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16 November 2019 at 13:40 #68382
I watched it at the time but barely remembered it. News Years is not perhaps prime viewing time. We re watched it a week ago and it really is rather good. You will enjoy it, @thane16 A late or early Christmas gift.
Janette15 November 2019 at 04:19 #68359
@devilishrobby You do have a point. Oh dear there were more than enough spiders last series. (for this viewer who has more than a few too many deadly spiders in the vicinity.)
Janette14 November 2019 at 11:17 #68357
@geoffers Yes. Agreed. It is toned down a little from the last series and looks more “Tardisy”
Janette13 November 2019 at 13:13 #68353
@pedant Magicians Apprentice indeed. (Not Bells of St Johns) I should not post while watching TV.
Janette13 November 2019 at 12:22 #68351
It would not be the tank from Bells of St John’s would it? The three parter in Capaldi’s last series is another possibility. The Pyramid at the End of the World might be worth checking. Will keep thinking,,
Janette11 November 2019 at 04:37 #68338
@blenkinsopthebrave I was assuming that there will be no seasonal special at all this year but perhaps something is in the air after all. Fingers crossed.
Janette10 November 2019 at 04:21 #68336
@winston, Yes indeed. the Doctor has had many male companions from Ian Chesterton to Ryan. I would also include K.9 as a companion so it is a very generic term.
@pedant Thank you for the link. When I was researching through 19c newspapers I often found the woman, (I was studying) referred to as Mr because it was assumed that only a male would so the things she was doing, ie contracting to build roads, complaining to council. One small example of women being, unconsciously, excluded from history.
Janette9 November 2019 at 02:31 #68331
@miapatrick yes now i understand, did not know that bit of linguistic history, sorry, and yes, it would have been better to either not drop the male prefix or drop both male and female prefixes.
Yes “male” is also the default in design for just about everything too, which is why I need extra cushions when driving the car and cannot reach top shelves in supermarkets.. the list is endless… Though fingers crossed, this too is changing, though there is a strong conservative backlash.
Janette8 November 2019 at 12:55 #68323
@miapatrick It sounds interesting and I hope it will be available internationally. I would be tempted as I love old British TV, though I do have a good collection already. I wish there was a similiar site for old ABC shows as well. I did see that at least one Australian series was going to be on Britbox, possibly because most of them had some degree of British funding.
Janette8 November 2019 at 12:50 #68322
@miapatrick good point. In the 19th C housekeepers were referred to as Mrs because it was considered to denote a higher status, which meant that unmarried women in general were considered lesser in status. The same is evident in the “order” in which people were presented. In Pride and Prejudice Lydia takes precedence over her older sisters when she gets married because, to quote; “I am a married woman now”. A woman’s status depended on her matrimonial status but a man’s did not. “Miss” and “Mrs”date back to those times and are outdated as the social customs they emerged from.
Agreed that the word, “man” is often used as a gender neutral term and it may be best that is is so but at least for my generation it was not gender neutral and so I prefer to use terms such as “humanity” or “person” which do not make me feel as though I am being excluded from the conversation. (even at the risk of swallowing flies, here in oz. Sorry maybe nobody got the intended humour there but there is a theory that the reason Australians abbreviate things is to avoid swallowing flies, something I now appreciate after spending a few days up north where the flies were pernicious and made talking almost impossible.)
Janette8 November 2019 at 05:14 #68318
@pedant and @thane 16 I had a school cook book that covered the basics. When I got a job as a cook it was my lifeline as I had never cooked before and had no idea at all of how to do so. Sadly I once loaned it to a friend and never got it back. I still miss that book, and am useless when it comes to boiling eggs. Luckily now however we have the internet. My second son watches cooking vids when he is tired and hungry, (rather than heading into the kitchen to cook himself something) He then tells me how to cook, which is useful. There are many great cooking sites, my fav’s are Taste.com and “Recipe Tin Eats”, both of which are Australian so have Aus’ measurements and ingredients that are generally available in Aus supermarkets. I love some of the Guardian cooking columns like the Ottlenghi, (excuse spelling) ones but don’t even know what half the ingredients are and would not find them in our local suppliers.
Janette8 November 2019 at 05:07 #68317
@pedant I was not complaining about saying “camera person”. Just remarking that I fell into the error of not doing so and corrected myself. The family were amused because I am a bit dogmatic about not using gender specific terms so was breaking my own rule. (forgive me if I misread your response but I feel you are making the same point I made and so maybe misread my post.)
Janette7 November 2019 at 14:50 #68313
@thane16 good luck with the cooking. Our dog found her way to the meat counter at Coles once so I am sure you will be fine. learning to cook is a good plan, something we need to force our sons to do as well.
Agree re’ the limo. Horrible things that use far more fuel than is good for the planet. Busses are the way to go..
Janette7 November 2019 at 14:44 #68312
@miapatrick perhaps it was growing up in a fairly sexist household but everytime I heard the word man, I wondered why I was being left out of the conversation. I find the term sexist because we associate the word with a gender and when many people use the word, men especially, they are forgetting women are part of the story. Using the word “person” or “people” or humanity makes it clear. I caught myself out earlier tonight when I mentioned, “cameraman”. It is easier than saying “cameraperson” but to my ear at least the former is a gender specific term and, even though I am an Australian and have to keep my mouth open for as little time as possible to avoid swallowing flies, I prefer the more awkward term, though habits can take time to overcome, so I corrected myself, to the delight of the family who I am always correcting.
Janette5 November 2019 at 12:54 #68299
@pedant I must confess, I have not actually watched it but that may be about to change.. Just as long as there is no Elmo..
Janette5 November 2019 at 12:18 #68297
@blenkinsopthebrave Hopefully it will be better than the trailer. I am looking forward to it (despite the trailer) especially with Andy Serkis playing a ghost… I love A Christmas Carol and now seems like a good time for a remake. Sad that the message never goes out of date. I usually watch at least one version of it, (strictly no Muppets) before Christmas, along with the Dr Who Specials and Hogfather.
Janette3 November 2019 at 12:41 #68291
Congrats to @thane16 for completing yr 12. Quite and achievement and congrats to you “Thane’s Mum” for guiding him though. It is just as hard on parents. Modern history is a fascinating subject, always one of my favourites, but then there were not many history topics that did not interest me, unfortunately those just happened to be the ones on offer as Honours topics at my Uni. I have always been interested in Afghanistan and it’s troubled history but what saddens me is that at one stage, it was a forward looking country, then the CIA got involved, a familiar story. Afghanistan, had it been left to its own devices could very well be a stable, progressive country now.
Our youngest opted out of yr 12 this year and I did not object. I am feeling burnt out after getting the older two through. We are looking at alternatives routes to uni for him, in the meantime he is still working out what he wants to do and flexing his creative muscles.
We are currently dealing with uni deadlines but is considerably less tortuous than yr 12. One week and it is over for another year and we have something to celebrate. Our eldest just got engaged. Youngest pointed out at dinner that there will finally be a married couple living in the house. Ouch.. Times are “achangin” around here. The “almost son”, ie boy from over the road, is about to become a Dad so our boys will be honourary uncles and I have been pegged for baby sitting duties.
Janette3 November 2019 at 04:36 #68290
@thane16 and mods. Same thing happening to me. I think our sofa is worn out, springs broken, fabric tearing, and that creaking is positively alarming..
Janette2 November 2019 at 04:07 #68274
@missy if you heard the word Mayor in our town you would not think of a man, but a brilliant dynamic woman who is the best mayor this town has ever had.
I have considered your point re’ opting for the male title but I think when it comes to position titles like “mayor” that is not “male” just non gender specific. I do think there is at times a tendency to view that which men do as superior simply because the Caucasian male has been held up as the ultimate for so many centuries, for example I don’t see wearing trousers and suits as “gender neutral” or even in some circumstances better than wearing skirts and dresses, especially when the mercury it hitting 40c. I have seen men strutting about the city on 40c+ days in suits and ties looking like arrogant fools, half way to becoming blobs of lard. I prefer skirts and defend my right to wear what I want and feel for the schoolkids in England who protested when ordered to wear trousers because they were deemed “gender neutral”. Which brings me back to Dr Who. I thought the designers did a good balancing job with the design of the Doctor’s costume in the last series.
and that reminds me that though this is an interesting discussion and while I have enjoyed it, it is perhaps time it was moved across to the pub as this is the Doctor Who memories thread and we are waaaaay off topic.
Janette2 November 2019 at 03:48 #68273
@blenkinsopthebrave it sounds wonderful and I am envious. Any excuse for people to congregate in a inclusive social atmosphere is great and dressing up is so much fun. It breaks down social barriers, something I observed back in my working days, though of course it is not for everyone. Oddly enough it was the more extroverted people who disliked fancy dress/face painting but the less extroverted became far more extroverted because they had a measure of “disguise”, not unlike actors who are mostly introverts or at least lean towards that side of the introvert/extrovert spectrum.
@missy In Australia Halloween does feel very hollow and commercial because we don’t really celebrate it, we don’t have the right “feel”, for want of a better word. When I was a child it was unheard of. We still recognised bonfire night, though the original meaning of that was lost, perhaps for the better. We lit small fires in the backyard and had fire crackers. Where I grew up it was usually cold and raining and all rather dismal. it was not a community celebration and so ceased to be when firecrackers were banned.
Now in Sweden, .. one of the many things I really admired about Sweden was they way they celebrated traditional festival days, Walpurgis, May Day, the National Day and even Easter. They were huge, community celebrations, bringing people together. Celebrations such as these break up the dreary working year, creating high points to look forward to and so are good for mental health as well as social cohesion. And in Sweden they still had fire crackers and while I fully appreciate how dangerous they are, having witnessed a victim of a fire cracker incident in childhood, I also appreciate the joy they bring. New Year’s Eve in Stockholm was truely magical whereas all we are left with in Australia is getting drunk to mark the occasion.
Janette1 November 2019 at 04:01 #68264
As @thane16 says, the clip of J.W. singing was “beaut”. I am very envious though. To be able to act and sing..
Janette1 November 2019 at 03:52 #68263
@winston I wish we did do more for Halloween here as it sounds like fun and our culture lacks fun. I blame it on the Methodist/Presbyterian colonists. I appreciate that for them life was tough, trying to impose their western expectations on an arid land, but really did they have to reject all forms of celebration?? Well clearly they thought so. All we celebrate in Australia is Christmas and Easter and we do that begrudgingly, not helped by the fact that the former is a midwinter festival that takes place here in the middle of summer. Something I had got plenty of mileage out of in my writing.
I was determined to do something for Halloween this year but beyond putting some halloween themed serviettes out on the table have not. The “kids” are all in last week of Uni with deadlines looming and so nobody has the time to really get into the spirit of things, though wearing sheets and scaring the youngest son was suggested. There are no children in the neighbourhood so I don’t know if doorknocking is now a thing or not. Australians do tend to gobble up U.S. culture without chewing. Fine when it is Halloween, not so fine when it is buying massive 4 wheel drives.
Janette29 October 2019 at 13:16 #68251
@pedant thanks for that trailer. I had not seen it and I have been regularly checking up on news about WotW as I am really looking forward to it.
@winston, it is the first adaptation to be set in the U.K. There is also another version in the works which is set in present day. The book passed out of copyright just over a year ago, hence the rush of adaptations.
@blenkinsopthebrave, thanks also for the Dracula trailer. Had not seen that one either and it is another series i am looking forward too.
Also very exciting about His Dark Materials coming out at last. Hopefully the TV series will do justice to the books.
janette25 October 2019 at 06:38 #68222
@bluesqueakpip I was not even aware that Getting of Wisdom was filmed there until I read the IMDB page though I was familiar with the house that had been the school described in the book. The fine Victorian architecture was, at least in part, spoiled by my father who oversaw the removal of the shop verandah posts in the 70s loosing so much of the character and charm of the main street. They were restored in the 90s thankfully.
Ballarat’s greatest claim to fame is as the birthplace of Australian democracy. Rather an exaggeration of course but the Eureka Rebellion did strongly influence the development of democracy in the colony and it certainly made history interesting.
Janette23 October 2019 at 13:50 #68203
I am sure that someone else has already pointed this out but I can’t find the reference but interesting trivia, Hilary Ryan, (Rodan)’s first role was in the Australian film “The Getting of Wisdom” which was filmed in Ballarat, back when I still lived there. I might have passed her in the street.
Janette22 October 2019 at 05:45 #68200
I have watched the episode, twice but both times not got a chance to post my comments because of R,L .. Unfortunately I feel like I would need to watch it again before commenting. Not that I mind as I always enjoy this story, bonkers, over the top and very silly but fun. There are dire props, those plastic blow up chairs for instance, the remains of which are now probably being scraped out of the ocean, the lack of sufficient extras to create a sense that this is actually a society.
@bluesqueakpip I think Romana was originally intended to be Rodan. They certainly might be cousins.
Janettte15 October 2019 at 08:38 #68180
@winston. So sorry to hear about both your losses. I still grieve for my Mother in law who we lost back in 2003. In fact I have been thinking of her a lot these past couple of days while out taking photos. Sometimes I feel as though she is looking over my shoulder and that encourages me to try harder to do well. Unfortunately our sons were still young and barely remember their grandmother.
So sorry also about the loss of Newton also. They become part of our family, part of our lives.
this is a great forum. I check every day for new posts and always glad when someone has posted.
@mudlark I too appreciated your gardening tips especially regarding compost. I did not know that bread was bad.
Janette15 October 2019 at 08:18 #68179
@blenkinsopthebrave Just what we need, some familiar monsters and Mary Shelley. I have remarked to my S/O that is it high time the Doctor met Mary Shelley.
Janette11 October 2019 at 05:51 #68168
@gamergirlavatar Agreed. It is the intention that matters. I do get annoyed when say the boys’ school rings and calls me Mrs but I know that I shouldn’t because it is a natural assumption, no offence is intended. However when the staff in the post office query my right to pick up a parcel sent to my address because of the difference in name, I do feel entitled to get cross. They are being small minded.
I recently heard a story of a man, late middle age, being called out for referring to a “server” as “waitress.” He meant no offence and was really hurt by the reaction. He was simply using a term that he had grown up with so the person who took offence caused more harm than he did.
On a positive note, Having young people around I do think “times are a changin'” regarding, (in this backwards corner of the world at least) dress choices, which is fantastic and one of the few benefits the younger generation have. They wear stuff that would not have been acceptable when we were young. We still have a long way to go though, as your experiences show and there is a conservative backlash that we all have to keep fighting against, but that is always the way with progress.
Janette6 October 2019 at 06:47 #68152
@missy So sorry to hear about your troubles. Best wishes from me too.
Janette6 October 2019 at 06:45 #68151
@nerys agreed. I hated being called, “Miss” just as much as I detest being called “Mrs”. Both make me cringe. The distinctions in title are also inconvenient. I was once working in a pollie’s office addressing mail and did not know what to put on letters going out to women, Miss, Mrs or Ms because I know some older women get offended by the later. In the end I just put initial and surname for everyone but of course some people will get offended by that too.
Boys were referred to as “master” until they reached maturity when they became Mr. Girls however were not considered “mature” until married and so remained Miss so it is really deeply offensive in my view. Miss and Master are acceptable terms for children maybe, if salutations are required, but not for adults.
I have been wanting to comment on this discussion because it is topic I have been giving much thought to. Back when I was working in hospitality we all objected to the suggestion that we be called by the gender neutral, “waitrons”. naturally we all immediately pretended to be robots. We much preferred the more human sounding waiter and waitress because being identified as female was fine. However on reflection a job title is a reference to the job and therefore should be gender neutral. titles such as, “doctor, prime minister, mayor, writer, student, builder, baker, candlestick maker, denote profession not person and so why should it differ for actors or waiters?
(funny story. A few years ago our town had it second female mayor and one councillor proposed she be referred to as “mayoress”. He was laughed out of the chamber.)
Janette5 October 2019 at 04:59 #68144
@pedant Yes just saw that. David Tennant is also doing a cover of the Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith. I am always envious of actors that cannot only act but also sing. I abandoned my dream of studying acting at Uni when I found out that the audition included a singing component. I would have had no chance at all.
Janette19 September 2019 at 10:58 #68119
do take care of yourself too. Life is so precious. This morning a poem was read (at a funeral) about the dash between dates of birth and death. That dash is our lives, our present. We need to ensure that we make the most of the brief passage of time in which we inhabit this earth.
Janette14 September 2019 at 16:51 #68105
@blenkinsopthebrave Oh it is all fine here. Our P.M is praying for rain… Yes that is the solution to the current crisis being offered by our government. What really depresses me is this incompetent bunch of fools who so clearly care only for their billionaire mates got voted back in despite the overwhelming evidence that they barely share a brain cell between them. Like many other Australians I am still processing the shock of the last election. Meanwhile our state government, (Libs) are about to sell off public transport as well as selling the power infrastructure that the previous Labour Government put in place to sort out the mess created by the last Liberal government when they sold off ETSA. It is a dance of fools spiraling ever downwards.
Janette (trying to be positive but it gets harder by the day)11 September 2019 at 05:02 #6808910 September 2019 at 09:25 #68081
I stumbled across a “spoiler” quite accidentally the other night. I discovered that Stephen Fry is listed on IMDB as being in the first episode of series 12 due out next year and was a little excited. Evidently they have started production now.
Janette9 September 2019 at 15:05 #68079
@thane16 ironical isn’t it. Our entire world is being reduced to ashes right now while our “leaders” fiddle. I fear that we are reaching the tipping point and those with the power to do something seem intent upon destruction. Depressing days indeed.
Janette5 September 2019 at 05:27 #68061
don’t know how I missed that on my daily, (hourly) check on the Guardian. Thanks again for sharing the link. I note that he shared the same birthday as Peter Capaldi which is two days before David Tennant’s birthday, which confirms what we believe in our writing group, that all the best creative people are born in April. (Only because the majority of us in the group have April birthdays and so outvote the rest which is of course a blatant abuse of democracy.)
Janette4 September 2019 at 07:04 #6805728 August 2019 at 06:44 #68035
@roger429 Hartnell was the first incarnation of the Doctor. As I said the films are not considered “canon” and as such Cushing is not counted as one of “the Doctors”. I do recommend watching An Adventure in Space and Time. It is thoroughly delightful and very informative being a relative accurate depiction of the early days of Doctor Who, with some dramatic tension added naturally but I suspect very little was required. The real story being interesting enough. I also recommend watching at least the very first episode of Doctor Who “An Unearthly Child”. (mentioned by @mudlark) It works as a stand alone and is interesting to see how it all started. (it is about 25 mins run time.) Will be doing a podcast about it in November which I will put up a link to on the site.
Janette27 August 2019 at 13:40 #68031
@roger429 The films with Peter Cushing were made after the TV series started. The first of the two films, Dr Who and the Daleks came out in 1965 two years after “An Unearthly Child first aired in the U.K and the second film, Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 AD (which was essentially a remake of the TV story, “Dalek Invasion of Earth” was made in 1966. it was common at the time in Britain to make films of popular TV series. They were cheap to make and had a established audience.
The films did deviate considerably from Who canon however. For instance the Doctor is just a human scientist and Susan is a child. I have not seen either of them for a very long time.
Janette26 August 2019 at 06:10 #68028
@roger429 Welcome this is a friendly place, after all so it should be. Dr Who promotes tolerance and kindness, so hopefully to some degree we reflect the values of the show we all love. (just a note in case it hasn’t been explained, AG Who means After Gap and BG Who means Before Gap. that often confuses new members)
@arbutus My sons accuse me of being far too forgiving where Doctor Who is concerned too. The only series I really have trouble with are the Colin Baker ones, for many reasons. I have not watched the first McCoy season and don’t intend to do so. there are also some episodes of AG Who I have not watched, or if I have I certainly won’t re watch, mostly early Tennant ones.
Like you I love the history stories despite how wildly they misrepresent the actual history. I also enjoy the Sci Fi ones. The ones set in the here and now of often my least favourites, though there are plenty of notable exceptions to that. One of my favourites from the most recent series is the episode set in Norway but then it was Norway so not really “here”, just “now”.
Janette19 August 2019 at 10:14 #67980
I would like to read the Time Lord Fairy Tales. I did borrow a collection of short stories from the Library a couple of years ago but ran out of time to read them all, always the problem with library books. I will be in the library tomorrow so might have a look out for some Dr Who reading, not that I need it as I am plodding through the Discworld books. (only plodding because I don’t make enough time to soar through)
Janette18 August 2019 at 15:05 #67977
@thane16 Yes “globalisation” was just another tool for the rich to use to exploit the poor.
Norway does not have a deficit. They have made so much money from North Sea oil, which is not a good thing but it is good that the citizen of Norway have benefited. Our government allows corporations to profit from coal and we get nothing in return, not even cheaper power. (of course talking of the power grid in Australia is another sorry tale of “mates” kick backs while the population is screwed over and the plant is destroyed.) Why is it that our rulers always make the worst choices, for us, for others and for the planet.
Janette18 August 2019 at 14:18 #67975
@missy A lovely birthday present and your post made me realise that we don’t have a thread for Dr Who books. Would be a worthy addition to the forum I think. Recently I met an author who has written a Dr Who short story for a Big Finish anthology. (which I have yet to read.)
Janette18 August 2019 at 13:56 #67973
@thane16 It was actually under Hawke that HECS came in because it happened before my S/O started Uni. We were in Eastern Europe when Keating became PM so didn’t know until we reached London and read an Australian newspaper. Unfortunately Labor in the Hawke/Keating years was swinging ever further to the right, buying the economic rationalist line. Uni’s were being hit and arts suffered because they did not fit the new economic rationalist line. I should point out that there were plenty of fine people within the ALP, (including our former premier Jay Weatherill and Penny Wong) who opposed the direction the party was taking and continue to try nudging it back to the left. (I was a card carrying member of the ALP for over ten years and still volunteer to help every election. I do not agree with everything the party does but they are still our best option and I wore a black arm band for Bob last time, that day we do not talk about.)
I was able to get independent Ausstudy because I had been working for over two years though proving that was an interesting exercise. That I had been living away from home for about four years and was living interstate meant nothing. My S/O was over the age for independent Ausstudy when he started uni.
Yes our young people still are fortunate in comparison to many others around the world that but does not justify cutting their privileges. Everyone on this planet should be able to afford to get an education and for that to be the case most young people need to receive an allowance. Scandanavian countries does this because they tax their companies. Norway is able to take care of its citizens because it taxes North Sea oil. Major companies are paying less tax than people like us. If those companies payed their fair share of tax than every young person should be able to receive the assistance they need to best realise their potential. And yeah I agree, our young people are the future but they deserve better than what they are currently being handed.
Janette18 August 2019 at 07:51 #67967
@thane16 .. you got me started.. Having three sons two of whom are now in tertiary education the injustices experienced by their and your generation are very much a constant subject of conversation and concern here.
Yes when I started University, after taking a very extended gap year/s it was free. I was fortunate to be able to do three years full time without cost and receive Austudy. IT was not even then really enough to live comfortably on and I also worked part time. I was just starting Honours when HECS was introduced by the then Labor Government. We felt really betrayed by that. I protested. We blocked the streets of Adelaide, it was huge, but achieved as little as such protests usually do. (knowing that I will still march because we can not ever let them silence us.) I was fortunate that the following year I received a scholarship and so have a very modest HECS debt. (still) Arts degrees don’t always lead to profitable employment.
AS to the cost of living,.. I met my S/O when I was starting Honours. He was unemployed, living in a share house, because even on the dole he could afford to do so, and I encouraged him to enroll at Uni. (He then went on to get straight A’s. grrr) So we were both full time students on Austudy supplemented by the part time work I was doing, keeping my income within the allowance. We had a really nice flat, ran a car, (it was on “loan”) and could even afford to have pets. I managed to save enough firstly to take him overseas with me, doing the Trans Siberean on that kind of income and then to pay the deposit on a house. I compare that to the situation of my sons. They are receiving, I calculate about the same amount that we were, thirty years ago. The same amount.. roughly. The cost of living has risen at least four fold since then. At least.. The money they now receive is a pittance. Our eldest cannot afford to move into a flat with his girlfriend. She has moved in here. Great for us, but not fair for them. They dream too of travelling but have no means of doing so. They don’t dream of ever owning a house because that is deemed impossible. And meanwhile our moron government cuts taxes to the rich and gives away all our public assets, while happily screwing over our neighbours, letting entire countries drown just as long as their coal mining mates are happy.
Yeah. You got me started… I will take a deep breath,, As you say, this was the Lucky Country but we did not appreciate just how lucky we were and let it all go down the drain.
Sorry for the rant,
Janette6 August 2019 at 13:48 #67941
Never seen “George” in anything but am tempted to give Catch 22 a try. I read the book for first year Eng Lit and enjoyed it.
Have just watched season three of Last Kingdom and really enjoyed it despite the gratuitous blood letting. Oh for the days when some things were left to the imagination. I liked the way they commented on tolerance and social inclusion, and given that the series is about the creation of an England that consists of three different peoples, it was apt to both then and now. Just because a show is set in the past or future or imagined reality does not mean it has no relevance to the present. Any story worth its ink (or screen space) should say something of relevance to the viewer/reader regardless of when it is set. (Not depicting the vikings as bikie gangs might have improved things however.)
Janette31 July 2019 at 09:12 #67913
@thane16 We did Macbeth in Year 11. We were fortunate to have a wonderful English teacher who loved the play and inspired us with a love of it too. It is said that Shakespeare is taught badly in Australia, but I think the real problem is the plays are meant to be acted out not read off the page and as we have a dearth of theatre here we don’t experience Shakespeare as it should be experienced. Film is a good substitute for stage. We saw the Polanski version, which holds up better than expected. I watched it again recently. I would love to see the Brannagh/Alex Kingston version. River Song as Lady Macbeth!! However even though it was televised I have failed to track it down.
I think if you have to read the plays then the best way of doing so is Graphic Novel. there is a good one of Macbeth which might be in your local library and would really help with understanding.
My eldest is doing a Shakespeare topic this semester and I have offered to watch lectures with him. (More for my own amusement) however he is currently in bed with flu so no lectures for the moment. He has been watching a bit of Dr Who instead.
Janette28 July 2019 at 08:40 #67907
@cathannabel and @winston I too really loved His Dark Materials and I enjoyed the film though my main impression of watching it at the cinema was the cold, realising that what we see can influence how we feel. I was freezing during the snow scenes, it being mid summer and being dressed for Aussie summer not artic winters. I also loved the setting Svalbard, is one of those magical locations. (Just spent five days running a local writer’s festival of which the theme was “location” and so that is bit of a preoccupation at the mo.)
I saw the new trailer and it looks very promising. The series is being made by Bad Wolf Productions of Dr Who fame, and I thought it was BBC so a little confused to see that it is being promoted differently but maybe it is a cross production. Most are these days.
I have yet to read “La Belle Sauvage”, but we have it. currently I am catching up with Terry Pratchett. I’m onto Mort which I am really enjoying. I do like Death. Such a great character.