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April: The Story So Far

Things that have happened recently.

1. I bought a camera. It's nothing special, but it's fun for knocking about the countryside with. The focus has a macro setting, for extreme close-ups of things, and I have become ridiculously fond of it already. I will do my best not to bore everybody rigid with stupid pictures of things that I find lying about the Cotswolds. Promise. Well, maybe.

2. The BBC finally got around to making an announcement about their long promised documentary series Shark. It's going to be bloody awesome. But it's also the first major marine documentary since the death in 2012 of Mike deGruy, so it's going to be weird watching it. Most of you won't have heard of Mike, although you've probably seen his work - he's the one who got the famous footage of the orcas snatching sea lions off the beach in Trials Of Life. He's been a hero of mine since way back, and his film Sharks On Their Best Behaviour is one of the best things I've ever seen. And he should have still been here to work on this, damn it.

3. I turned forty.

4. I have begun to raid eBay for films with Pierce Brosnan in, preferably as a thief. I blame Remington Steele, as television has largely ceased to make sense if it doesn't have Pierce Brosnan in it (preferably as a thief). Fortunately for me, he's had quite a prolific career, featuring a remarkable degree of thievery. Even when he's not actually being a thief, he seems to go in for an inordinate amount of lock-picking and safe-cracking. I might find this suspicious, but I'm too busy being entertained.

5. Any minute now, I'm going to go and feed the ice cream van man his music machine. It's been playing the first few bars of The Entertainer over and over again for the last half hour as he circles the area, and seriously, he's begging for violence. I may consider beating him to death with a wafer sandwich.

(Technically this last one hasn't happened yet, but it may very well have done before you read this).

6. I have been going through my YouTube "Likes" list, in order to remove dead links (NBC is cruel, and loves to deprive me of Max Weinberg). Whilst doing this, I found a whole bunch of videos that I forgot existed, and if you've been a member of YT for any length of time, I strongly suggest that you do likewise. Old likes are such fun! I found shedloads of a very giggly Dean Martin, a whole bunch of Fry & Laurie, about thirty different live versions of Queen's '39 (including a rather wonderful collection of leotards a la Freddie), and an inordinate amount of John Black vs Stefano DiMera on Days Of Our Lives. I miss them. :( Every so often Drake Hogestyn declares his undying love for Joe Mascolo on Twitter, but it's just not the same.

7. William Hartnell and Peter Lorre made a film together. Actually they made it in 1950, but it was on TV the other night. I don't want to say too much, because I don't know if liadtbunny has got around to seeing it yet, but suffice to say that they probably shouldn't have bothered. I can quite understand why they would have wanted to try - who wouldn't want to make a film with Peter Lorre?! I'm sure we'd all like to, given the chance. Or, at least, we would back when he was a bit less dead. (Although he died in 1964, which puts him out of the reach of most of us, but you know what I mean. Probably). Anyway, I appreciate the effort. It's just a shame that it didn't turn out a bit better. Maybe if it had had Pierce Brosnan in it, stealing things? A pre-natal Pierce Brosnan, obviously. Sort of like Outlaw Pete, but even younger? No? Everyone's a critic...

Now if you'll excuse me, my mother wants some pictures of the cats. If past experience is anything to go by, this will mean pictures of ears, paws, and fleeing tails, but I have to try. One of them is actually looking quite cute right now, which is either a good sign or a trap. Still, James Bond never lets certain defeat put him off, does he. Think smart - think Bond.

I may be some time.


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Apr. 12th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
Is there a birthday mentioned in really small font? *squints*

Happy belated birthday!
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:22 am (UTC)
Nope, no birthday round here!

Thank you. :)
Apr. 12th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
I missed your birthday! When was it or is that a secret? Happy birthday! Here, have some cake. (Well, a cake icon. I'd shove cake down my modem but I suspect the cream wouldn't do it much good.)

Icecream vans have terrible music. Even if you like the music in question, it's still terrible and prone to inciting violence. Death by Icecream Wafer is undoubtedly how a number of icecream van people go. *nods* Not that I've killed anyone like that. Not even the icecream van person who tried to make me hate Greensleeves. *has the patience of a saint*

Did you get your cat pictures? Maybe you need a Plan or a Scheme to help you? Distract them with tuna then sneak up on them?
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!

The cat pictures didn't happen yet, as my sister rang. We have a standing joke that whenever I'm busy doing something, she rings up. It's quite remarkable!
Apr. 12th, 2015 08:47 pm (UTC)
A belated Happy Birthday! (:
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
Apr. 13th, 2015 07:22 am (UTC)
Forty, pah. You're a little baby!

I rather feel Brosnan ought to have been paired up at some point with Cary Grant, so that they could have played father-and-son gentleman cat burglars. Taking turns with romancing the ladies and nicking their joolery. Opportunity missed, I fear.

Nature pics/cat pics, yes plees!
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:12 pm (UTC)
That is The Best Idea In The World! It was completely unfair of Cary Grant to retire before Pierce Brosnan started acting. He should have thought ahead. Although of course it would have probably have meant having him in colour, orange tan and all.
Apr. 13th, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
happy fortiness. Thirty was way better than twenty, I fully expect forty to be even better yet. Good luck with it.

macro bits of cameras are so addictive.

(i will look forward to the sharks, but not quite as much as I would have if that man was still alive to make it better.)
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
So far, forty is way better than thirty. I don't know why I bothered with twenty. It was rubbish.
Apr. 13th, 2015 11:43 am (UTC)
Happy Belated Birthday:D I hope you were showered in copies of Pierce Bronsan's guide to thieving volumes 1-6:)

No I haven't seen Double Confession yet. I have taped it. I topically watched Grand National Night (195?) instead, which was decent (I'm complaining to movies4men). There was a younger Michael Horden (bear!) in it and Moira Lister which may mean nothing to you, but I've been wondering who she is for ages after her panel appearance in 'Whodunnit?'. She played the bad wife of a horse trainer, so bad she was banned from driving after running someone over. I felt sorry for her - even her fancy man wasn't that bothered about her.
Apr. 13th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
I didn't recognise the name, but I IMDb'd her, and turns out she was in "The Cruel Sea", so I must have seen her at least. Her bio says she was romanced by a serial killer, and may only have escaped because she was blonde. Yikes.

Michael Hordern! It's a bit weird when he turns up in stuff, because sometimes it leads to evil Paddington. Not a problem one tends to have with a lot of children's TV.
Apr. 14th, 2015 11:21 am (UTC)
No wonder I haven't seen her she was avoiding serial killers!!

Michael Hordern was the inspector so there was no way the crime wasn't going to be solved:)
Apr. 14th, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! I enjoyed how it was nearly hidden by being in such small font; I almost missed seeing it the first time. Then I had to scroll back up, because my brain was all "wait... what?"

Also, the segment about the ice cream man is SO TRUE. I can't count the number of times I've wanted to go out and take a large blunt object to the music machine in those trucks. Ugh. Smash it until the horror goes away! No more Entertainer or Für Elise on a bad synthesizer! That, or hijack the truck, find a way to hook up some good music - Zeppelin, or something - and proceed to zoom around the neighbourhood so none of the children can catch the truck. Exercise is better for them, anyway. :D
Apr. 15th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
Thank you. :) And yes to ice cream van hijacking! I like the idea of making the children chase after the ice cream.

That's the weekend sorted then. :)
Apr. 15th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
I think the idea of having them chase the truck at high speed is entertaining enough, but having them do so while something like When The Levee Breaks or Four Sticks is even better. Now I'm picturing one of those sped up Monkees/Benny Hill-style comedic chases. XD
Apr. 16th, 2015 04:43 am (UTC)
Yes! A plan is definitely coming together here. ;)
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