Telemovie Review … Aurora Teagarden Mysteries

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This is a series of typically twee and light telemovies. It is set in an impossibly beautiful town filled with beautiful people who never seem to have to do any real work and who can solve murders more effectively than the police..

The stories centre around Aurora Teagarden and the members of the Real Murder Club, who re-investigate old murders but also manage to find themselves in the middle of multiple murder mysteries.

Just my thing for light, brain-in-neutral, weekend viewing.

Movie Review: Ride Like a Girl

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She had the breeding, she had the talent, she had the support. All she needed was the chance.

I was torn about whether or not to watch this movie.

I dislike the horse racing industry for the terrible toll on the beautiful animals who are forced to participate in it.

But I love a story of love, loss, life, death, perseverance and triumph over tragedy.

“Ride Like a Girl” has it all. This is the true story of Michelle Payne … the first female jockey to ride the winner in the Melbourne Cup.

Teresa Palmer as Michelle Payne gives a great performance, but I think Stevie Payne as himself just about steals the show.

It’s sad, it’s funny, and it’s about the girl. For that I will give it 4 stars.

Whilst I admire the achievement, the movie glosses over the dark side of the horse racing industry. I cannot, in good conscience, publish this review without paying tribute to the many beautiful animals who have been injured and killed.

In Australia, during the 12 months to 31 July 2019 (from the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses):

  • 122 horses killed on track for a number of reasons most commonly for catastrophic front limb injury (61)
  • On average one horse will die on Australian racetracks every 3 days
  • 7 horses collapsed and died
  • 10 horses died from cardiac causes
  • 5 horses died from bleeds
  • The state with the highest recorded deaths was NSW (51) followed by VIC (31) and QLD (25)
  • 54 of the horses that were killed had been raced as a 2-year-old
  • 10 horses were only 2-years-old when they died on track
  • 17 horses are still listed as ‘active’ on the Racing Australia website at the time of writing, even though some have been dead for almost a year



Travel words … Bill Bryson

“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe

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