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I am the worst LJ/DreamWidther, I know. I don't seem to have spoken to some of you in weeks. It's nothing personal! I just don't seem to have a lot of time lately. I will try to catch up, probably in batches, but lately everything is non-stop. Spent yesterday digging my mother's flowerbeds. (They're too small, so I'm making them bigger). Looking after a neighbour's garden as well at the moment. Then got greeted by my cats in a cloud of fur, so had to spend the next slice of forever brushing them. Seriously, how do two cats generate that much fur?! They're not even long-haired. And then I had to spend several hours minutes trying to rescue a grasshopper from the cat litter tray. I mean really. I appreciate that life is fraught with difficulties when you're two centimetres long, and compelled to keep your knees in your ears, but it can't be so bad that leaping into a cat litter tray seems like a good idea. Especially when you presumably had to leap a good twelve feet up and through a window in order to get there.

But! Life is not all dashing hither and yon. I have recently discovered the BBC's 1982 adaptation of Beau Geste, and have been watching that. And it's wonderful. I'm trying to keep it for Sunday evenings, as it's a very Sunday evening type of show; or what used to be a Sunday evening type of show. The Beeb doesn't really do them anymore. The book is an old favourite of mine, and so far it's a very faithful and effective adaptation. Terrific cast, too. Benedict Taylor is absolutely perfect as Beau, and there's an hilariously callow Jonathon Morris as John Geste. Extra fun for Doctor Who fans too, as not only is the script editor Terrance Dicks, but it was produced by Barry Letts and directed by Douglas Camfield. All of which may explain why some of the desert scenes look a bit like they were filmed in a quarry. Some things never change! I'm three quarters of the way through, and I want it to last much longer than it's going to. It's such a good story that you'd be hard pressed to do it very badly, but who better to adapt a classic adventure story than the BBC, back in the days when they still made telly properly? And yes, I am aware how horribly old and creaky and ridiculous that makes me sound, and I don't entirely mean it (hello, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, for starters). But I do love the old stuff best. I shall probably bother you with screencaps at some point.

Oh, and hey - digging! I love digging, as it turns out. (Well, it's nice, at the grand old age of forty, to finally find that one thing that we're all supposed to be good at). My mother's garden is a disaster area of clay and rubble, but this makes it excellent for fossil hunting (Gloucestershire is a treasure-trove of jurassic marine fossils). So yesterday was gloriously hot and sunny, and I spent it with a spade, up to my knees in clay, finding Interesting Things. Yes, okay, mostly Gryphaea and belemnites, but also a lovely Something. It's probably a piece of coral. I am very pleased with it.

Digging is good. I like digging.


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Aug. 9th, 2015 05:02 am (UTC)
Short-haired cat generate a ton of fur for some reason in my experience. My long-haired cat doesn't shed half as much as any of my short-haired ones (especially my black colored one who I can hold for five minutes and have dark hair from one end to the other of my clothes).

Aw, poor grasshopper. I've never had to rescue one but I've had adventures saving crickets.

I didn't realize there was another version of Beau Geste other than the '30s movie. I should see if I can track this version down.

Good luck digging and finding fun stuff! :D
Aug. 9th, 2015 08:57 pm (UTC)
I think you'd like this version. It's very well done, and the cast are excellent.

I definitely sympathise with being covered in cat hair!
Aug. 9th, 2015 05:57 am (UTC)
I occasionally friend people with similar interests who are still active on LJ just so I can keep being active on LJ and then periodically go through periods where I can't bring myself to comment, even though I'm still reading, and then feel bad about it.

I loved Beau Geste, and the classic movie. That film they made with Heath Ledger was disappointing though. I hadn't heard about a BBC series and will see if it's available through the library - many classics are!

Possibly the caterpillar travelled in caught in cat's fur?

I am jealous of your fossils!!
Aug. 9th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
They're indoor cats, so they shouldn't be shedding wildlife. I think it must have shinned up the drainpipe or something! I've found them in upstairs rooms before. This is the first time I've ever found one doing the breaststroke in the litter tray though.
Aug. 9th, 2015 08:20 am (UTC)
Where do you find all these obscure TV series? ;-)

Aug. 9th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
This time it was in a charity store. But discovering them is a talent of mine. ;)
Aug. 9th, 2015 08:50 am (UTC)
I think that Beau Geste show was mentioned on the Douglas Camfield extra on one of the DW DVDs. It sounded as though it was a labour of love for him, but the timing was off and it wasn't very successful, sadly. But it sounded as though he put a lot into it & it must have been good.

Aw, amateur geology and no doubt archaeology (love all the mysterious broken crockery that is always somehow in the garden. I think Victorians used to just throw plates about or something.)

I hope things calm down for you soon, but digging and old TV and fossil sound like fun. And sort as if they belong together... ;-)
Aug. 9th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I do sort of prefer to be busy. I've found that inactivity isn't good for me. It would be nice to find a happy medium though!

That's sad about "Beau Geste". It really is very good indeed. It's very obviously Old Style TV, as the indoor scenes are clearly studio sets, so maybe it just couldn't compete with the new world order. 1982 was the year of "Brideshead Revisited" after all, which was pretty lavish. BG is much better than BR, though. It has more guns, for starters. ;)
Aug. 10th, 2015 04:16 am (UTC)
Yes, that's sort of what I vaguely remember from the documentary. I'm glad you're enjoying it!
Aug. 9th, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
Insects are trouble - I had a beetle who when I put it outside started to run back into the house. I had to slam the door quickly.

I'm glad you are enjoying digging as you have to dig up the whole of Gloucestershire! Your coral could be a new thingy hitherto unknown to man:)

\o/ for good old Old TV!
Aug. 9th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
I would cheerfully dig up much more of Gloucestershire if I thought it would win me nice fossils. I suspect that I would get into trouble, though. :/
Aug. 9th, 2015 10:49 pm (UTC)
Digging is very satisfying, ain't it?
Aug. 10th, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
It's very good exercise, apparently. Better when there's fossils, though. :)
Aug. 11th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
I never get fossils.
Aug. 12th, 2015 03:44 am (UTC)
It's all about where you live, I'm afraid! Around here the conditions are perfect for fossils. Where you are, any that were there will have been found or lost to development a long time ago. Others would necessarily be deeper, and less likely to be found from a bit of gardening. If you look closely, though, you might be surprised what you see. Sandstone is good for tiny fossil shells, for instance. When you're digging, and everything is covered in earth, you do have to be keeping a particular eye out, or you're unlikely to see what's there.
Aug. 12th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you're having a really good time with your digging. I'm so glad.

And yay for old TV! \o/ A picspam would also be awesome. I remember hearing about Beau Geste but I don't think I ever saw it.
Aug. 13th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
I have finished it now. :( But it was so, so good. All ridiculous, very English gentlemanliness, and honour, and that sort of thing. And evil moustaches.

The Beeb only makes dull and worthy period dramas these days. They haven't done one with a sword in an age. *sulk*
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