Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Fishing in unlikely places. & other stuff!

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

 Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt

Alfred “Fred” Jones (Ewan McGregor) is a man with Asperger's syndrome who is the British government expert in salmon fisheries. When consultant Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), representing a wealthy Yemeni sheikh (Amr Waked), asks for help to fulfill the sheikh’s vision to introduce salmon fishing to the desert country of Yemen, Fred rejects the idea as unfeasible. However, the Prime Minister's press secretary, Patricia Maxwell (Kristin Scott Thomas) fastens onto it as a “good will” story of Anglo-Arab cooperation to distract the voters from ongoing bad news out of Afghanistan, and pressures Fred into working with Harriet and the sheikh to implement the project. He gradually comes to believe in the sheikh’s quest. Estranged from his career-minded wife, Fred falls in love with Harriet, whose boyfriend Robert (Tom Mison) has just gonemissing in action in the war. After Fred declares his love to Harriet, Robert returns alive, requiring her to choose between the two men. The fish are released and the project seems to be succeeding, but it is sabotaged by local militants who destroy the salmon runs. But when Fred sees some fish have survived, he regains his faith, and Harriet joins him to fulfill the sheikh’s vision.


This film left me with warm fuzzy feelings and smiling. The parts taken by McGregor and Blunt are excellent but are bolstered by cameos from Kristin Scott Thomas and others that are brilliantly married in with the main characters. There are good laughs as well and for a government minister Thomas's language is colourful to say the least, but the overall affect is of witty and intelligent comedy. Highly recommended.

Asperger's syndrome 
is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

Marketing & Sales

KDP Select comes good! Oh I wish! I have this recurring dream that I have to change email addresses etc because one of my books has gone viral but as yet that's all it is - a dream. Having said that the number of free downloads crept up to around 25% of the first promotion I did which didn't surprise me but I have sold more of my novels and I think that is a result of the increased awareness via the poetry book. I did take the trouble to print a page for each book in the back of 'The Musings of a Confused Mind' showing the front cover and synopsis of the stories.
I was grateful to poet Oscar Sparrow for his comments on my blog 'Is KDP Select doing it for you?' Poetry has been such an outlet for me as it allows the expression of inner thoughts and feelings. If more people indulged themselves in this way there would be fewer stressed people in the world.

God Bless