lost_spook: (dw - eleven reading knitting book)
You won't be surprised to hear that I have a few books on family history and how to and all that. I have two that I like on how to write a family history. One is a UK work, the other US. I picked them up and glanced at them recently, and got rather amused by their respective opening paragraphs once I had them out side-by-side:

Cut for some quotes )

They are both helpful books, (and I think both authors are starting off slightly tongue-in-cheek,), but I couldn't help sniggering at how much they conformed to cultural type once I looked at them so close together...
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
While I was ill I also rewatched most of Mr Palfrey of Westminster (starring Alec McCowen, Caroline Blakiston, and Clive Wood) and remembered how good it was once it got going (and how little of it there is, sadly) so it was my next choice for an icon set.


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Our country right or wrong. We leave small matters such as crises of conscience, fastidiousness over the truth to traitors )

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lost_spook: (dw - amy)
Some random icons and mini-sets I've made recently or found lurking on my hard drive. Margaret Lockwood, quotes, some random old TV peoples, and Once Upon A Time.


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Icons under here )
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
So I decided it would be better to make icons for the BBC's old 1972 serial about Henry VII, Shadow of the Tower than to babble about it. And then I had too much fun, as you can see, with eps 1-5 (& hopefully I'll do the rest in a second post).


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To the usurper, every man is dangerous... to the true king, no one is )
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
I did actually make some icons for NaArMaMo that weren't from Enemy at the Door. Here are the rest (barring a few from Ripper Street that I hope to make a full set out of sometime) - mini sets on a theme for each day, in most cases.


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Mostly old TV and kittens )
lost_spook: (pg - lynda)
Not for NaArMaMo - I have no idea how long ago I made them. It may have been a year, but first I planned to do more and then I was having Photobucket troubles. (I still am, but I'm putting icons on TinyPic for the moment and that seems okay.) Anyway, some unspecified time ago, I finally got to watch Drop The Dead Donkey and my first thought before I'd even decided whether or not I liked it was that the world needed icons of Gus-isms.

So, here are 11 plus two other quotes from the series.


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More under here )
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lost_spook: (cat)
Let's finish this meme, since I've said all I need to in the vid...

26. Favourite quotes

I included a bunch in my big Public Eye post, so I'll just find some different ones I also like, except for this, which is my favourite:

Helen: "A man seems to think all he has to say to a woman is 'I need you' - she'll pack a nightie and a toothbrush and run!"

And the final questions... )

(Now, what show next for this meme? ;-p)
lost_spook: (cat)
I said I'd made a post about Enemy at the Door, and here it is. (I'm thinking of doing some more fandom manifesto type posts for old TV I've watched, because they're fun and possibly even useful, if only to inform people of things to avoid. :-D)

So, what is it? Enemy at the Door is a 1978-80 UK drama series about the German Occupation of the (British) Channel Islands in WWII, focusing on Guernsey (and the fictional Martel family). It stars Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall and Simon Cadell with Antonia Pemberton, Emily Richard, Simon Lack, John Malcolm, Richard Heffer, Helen Shingler and David Waller. It was created and script-edited by Michael Chapman, produced by Tony Wharmby and written by Michael Chapman, James Doran, NJ Crisp, Kenneth Clark and John Kershaw. There are 2 series of 13x 50 min episodes (26 in all). It is out on DVD (definitely in Regions 1 &2); it is not on YouTube at the moment, though. (It was repeated on Yesterday, a freeview channel here in the UK last year, so it may get another turn.)

If you're not keen on old UK TV, then this obviously isn't for you. If, however, you are, and you are interested in well-written, well-played, low-key drama, WWII generally, or what happened to the Channel Islands in particular, then it may well be. Sadly, it was cancelled before they reached the end of the War, but what there is of it is well worth watching. Also, while it was shown pre-Watershed over 30 years ago (so there's very little they can actually show in terms of blood, violence etc.), it does deal with a lot of difficult subjects (very well generally): execution, imprisonment, depression, multiple suicide attempts, shooting, murder, possible rape, and beatings/interrogations.

Why, you may ask, especially after that cheery list of warnings? Well, it depends. If you want a lot of action and battles and other such fast-moving set-pieces, again, it's not going to deliver. But it explores its historical subject pretty accurately and also takes advantage of that situation to explore the ethical dilemmas of occupation from both sides with subtlety and intelligence and three-dimensional characters, and that's what's so great about it.

You chaps have commandeered my kitchen! )
lost_spook: (Default)
Over here at my LJ. (Sorry, I'm just having a bit of a temporary cross-posting rebellion. I'll try and sort myself out soon.)
lost_spook: (pg - spike & Lynda)
I was going to think of something less obvious next, but, after all, this is one of the topics I got from [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler...

7. Press Gang

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Okay - it's like this. There's a tribe living by a river, and in the river there are crocodiles. The tribe has one particular piece of wisdom passed down through the generations. It goes like this: if you happen to meet a crocodile, don't stick your head in its mouth. Every now and then - and who knows the reason - people ignore this advice. Which is sad. Because they die. But very stupid because they were warned. They had a choice. The moral of this story is - you can't afford to be stupid. There are crocodiles.

I made these icons and the rough post on 18th May. I've been waiting ever since to be work out something sensible to say about Press Gang. I don't think it's going to happen. So. I love Press Gang. It's clever, funny, surreal, tragic, hard-hitting and heart-warming and bleak. Sometimes all in the same minute. Lynda Day is great (and Julia Sawalha is amazing). It's one of the most quotable things ever. And then there's the strange and wonderful world of Colin Mathews... Oh, and it's just some old 1990s UK teen drama.

Tell Sarah the lead article is completely lousy, and if she doesn't have it up to scratch by seven tonight, I'll burn her house down. )


Kenny: Thanks.
Lynda: For what?
Kenny: I don't know. Everything.
Lynda: I'm not responsible for everything. I just make it look that way.
lost_spook: (inkheart - fear kills everything)
6. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

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Books were her home when she was somewhere strange - familiar voices, friends that never quarrelled with her, clever, powerful friends, daring and knowledgeable, tried and tested adventurers who had travelled far and wide.

Of all the books I probably wouldn't have read if I hadn't been a children's librarian, Inkheart has to be pretty high up on the list of my favourites. It's not only a gloriously old-fashioned, complex and engaging children's fantasy (in the best possible way, and beautifully written - or, very well translated, since I'm unable to read German), it's an exercise in pure bibliophilia. Inkheart is about book-loving Meggie, her book-binder (or book doctor) father, Mo, her great Aunt Elinor (a book collector who verges on bibliomania), an author and a number of escaped book characters. It's a genuine fantasy novel, but the only magic in it is the power of books and words, of printed paper pages, and reading, and writing - and reading aloud. And about the power, danger and addictiveness of stories and the imagination, of the contrast between fantasy and reality. It's also about the way that stories and characters have a life of their own that can't truly be owned by anybody, even their creators.

The hardback copy I first read (published by Chicken House) was lovely - covers, paper quality, typesetting, everything. A lot of thought went into having not just the cover art (which is nice, but not the thing here) but the whole feel of the book match the theme of it, of getting completely lost in a story. (Actually, I'm thinking now, given how much of it is also about loving the sheer physicality of books - the covers, the paper, their presence in the house, under the pillow, everywhere - it's a little ironic to think how many people are going to read an e-book version of this. That's not a criticism... just a passing thought.)

My only regret is that I couldn't have read it when I was 10 or 12 or so. On the other hand, whether I'd have ever been able to emerge again is a good question, so perhaps it's as well. It is, however, very much one of those books that is a worthwhile read at any age. (Stories have their own shape, and sometimes that shape is a children's novel. That doesn't automatically make it not worth reading by adults.)

Books are like flypapers )

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lost_spook: (S&S - OT3)
Onwards, and an obvious one, but it was on the list of topics that [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 gave me (and I promised I'd include all those. Except maybe the lemons):

4.Sapphire and Steel


Sapphire: (to Silver, playing with a fruit machine): Sometimes you're supposed to lose. Well, most times you're supposed to lose.
Silver (stops): Oh! I wondered why I wasn't enjoying it.


I know I've said far too much about this show since I watched it (obsession is terrible when you've not even got a proper rl to balance it out with) but maybe I can find something new?

One of the things that caused me to watch it, and appealed to me about it once I had, was the fanfic. I'd always vaguely lumped the show in with The Avengers, and assumed Sapphire and Steel were code names. A DWM interview with David Collings ages ago made me wonder if it might be something else, but I didn't have a chance to find out.

And then there was the fanfic. Looking for good Doctor Who crossovers, I came across first Blue and then The Glade. They weren't just good fics, they were both perfectly accessible to a newbie, and mysterious and beautiful. And [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle told me that, yes, pretty much all the S&S fanfic was that great.

And it was, and I love the potential for writing in this fandom. The possibility for weird time-related genfics, the sheer otherness and mystery surrounding the central characters, and (for someone who has an inability to write much in the way of ships or anything approaching pr0n), the strange freedom that the idea of telepathic shippage brings is fascinating. And it allows you to look at the world from a very different point of view, and I love that. The whole concept is beautiful, and there's hardly any canon to bother over. It's also the only fandom I know of where you have to worry during a fic in case you explain too much, or make the plot overly logical.

Since I'm waxing lyrical about both the fic that exists, and the potential for what a person could write, this post was immediately preceded by the epic S&S recs post I've built up since last summer - I finished it a few weeks ago, so it's one I made earlier. Please forgive the morning's spammage.


All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is Life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver, and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

NB. I got the quote wrong in the icon, but I decided I liked it anyway. At least, the meaning is still the same.
lost_spook: (aiken - dozen words (lucas))
Firstly, any icons I make for this challenge will be snaggable in the usual way (unless otherwise stated). And if I'm talking about books/TV/films etc, I will try not to be spoilerish.

So, here goes... (You will soon see why I wanted to pair these two).

1. Book: Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (1958)


"Time no longer..." murmured Tom, and thought of all the clocks in the world stopping ticking, and their striking stopped too, drowned and stopped forever by the sound of a great Trumpet. "Time no longer..." repeated Tom; and the three words began to seem full of enormous possibilities.

Tom's Midnight Garden )

2. Book: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley (1939)


I smell the hot scents of the herb garden drenched in sunshine, and the perfume of the honeysuckle after rain, but stronger than these is the rich fragrance of the old house, made up of wood-smoke, haystacks, and old old age, mingled together indissolubly. All these scents and sounds are part of the story I have to tell, with light and darkness, shadows and tragedy interwoven.

A Traveller in Time )

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ETA: [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 and [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler each gave me seven subjects for a meme recently. I have decided now to make sure I included those subjects somewhere in this challenge. Indeed, most of them I already had without even thinking when I went to check! (I'm not sure about the lemons, though, but we'll see... If I can fit lemons in somewhere, I will.)
lost_spook: (angel)
Aha, another awesome female. Well, I think she is. I know some people on my flist can't stand her, but this is my list and she's quite high up on it. (Not that there really is a ranking before you ask, except that No. 1 is a certain person I haven't done yet. It won't take a genius to work out which female character I might mean.)

Our discussions tend to go about three minutes, then it's strictly name calling and hair pulling )

So Far )
lost_spook: (DA - the abbey)
[I actually wrote this slowly back in February and it was a bit behind the times, then. But my opinion on this brilliant new show has not changed as yet. Yes, it's another of the invisible posts...]

I've been meaning to do a sort of love/pimping post for Downton Abbey, my latest TV love since, oh, about the first five minutes it was on ITV. And here we finally are... I shall endeavour to avoid spoilers.

Welcome to Downton... )
lost_spook: (pg - Lynda writing)
When I'd only done a few entries for this meme, [livejournal.com profile] dbskyler told me she was looking forward to when I did this character. Some things about me are fairly predictable, it seems! So, nobody is going to be shocked at today's post...

She has a temper as short as her skirt )

So Far )
lost_spook: (ww - Sam/Ainsley)
Spoiler free and (hopefully) fun clips and quotes from The West Wing, which I have been watching all week in lieu of being able to do much else. I remembered writing random fic last time this happened. This week there were icons, instead - and this.

(The only spoilers are for knowing which characters are still around in S2 and S4. And I think the Sam/Ainsley clips are funny out of context, certainly the two where she meets the President, so here goes...)

But first a general series fanvid (only goes up to S3 and pretty safe):

Ainsley muffins and Sam )

And onto more important West Wing related things, now for Josh and Donna...

Josh and Donna )

Next time I watch a ridiculous amount of the show, I promise some President Bartlet spammage instead. Now I'll remember that I am primarily a Doctor Who fan or something like that...
lost_spook: (Five why not?)
I find I've used this title for an entry before. Oh, well. :lol:

Three random things:

1. I've posted ch2 of End Game. I thought it would be nice to demonstrate that there are bad things happening and a villain sooner rather than later. (Like Stardust, the natural places I want to end the chapters would make very long postings, so I've broken them up. Ch 1-3 are all really one thing, hence ch1 being a bit lacking in anything other than Nat annoying people.)

2. [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1 quoted Neverland where the Doctor introduces Charley to Romana. I seem to remember having a conversation where people were wary of Charley because of something like this, and I was saying, "Yes, but when they meet it's just all very DW-ish, and no need to worry..." but couldn't remember the line. Here it is: Eight: Now come on, you have to meet Romana. Romana, this is Charley, one of my best ever friends. Charley, this is Romana, one of my best friends ever.

3. How can I cheer people up? Well, I can't, but I'll have a go. Beneath the cut are links to the original UK Carry On trailers. (And I couldn't glimpse any Pertwee, but yes, there is Sergeant Hartnell)
Here lies retro comedy madness )

And that's goodnight from her... (Yes, I'd better get out of the retro British comedy mode.)

Actually, here's a fourth thing:

4. Is LJ refusing to remember tags for everyone or is it just singling me out?

lost_spook: (seven)
My rebellious streak reasserted itself and, since the next couple of qs bored me yesterday, and I had fic to write, that I would do this today, and catch up with the missed days in the week, since they probably didn't justify a post to themselves. Oh, but this one...

Day 24 - Best quote: Doctor Who - the closing lines of Survival:

There are worlds out there where the sky is burning, and the sea is asleep, and the rivers dream. People made of smoke and cities made of song. Somewhere there's danger, somewhere there's injustice, somewhere else the tea's getting cold. Come on, Ace; we've got work to do!

I'm so glad the series didn't, as it turned out, end here, but if it had, could you think of a better line to go out on?

So, I have one out and out winner that has never been bettered (as you see). But I also *love* quotes of all kinds. I had a friend who collected them and I used to pass any I liked on to her and it stayed with me. So, random assorted TV show quotes follow, because, whyever not?

More quotes )
Full list of days )
lost_spook: (Donna and Josh)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season): The West Wing

My answer to this shows how hypocritical me recommending shows is, because I simply haven't watched anything new new for a long time, only returning series I already like. Bad me. However, in the meantime I have been watching some new old things on DVD, and in the spirit of this question, I choose the most recent.

(Disclaimer: I was keeping quiet about this in case anyone in the US had political objections, or anyone wanted to spoil it by telling me it got rubbish after Season X or Y. I have some knowledge of US politics, but only historical. I just like it as a TV show.) It is very well written, exceptionally so, in places, and the characterisation is second to none. Martin Sheen is awesome (the entrance is pretty great in ep1 "I am the LORD your God!" :lol:), and Donna Moss is one of my new favourite characters in anything, which means I have to watch the rest of it now. I don't think this counts as a spoiler but )

I'm only up to the first eps of S4, so spoiler me and I may have to do something nasty.

(But when, when are they going to run around a bit and try to defuse a bomb/save the world/solve the crime? Oh, wait, have I been watching too much Spooks and stuff? Don't people on TV always solve crimes, save the universe and fight the bad guys?)

Having said that, I think there ought to be quotes:
Quotes )

Full list of days )
lost_spook: (Leela)
One, because I was talking about Hotel Babylon and [livejournal.com profile] belantana was interested. I described it as 'froth' and look what the Radio Times (Or Alison Graham, anyway) wrote about it this week:

Description of HB )

And then, this, because I have to take The State of Africa by Martin Meredith back to the library. I don't expect (even when kind of reading it on circuitous route from the serial) to find the origins of a Doctor Who story in my modern history book, but look here, About Time had somethings right about Image of the Fendahl:

Palaeontologists under cut )

Sorry. Small things please little minds. ;-)


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