One sure sign that summer is passing, other than the yellowing and falling of the first leaves, is the passing of the plums. Now when we walk beneath the plum tree that just a week ago dropped a score of succulent plums into the rich thick grass overnight, we find only seven or eight plums, some of which have already falen prey to the yellow jackets and African honey bees, so be careful which ones you pick up. I have been stung, and my finger swelled up and hurt as if I had hit it with a hammer. The geese have been stung, so prefer to wait on the terrace for me to find the good plums, which I then feed to them, saving a few for myself. A visitng friend, wary of the grass and bees and things unseen, picked her plums right off the tree, though we rarely do. When they are ripe, they will fall, and now they have almost all fallen.
Here in Molene, things happen quickly, dramatically, and then are over, usually within about two weeks. Three weeks ago, with pecks of plums hanging from the boughs, you had to be careful that the plums were ripe, yet I think we will have no plums at all a week from today..
IAN FLEMING, CREATOR OF JAMES BOND -- FORTY YEARS LATER
Wednesday, September 15, 2004, 8:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
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"The name is Bond… James Bond." Spoken in clipped British tones by the darkly handsome screen star, these words have echoed across the world as movie audiences tense for the newest adventure of Ian Fleming's legendary hero.
To commemorate the anniversary of Ian Fleming's death in 1964 -- Vincent Chenille, a collector of print materials on Bond and Fleming for nearly 20 years, will present an evening devoted to the discovery of the rather flamboyant creator of Bond, his background in the British Secret Service and in journalism, and how Fleming’s own background influenced British spy 007's universe.
Chenille’s exhibit, which is now on display at the Library, showcases both original editions and reprints of Fleming's work in a variety of languages and formats, together with photos, articles, and biographical materials. The background is designed by Armelle Aymonin.
Complementing Chenille's discussion will be a second presentation by Pierre Rodiac of Club 007 France, who will describe the evolution of Bond from the pages of the bestselling paperback novels to the big screen and thence to a hero of mythic stature. His discussion will also encompass works of other writers who, in the past 50 years, capitalized on the Bond persona, including Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, and Raymond Benson.
Presentations will be in English; questions accepted in either French or English. Wine reception to follow.
have devastated thousands of families and entire communities
bordering the Indian Ocean in South Asia. While the world
turns toward dozens of humanitarian agencies to help the
people who are gripped with incredible suffering, some
are also thinking of the forgotten victims of natural
disaster....the animals. The World Health Organization
estimates that 5 million people are now without food,
water and shelter. What will happen to the animals
who were under their care?