Covid-19 Day 6

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the first animated success Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

This is one I had never seen. Portions, especially the songs were familiar “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “I’ve Got No Strings” and Give A Little Whistle”.

It’ beautifully drawn and has very fluid character movements, often to comedic effect. The blue fairy almost looks like she was rotoscoped. However the animation of the Blue Fairy closely followed live-action footage of Marge Champion (who was also the performance model for Snow White).

The story is a basic heroes journey. Once a real boy, Pinocchio embarks on a journey. First to seek his fortune then to save his father.

A delightful movie and not surprising it is one of Disney’s favorites.



Corvid 19 Day 5


Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 2


  • Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Flour
  • 1 Egg


  • Add egg to milk to make 200g and mix
  • Sift in flour and baking powder to 100g
  • Pour on heated pan until surface bubbles, flip and cook 3-4 minutes
  • Serve with whipped cream and fruit

Banana Cake

Covid-19 Day 4

Banana Cake

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 8


  • 125 g Butter
  • 175 g Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 300 g Bananas
  • 5 g Baking Soda
  • 30 g Milk
  • 5 g Baking Powder
  • 225 g Flour
  • 5 g Allspice


  • Heat and cream Butter and Sugar. Add eggs, mashed bananas.
  • Heat milk and stir in Baking Soda. Add to Banana mix.
  • Combine dry ingredients; Flour, Baking Powder, Chocolate Chips & Allspice.
  • Mix dry ingredients into Banana mix. Bake until cooked (20-30 minutes) in square tin. When cool, cut into squares.

HC09 Masters

Covid-19 Day 3

The Masters of War
(The Human Chronicles #9)
by T.R. Harris (2014)

It’s all a big Nigel McCarthy vs Adam Cain story across the galaxy.

The hero survives despite impossible odds and it all ends in a ridiculous boss fight. At least this story arc has finished. And that’s where it ends for me.

After a strong start, the story is beginning to lose steam and get a bit repetitive. I could put up with a bit of that, but what is worse are the spelling and grammar errors. This book has been out for six years, and I purchased the omnibus edition. They should have been able to fix these errors.



Chocolate Gingernuts

Covid-19 Day 2 

Chocolate Gingernuts

Course: Snack
Servings: 9


  • 150 grams Flour
  • 20 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 70 grams Brown Sugar
  • 1 tspn Ground Ginger
  • 1 tspn Baking Powder
  • 100 grams Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 tspn Vanilla


  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Melt butter, syrup. Wisk in egg, vanilla
  • Add liquid ingredients to flour mix. Press into 40-45g balls and put onto baking tray. Press flat with fork. Bake in medium heat oven 20 to 30 minutes.



Prep Time3 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1


  • 60 grams Rolled Oats
  • 200 grams Water


  • Put Rolled Oats in bowl, add water.
  • Microwave on High for 2:20 minutes
  • Add cream, brown sugar & fruit

Porco Rosso

Porco Rosso from 1992 is the nest Studio Ghibli film. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

It is based on Hikōtei Jidai (“The Age of the Flying Boat”), a three-part watercolor manga by Miyazaki.

The English dub includes Michael Keaton, Cary Elwes, Susan Egan, Brad Garrett and
David Ogden Stiers.

Porco Rosso is a man/pig fighter pilot from the first work war who operates as a bounty hunter in the Adriatic Sea. Why he is a pig hybrid is never explained, however the story indicates at the end he may have changed again. The main story is about his conflict with an American pilot and his friendship with a female hotel owner.

The story moves along at a good pace and in only 90 minutes it provides action, adventure and plenty of dogfights. There is humour and a touch of romance. Despite the dark undertones of the era between the wars, the film has a light and fun tone.

HC08 Conquer

A Galaxy to Conquer
(The Human Chronicles #8)
by T.R. Harris (2014)

In A Galaxy to Conquer, all the great forces in the galaxy clash for one final, epic battle to determine who will come out on top. And racing the clock is Adam Cain and his team of aliens and SEALs out to rescue Riyad Tarazi from a Kracori prison ahead of the approaching conflagration.

This story describes one big war between the Humans, Klin, Ktacori and Jurians. It’s vast in scope and sometimes a bit difficult to follow. But in the end the plot threads come together to put Cain back in a situation to engage in the next story arc.


Only Yesterday (1991)

Only Yesterday from Studio Ghible is a 1991 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata, based on the 1982 manga of the same title by Hotaru Okamoto and Yuko Tone.

It was released on July 20, 1991. The ending theme song “Ai wa Hana, Kimi wa sono Tane” Love is a flower, you are the seed” is a Japanese translation of Amanda McBroom’s composition “The Rose”, made famous by the Bette Midler version..

Only Yesterday is a realistic drama written for adults, particularly women. The film was a surprise box office success, attracting a large adult audience and becoming the highest-grossing Japanese film of 1991 in the country.

Set inn 1982, Taeko Okajima is 27 years old, unmarried, has lived her whole life in Tokyo and now works at a company there. She decides to a trip to visit the family of the elder brother of her brother-in-law in the rural countryside to help with the safflower harvest and get away from city life.

While traveling at night on a sleeper train to Yamagata, she begins to recall memories of herself as a schoolgirl in 1966, and her intense desire to go on holiday like her classmates, all of whom have family outside of the big city.

During her stay in Yamagata, she finds herself increasingly nostalgic and wistful for her childhood self, while simultaneously wrestling with adult issues of career and love.

The film alternates between the adult and child stories. There is little overall story, it feels more like a impressionist version of a film. Just impressions, hints and feelings about the central character.

Because of this, and its realism there was little to engage me.

So although I saw all of the two hour film, this is my least favorite of the Studio Ghible films.

The English dub features Daisy Ridley (Star Wars) and Dev Patel.