Archive for January, 2014

Tove Jubilee Mug!

It makes me so happy that Artbox* are now stocking the new 2014 Jubilee mug! This mug is very limited edition and celebrates Tove Jansson’s centenary. It is taken from The Dangerous Journey book where a girl called Susanna loses her glasses. There are glasses to be found in every 6th mug which makes them even more special and collectable! €2 for every sale goes towards the charity Unicef.

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I didn’t expect this mug to be stocked anywhere in the UK anytime soon so I ordered mine on eBay from Finland and it cost me about £65 for one with glasses. But at least I’ve got it! I expect the prices to soar for these mugs and they may even be worth a few hundred  pounds in the near future ;)

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Moomin are also having a giveaway of this mug over on their new website!

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Moominmamma and Moominpappa Mugs 2014

Just a quick update showing you the new Arabia collections coming April 2014. These are the designs that are replacing the old mugs from 1999.

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Tove Jansson – Life, Art, Words

This authorised biography follows Tove’s life, mostly in chronological order. You begin to understand what was going on in her life when she created each piece of art, how her friends and family affected her and how important family really is. It’s the sort of book you don’t rush through. Usually I try to read as fast as possible because I have a huge reading list of over 800 books, but with this I had to savour every word. It took me a few days to get through, it’s quite big at 576 pages, but every second was worth it.

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I can’t thank Boel Westin enough for taking the time to read through all of Tove’s letters and documents, compile them and put them into this novel.  Natasha Janz of Sort of Books says Westin had “incredibly privileged and never-to-be-repeated access because she became close friends of Jansson and her partner Tuulikki Pietilä, both of whom have now died, and did a considerable amount of work with them in Tove’s lifetime, going through diaries and letters and being able to discuss it with Tove.”

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There are a lot of pictures, each fitting with the text – most of them have never been published before so it’s always nice, as a Tove Jansson enthusiast, to read new information and see new images. It’s the little things like knowing her favourite walking route in Paris that makes this book so special. It filled me with such inspiration, knowing she lived her life as she wanted to and I like to think it was a happy one. I don’t know what else I could say other than if you like Tove Jansson, you must read this book! The only negative aspect of this book is that it comes to such an abrupt end. I first read it on my kindle and it tells you how long you’ve got left in the book, which counted the bibliography. The way it was written didn’t really imply it was coming to an end. I thought it might’ve discussed Tove’s last few years of her life as little is known about it other than she was diagnosed with lung and breast cancer and spent her last year in hospital.

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Tove Jansson is an inspiration to work hard, love passionately and appreciate art in all its forms.

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Moominland Midwinter at the Egg Theatre

A few weeks ago Tomm surprised me by saying we were going to Bath to see the Horse & Bamboo production of Moominland Midwinter! I’d been planning to go since summer but now that I work weekends and I’m in college during the week  I pretty much gave up hope, then when he told me he’d planned it I was so excited! On Boxing Day we set off for the 230 mile trip, stopping at various service stations for well-deserved Starbucks and rest breaks. As I don’t drive, I usually read on my Kindle so I was very happy~

We booked tickets for the Friday night performance of Moominland Midwinter as all the other days had sold out. I already knew it would be fantastic, but that instilled more excitement in me and I’m glad so many people are interested in it. I first heard about the performance on Twitter as someone posted a picture of the puppets being made. Obviously I was out of my mind with excitement. They were actually made in Lancashire (very close to me) where horse & bamboo are based.

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 I was surprised at how accurate the performance was in regards to the book. It was clear that a lot of time and effort was put into creating each character, even the squirrel who doesn’t play a very big part. As for the set, I was completely taken aback by how many varieties they had. I always like to see new backgrounds in plays but there are only usually 1 or 2 in an average play. But this wasn’t average at all! Ski slopes opened up to become Tooticky’s hut and even a trap door was used to go fishing. It was quite melancholic but had lots of uplifting scenes, like Little My wearing Moominmamma’s tea cosy and using a silver tray as a sled. All the characters had personalities perfect to the book and I like the strong emphasis placed on the moral of the story – overcoming your fears and being happy in any situation.

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Moominland Midwinter runs until January 12th 2014 so if you would like to buy tickets, please do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

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