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Boswell

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About Boswell

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  • Favorite series 1 episode
    The Great Game
  • Favourite Series 2 Episode
    The Reichenbach Fall
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Sign of Three
  1. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    Ok, I'm going to be boring and go on making my point here, but it's really Arcadia's fault, asking questions that make me want to try answering them :P :D I see it this way: Martin was joking, in a way that was intended to convey the (completely understandable) frustration in his head i.e. "can't I go through ONE interview talking about just my work without having to touch upon a particular co-star and his bloody cheekbones as if he were the one reason I even became an actor?" So they acknowledge that some people think it goes too far, but overall, it's defined as an attempt to be a more inclusive society. That's the part that makes me not get why people are against it. It is actually a question of theory vs practice - the definition is the theory, the stated position. The practice of it is far less ideal, and this is such a subjective issue that literally anyone can claim to be either a 'victim' or a self-appointed spokesperson for the 'victim'. The intentions of the 'perpetrator' will be dissected and analysed beyond all reason, no matter how genuine the slip-up, while the intentions of the 'victim/spokesperson' continue to be presumed innocent even if proven malicious. If I were the mature & sensible personality that is Benedict Cumberbatch, then - assuming this MF interview even registered on my radar - I would empathise with Martin, and at the most would see it as something to laugh about with, or at, Martin when we met next! and on the topic of political correctness in general, I would prefer to get away with a 'No comment' - the only safe alternative to being dishonest
  2. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    I remember reading somewhere that as a student Benedict took a gap year to go to Tibet and teach English to children there. Uncommonly nice, I thought.
  3. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch as "Doctor Strange"

    Touchwood! It must be great to have precious little time for a break from doing something you love...makes me wish I were him :D
  4. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    For a change I managed to trace the link to the interview I mentioned, here it is, do share your thoughts please: https://youtu.be/Zb5cSrKfBG0
  5. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    Agree that politeness is ideally what being PC should be all about. But the 'black' vs 'coloured' affair is a classic example of what I and others like me find so annoying about political correctness - i.e. that it's basically politeness reduced to ludicrous gimmickry. Political correctness is when a group of people decide what should be deemed impolite, regardless of whether it appeals to logic or not. And PC-ness lends itself perfectly to being used as a way of distracting attention from real issues, because it's easier to have a casual conversation about what words someone should have used than to discuss their actual message. In order to be polite you just need to have a minimum amount of human empathy and some common sense. In order to be truly PC all the time, you'd probably have to be a media mogul with access to a bunch of minions who'll be able to remind you of the correct word/s to use in any given situation (a la the boss in 'Devil wears Prada'). Or you'll have to end every conversation with something like "You might very well think that. I couldn't possibly comment" i.e. leave your audience neither here nor there I'm reminded of this interview of the wonderfully candid Martin Freeman, vis-a-vis 'The Hobbit', where he was asked how he felt about "finally" being able to come out of "Benedict's shadow" (yes, somebody seriously asked him that!!). I loved his answer, which was to look outraged and say 'if you think I was ever in that m*****f****r's shadow you're mistaken' That wasn't very PC but it was totally great! Spoke volumes for the comfort level & mutual respect that seem to surround his interactions with Benedict, I thought. (Or is it just me?)
  6. Boswell

    Metacommunication

    Yeah, but that's just Bill's opinion, isn't it? ;) :D
  7. Boswell

    Metacommunication

    <Mods, would you kindly delete this post if it is irrelevant and/or damaging to the forum> Inge, despite your express wish to have this matter laid to rest, I couldn't resist wading in to say this somehow reminds me of Sherlock's rant from Reichenbach "God forbid the star witness should come across as intelligent." ;) Carol, I personally believe that if we were to decorate every post with redundant 'IMHO's (btw i always thought the H there stood for 'honest', rather than 'humble'... what may we deduce about me from that? :D) and apologies-in-advance and generally stand on ceremony all the time, then this could soon become like any of the other, boring, forums out there - and I don't just mean Sherlock related ones - which are cluttered with perceived/actual insults, complaints, and apologies, sidelining any actual content. The first thing that had struck me about our forum is the unapologetic frankness and genuine camaraderie that makes it feel like a close-knit group and allowed me the comfort I needed to say what I thought about the show. I believe that Inge's post, and the response to it, are examples of the kind of unadulterated "mind-dump" stuff that makes this forum interesting, makes it a place worth coming back to day after day as a patch for the drug withdrawal we all experience in Sherlock's absence. While most of us need a nudge now and then to keep us civil while being frank, let's not get bogged down by niceties and political correctness here - God knows we have more than enough of that to deal with out in the real world. And yes that is my own honest opinion, which everyone here is in turn entitled to criticise. I might end up sulking on the sofa, but what the hell! :D
  8. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    Oh Boton you've got me really curious now! As someone who's made a specialisation of 'offending' / conveying the wrong impression, despite my best intentions to the contrary, I can see how difficult a situation it must've been for you. Fate had her reasons for not making me an international celebrity :D We've probably all been there at some point or other...
  9. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    I do hope good sense prevails generally; people manage to take offence even in a vacuum. There was some noise made the last time he used a not-strictly-PC term in public, something about 'black' vs 'coloured' terminology.
  10. Boswell

    Holiday-Special News ("Abominable Bride")

    Yep, you've definitely fallen down the rabbit hole ..... :p Ah, finally some certainty! :D
  11. Boswell

    Benedict Cumberbatch News

    I remember saying somewhere at some point that i'd prefer to hear sincerely-meant abuse from Ben's lips rather than a PR-manufactured statement - at this rate I ought to make some more substantial 'wishes' soon ;) But seriously, it is not often I've seen a successful actor putting his image on the line for the sake of an international issue with such abandon. His PR team is probably in crisis prevention mode now.
  12. Boswell

    Holiday-Special News ("Abominable Bride")

    We each have our own version of reality Arcadia, and often the only thing our 'realities' have in common is that they've got nothing to do with the 'real' world ...i am losing it aren't I?
  13. Boswell

    Holiday-Special News ("Abominable Bride")

    Well i'm glad it isn't a 'proper' bowtie as that would have looked ridiculous. I applaud your choice of profile pic, Inge, it was my favourite until THE violin pic (shared by JP) came along and sent my brain into a Sherlocoma! I have wondered about the version of that pic with Holmes seated in the chair and Watson perched on the arm - something about their expressions and poses has me convinced it is really two pictures photoshopped into one, though I can't put a finger on what it is.
  14. Boswell

    Holiday-Special News ("Abominable Bride")

    Pardon my ignorance, but what type of necktie is it that Holmes is wearing in these pictures - it isn't a regular tie like Watson's nor a bowtie; what is it called?
  15. Boswell

    Holiday-Special News ("Abominable Bride")

    This comes really late; but that's how long I've been knocked out for by pic # 2; thanks a zillion JP!
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