• Mudlark replied to the topic BBC Approved Spoilers

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  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @Bluesqueakpip

    Well, bugger that.

    Seconded

    @thane16

    Moving the conversation to the pub where it more properly belongs.

    I was teasing, really, because the story isn’t all that riveting and others are invited to skip over this post. But since you asked:-

    A group of us had tickets en bloc for both productions on successive days, purchased on our…[Read more]

  • @Missy  @thane16 @Bluesqueakpip

    It isn’t all that long ago, and well within my lifetime, that it was still more usual for white actors to be cast in the role of Othello. In Edinburgh in 1965 I saw the acclaimed National Theatre production of Othello with Olivier in the title role and Frank Finlay as Iago*.  Olivier was blacked up – face, arms a…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    Sorry to hear about the diabetes. Life, as the years accumulate, tends to be increasingly unfair when it comes to matters of health so, although that particular condition isn’t one of my problems, you have my sympathy and good wishes.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    Yup! nit-picking grammatical pedantry go hang. I must consign my largely unused 3rd edition of Fowler to a charity shop  and hie me to the nearest book shop forthwith to purchase the 4th edition.

    When it comes down to it, all that matters is that grammatical structure, syntax and punctuation should convey the intended meaning in clearly…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @Whisht  @Bluesqueakpip

    De gustibus non est disputandum . ‘Nuff said.

    But whether you prefer builders’ tea or a delicate infusion, sugar is undoubtedly optional. I gave it up at age ten, once I realised that tea tasted better without, and if someone now mistakenly gave me sugared tea, that is the one circumstance in which I might refuse to…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    Ouch! gown, not grown.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @stman

    The Tardis is a space ship as well as a time machine, remember – Time And Relative Dimensions In Space. So yes, all of the Doctors have had adventures in space.

    @wolfweed

    The lack of a pressure suit in that scene is a bit worrying, though maybe the 5th Doctor is within the Tardis field – whether or not the writers had yet invented the…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    there was one explaining how you arrived in a very cold house with your parents after moving into a different are & neighbours came to the rescue with warm water etc.

    That would be in February 1947, a famously cold, snowy and prolonged winter, when I was four years old and we moved from West Yorkshire to Norfolk. We came down by train and…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Dr Who News (4)

    @Bluesqueakpip

    She was wonderful as Servalan, surely the most elegant and stylishly dressed villain ever. I read once that the brilliantly OTT clothes originated with a suggestion by Jacqueline Pearce herself; the intention at first had been to dress her in military-style gear which would not have had nearly the same impact.

    Not least of her…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    I have just checked my copy of Fowler and realised that it is the Burchfield edition. Bugger! that probably explains why I have found it of so little use, and consult it so rarely that the dust cover appears pristine.

    @thane16

    There is a great deal of unnecessary fuss about making and serving tea, and the milk-in-first/milk-in-last…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic Website comments (2)

    @Craig

    Thanks for your vigilance! I zapped both Ariana and Lambarth Peter into the trash bin as soon as spotted in my inbox today. All these dodgy looking strangers begging for my friendship leaves me feeling anything but friendly 😡

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    It’s donkey’s years since I read the quartet, and your memory for the details is a far better than mine. What remains in my mind are chiefly the general impressions. Probably I read too much for my limited brain to retain everything, and/or I just have an inefficient memory. In any case it’s high time I read the books again as a…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    Oops  😳 Blank verse, not bland verse, and the inevitable typo, to instead of too.  Memo to self to proof read before posting although, in extenuation, I was in a hurry.

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @ichabod

    More the latter, I think.

    Shakespeare is credited with introducing about 1700 new words into the language; some of them of completely new coinage, usually based on Latin or Greek roots; others created by combining existing words or elements of existing words in new combinations so as to convey subtler gradations of meaning, or by using…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @ichabod

    Basque is, I gather, difficult for a non-native speaker to learn and does not resemble any Indo-European language in grammatical structure or vocabulary.  It is generally supposed to be an isolated survival of an earlier  language or group of languages predating the arrival of languages of the Indo-European group in Western Europe, t…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @TempusFugit  @ichabod

    I seem condemned to continue in linguistic/grammarian mode at the moment, so ‘wotthehell,  archie, wothehell  🙂

    The English language stems from the same common Germanic root as most of the languages of northern Europe – German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian – so the latter start with an advantage when learning En…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    is “to totally…” THAT much of a grating alliteration?

    It’s all down to personal opinion, of course, but it certainly grated on my sensitive inner ear. Those were the opening words in what was, as far as I recall, a piece publicising the excavation in question, and I may have been influenced also by the way it fitted into the sente…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

     Moffat has stated repeatedly that the original intent was to cast someone older, but they were won over by Smith’s audition as old in a young body.

    And how right they were!

    I hadn’t come across any of Matt’s earlier work, and the initial publicity photos didn’t impress me: he looked so impossibly young. It just shows the folly of ju…[Read more]

  • Mudlark replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant

    Care is needed. Many of the grammatical truths were taught were not, in fact, truths at all, but the consequence of 19th Century Oxbridge nobs applying Latin rules to a High Germanic language.

    What you say is perfectly true, and I have no quarrel with it; but that is not really what I was writing about, and it doesn’t really reflect how I…[Read more]

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