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in This, That and the Other!

 

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Happy New Year!!!!

Well we have less than three hours to go before we wave goodbye to 2015 forever and say hello to 2016.

For me 2015 was a year in which there was never a dull moment – which is both good and bad. But overall it hasn’t been a disastrous year so I’m a little sad to see it go – but I am more than a little excited about the arrival of the new year. I hope it will be an awesome year for all of you – and I, personally, hope to blog a whole lot more!

Happy new year everybody!!!!

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That’s My Boy!

TITLE: That’s My Boy

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom

GENRE: Sit-com

CHANNEL: ITV

YEARS: 1981

NUMBER OF SERIES: 5 including Christmas specials

WRITTEN AND CREATED BY: Pam Valentine and Michael Ashton

  • Molly Sugden- Ida Willis
  • Christopher¬†Blake¬†– Dr Robert Price
  • Jennifer Lonsdale – Angie Price
  • Clare Richards – Mrs Price
  • Harold Goodwin- Wilfred Willis
  • Deddie Davis¬†– Miss Parfitt
  • Thelma Whiteley – Mrs Cross

PLOT: No-nonsense housekeeper goes to work for a young doctor and his wife. The doctor and housekeeper have an instant dislike towards each other – until the housekeeper discovers that the doctor is the baby she gave up for adoption almost twenty eight years ago…

There are some comedies that stand the test of time and are repeated over and over again to be enjoyed by new generations of viewers. Then there are comedies that fade into obscurity and are never mentioned again. Eighties sit-com That’s My Boy is an example of a comedy show that fits into the latter category. But if anyone thinks that’s a sign that it wasn’t very good or watchable – think again!

Over the years, I was vaguely able to recall a comedy show from my childhood that featured a young married couple with an older lady, who I guessed was some kind of live-in housekeeper. However, I could never remember the name of the show, and moreover, ¬†I’d never seen it on TV since it was first shown, and¬†I don’t remember anyone even mentioning it. I was beginning to¬†wonder if I’d imagined it (like so many things from my childhood!)

A few of the things that I could recall were the appearance of the married couple’s flat; that the older lady¬†looked like ¬†Mollie Sugden; ¬†the husband was very handsome, and whenever I thought of this comedy, I always associated it with the colour blue! I later realised that the older lady was indeed Molly Sugden, and that the¬†blue association¬†was because the opening and closing credits of series one to three featured a sketch of the apartment building where the trio lived with a sky blue background and also because Mollie Sugden’s character, Ida,¬†often wore blue.

Despite there having been five series of That’s My Boy, my memories of this sit-com were¬†a¬†little on the hazy side¬†but I did think about¬†the sit-com¬†over the years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down and¬†spend some¬†very pleasant evenings (and weekend mornings!) watching this show¬†all over again. I was amazed to learn that I was actually able to recall certain scenes and episodes, although I didn’t remember Wilfred or Mrs. Price, and neither did I remember the move to Yorkshire. I was also surprised to hear that it was shown on Friday nights, as for some reason, I remember That’s My Boy being shown on Sunday afternoons (?)

THE STORY SO FAR…

When Yorkshire-born Ida Willis turns up at the Muswell Hill flat belonging to Dr Robert Price and his wife Angie, a model, to work as their new housekeeper, she and Angie instantly become friends. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Ida and Robert who appear to loathe each other on sight. However all that changes one afternoon when Ida confides in Angie about the¬†baby boy¬†she gave¬†up for adoption¬†called Shane. After showing each other baby photos of Shane and Robert, Angie and Ida are dumbstruck by the realisation that the baby is one and the same – meaning that Robert is Ida’s long-lost son, Shane!

 

Had this been a soap opera, this storyline would have been drawn out for several months (or years) with plenty of tears, tantrums, sobbing into bottles of wine, with shrieks of ‘you ain’t my muvva!’ once the secret was revealed but comedy handles such a heavy topic in an altogether light-hearted manner with much hilarity that doesn’t see Robert scarred of life or going on a killing spree! The realisation that they are mother and son doesn’t make them become best friends overnight. Ida tries hard to be a mother to Robert, but she still grates on him, especially when she insists on calling him by his birth-name Shane. And Ida isn’t afraid to give Robert/Shane a piece of her mind when she thinks it’s called for.

Much of the humour is provided by Ida’s wayward brother Wilfred and the power struggle between Ida and Robert’s ‘other mummy’ – his¬†adoptive mother, Mrs Price, an upmarket widow who is as far removed from Ida as you can get. The two naturally don’t get on as they battle to become the number one¬† ‘mummy’ in Robert’s life, but there are times when the two have to form an alliance, especially when it’s in the best interests of their son.

 

But Robert and Ida do indeed bond and it is delightful to watch their relationship develop. Robert becomes very protective of Ida and when attending the wedding of Ida’s niece, it’s really heart warming to see Robert affectionately declare Ida as his mother. What was probably slightly unusual was the relationship between Ida and her daughter-in-law, Angie. A typical situation would have seen glamorous model and actress¬†Angie, snobby and aloof who seriously clashes with her newfound mother-in-law. But then Angie doesn’t get on with her other mother-in-law Mrs. Price so I think it was clever of the writers to create a different scenario where instead of being the archetypal interfering mother-in-law, Ida is a friend and an ally to Angie.

And later on in the fourth series, when the family leave Muswell Hill and move to Little Birchmarch in Yorkshire after Robert secures the post of village doctor, we meet the dithering Miss Parfitt, Robert’s mousy receptionist.

WHY I LOVE IT:

One thing that’s dawned on me after watching That’s My Boy! is that I seem to be a fan of sit-coms that are not considered ‘classics’ or that most people might have forgotten. Fawlty Towers, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours etc. are firm favourites with me and my family and are undeniably terrific, but I really do think that there’s something good and a lot of fun to be had in watching the lesser repeated comedies.

That’s My Boy is ¬†a wonderfully pleasant comedy¬†and one of the reasons why I think it¬†works is because of Mollie Sugden’s immensely likable and highly amusing performance. Mollie is in good form and relies on her genius for visual expression and excellent timing. She is a wonderful actress with great screen presence and¬†her¬†portrayal of Ida¬†is no exception. For most people, Sugden¬†will always¬†be best remembered for¬†her role in ¬†Are You Being Served? but it’s very easy to forget the other great¬†roles she¬†played with Ida¬†being a good example with her witty one-lines and hilarious put-downs – this is a lady who has an answer for everything!

Another reason why I think That’s My Boy is¬†fantastic is because of the rapport that Mollie Sugden has with the supporting cast and the likeable characters they play. All the characters work brilliantly together, with the supporting cast¬†acting as a backdrop for Ida to bounce off.

I enjoyed the ¬†warm yet amusing storylines that kept the audience laughing throughout.. I found each episode to be hilarious and enjoyable to watch.The theme tune may consist solely of the lyrics “that’s my boy, that’s my boy. Lalalalalalala…” the upbeat tune somehow suits the show well, and after hearing it just a couple of times, the tune will never leave your head. That could either be a great thing or an annoyance – for me it was a great thing.

I found That’s My Boy to be a very pleasant comedy but wondered how it would be received today. Certain quotes and the play on stereotypes would not be acceptable today as it would be considered racist or homophobic. And I did wonder if That’s My Boy could be considered light-hearted family entertainment with all of Robert and Angie’s saucy antics – but then again, I think today’s kids are exposed to a great deal more!

I do think it’s quite a shame that That’s My Boy never reached the great heights I feel it should have and has more or less disappeared. I also can’t understand why it was hardly ever repeated after it was first shown on TV. But I’m so glad that I discovered this little nugget of TV gold – definitely what I call comfort food television and I will most definitely be watching it again.

 

 

 

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Diane Charlemagne: The Voice Of A Generation

 

 

 

Back in the day I was a massive fan of urban music: rap; ragga; jungle;¬†hip hop; swing beat; rnb… But as any kid growing up in the 1990s will tell you, one of the most popular musical genres was dance. Dance music was absolutely everywhere. You couldn’t escape it. I wouldn’t say I was a massive¬†fan of dance but I certainly didn’t mind it and there were some pretty good tracks out at the time. I’d go as far as to say that¬†this genre of music¬†has had quite an impact on me as I do equate dance¬†with growing up in the nineties. I just have to hear a¬†song I haven’t heard in years and it brings back awesome memories of my teen years: watching¬†Top Of The Pops with my family; listening to the UK Chart Top 40 on a Sunday afternoon;¬†collecting the lyrics of the numerous dance songs¬†– among others – ¬†in Smash Hits magazine; hanging out with my friends;¬†choreographing steps to go along with the videos on MTV;¬†parties;¬†secondary school; GCSEs; sixth form… until now, I had no idea that dance featured so heavily in the soundtrack to my youth.

 

Until a few hours ago, that is, ¬†when I heard about the sad passing of singer Diane Charlemagne who was a major part of Urban Cookie Collective. The Manchester-born vocalist lost her brave battle with cancer yesterday at the age of fifty one. Diane was a big name on the dance scene and over the years, aside from working with Urban Cookie Collective, collaborated with a whole¬†host of artists,¬†such as¬†Moby, D:Ream, Goldie and 52nd Street among many others.¬†The music world is understandably deeply saddened by Diane’s death and tributes have¬†poured in from artists including¬†Beverley Knight, Goldie, and Moby.

 

One of Urban Cookie Collective’s most famous songs to which Diane lent her fantastically distinctive vocals, apart from Feels Like Heaven, ¬†is¬†the anthemic The Key The Secret from 1993. I remember this so well and have memories of my younger sister singing and dancing to this whenever¬†it came on. Diane¬†vocals featured on tracks at a time when many of my peers were starting to¬†explore clubland and get a taste of growing up and independence.¬†The Key The Secret is as popular today as it was more than twenty years ago. A real club classic.

This amazingly talented lady will live in in her music. Rest in peace, Diane.

 

 

Romance On The Orient Express

Year: 1985 (UK)

Time: 96 mins

Written by: John Worthing

Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark

Starring : Cheryl Ladd     РLily Parker

Stuart Wilson  РAlex Woodward

Ruby Wax      РSusan Lawson

Julian Sands   РSandy

Betsy Brantley – Stacey

Sir John Gielgud   РTheodore Woodward

Barry Stokes         РFlavio

Danielle Tylke     РAlexandra

 

During my much-needed time off from work last week, I stumbled across a film I first saw when I was about seven or eight; a film for old romantic fools like me Рand it would appear that I started being an old romantic fool way back in my junior school days! I still remember the first time I watched Romance On The Orient Express. We were living in our first house in East London and it was a Saturday night Рback in the days when Saturday night television was more varied and more entertaining than it is today and not overladen with irritating reality TV shows. Now I know it must have been past my bedtime when this film began but it might have been because it was Saturday that we were allowed to stay up late Рand this film just happened to be on.

 

THE STORY

The story centres around Lily, a glamorous and sophisticated American magazine editor who is traveling on the famous Orient Express train from Venice to Paris with her friend, the quirky, adventure-seeking Susan. The trip brings back bittersweet memories for Lily when she first travelled to Europe ten years earlier with her friend Stacey. It was on this trip that they met two handsome, young Englishmen, Alex and Sandy. Lily and Alex begin a relationship and their story is told through flashbacks. Their relationship ends abruptly when Alex walks out on Lily without saying a word leaving the devastated young woman to return to the States.

Fast forward ten years and the former lovers are reunited once again as Lily comes face to face with the man who broke her heart a decade ago. Alex, having tracked Lily down and knowing that she had booked a trip on the Orient Express, has booked himself on the same trip in a bid to explain to Lily what happened all those years ago. When the couple meet again, the pain and the anguish¬†of the last ten years is still very raw, and Lily understandably doesn’t want to listen to anything that¬†Alex has to say – but for how long can she resist him?

 

And Alex’s reappearance plunges Lily into further turmoil as she now has to wrestle between her feelings for Alex and her obligation to her boyfriend back in the States. It is¬†later revealed that her break up with Alex left¬†Lily damaged and unable to form successful relationships with other men. And now she doesn’t know whether she should accept her boyfriend’s proposal or not – even though it’s very evident that she doesn’t love him.

Alex convinces Lily to meet him and the couple catch up on the last ten years and discover that they’d each been married and are now divorced, although Lily’s was the only marriage that produced a child. As the story unfolds, we soon learn that Alex isn’t quite the cad that we thought he was and that his feelings for Lily were genuine. We also learn that when he left Lily, she wasn’t exactly alone…

THE CAST

 

When I first saw Romance On The Orient Express, the only person I recognized was Ruby Wax who was a big name in television back in the 1980s.¬†I’d love to say that at infant-school age, I knew who actors Sir John Gielgud and Stuart Wilson were, but unfortunately I didn’t. I’d heard of Cheryl Ladd because I knew that she’d starred in¬†Charlie’s Angels.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT

Even though Romance On The Orient Express is a made-for-TV movie and not a Hollywood blockbuster, there’s something so beautifully moving and¬†poignant about this film which has shades of Casablanca about it. You couldn’t fail to be dazzled by the luxury of the Orient Express and the¬†stunning on-location scenes in Venice and Paris. The story, the setting, the scenery, the acting, the wardrobe… fantastic!¬†¬†¬†There is great chemistry between the lead actors Stuart Wilson and Cheryl Ladd, and I absolutely loved the riverboat scene with the¬†significantly beautiful song, Time¬†In A Bottle by Jim Croce.

I remember that the first time I watched Romance On The Orient Express, I found the subplot of the romance between Susan and Flavio, a staff member on the train intriguing. Even though it started off as just a bit of light-hearted fun for Susan who was looking for Mr Right -Now, towards the end of the film, Susan had a change of heart and admitted that she does love Flavio but decided to end it because there was no future in it:

“He’s Italian, he lives in Rome. I’m American, I live in New York… I finally meet someone and geography kills it.”

But there is hope for the couple as Lily convinces Susan that if she loves Flavio then they’ll find a way, and you can’t help rooting for the¬†pair hoping that they will indeed find a way because they seem like such a¬†cute couple.

What surprised me was that even though I’d only ever watched this film once, an awfully long time ago as well I may add, I was amazed by how much I remembered, including certain scenes and parts of the dialogue. I also didn’t think that anyone else would have even heard of¬†Romance On The Orient Express¬†let alone watched it, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there were others who had¬†seen this film and remembered it very well.

I know that there are some that might find¬†Romance On The Orient Express to be a little saccharine and predictable but I think it is a¬†very memorable, romantic movie, with a simple, easy to follow yet entertaining storyline that keeps you watching til the end because you just have to know what happens to Alex and Lily.¬†A delightfully charming, heart-felt tale about lost love, long-held secrets and second chances all bound together with the themes of friendship, family loyalty, and surprise revelations. Being a Mills and Boon fan, I feel as though I’ve just seen a classic Mills and Boon novel come to life on screen.

Will I watch Romance On The Orient Express again? Mais oui!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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