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.

Teaser:

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

Credits: Screencaps my own; textures by tiger_tyger, wolfbane_icons and imemime_art. The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit, comments are ♥ and hotlinkers will be interrogated.
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.

Taster:

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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).


Teaser:

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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.

Teaser:

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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.

Teaser:

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More under here )
Credits: Main textures by GieGie. The usual rules apply - want, take, have, credit. No hotlinking and comments = ♥
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: (spooks - Harry/Ruth/Bench = ♥)
(Finally finished it!! \o/)

Part Two: Recurring Characters & Episode Guide.

From [livejournal.com profile] jjpor: It's the morning after the revolution before. The Evil Empire has fallen; the Plucky Rebels won against impossible odds, as Plucky Rebels tend to do. Now they've just got to deal with the messy aftermath and, you know, actually govern the place. Preferably without becoming like the regime they've just defeated.


HEROES OF THE REVOLUTION

"The state has failed us, over and over, so we decide ourselves who to protect and who to betray, who to save and who to kill. This was no more, no less than that. Another act of conscience, if you like. Let's call it the final act of revolution - and remember we're all complicit in the crime."


A critically-acclaimed but long-forgotten 13 episode drama series from 1973/4 that starred Gemma Jones, Alfred Burke, Julian Glover and Diane Keen.

Set in the near-future in an alternate (but not too different) reality, where a tyrannical regime has been in power in Britain for nearly three decades, a group of freedom fighters led by a man known as "Arran", finally defeat the dictator Hallam - and then a new battle begins, one where the lines are even less clear than before. It explores the ethics of power as a drama plays out between the victorious rebel leaders, the remnant of the old guard, and those who want to find more peaceful solutions for the future.

Sentimentalists are going to destroy the country )
lost_spook: (frank/helen/mug/tea)
My resolution not to talk about Public Eye at you any more unfortunately only ended in icons. What else was I to do? And so here they are, before I add them to my pile of Icons I Must Actually Post Some Day. 71 icons - text and images (mainly images). (Also including a few familiar guest stars at the end.)

Preview:
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: (Northanger reading)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sallymn! I hope you have/had a lovely day and many happy returns! I've been working on these icons for a while, but decided to finish them today in your honour, knowing that you like icons, quotes and Ms Heyer's works. ;-)

Teaser:

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More antiquated flummery )
lost_spook: (pg lynda editor)
44 x Sapphire & Steel icons and 53 x Press Gang icons. The S&S icons seem to have been growing slowly on my PC since this time last year, so are a bit of an odd mix. The Press Gang icons were made in the summer, I think and about 20 or so were posted to [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks for challenges.

Teaser:

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Contents: Please note the Press Gang set includes an icon of a clown holding a gun. (There are 12 from S3 "The Last Word").

I'm not responsible for everything, I just make it look that way )


The usual rules apply: want, take, credit, no hotlinking. For texture credits etc., see my profile.

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lost_spook: (as you - jaques)
Mostly made during [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo, so I wound up doing a handful from each play most days. This means they are rather a random collection. (So don't judge me on what is and isn't here! I'll do more presently, I hope.) They're from the BBC adaptations from 30 years ago, not the most recent ones. I'm forever behind the times.

Preview:

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Icons from: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard III, Measure For Measure, King Lear, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Henry IV Pts 1 & 2, Cymbeline and As You Like It. Plus some text icons (quotes from the same plays).

Showing: John Hudson (Valentine), Tessa Peake-Jones (Julia), Ron Cook (Richard III), Zoe Wanamaker (Lady Anne), Jacqueline Pearce (Mariana), Kevin Stoney, Kate Nelligan (Isabella), Kenneth Colley (Duke Vincentio), Tim Piggott-Smith (Angelo, Hotspur), Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton (Regan), Gillian Barge (Goneril), Michael Hordern (Lear), Brenda Blethyn (Cordelia), Michael Kitchen (Edmund), Anton Lesser (Edgar), David Collings (Cassius), Richard Pasco (Brutus, Jacques), Jocelyne Boisseau (Katherine), David Gwillim (Hal/Henry V), Alec MacGowan (Chorus), Jon Finch (Henry IV), Michele Dotrice (Lady Percy), Robert Morris (Mortimer), Sharon Morgan (Lady Mortimer), Anthony Quayle (Falstaff), Richard Johnson (Cymbeline), Claire Bloom (the Queen), Helen Mirren (Imogen, Rosalind), Robert Lindsay (Iachimo), Graham Crowden, Paul Jesson (Cloten), Angharad Rees (Celia) and James Bolam (Touchstone).

Icons Here! )

I made a previous set of 35 icons for the BBC Julius Caesar here.
lost_spook: (s&s - silver)
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 )

Credits: textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger
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

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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: (rain)
Icons I've made but somehow never posted over this past year. Maybe some were even longer ago? Anyway, FINALLY...

Teaser:


Credsit: Textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger and [livejournal.com profile] twinstrikeish & probably some others. The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit. No hotlinking, comments are ♥
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)

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"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)

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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 )

Credits: Icon textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger.

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: (dwj - tough guide elves)
27x Tough Guide text icons, and 30x Sapphire & Steel icons.

Teaser:

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Icons Here! )
Credits: textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger @ [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tutorials

Icons Here! )

The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit; no hotlinking. And it really is more trouble than it's worth acquiring a sword.

Various textures by [livejournal.com profile] tiger_tyger and [livejournal.com profile] how_we_fade.
lost_spook: (heyer - fustian)
Some text icons - 22x Georgette Heyer quotes (mostly made during [livejournal.com profile] fic_rush - nobody said the words I wrote had to be my own, right?) and 25x Press Gang quotes.


Teasers:

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Since the day I met you I have become steadily more depraved )

There's someone here to kill Colin )

The usual rules apply: want, take, have, credit, comments are ♥ and never try thumbing a lift while dressed as a giant pink rabbit.
lost_spook: (dw- chimes may not have known it was imp)
53 Big Finish icons, text and images. As I did many of these for [livejournal.com profile] naarmamo, some may be a little random, but bear with me - I'll definitely do some more when I can.

Teaser:

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Icons Here! )

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