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A friend recommended the series Endeavour about Inspector Morse's early days in the police. There's two series with four long episodes each. I also recommend the series.

Starz kindly put up the first episode of Outlander free yesterday. I managed to watch it today. It was what I expected and hoped for. I'm hoping I can see the rest of the series.
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With both [livejournal.com profile] rusty_armour and [livejournal.com profile] greenhoodloxley praising The Musketeers, I thought I'd give the series another chance. I decided to leave episode 1 and go straight on to episode 2. I've just watched all the epsiodes in an evening and a morning and enjoyed them. I particularly like Athos and Aramis, the Queen and King Louis. The action is varied and exciting. At times the series comes across as a 17th C Western.
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Okay, so LJ has made some "improvements." I can find recent comments, but it's not the same as the Inbox. What has LJ done with it? If I'm being stupid, tell me, please!
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Dundee

A poster of John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, that I bought on Ebay and had box-mounted recently. He  led the first Jacobite rising in favour of James VII, but was killed at the battle of Killiekrankie, which he won. He was known as "Bloody Clavers" by the Covenanters and as "Black John of the Battles" by his Highland followers. Scott wrote him as a villain in his novel, Old Mortality, but later wrote the poem, Bonnie Dundee, about him.

Klondike

Jan. 26th, 2014 08:23 pm
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I've just watched all three episodes of the Disovery Channel's Klondike mini-series, chiefly because Richard Madden plays the lead. It's about a couple of friends from Vermont who join a gold rush in the Yukon. I think it's good, realistic and absorbing. There's awesome scenery and class acting. The last panel came as a shock though and leaves you sad.

Outlander

Dec. 23rd, 2013 03:36 pm
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I've been re-reading all Diana Gabaldon's books and enjoying them. Isn't it exciting that Cross Stitch/Outlander is being filmed right now as a tv series?
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My sister's mother-in-law, Pat, took me to see Lichfield Cathedral. I know of Lichfield because of Robert of Huntingdon and Will Scarlet's marathon fistfight there.

The cathedral is amazing because of all the wonderful carving.

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Nov. 17th, 2013 10:06 am
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Apologies for posting these so long after my holiday. I still haven't sorted out my laptop, so sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. I think I have to buy a new battery, but i have to find a supplier.

My camera was playing up, especially in York, so I have very few photos.

I went to York for a couple of days on my own. York is a lovely city to walk around. I enjoyed the old-fashioned streets such as High and Low Petergate and the Shambles. I visited the Minster, the York Museum, the Jorvick Viking Centre, Clifford's Tower and the York Castle Museum. I went on the original York Ghost Hunt.

Coming out of the station, you immediately see the City Walls.

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I've just watched the final episode of The White Queen. I liked the series, though the BBC obviously didn't have enough funds to do the story justice. The battles were unrealistic with very small numbers and there were a few more inaccuracies than acceptable even in a tv series based on novels. Particularly showing Henry Tudor fighting at Bosworth when he stayed protected at the rear of the battle.  Many characters were not included, notably Richard's close friend Francis Lovell.  I think Aneurin Barnard was excellent as Richard III and the actresses who played the Neville sisters were the next best. It was unusual to see Anne Neville played as a strong ambitious woman rather than the mild and sickly one of history.  Rupert Graves was as usual very good in the role of Stanley, the traitor! I don't think [livejournal.com profile] rusty_armour would care much for his close-cut hair and his tatty beard!
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I didn't know there was a World Cat Day on 8 August. It's been celebrated since 2002. So belated greetings to my fellow cat people.

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Sometime this week the streaming site tvmuse.eu cleared all their links to video streaming hosts.Looks like it's for good this time. So no more episodes of The White Queen. Curses! %$#*&@! I had a good run though: all of Merlin, White Collar, Game of Thrones, and several others.

But yay! I've just found another site that works so I've watched the latest episode of The White Queen
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I've just watched the first episode of the BBC's The White Queen from my streaming site. This episode was about Edward and Elizabeth meeting and getting married. We get a glimpse of his brothers George of Clarence and Richard of Gloucester. It's good quality and absorbing.
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I won't watch this episode. I read a review to find out what happened to Talisa and that's enough. So, I'm a coward.
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The weather this weekend has been foul: hard rain, strong wind, scary thunder and lightning in the early hours of this morning. There's another three days of rain predicted. I used to love this kind of weather, but now I think of animals out there without any shelter and people with inadequate shelter.

I've been cozy with cats. I decided to try watching Primeval, one of [livejournal.com profile] rusty_armour's favourites. I watched the first series and enjoyed it. Loved the dodos and Rex. But I get really annoyed with the chauvinistic casting in the tv and film industries. The women characters are almost always young and pretty. For Pete's sake: an expert on lizards is a petite, pretty, very young woman - how likely is that?

I'm fed up that Matt Smith has decided to quit Doctor Who. He is my favourite Doctor by far.
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I'm able to watch both Doctor Who (on the Sunday) and Game of Thrones (by the next weekend). I've just watched The Climb. I didn't watch the rabbit-skinning bit, but the sound effects were bad enough. I also turned the sound down and only watched the corner of the screen during the Theon scene. That was nasty, killing Ros like that. They'd better not show Joffrey shooting cats. The Blackfish is great. Of course, I wait for the scenes with Robb Stark and they're always too short.

I'm very pleased that Richard Madden has got the part of Prince Charming in Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella. It's quite a high-profile role and Kenneth Branagh's productions usually do well.

I'm rather disappointed with this Doctor Who season. I really wanted to like Jenna-Louise Coleman, especially because she's Richard Madden's girlfriend, but I just don't. 
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I've just read Philippa Gregory's The Kingmaker's Daughter, the fourth in her series on The Wars of the Roses from the women's points of view. I enjoyed this one the most because it's more sympathetic to Richard of Gloucester, later Richard the Third. It's told from the point of view of Anne Neville, the second daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, briefly wife to Henry VI's son Edward and then wife to Richard of Gloucester. While Gregory is sympathetic to Richard she doesn't attempt to whitewash him but presents him as a man of his time and she shows his good points. The most disturbing issue that she brings up in her series is his alleged seduction of his niece Elizabeth.

Philippa Gregory has posted her thoughts on the discovery of Richard the Third's remains, in which she writes "but those of us who cannot help but admire Richard," clearly showing her sympathies. This makes her achievement in writing her three other books in the series from the point of view of Richard's enemies rather remarkable to me. I thought that she as an author loathed Richard.

I'm looking forward to seeing, if my magic website works, the BBC's The White Queen that is based on Gregory's books. This photo shows the three York brothers: David Oakes as George of Clarence, Max Irons as Edward IV and Aneurin Barnard as Richard of Gloucester.


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I like David Oakes but he unfortunately seems to be getting typecast as a psychotic character.
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Lots of premieres and other events building up to the third season of Game of Thrones starting the end of this month. A heck of a lot of premieres in the US already; it must get quite boring for the cast. The women must have had to pack a lot of clothes.  The actors have mostly been fun and enthusiastic in their many interviews. Sophie Turner looks so sophisticated but is still a sweet young girl, Maisie Williams is engaging, I always enjoy Michelle Fairley's interviews and of course, Richard Madden!

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(Source: http://princesselaenatargaryen.tumblr.com)

I've decided to like Oona Chaplin a lot too because she not only declared Richard the best kisser but described him as "the lovely and adorable and wonderful Richard Madden."

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(Source: Wicnet interview)

I'm looking forward to the third series with trepidation because of you-know-what. I don't think I'll be able to watch.
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Today is the first International Day of Happiness declared by the United Nations.

To me happiness is a cuddle with a cat, preferably one who enjoys being cuddled. Of my furry acquaintances Susie at work is the only one that loves being cuddled. 
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Source: icanhascheezburger.com
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The University of Leicester has announced that the skeleton found in Leicester on the site of Grey Friars church is that of Richard the Third  "beyond reasonable doubt."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2013/feb/04/richard-iii-leicester-car-park-video

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Richard the Third; he was undoubtedly much maligned by the Tudors. Whether he had his two nephews killed I don't know. I find it strange that he is so perpetually vilified but King John, who definitely had his nephew killed and may well have killed him by his own hands, doesn't get much attention.

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