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  1. 4 points
    Well, congratulate me everyone ... it's been over a year, with a lot of missteps, setbacks and emotional turmoil ... but as of today I own my own home. Woo hoo!
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    On second thought, it may not be the weather. I had to take another little nap later. And I have hardly any appetite -- not feeling queasy or anything, just not especially hungry. Not complaining, though -- I'd far rather take a few naps and eat small meals than feel flu-ish.
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    OK, had my second shot day before yesterday (almost 47 hours ago). My arm got more sore than with the first shot (and is still just a little sore), but nothing horrible or incapacitating. I'm feeling sleepy, took a little nap, but that could be just the weather. Other than that, no side effects. So -- twelve more days and I can legally buy groceries without wearing a mask.
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    I remember some interview or other where Moftiss confirmed that ... the crowds are quiet once filming starts.
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    During my absent-minded moments over the past few days, I've found myself humming, whistling, or dum-de-dum-ing "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean." Here's a video for those who didn't grow up with this song: My mental replay actually started when the phrase "... so brickbat Mahoney to me" popped into my head, and I recognized it as one line of a parody version of "My Bonnie" that I had learned at (I think) Girl Scout camp. It occurred to me that the parody lyrics sounded like the sort of thing that Walt Kelly often came up with for his Pogo comic strip (such as "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie"), so I nosed around on the internet and found that the parody was indeed another of Kelly's creations (but that I, having learned the lyrics from hearing them, had misunderstood a few words --- easy enough to do when the whole thing is basically gibberish anyhow. Which may explain why the lyrics I found on the internet were also a bit diverse. This may be Kelly's original (though I can't swear to that): Ma bunny lice soda devotion! May booney life saver D.C.! McBoniface rover commotion Oh, brickbat Mahoney Toomey!
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    I'll bet it was delicious, too.
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    He certainly does seem to be the king of the relatable character. Even his Lester Nygaard (in Fargo) was relatable to a surprising extent. I can understand why he wouldn't care to do the same thing all the time (who does?), but yeah, I miss Tim and John and Bilbo. Seems like some bright screenwriter could come up with a delectable script with a sufficiently quirky relatable character to tempt him back.
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    About 4 weeks, actually, I just forgot to do it earlier. All of my students are vaxxed too, we can finally see each other's faces again, yay! Thanks for the congrats on the house, gang, it's a lot of work but it's worth it. (I hope. )
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    Lol okay, this one was actually kinda funny.
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    Mrs. Blatherwick, the cook.
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    My latest acquisition is this jade dagger. I bought it because the blade is reminiscent of storm clouds rolling in. I call it --*dramatic turn*-- 'Skyscraper'. I currently have my eye on one of these beauties. I'm especially fond of the orange one.
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    Ah, he worked in the car-wash area -- lots of soap, no grease! Still don't recall that one, though. Guess it's about time I rewatched the series.
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    A - Sorry, I'm confused -- what reminds you of it? B - Monk pretended to be a mechanic? As in, greasy overalls? How can that possibly NOT ring a bell?! C - Love that show!
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    I am definitely wanting to stay chronological, so I'll for sure pick The Sign of the Four up next. Nice, you have all of the information I was looking for and more Sherlock to boot! I am fairly certain I watched The Abominable Bride and the behind the scenes look thing produced by Netflix that Mark Gatiss did. However, I somehow missed that Christmas short thing.
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    Ditto! "The Truman Show" is one of my faves. That was one thing (of many) that bugged me about the latest "Star Wars" trilogy. In universe, most Jedi train from toddlers to use the Force and fight with a saber. But Rey could do both almost immediately with no practice? Come on.
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    Thank you. I really hope to make some friends here!
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    I keep teasing our chiropractor about her "pointy little fingers" -- whereas those paws would feel nice and cushiony. Is that office anywhere around here?
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    A Confession is also available on Amazon Prime Video [here] in the US and [here] in the UK (plus each of them provides a link to Britbox). Amazon UK also offers it as a Region 2 DVD [here], for those who have a Region 2 or region-free player. We ordered the latter in September of 2019, and it's an engrossing story. He sounds like Freeman (in a role) to me, but then I've seen him in a quite a lot of things over the past eight or ten years, so maybe that makes a difference.
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    Not that I am aware of. I was wondering even if new buyers were found, would they get to keep the memorabilia? Or will the original owners take it, I mean it does really belong to them...
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    The photo blog that I linked to a few posts back included a link [here] to some photos taken a bit more recently, in March 2012, by the same person, including this photo of a train passing through that open area: It doesn't seem likely that they would have abandoned that line since 2012, seeing as how it passes through such a densely populated area (i.e., trains are needed there, and it would be very difficult to build a new tunnel). So I suspect that either you're misremembering what Sherlock said (which happens to all of us now and then), or that he was ambiguous. Could you quote the lines that you're referring to? (If you don't have them memorized, you can look for them in Ariane DeVere's transcript [here -- and don't worry about the "Discretion Advised" warning, go ahead and click on the Yes button]). According to that original article [here], that row of houses was already there (including two real ones where the fake ones are now) before the tunnel was built. So they had to tear down those two and then replace them with the false facades. That was around 1868, so (judging by those fancy houses) it's been a pretty upscale area since well before either World War. Even though the neighborhood was nothing fancy, it was a nice solid little residential area. So it's not like we lived next to the railroad yards or in an industrial area -- there just happened to be a railroad track nearby. That's North Gower Street. And yeah, the tabloids like to say the fans are noisy. But I was there all day during filming for Sign of Three and some people I know were there for the entire North Gower filming for Series 4, and while there may have been a bit of applause or cheering when the stars first showed up, that was before the crew was even ready to start filming. Once filming was about to start, the fans were all very well behaved, on both occasions.
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    Oh, right. It doesn't seem so random, then. Kinda like the hostility some of our friends from India experienced right after 9/11 simply becaue they look something like people from countries that were harboring terrorists. People tend to get lumped together, which is regrettable -- but understandable, since we have neither the time nor the ability to do background checks on everyone we meet.
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    It actually would fit with the times because it was during 'The troubles' when there were bombings in London etc, and terrible violence in Northern Ireland, kneecappings bombings, people disappearing... a lot of violence connected with extremists. It's understandable in that way.
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    I miss Hobbity Watson Freeman. His attempts to be anything else sadly do not interest me. Apparently Mr. Freeman would like very much to be an even more diminutive English DeNiro, but that really isn't where his gifts lie. We don't need another Tom Hardy; we need a Bilbo Watson. Please come back!
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    I've never been really keen on being in close physical proximity to strangers, mere co-workers, et al., and I suspect the Covid experience is making me all the more averse, which will presumably become a long-term habit. But I am definitely looking forward to being able to visit normally with friends, share meals with them, etc. I do wonder, though, about the rule that (barring any stricter rules imposed by facility owners) fully vaccinated persons no longer need to wear masks in public. As far as I'm aware, nobody has said anything about how staff members are supposed to know who's been vaccinated and who's merely sick and tired of wearing a mask.
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    https://guernseydonkey.com/guernsey-legends-duke-richard-of-normandy-and-the-devil/ The tale of Duke Richard of Normandy (William the Conqueror's brother) and his settlement of Guernsey after being dropped on the island by the Devil was first published in written form in 1576 according to this article. The tale itself is probably 500 years older than that. The author no doubt is a fan of Conan Doyle, but she took her inspiration from her Guernsey heritage and not Arthur's Victorian story published more than 300 years after this legend was. Arthur himseld took The Devil's Foot from a botanical specimen, so he didn't invent that, either.
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    I stayed up til the wee hours to finish a cracking book in a new series, "The Devil's Claw" by Lara Dearman. Set on the Channel Island of Guernsey, it follows a young newspaper reporter on the trail of a potential serial killer who, with the help of the local police chief, finds disturbing links to the cases of six island girls found drowned on the beach over a period spanning 50 years. I have recently found out a lot more about Guernsey (setting for the NYT best-seller/movie, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"). The island is strongly influenced by its Norman heritage with its own brand of French patois, and was occupied by the Germans during WWII for 5 years--the only occupation of British soil during the war occurred in the Channel Islands which are halfway between England and France. Renoir painted there for 6 weeks in the summer of 1883. For a very small place, it is full of lively culture and fascinating history and folklore, much of which the author, a Guernsey girl now living in the U.S. has sprinkled throughout her book. Now I'm off to check out the second in the series.
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    Congratulations! May it be a place for you to put down roots and feel truly at home.
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    😉 (To this day I still think he's mimicking Capt. Jack Sparrow when he asks for the tea.)
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    I suppose in 1860, the accent would have been rather different. The actresses are all from the UK with one Australian. Soairse Ronan (Ireland) (Jo) Emma Watson (England) (Meg) Eliza Scanlen (Australia) (Beth) Florence Pugh (England) (Amy) Of all the girls, only Eliza was a teen (just, she was 19 at the time of filming). All the rest were mid-20s, and Emma Watson was 29. The ages of the little women at the start were: 16, 15, 13 and 11. 23-year-old Florence Pugh who's got a deep husky voice of a gin palace hooker was much too mature and knowing for child Amy . . dolled up to look like a little girl, the effect was child prostitute ala 'Pretty Baby'. Ronan is a gifted actress but I didn't care for her in this part. For some reason, the artistic decision was made to make three of the four little women blondes, probably because Ronan is a natural blonde, though in the book, only Amy is. The naturally brunette Pugh had a bad dye job/wig.
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    I cast books in my head also. For some strange reason, studio casting departments never agree with me.
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    It seems to be a fairly upscale neighborhood, so I doubt there are many vacancies. There's presumably still a certain amount of noise when a train passes through that section of the tunnel. But there's no longer any smoke and fumes, because the trains are now electrically powered, which presumably makes them less noisy as well..
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    Amazon. It's crazier than the movie. And you shouldn't be too strickt when it comes to believability of the "science". Still it has not THAT many of cringeworthy moments.
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    Having a creepy fake house next door, you mean? Or having the noise and smoke and fumes from the original Underground trains wafting up through that empty space? When my parents were first married, trains were pulled by coal/steam powered engines, and homes were not air conditioned, so windows were open in warm weather. They bought a house half a block from a railroad track (with just an empty lot in between), and in the living room and dining room, my mother had old-fashioned lace curtains that needed to be washed by hand and then stretched back into shape. The railroad soot was the bane of her existence.
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    I think the fact that he seemed to trust Mary completely sort of tells us what conclusions he reached, though. I don't know if he spent the whole day in the empty house ... he had to set up the projector, find Billy and tell him what to say to Mary, move John's chair ... all of that must've taken some time too, even if Sherlock didn't do it all himself.
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    If you're looking for an in-universe explanation, probably the least implausible is that John pulled some sort of stunt so that the army didn't realized he still had his gun. Considering the meaningful long look he gave it in his sad little room (especially in the pilot, I think), his motive for cheating (which seems unlike John otherwise) may have been so that suicide would be an option.
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    I've just seen wonder woman 1984 and I have issues with it: namely the way Steve Trevor came back, the slow paced beginning and the fact that Wonder Woman became a Mary Sue and suddenly gained the power of flight and making things invisible dispite using it ONCE for coffee cup for crying out loud. This video highlights some other issues I have with the movie: namely people being stupid and things being convenient, it has spoilers btw. Anyway, I give it a 4/10.
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    Hi, ConsultantGrasshopper! I think Inge is right that, to do a proper job on this, you probably need to read the ACD canon in full. I'm assuming you don't have enough time to do this (given that it's April and your semester is probably almost over if you are in the U.S.), so let me make a couple of suggestions: 1. Cherry pick the ACD canon. I'm afraid I haven't memorized all the cases in all the stories, so I can't help you, but someone on this forum may be able to; you need a list of the cases and how Holmes resolved them. Barring any contribution from the forum, I will say that Wikipedia can act as an excellent summary tool if you just list the stories, read the Wiki synopsis, and then decide from there which stories you need to read in their entirety. Don't cite the Wikipedia entry, obviously. Try to make a list of examples of when Holmes let a criminal go or let someone exact their own revenge. For example, in "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot," he allowed the murderer to go free, as he did in "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton." In both cases, Holmes had reason to think the murderer was righting a wrong rather than actually being culpable for murder. Read these stories, cite examples from the text, and cite these as primary sources in your paper. 2. Use whatever academic search engine your university subscribes to, like ProQuest or JSTOR. You will have an easier time getting the academic sources you need. Let your friendly neighborhood reference librarian help. There are tons of academic Holmesian studies publications out there with literature experts who have delved into just such questions. Good luck!
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    Respectfully suggest you read all four novels and 56 stories before jumping to such a conclusion. ACD Holmes only let Ryder in the Blue Carbuncle, and Captain Hawkins in The Abbey Grange get away with what he considered justifiable homicide, as well as in The Devil's Foot. He inadvertently caused the death of Dr Grimesby Roylott in The Speckled Band by beating the highly venomous snake with his stick. He lets the perpetrator get away in Charles Augustus Milverton, the high-ranking wronged lady. At all other times, the culprit was discovered and left to the mercy of Scotland Yard, except the Second Stain, where matters of state are dealt with summarily and with aplomb to avoid a war! Definitely not your Victorian Batman ( despite Ra'as al Ghul's appellation of Bruce Wayne :the detective)!
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    Immortality may be forever, but fame is fleeting. :p
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    No, no political boundary, they're both in the Borough of Camden. Streets in the UK aren't called the same way for all their length like they are in the US. If you scroll south on your map you'll see that Gower Street suddenly turns into Bloomsbury Street, then Shaftesbury Ave. No reason behind this (that I know of). For most Europeans it is confusing to have streets as long as they are in the US, especially with house numbers in their thousands. I really enjoyed reading this thread. You did a great job at capturing all the details they change to turn North Gower St into Baker St. I went to uni on Gower St but never went down to see them film, so it was nice to have all the changes they make put into one place
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