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TRIPWIRE 21: A SPECIAL COMPETITION
Well we’ve been up on Kickstarter for 22 days now and we are making decent progress. But I have decided to offer a very special competition. Once we hit 25% of our target, we shall be doing a prize draw, putting the name of everyone who has pledged into our hat. And we shall be picking one person who gets a one-off limited edition hardcover of TRIPWIRE 10, our tenth anniversary book we published way back in 2002. We only published this in paperback so this will be a true one off: we are getting an old-fashioned book binder to create this lovely object. So get pledging, as it could be you taking home this lovely item. Here’s the original cover to TRIPWIRE 10 from 2002 by Ashley Wood…

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Whisper of The Heart, an animated film written by Hayao Miyazaki but directed by Yoshifumi Kondo, was first released back in 1995. Thanks to Edith at StudioCanal, I got a screener of the film and she was also generous enough to give me three copies to give away. Find out how you can win a copy after my review of the film.
Miyazaki does have a very distinctive style so that even a film that’s not directed by him still has a very unique feel to it. Whisper of The Heart is a teen drama about Shizuku, a young girl living in Tokyo who falls for a boy in her school, Seiji. Their relationship, which begins when she sees his name on all of the library books she takes out, forces her to think about her own life, sending her on a different path. Whisper of The Heart is a sweet teen romance with some of Miyazaki’s classic idiosyncratic touches like cat figure The Baron in the antique shop owned by Seiji’s grandfather, which has a tragic story attached to it, and a dreamlike feel to parts of Tokyo. The animation is very sophisticated and the voice talent is well-chosen as you’d expect from a Studio Ghibli English dubbed film. Whisper of The Heart is perhaps a little less sophisticated than Miyazaki’s more recent efforts but if you’re a fan of him and Ghibli, then this is a Blu-ray that’s worth picking up…
To win a copy of Whisper of The Heart, then just email me at joelmeadows@btinternet.com with your answer to the following question:
Q: Which university did Hayao Miyazaki go to and which course did he complete there?
Closing date is February 28th 2012. I shall pick three random correct answers from three entrants. Good luck…




FROM THE ARCHIVE
I’ve been going through my photos to enter a Nikon Photo Contest International, and I’m pretty pleased with the four I’ve selected. One of them is the Tim Kring shot I put up recently as part of my LA posts but the other three are a photo I took of the canalside at Bristol back in May at night without my flash, a photo near Hampton Court by the river with this strange ominous cloud overhead almost like a blanket and a photo I took of Nelson’s Column at some point earlier this year (can’t remember when). I take a lot of photos (not as many as Gary but still quite a lot) so I forget what I’ve taken and sometimes I do take some good shots. Here are the three I’ve entered into this competition…