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30 Days Of Telly #21

I have been busy, and have been neglecting the meme. Sorry, meme. It's nothing personal. I have been busy digging, which is much more entertaining than it sounds, especially since I keep finding fossils. Everywhere there are fossils. The garden was apparently the scene of some ghastly mollusc massacre some time during the Jurassic. But anyway.

Day twenty-one, your favourite ship. A close run thing, this one. Obviously there's the TARDIS, and also my beloved White Star (the original and best) from Babylon 5. I never did quite forgive Sheridan for crashing her into a planet, even if it was in the act of probably saving the universe. But in the event, neither of them wins. Instead I'm going with the Charming Molly, the eighteenth century sailing ship from Jack Holborn. A 1982 adaptation of the book by Leon Garfield, Jack Holborn tells the story of a small orphan boy caught up in the affairs of the dread pirate Captain Sharingham, and his danger magnet brother, Sir John. The Charming Molly is Sharingham's ship, a rather characterful and exuberant three-master with a talent for atmospheric lurking. She doesn't last long, sadly, as she gets pounded to driftwood in a storm halfway through the series, but she lives on in young Jack's dreams, haunting him with memories that he can't quite reach. I love Jack Holborn. It's a terrific family adventure serial about pirates and stolen jewels and adventuring and things like that; and the Molly, and especially her red-haired figurehead, is key to a big chunk of the story. So she wins, for adventuring and excitement, and assorted escapades, and for haunting Jack's dreams all his life. And also for the opening credits, with perfect adventuring music, and her being a shameless camera whore. Why don't we have sailing ships these days? Everybody should have one. They're so much more fun than cars.


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Jul. 19th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
Lol. Take that meme for trying to make you write about things that don't involve explosions!

I'm jealous of you fossil filled garden, though an excess of Devil's Toenails could attract the Master or Sapphire & Steel.
Jul. 19th, 2013 12:09 pm (UTC)
I have no objections to a visit from either, especially if the Master brings Mike, Benton and co dashing after. That strikes me as a very good way to spend the weekend.

And yes, a great excess of Gryphaea. I found a lovely big one yesterday which still had both halves intact. Usually I only find the top bit, the "toenail". Nice to have the bottom half as well. I found a good ammonite a few days ago too, and there's belemnites all over the place. Fairly typical for the area, as it was a marine environment until the end of the Jurassic, but I always love finding them.
Jul. 20th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
And thunderbolts as well! I can swap you for a beetroot forest & ten thousand strawberries.
Jul. 20th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
Strawberries are good. I tried growing strawberries this year. They've not been successful! A pack of goodness knows how many seeds, resulting in three plants that have been about 5mm tall for the last two months. I am not exactly Monty Don. :)

Do strawberries guarantee visits from the Master, though? (Beardy version preferred. I wish to actively discourage visits from the hyperactive irritant version with drums in his head).
Jul. 21st, 2013 09:58 am (UTC)
The patch in my garden was already here when I moved: no work necessary. Beetroot are good for the useless gardener(hiya).

Considering the amount of strawberries harvested last week, no, not even the one with tinnitus!
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