September 15, 2017

The new Library

In case you didn't hear, Simply June has undergone some changes and the library has relocated!  
Come check it out and catch up on a few shows while we finish 'renovations'. 

August 06, 2017

Poldark 3 - Episode 9

The series finale? Already?  Episode Nine REVIEW:



The sun has set on Cornwall for another series – with some big questions still to be answered
As chat up lines go, “Shall we grant ourselves each other so I can go into the darkness knowing I have once tasted heaven?” isn’t bad. A little cheesy perhaps. But few viewers were expecting it to work on Demelza, the rough, tough serving girl who has blossomed into the fabulous Mrs P for three series now.

But work it did – said Mrs Ross seemingly offered young Hugh Armitage the heaven he was craving before he goes blind (“in six months” as he said – which seems very medically precise for the 1790s but there you are).
It was a shocking moment to witness the loyal, faithful Demelza, who let’s not forget eschewed the advances of Captain McNeil in the last series, apparently give herself to another man.

But we had been building to it for a while and the consummation owed as much to a Hardyesque twist of fate as it did to her wish to be wooed. Just as Demelza discovered that Ross had kissed Elizabeth in church (as we predicted  Prudie would reveal) she returned home just in time to find Lt Armitage mooning about Nampara.

It’s not exactly clear what else went on among the sand dunes apart from the kissing (below) but it seems like heaven was tasted (scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield thinks they went further). And when she got home Demelza, forbade Ross from asking any questions.

Elsewhere, her husband (who has been a bit of a stubborn fool this series) was elevated a little in the hero stakes with his staunch leadership of the rag tag group of locals who had been assembled after Tholly and Prudie spotted “Frenchies” off the coast.

Incidentally, I also liked the fact that Tholly had a proper pirate's telescope to go with his weathered tricorn hat and hooked hand. I think the props department need to find him a parrot for series four and some pieces o'eight.

Ross's men were immediately summoned – only to find Tholly and Sam Carne leading a starving band of locals intent on storming Warleggan’s grain store.

Ross didn’t fire on them, but he managed to ensure peace while promising, finally, to accept the offer of becoming a politician if asked again.

There’s no guarantee he will, but the chances are we will be seeing Ross P MP next series. A sign that he is making some sensible decisions at last.

George won’t like that but the ghastly Warleggan’s hate-filled obsession with all things Poldark backfired a little after he got awful Tom Harry to harass poor Drake and burn down his blacksmith’s forge.

When Drake had the cheek to tell Elizabeth about it, George tried to kick him out of the house before his wife finally gave us an indication of why Ross was once in love with her. The bullying must stop, she said, the “brute” Tom Harry must be fired and she even managed to confront George about his suspicions of the paternity of young Valentine.

It was an emotionally complex scene, that one. Obviously, Elizabeth’s protestations of innocence are not entirely honest – although her insistence that she never gave herself to anyone between her marriages to Francis and George is perhaps technically true, and perhaps suggests that she believes Ross forced himself upon her during that controversial night they spent together in series two.

It was also conflicting to see George break down and cry. He has been almost pantomime in his villainy this series but tonight we saw a little into his blackened heart and we may have softened, if only a bit, for him. Let’s not forget that as a boy Ross used to put toads down his trousers – it was probably then that his hatred fermented.

Still, there’s little ambiguity in the story of Osborne “Ossie” Whitworth who was also undone by feminine wiles. Morwenna’s sister Rowella had been having her way with him and, whether she was pregnant or not, managed to convince Ossie a) that she was up the duff and b) to part with a good deal of money to see her wedded off to red-headed friend Arthur Solway from the library.

Whether poor Drake will finally get the woman he loves, who knows, but there is certainly hope for series four, symbolised in the winter primroses he found and placed at Morwenna’s door.

“Wherever you are, know that I love you...I love you” she said on the doorstep, and Drake, hiding behind the gate heard every word.
It was a beautiful little scene. Whether love can be rekindled in the Ross and Demelza marriage, however, remains to be seen.

July 30, 2017

Poldark 3 Episode 8 recap

Tristan Sturrock as Zacky Martin and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark 

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Poldark series 3 episode 8 review: Ross and Demelza grow apart but will Drake get Morwenna back? 

Judas, as they say in these parts, that was an interesting episode.
It may have been bereft of major incident or death but it was still action-packed. And most importantly it shone an intriguing light into many of the characters’ hearts.
Or in the case of Aidan Turner’s Ross, it sort of did. Our hero appeared to have what would in modern terms be called a mature and honest conversation with his neglected wife Demelza. He had just seen Elizabeth in the church where they had been visiting Agatha’s grave and the two of them had had a heart-to-heart followed by a chaste(-ish) kiss.
But did he confess? Did he heck. Ross appeared to tell Demelza what he was feeling – that he had the ghost of a love for Elizabeth but that he was happy and content in his new marriage and was a new man.
But he said nothing of the sort.
The confession we saw was a fantasy with writer Debbie Horsfield pulling the rug from under us viewers, just as she did with the death of Francis (when he appeared to be saved from drowning only for us to realise that it was some sort of dream before he carked it).
So Ross essentially lied to Demelza, said he was sorting granite for Agatha’s grave and reported nothing of the kiss. He's a complicated hero, our Mr P.
And in Poldark these things have a habit of coming back to bite characters on the bottom. Because lurking near the church gate was the unmistakeable figure of Beatie Edney’s Prudie who witnessed the intimate exchange between Ross and his erstwhile lover.
Ghastly George Warleggan also found out a few things about his wife. He consulted Dr Enys about the details of Valentine’s birth – wracked as he is with doubt over Agatha’s last words suggesting that the child is not his and someone else “got there first”.
“Damn you Ross, damn your blood,” George spat at his arch enemy in one of their many bar room tiffs (they like squaring off in pubs, those two). And it was a remark which was clearly double-edged: by his blood he clearly means young Valentine.
But being George he didn’t talk to his wife – merely cold-shouldered her and the wee whelp.
Although of course he had other things on his mind, namely what Brenda from Bristol (in more recent times) would have called “another” blimming election. But this one offered up some tasty plot developments.
George had been elected as the Burgess' radical candidate of change in Cornwall and – to add to the irony – old right winger Lord Falmouth approached Ross to be his man.
Of course stubborn Ross would have been far better as the Burgess’ choice and it is hard to see him acquiescing with a toff who feels the “menials" have their place (by which he means on the ground, scrabbling in the dirt for a crust).
The terrible Osborne/Morwenna marriage is also going in a dangerous direction. Osborne keeps forcing himself on his poor wife and was actually caught praying for "a suitable replacement" while she suffering the agonies of labour. I may be wrong but this is not conduct straight out of the new man’s guide to being a good husband.
Quite what Morwenna’s sister Rowella is up to, though, is another question, with her constant flirtation with her toe-sucking toe-rag brother-in-law. Is she trying to keep him away from her sister by satisfying Ossie's (as he seems to be called these days) lust?
Still, Ossie definitely has a rival. Drake’s fires of passion have been rekindled – and we saw him mooning outside Ossie Towers. Will he have the courage to make a swoop? And how can he get Ossie out of the way? Perhaps Rowella will get him into such a state he expires. One can only hope.
Probably least interesting are the flickerings of Hugh Armitage’s desire for Demelza. It’s not a story that has massively gripped me to be honest – his swooning, poems and sketches seem a little hackneyed. And it is a story we seemed to have seen already in the last series when Demelza was getting all that attention from Captain McNeil.
Although the tension Hugh’s ardour seems to have exposed in Ross and Demelza's marriage is interesting.
The fireside scene where she confided to her husband that she would be up for a fling was bold, daring and rather modern. Question is: has she got the chops for it? And will Ross stand up for his marriage? It's about time he did...

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Josh Whitehouse as Hugh Armitage

Recap with SPOILERS from The Telegraph HERE
Cap'n Ross

July 23, 2017

Poldark 3, Episode 7

Poldark is available to watch on BBC One, or by clicking here 

Source: Poldark series 3, episode 7 review: Putting the Schwing! into Swingometer

Every telly viewer knows the rule of Chekhov’s Gun: don’t put the gun on the stage in Act One unless you’re going to fire it in Act Three.

So when an episode of Poldark begins with grizzly old Tholly (Sean Gilder) announcing that he’s the new gravedigger, you can be pretty sure someone’s going to be at the dirt-end of his spade before the Ten O’ Clock News barges in. Chekhov’s Gun has become Chekhov’s Shovel.
The question is, who’s going to be at the end of that shovel?
You’d love it to be Osborne, wouldn’t you? Not only has he got Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) pregnant, the insatiable sex hippo threatens to beat her when she won’t retreat to the bed for a few minutes under him. And that’s putting it in a far more delicate way than the show does.

Christian Brassington embraces Osborne’s larger-than-life nature with gusto as he sweats and swaggers with all the charm of defrosting meat. He’s a pantomime villain in pantaloons – a preening bully, one who isn’t content to be a lascivious bastard to Morwenna, but also her sister, and her feet.

His rushing off after catching a glimpse of her stocking-clad tootsies is the show’s first masturbation joke, and it isn’t a subtle one.

It’s fair to say that nuance isn’t a word that Poldark knows, but something it is really good at is the little moments. Ones which let you take a second from all the melodrama but without losing the theme of it. The sight of a dandelion blowing in the breeze, the shots of mist rolling in along the coast, the sea beating the cliffs. It’s like televisual Pointillism – all those little bits that you can take in and then step back from to see the big picture.

That big picture this week is political. Don’t worry if you’re still suffering from Referendum or Election fatigue, because Poldark politics puts the schwing into Swingometer. Sir Francis Basset (John Hopkins), who sadly is not from the Liquorice Allsorts dynasty, wants Ross to become the new candidate for Parliament. Could we soon be hearing the chant of “Oh, Ross Poldark!” among the locals? Will he be admitting to scything topless through a field of wheat?

No, because Ross is – to alliterate wildly – a person of principle, not a party’s political puppet. “Power is pursued for its own sake, rather than the good it can do,” he says, with Aidan Turner giving it the kind of conviction that you wish your real elected leaders had.

It’s the kind of nobility the show has worked hard to remind the audience over its few years, and which has had to be rebuilt ever since that moment in series 2. Ross is the man who’ll always defer to the greater good.

Yet even after years of marriage Demelza still somehow hasn’t cottoned onto that. She’s tired of him mine-splaining and Pol-dicking about without consulting her. Perfectly understandable, but surely the moment he sailed off to Revolutionary France on an A-Team suicide mission was the time to get mad about not consulting her?

Ahh, but this is the show setting up an excuse for Demelza to return the affections of naval puppy Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse), who pursues Mrs. Poldark with all the charm and subtlety of a teenager using his privates as a divining rod. His advances are claw-your-own-face-off awkward to watch, but perhaps what’s even more awkward is that Demelza doesn’t shoot him down.

Speaking of things being shot down, Aunt Agatha’s centenary shindig gets cancelled by George in a scene so OTT it’s a wonder it doesn’t gush out of your screen and leave a weird stain your carpet.

“There. Will. Be. No. Party,” he enunciates at her, and you wonder how Jack Farthing can keep a straight face while trying to deliver such a daft sentence so seriously. Agatha can’t help but rise to it. The one thing better than watching Ross and George trade verbal blows is watching Agatha and George have at it.

It’s an argument that George arguably wins, seeing as he doesn’t die soon after it. Aunt Agatha passes, filled with regret for blabbing about the baby. The music swells, the baby cries, George makes a Faustian pact with Sir Francis Basset. It’s melodrama of the highest order and classic Poldark viewing.

So farewell then to Caroline Blakiston, who has always been such a treat to watch, her Agatha acerbically cutting through the treacle and the trauma like a card-playing Greek chorus. It’s a shame we’ll not have her to snark at the bad times that are clearly coming.

Things just keep getting worse in Poldark. Is anyone going to be happy? Or are people just going to be miserably shagging people they’re not meant to be with, or meeting the dirt-end of Tholly and Chekhov’s shovel? It makes you yearn for the simple days of worrying about Ross’s mine. Poldark remains the gold-standard of Sunday night telly, but right now it’s hardly a feel-good watch.

Poldark continues next Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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July 02, 2017

Poldark 3 Episode 4

Review found at

June 25, 2017

Poldark Season 3 Episode 3 Recap

watch Episode 3 before reading recap!

“When did anything go according to plan with Ross?”, Eleanor Tomlinson’s Demelza sighed wearily in episode three of the BBC1 drama.  In dramatic scenes, our hero forsook his wife once again and buckled his swash against the dastardly Frenchies who have imprisoned his friend Dwight Enys.   Making a landing with his old friend Tholly Tregirls, Ross was rumbled by the officers of the Republique and sent packing. But Ross being Ross he dived into the freezing briny (well, you could see his breath, couldn’t you, so it was certainly cold) and returned for his friend, knowing that discovery would have meant instant decapitation by la guillotine.   And it was a close-run thing. He had already made something of an enemy in the landlady of the shady boozer that he hung out in (he wouldn’t sleep with her, so she was happy to shop him in a second time). But before you could say Jacques Robinson he had punched the living daylights out of the arresting company and fled. The next we saw of him he was riding up to Nampara to a grateful Demelza. 
  Ross 1, La Republique 0

  But still, he didn’t manage to liberate Dwight (below) who remains locked up in the prison which all the inmates agree is about the closest thing to hell on earth as could be imagined. Will Dwight return? Clearly there is unfinished business in those cells, in more ways than one.   The slammer/hell-hole also houses a certain officer by the name of Lieutenant Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse) who, if pre-publicity is to be believed, is to become a future love interest of Demelza. But that’s for another day.

Back in Cornwall, of course there was a lot of waiting to be done – Caroline pined for Dwight, Demelza waited for Ross, but not in a simpering way. She had had enough of his absence and gave her religious brother Sam Carne approval to set up his new church in an old storehouse belonging to her husband.   Morwenna heaved a fair few love sighs, staring longingly at Drake, who stared longingly back. Their romance is clearly racing along nicely, so much so that she even invited the young lad to kiss her. Blimey.

But George Warleggan will have a few things to say about that, having set his sights on the Carne boys, denying them the use of the old Grambler building. We suspect there is more to come from this head-to-head.   Even by his standards George was especially villainous tonight. Maybe it was the wig and gown when he started his duties on the bench, dispensing justice to the local people – or, as he would have it, the “vulgars” – with customary lack of mercy; twenty lashes for some poor man who stole a pheasant, letting off the son of one of his friends (and charging his accuser with perjury).  

  “A most satisfactory day,” he told his wife. We also learned that the harvest had failed in this part of Cornwall so it’s a safe bet to suggest that there will be more of this sort of petty thieving punished with George's unspeakable cruelty.   Little wonder Elizabeth is starting to have second thoughts about him. She flashed her husband looks of distinct disgust whenever she was in his company.

 And she has taken to the bottle – or rather the tincture – which she appears to now be downing with carefree abandon to “calm the nerves and fortify the constitution” as her doctor put it. Still, apart from the fighting and boozing, there were some light-hearted moments to be had, best of which was the neat bit of trolling by Geoffrey Charles to stepdad George when he said what everyone had been thinking and suggested that the child was “much darker” than his supposed father.

  Each episode so far has seen a sly dig about Valentine’s paternity aimed in George’s general direction but the beastly banker still hasn’t picked up on it. Too busy being a tyrant, I suppose.  

Source: Poldark series 3 episode 3 review: Ross travels to France but will he save Dwight?

  Source: Poldark series 3, episode 3 review: Aidan Turner's stealth audition for James Bond 2017

June 21, 2017

Poldark Series 3 - Episode 2

Ross, mate, we love you, and you act with heroic intentions, but you can be a noble idiot at times.

WATCH episode TWO by clicking HERE 

Source: Poldark 3 – Episode 2

June 18, 2017

Poldark Series 3 Episode 1


POLDARK - season 3

Poldark, Season 3: First Look


May 15, 2017

May 01, 2017

The Brave Young Girl Who Escaped North Korea

the following article is from the Huffington Post article online posted in March 2017.

The Story Of A North Korean Defector

Yeonmi Park’s world was a terrible reality.

Updated Mar 13, 2017

If you were to pass by her, she could be anyone — a businesswoman, a doctor, or perhaps a lawyer. She entered the room with an astonishing presence, as if she was attuned to a different frequency — like she was someone truly extraordinary. Her black and white plaid dress and small pink jacket were unassuming, and she stumbled a bit in her heels. “I don’t know what I’m doing here!” Her nervousness crashed against her polished appearance like cymbals.

April 27, 2017

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In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian-fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war and subjugates women, who are not allowed to work, control money, or even read. Widespread infertility due to environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of young fertile women—called Handmaids, according to biblical precedent—who are assigned to the homes of the elite, where they must have ritualized sex with the men in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives. The main character, Offred, is the Handmaid assigned to an elite Commander and his wife, and as such is subject to the strictest rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on her part can lead to her execution. Offred, so named because her master is named Fred, can remember the “time before”, when she was married.