Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Ghostman of Skye. Beautiful, sad, haunting...

I have just posted the Midnight Ball with blurry eyes... I have just watched an amazingly touching film on the Beeb called "The Ghostman of Skye", it reduced me to tears:
The Ghostman of Skye

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This is a Celtic Britain I know and love that is fast disappearing and it's so wonderful to hear the old languages spoken, which my Grandparents generation all did (albeit in Welsh)... in between the ghost stories and tall tales we learn about the love of his life and it made me think how seldom we see really old people on TV and how little patience we have to listen to their stories. Give Donald Angus MacLean a hearing if you have the time, and reflect about a time when love often did last a lifetime.

9 comments:

Pattee said...

Did I miss the ball????
Pattee

Zan Asha said...

Aww, that is so sad Yve. It's the same way in America, I'm afraid. You have old farmers and craftsmen and whatnot, who live a much simpler more traditional way of life and we so often ignore their many stories, often to our own harm as a result, I fear. I really wish people would take a moment to really learn from the wiser segments of population. It's a pity, really

Yve said...

Hi Pattee, the ball is at my websote www.freakylittlethings.com

Zan, I know, you laugh at first at those old guys and their tall stories but then I realised that they actually have wisdom, especially about the human condition. And THAT Landscape takes your breathe away

Sophia said...

I miss the old stories, too. It breaks my heart to even see farmers getting bought out of their land just so more housing developments can be built. I miss the simple things that our world seems to keep stepping over. (sigh)

Happy Sunday!

Sue said...

I really want to see this movie - don't know if it is available here in Canada.

I just checked out your Midnight Ball, it is fabulous!!! You did a phenomenal job on presenting it. Loved it!

carrah51 said...

I saw it too and loved it. He ended up expressing his love for his wife in such a beautiful, intimate way it took my breath away. He restored my belief in love. And although the "ghost stories" were brief, they were so odd, and out of the mouths of such ordinary people, that they were totally believable. These people wouldn't make things like that up. It made me wonder what kind of apparitions, or sightings might be around all of us, but we are too busy to notice. On Skye, the beauty of the land was so breathtaking, that man and his houses looked small and vulnerable there. It brought to mind the Isle of Man, where my in-laws lived and are now both buried side by side in the churchyard looking out on the moor, and further, to the sea...I wish more people could see this. Maybe they will show it again someday.

Abi said...

Are you feeling better Yve? Great ball. I am annoyed cos I can't watch the clip here - says 'not allowed for viewing in your area' freakin stupid - does it have naked folk in it or something?!

Yve said...

How annoying, I've just sent an email to Sue to tell her to watch it there too, I thought the BBC iPlayer would work everywhere?!!! If anyone posts it to you tube I will link here.

It's still with me 24 hours later! It reminded me how all cletic (and in Skye I guess they would have Viking ancestry too, probably?) that ghosts and spirits are always linked to landscape. Such a strong theme in the culture, you can see why in this film.

Yve said...

Bu**er! That should say "Celtic" :o)