The Rover and Winter Camp

Backtracking continues for now – I thought I’d started a post about two 17th century-related events from July and early August, but I can’t find the wip file now *sadface*. Starting from scratch instead.

Event one (16/7) was a production of Aphra Benn’s ‘The Rover’ at Belvoir Street Theatre in town. A friend (who has all sorts of good ideas for going out places – a recent one was a trip around all the local historic cemeteries) suggested a group booking. And so we went. Synopsis – excellent production, energetic cast who all added something special to the night.

S/O to [personal profile] istia - the Rover was played by Toby Schmitz (Jack Rackham from Black Sails). And a very good job he did too. Lots of cast pics here: https://suzygoessee.com/2017/07/05/review-the-rover-belvoir-st-theatre/

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Pompeii and the Roman Navy

Almost the end of August and the first signs of spring have arrived. On Saturday we shook off the drab days and the banal stupidity of current events with a trip to the ANMM at Darling Harbour for the "Escape from Pompeii" exhibition. It was small but interesting, although the title was a little misleading. The conceit was that it was all about Pliny the Elder’s supposed rescue mission across the Bay of Naples on the first day of the eruption in 79 CE.

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ION – apparently livejournal have implemented the https: [source lj_news].

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Black Widow

An Antipodean tradition: being interested in Other Countries’ Elections

It was all very exciting until the Guardian switched the DUP numbers from Opposition to the Conservative side, and then I remembered Sinn Fein hasn’t gone to Westminster since (looked it up) 1917. So out of 650 seats that leaves 643 which will matter in day to day business, with 322 needed for a majority vote in the House: the Conservatives have 315 so far, but DUP have 10. Which… well, the DUP’s position on a lot of matters, including Brexit, isn’t grand. They are far more conservative Protestant than the moderate Tories on social areas like abortion and gay rights. So are they going to negotiate on purely Irish issues, or are they going to promise support in return for concessions? And on what issues will the Tories be willing to concede?

Actually – it’s still exciting. Given how far Labour has come since the last election, and the collapse of UKIP, I’m remarkably hopeful. Still needs more proportional representation, even if that would lead to a couple of Ukippers sneaking back.

Do the Hailin* have elections? They have politics, but it isn’t clear how that works in resolving societal issues.

ION: a couple of reenactment folk that I know are participating in a 13th century trek in Germany: http://www.mdr.de/mediathek/mdr-videos/a/video-112480.html (German video). Hugh and Louise are walking rather than riding, but by the sound of it that's the best way!

*The Hailin stories by Helen Raven – AO3

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Black Widow

Hello again

It's been too long. Not going to spend journal space right now overthinking the reasons. When the time is right, then maybe.

Fandom, my fandom: Day One of Sinpozium 2017, tweeted as it unfolded at #sinpoz17. I copped the Xena & Captain America clue in pictionary, although not exactly as tweeted - either bad drawing or good imagination were involved, pick one. And then a decent feed and loads of fannish chat at the Sanctuary Hotel. I'm staying at the YHA rather than going home tonight. There is dance music somewhere outside, but the rhythms will help me get to sleep.

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TBoy:Doyle strip


The lads had to travel to Pago Pago for this one, and since they're on holiday I thought perhaps they (and you) would like to play a game. It's tenuously (very) based on the 7-7-7 meme, only instead of my WIP I've selected the 77th line and 7-ish following from 7 favourites stories. Unnamed, so if you would like to try guessing the titles/authors, have at it!

Line numbering will depend on the published source as viewed on my screen so we may not match. Also, I don't count spaces or headings/subheadings (or count, sometimes... all errors are my own).

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Discovered so far:
1. 'Sunshine and Cemeteries' by Slanted Light (found by murphybabe)
2. 'Lightside' by Anne Carr (helenraven)
3. strongly hinted at by author!
4. 'Jigsaw Puzzle' by HG (byslantedlight)
5. 'Transients' by Helen Raven (murphybabe)
6. ...a sequel to a classic, if controversial, fic
7. 'Like Gravity' by Halotolerant (hagsrus)

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Doyle by TBoy


DW readers: Crossposting fail - Days One and Three are only on my LJ. Sorry!

I wanted to talk Tumblr today. I got myself one a while back but I'm very quiet. I have made a list of a few Tumblrs that have Pros content though, and I even know who some of these people are in journal-land *g*: dailypros, ali15son, quimaimenemesuivepas, heliophile-oxon, jothehat, minori1009, cobwebs1968, fuckyeahbodiexdoyle, ramesesniblickthethird (T'hy'la), awestruckandtonguewagging, guiwatson, realpotztausend, dementedpixie66, thekesslerboy, bodie37doyle45, scarletmanuka, sw33n3y2...

Hey, you know we were talking about the green scene yesterday? Well, take a look at the blues and violets here, Doyle's overalls and the bedspread and cushion - and the poster on the wall - in the middle picture!

(not the original poster, but reblogged with a comment I really liked)

So... definitely not questioning Tumblr's place in the fannish continuum. It's just me - I feel quite inept trying to navigate around, so if you're a regular user and have advice, I'd love to hear from you.

And if Tumblr doesn't interest you, this is something I have had for a little while, meaning to post, as always. The Art Gallery of NSW summer program of cinema classics included Polanski's 'Macbeth', and they used this picture in their advertising. Unfortunately all the 'Macbeth' screenings were over before I got back from NZ :(

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Pros Every Day for a Week - Day 3/7 - Killer With A Long Arm

I was looking for pictures of either of the Lads taking notes, after byslantedlight commented on the one of Bodie in Backtrack. I didn't get very far, but I did find this (thanks to Lisa's Frame Capture Library for the pic). It's the scene from KWALA where Bodie appears with a towel on his head, looking nicely refreshed, and Doyle tells him they have thousands of Greek VIPs to check, and Betty's been there helping him for hours, only she's gone home....

Maybe Doyle's just a little disgruntled here? Apart from that I did notice the nice colour matching: shirt, phone, pen, beer...

Write for 10 minutes madam

Pros Every Day for a Week - Day 2/7 - Writing Meme: 7-7-7

We're hosting a Working Bee tomorrow and I had dreams last night about trying to buy sausages for forty people. Hah! If more than four turn up I will be marvellously happy.

Today I thought I would do a writing meme that's been popping up in my flist recently:

1. Go to page 7 (or 77) of your current WIP.
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written.
Tag seven other people.

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The first is CI5-verse but with an alternate reality twist, the second is pure fantasy AU. I would have added a "proper" CI5 one, but the 7-7-7 derivation for that was dead boring - back to the drawing boardword-processor!

No tagging - most of you will have seen the meme already, feel free to join in!

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