Early May Bank Holiday this year was untraditionally sunny, so it seemed advisable to make a photography expedition to London (and hope that the locals were all off enjoying themselves in the prettier parts of Hampshire). My decision whether to go the longer, quicker route round the M25 or whether to cut through the outskirts was pretty much decided by the signs on the A3 gleefully telling me 'M25 Junction 9: long delays'. That did mean however, that I spotted lots of potential new sites to investigate:Dulwich;The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Wandsworth (assuming it has an openday);The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill.Having finally escaped various one-way systems, I found myself at Eltham Palace.The exterior viewed from the gardens:( A slightly irreverent history of the palace (shamelessly paraphrased from the English Heritage Guidebook):Collapse )Fortunately for my readers' brains, photography is not permitted inside the palace, although I would have liked to show you the interior of the Great Hall and its Edward IV themed stained glass. Also of note (and pictured in the English Heritage Guidebook written by Michael Turner, MVO) are the 1930s coin-operated telephone for the use of guests; the flower room with its cupboards, sink, and shelves of many different vases; the leather map of the palace and grounds in the library; and Virginia Courtauld's bathroom.Photography of the outside, of course, was perfectly okay, although there were a fair number of other visitors wandering around and cluttering up some of my shots (hence why I usually go out and about on weekdays).( Photos under here...Collapse )For more information and far more interior features than I've mentioned, I can highly recommend Michael Turner, MVO's Guidebook, ISBN 9781848020900, available here.
Interesting approach to a sensitive matter, and above all a story about an ordinary teenager, because being gay doesn’t make you automatically some science lab test case.Apparently Rafe had it easy: the only son of hippies parents, when he came out, his mother took the presidency of the local PFLAG chapter and his father started to record all his life like he was the most amazing kid in the world, and not just another ordinary teenager. After 2 years of that life, Rafe needs a break, even if that means attending an all-boys boarding school almost at the other side of the country. The lame excuse to his parents is that he would have better chances to be admitted to Harvard, the real reason is that Rafe wants to wipe out his first years as a gay nerdy teenager and starting over like a straight jock. Easier to say than do, above all when you fall in love with your jock best friend who believes you are only bi-curios and fighting with this strange attraction to your best friend.What is probably the best thing of this novel is that, even if things are not easy for Rafe, and he is doing a huge mess-up of his life, the overall tone of the story is not dramatic; while reading it, I know Rafe was in for a huge disappointment, that he really couldn’t deny being gay simply because he was adopting a Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, but even like that, I was sure Rafe was strong enough to move over to that. The strength in Rafe derived by his family, that strange, odd, embarrassing family that nevertheless loved him unconditionally.Other than the family there is also the school and the teaching staff, in particular the English teacher, who didn’t force Rafe out of the closet (even if Rafe is insisting he is not back in the closet), but used a writing therapy, letting Rafe think about his past life, the mistakes he did, but also the good experiences he had when he was openly gay and not afraid of it. I sort of like this part better, I think the author wanted to point out important moment of Rafe’s life, life-changing steps, and instead of having those somewhat boring Q&A session at the end of the book (that most of the time I don’t read) he put the marker all along the novel, to let you stop and think about it at the same time when Rafe had to do that.Openly Straight is a nice, warm and comforting YA novel, recommended to young and not so young readers. Amazon: Openly StraightAmazon Kindle: Openly StraightHardcover: 336 pagesPublisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (May 28, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0545509890ISBN-13: 978-0545509893Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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I come bearing a huge update. With pictures! (Though not as picspam-y as I want it to be.)You'll forgive me for not blogging in the past week. I heard there was some kind of "emergency maintenance" the other day and the site couldn't be accessed? Well, I can say this: thank god for deadlines. Actually, NO. NOT THANK GOD DEADLINES. I don't even know why I said that. I take it back.(Can you believe, the magazine is still not done yet? Never mind. I don't feel like talking about it. Although, I can definitely So many things happened to me this week. Monday and Tuesday were just work, work, work, work, work. And then... well, not so many screenings. But of course something big happened to me in terms of work, movies and meeting celebs. So, yeah, this week was rough, but also quite exhilarating.( Watched Fast & Furious 6, meeting and interviewing Joe Taslim, watching a bunch of movies again, transcribing Armando Iannucci's interview, pulling all-nighters and just basically not getting enough sleep for 6 days.Collapse )Speaking of:
Husband and I officially kicked off our holiday by going out this morning, and I bought new work clothes! Yay? No. Boo. But hey, it needed to be done, and I've got a whiplash turnaround when I get back form New Orleans, so I need more than a few days of work-appropriate clothes since I won't have time to laundry before I need to jet off to my manager meetings.We did, however, go see Star Trek 2: Into Darkness. Without spoilers, I'll say this: I liked it well enough as an action/science fiction movie, but it didn't really feel like a Star Trek movie. There were homages (both obvious and subtle) that felt like Easter Eggs for me, but the whole didn't really satisfy. And the ultimate resolution was just a bit too easy. I dunno. I may change my mind in time, but it felt like it just didn't hold itself to the standard of a Star Trek movie (even the bad ones) somehow."The Fall of the Nixon Administration," by Suzanne HudsonThis story, from Saints + Sinners, New Fiction from The Festival 2011, definitely cares about living up to standards. Or at least, the main character does. She's telling her side of the story - post-gun-rampage - about how she just couldn't help but do what she did, given her position, her feelings about her out-of-control mother, and the gigolo man she has taken up with (who is four months younger than the daughter telling this tale).This hyper-sexual (and pan-sexual) boyfriend is the focus of the frustrated woman's rage. Before he came, all she had was her station, her somewhat effete doctor husband, and a devotion to doing what society wants of her. Now, she has a story to tell about revenge and doing the proper thing. Even when that thing leaves bodies all over the yard.It's actually quite a funny story, and the wry humour definitely leaves the right feeling at the denouement.
Didn't Jonny look delighted at the end of the Heineken Cup final? And couldn't we all have predicted that his kick would win the match?
Not for the faint-hearted Dr Who fan (not if you remember Robots of Death anyway): I, Robot Maker: Making robots to interact with humans.A slightly unlikely crime-fighting duo, and their success in solving the case: Murder in Mayfield.
Miriam Margolyes, OBE (born 18 May 1941) is a British born Australian actress and voice artist. Her earliest roles were in theatre and after several supporting roles in film and television she won a BAFTA Award for her role in The Age of Innocence (1993). She first went to Australia in 1968, after meeting Heather, her Australian partner of more than 40 years.''All I came to love in Australia, I first came to love through Heather,'' said Margolyes of the woman she met through the family of the famous historian Professor Manning Clark. Eventually, she would like to live permanently at Yarrawa Hill, which she owns with Heather, Australian-born academic but based in Amsterdam.She described herself as "gay" rather than as lesbian and mentioned her relationships with women on several occasions when she appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in September 2008. She has since described herself as a lesbian on the Graham Norton Show in June 2012. On becoming an Australian citizen, on Australia Day (26 January) 2013, Margolyes referred to herself as a 'dyke' live on national television and in front of Prime Minister Gillard. She is a campaigner for a respite care charity, Crossroads.Margolyes was born in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, the daughter of Ruth (née Walters; 1905-1974), a property investor and developer, and Joseph Margolyes (1899-1996), a physician from Glasgow. She grew up in a Jewish family, her parents are descendants of immigrants from Belarus. She attended the local Oxford High School, at which she also opened the new buildings in March 2011, and later Newnham College, Cambridge, where she read English. There, she began acting in her twenties, and also appeared in productions of the comedy troupe the Cambridge Footlights.With her distinctive voice, Margolyes first gained recognition for her work as a voice artist. She recorded a soft-porn audio called Sexy Sonia: Leaves from my Schoolgirl Notebook. She performed most of the supporting female characters in the dubbed Japanese action TV series, Monkey. She also worked with the theatre company Gay Sweatshop and provided voiceovers in the Japanese TV series The Water Margin (credited as Mirium Margolyes).Yarrawa Hill( Read more...Collapse )Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miriam_Margolyes( Further ReadingsCollapse )
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Diane Duane (born May 18, 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Her works include the Young Wizards young adult fantasy series and the Rihannsu Star Trek novels.Born in New York City, she grew up in Roosevelt, Long Island. After school, she studied nursing and practiced as a psychiatric nurse for two years until 1976, when she moved to California and worked as an assistant to David Gerrold. Her first novel was published by Dell Books in 1979; Gerrold wrote an "overture" to that novel, on the grounds that he'd rather be making overtures than introductions to Duane. She subsequently worked as a freelance writer. In 1981 she moved to Pennsylvania. She married Northern Irish author Peter Morwood in 1987; they moved to the United Kingdom and then to Ireland, where she resides in County Wicklow.Also known as the Tale of the Five, The Middle Kingdoms high fantasy series has been awaiting completion since 1992. The books center on some of the same themes as her better-known Young Wizards series; those who wield the Blue Fire have many of the same responsibilities as the wizards and fight the same battle against entropy. In So You Want to Be a Wizard Nita's wizardry manual is written by "Hearnssen", a reference to the protagonist of The Door Into Fire, Herewiss s'Hearn (son of Hearn), so it may be that the Middle Kingdoms are part of the same sheaf of universes as the Young Wizards setting. Adding to this, one interdimensional portal in The Door into Fire appears to open over New York City. Unlike Duane's children's books, however, the Tale of the Five series deals openly with issues of alternative sexuality. Within the Middle Kingdoms, bisexuality and group marriage are the norm. Duane is working on the final volume. The Door into Fire and The Door into Shadow have an omnibus reprint called Tale of Five: The Sword and the Dragon.Books in the series:- The Door into Fire (1979)- The Door into Shadow (1984)- The Door into Sunset (1992)- The Door into Starlight (to be written)Several short stories are set in the Middle Kingdoms: Parting Gifts (1981) and its prequel The Span (1999) featuring Sirronde; Duane plans to write a middle novella and publish the three together as Sirronde's World. Lior and the Sea (1985) is set in the world of the Middle Kingdoms, but not concerning any of the characters in the novels.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Duane( Further ReadingsCollapse )
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Anthony Forwood (born Ernest Lytton Forwood, 3 October 1915 – 18 May 1988) was an English actor. Forwood lived with Dirk Bogarde in Amersham, England then in France until Forwood's death in 1988. The actor John Fraser said that "Dirk's life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage..."In 1949 Forwood gained his first acting role when he starred in Ralph Thomas' Traveller's Joy. That same year he appeared in the thriller Man in Black with Sid James. Some time later, in 1952, he received a number of roles including Appointment in London with Dirk Bogarde, whose longtime partner and manager he became. (Ralph Thomas directed Bogarde in Doctor in the House and several of its sequels.) He appeared with Boris Karloff in the mystery Colonel March Investigates and played Will Scarlet in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952). One year later he acted in the Oscar-nominated Knights of the Round Table, a film starring such high-profile actors as Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner and Stanley Baker, and in Terence Fisher’s Mantrap (1953). His last role came in 1956 in Colonel March of Scotland Yard. (Picture: Dirk Bogarde)Forwood married, and later divorced, actress Glynis Johns. Their only child was actor Gareth Forwood (1945–2007).By 1987 Forwood was dying of liver cancer and Parkinson's disease. At this time Bogarde, a heavy smoker, had a minor stroke. On 18 May 1988, Forwood died aged 72 in Kensington and Chelsea, London. His body was cremated. After Bogarde's experiences in the war, and being witness to Forwood’s suffering, Bogarde was determined to encourage voluntary euthanasia for terminally ill patients.Anthony Forwood and Dirk Bogarde( Read more...Collapse )Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Forwood( Further ReadingsCollapse )
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