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Further photography fail. Also stuff.

I have dug everything. Everywhere. If there was something you didn't want dug, sorry. It's too late now, you should have said. Everything is now planted in the allotment, but turns out that watering is accomplished by hanging over the riverbank, and dipping a bucket into the water. So that's my job, as there's no way my mother can do that. If you hear a splash, it's me.

Elsewhere (a different river), I was out walking again, watching the bouncing fishes, and look look!












Yes, I know, it's clearly terrible. But still - leaping fishy! You can just about see what it is, I think. Probably. Well, I've just told you what it is, and presumably that helps.

Aside from digging, I've also been raiding YouTube for ancient, crackly Western TV shows, and I found the pilot for a slightly ropey show called The Restless Gun, which apparently ran from 1957-8. Although quite how it managed that on the basis of the pilot is anybody's guess. Anyway, it guest-starred an hilariously young Michael Landon as the Wild West equivalent of a teenage hood. I don't know why he's so hilariously young, as it's only a year before Bonanza started, but maybe it's something to do with pouting in black and white.

Fig a: A cowboy tearaway:



Watched another episode of Laramie as well. It seems to be a running joke with the casting department that all crooks have to be bigger than Jess, but sometimes they're surely just taking the mick:





There was also an episode where the sheriff was Uncle Jesse from The Dukes Of Hazzard, so that was nice. They seem to have a different sheriff every week, and it amuses me, because meanwhile the saloon is being run by the sheriff from Bonanza. They should just ask him. I love how all the Westerns seem to have the same people in them. They all share bad guys, particularly. It makes it look as though the Wild West is being endlessly terrorised by the same few gangs, who take it in turns to hit each settlement, and then run away giggling. Immortal gangs, presumably, given how often they get shot. (Actually, that's not a good idea, is it. I've seen the Wild West flashbacks in Highlander. The Wild West and immortality do not go well together. The beards alone...)

Fortunately there's no awful facial hair in Laramie, but it does have one small flaw. There's three distinct types of episode of Laramie. There's the ones where Slim and Jess have adventures together (these are the best ones. Later, when the writers realised that the leads had chemistry, there were a lot more of them, but they're a bit thin on the ground to begin with). Then there's the ones when Jess goes off and has adventures on his own, generally involving dodgy ex-mates, or family members with a tendency towards tragedy. For an orphan who lit out at fourteen, he has a remarkable number of family members who pop out of the woodwork, including a sister who's younger than him and dead in season one, but older than him and alive in season three. I know they weren't big on continuity in ye olde TV days, but they could at least have used a different name, for flip's sakes! Anyway, those episodes are also good. But then there's the episodes when Slim goes off and has adventures on his own. And those episodes are just... there. Poor Slim. He's very nice, but sadly he's also a bit dull. It's not too bad if his little brother Andy is around as well, but otherwise, truth is he's just not Jess. And he is nine feet of giant and lumbering not-being-Jess-ness. So you really can't ignore it.

Anyway, all this nonsense isn't getting stuff done, is it. But Laramie is good, folks. Watch it! And now I have to go and fall in the river. Bye.

Comments

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heartonsnow
Jun. 5th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
OK I believe it is a fishy!!
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 07:14 am (UTC)
I promise it is! Although it looks a bit more like a frog in the middle one...
emeraldarrows
Jun. 5th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Leaping fish! :D

I vaguely remember The Restless Gun. Pretty sure I watched a bit of it as a kid (my brain was so completely saturated in westerns growing up, they tend to all run together at this point but it sounds quite familiar).

I love the reusable, inter-changeable actors of old westerns. :P I'm watching Gunsmoke currently and I just saw the same actor in the first and third of three back to back episodes, playing different characters (and getting killed in both of them). :P
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 07:16 am (UTC)
They never showed any of the black and white Westerns here when I was a kid (except for "Champion The Wonder Horse", which was on every summer). It's a shame, as so many of those old ones are really good.

And yes, it's always fun spotting return visits, especially when the same people end up getting killed half a dozen times!
dimity_blue
Jun. 5th, 2016 10:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. Leaping fishy. You have proof. Of something leaping. *squints at pics* :oD

Isn't it fun (or funny, anyway) when writers ignore the continuity? He's a orphan! But here's a sister! And another sister (ignore the same name)! Oh, here's an uncle...and a cousin...

I honestly think they didn't expect viewers to remember anything unless they mentioned it in every ep. Maybe that's why they cast so many tall actors, just in case you forgot how short Jess is.

It would also explain the casting director using the same actors as baddies over and over. "No, I know we've used him seven times already, but put a bigger beard on him. No one will notice it's him again."
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 07:19 am (UTC)
It's one of the fun things about old telly. I love seeing how often Derren Nesbitt turns up in old British productions. I think there was a law that he had to be in everything, from about 1960-1975.

Continuity errors sometimes annoy me, and sometimes don't. "Magnum" was one of my favourites for spotting errors. Rick's an orphan; now his mother's alive; now he's an only child; now he has a sister (who turned up long enough to get murdered, natch); now he has a father; now he has a step-father; now all the parents have been dead for years again. It's no wonder the poor man had such psychological issues. :D
meathiel
Jun. 6th, 2016 07:06 am (UTC)
Oops ... hope you won't fall into the river. You could do the leaping thing as well then ... ;-)
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 07:16 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that! If I do fall in, I must try it. ;)
liadtbunny
Jun. 6th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
That ain't no fish - it's Nessie! I do like how your photos have come out like they were taken with an early camera:)

Um, Jess's parents weren't good at coming up with names!?
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
Because I don't have an adjustable shutter speed, and can't photograph fast moving things, I recorded a short video instead, and took screencaps. No idea what resolution the video is, but clearly nothing brilliant! So yes, it does a perfect imitation of an ancient camera. :D
liadtbunny
Jun. 7th, 2016 02:53 pm (UTC)
Ah - ingenious!
lost_spook
Jun. 6th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well done on achieving ALL THE DIGGING. I hope there isn't too much more of it. And maybe alternative arrangements could be made for watering? Like hosepipes? Or something that doesn't involve you trying to take up being a stuntman now?

*stares at photos* *concludes they are probably Modern Art*
swordznsorcery
Jun. 6th, 2016 11:33 pm (UTC)
I have now done the watering three times, and I haven't fallen in the river once. Did get soggy trousers today though. :) And yes, there are rain barrels, which is an option once the weather starts being British again.

Definitely modern art. :)
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