sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-05-31 10:42 pm

That two girls are too many, three's a crowd, and four you're dead

My sleep schedule has gone so far off the rails, I'm not even sure what time zone I'm in anymore, but I don't think it's the one I live in.

Yesterday I tried to take a sort of mental health break, finishing my work in the afternoon and then spending the rest of the day reading Henry Green's Back (1946) and watching John Cromwell's Caged (1950) and a serial and a half of Sapphire & Steel (1979–82) with an interlude of returning books to the library and making rice pudding. I would like to write about all of these things; they were differently great. I may just stare at more Sapphire & Steel instead.

I have decided that my personal best mode of dealing with white supremacists going around invoking Odin as a hate symbol and generally misunderstanding the Vikings is to go around invoking Loki as a queer symbol and talking a lot more about seiðr.

Courtesy of [personal profile] moon_custafer: I may be in the wrong country to catch a theatrical screening of Leslie Howard: The Man Who Gave a Damn (2016) tomorrow night (watching movies for people's yahrzeits is just as valid as for their birthdays), but it looks like it will be coming to TCM. Hurrah.

P.S. Has anybody on this friendlist seen the 1977–78 ITV adaptation of Joan Aiken's Midnight Is a Place (1976)? I just discovered it exists; I like its setting of "Denzil's Song" and it's got David Collings, but I can't tell anything else about it except that it seems to have aged up Anna-Marie.
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[personal profile] kore 2017-06-01 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
Did you read Al Ewing's Loki, Agent of Asgard comic run? I'm waiting for my library to get it, I've heard it was really great.

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[personal profile] alexxkay 2017-06-01 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
I liked it quite a lot. Not *quite* as much as Kieron Gillen's earlier Loki run ("Journey into Mystery"), but enough to start following most of Ewing's other comics work.

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[personal profile] gwynnega 2017-06-01 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Great news about the Leslie Howard documentary!
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[personal profile] nineweaving 2017-06-01 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
So glad you won't miss this. ("...in the wrong country"?)

Nine

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[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-06-01 03:37 am (UTC)(link)
Wow yes that song is beautiful! ("Denzil's Song")

I seem not to have read this Joan Aiken, but I like that it features Blastburn, which I remember fondly from The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.

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[personal profile] cyphomandra 2017-06-01 03:50 am (UTC)(link)
Has anybody on this friendlist seen the 1977–78 ITV adaptation of Joan Aiken's Midnight Is a Place (1976)? I just discovered it exists; I like its setting of "Denzil's Song" and it's got David Collings, but I can't tell anything else about it except that it seems to have aged up Anna-Marie.

I have, but I am not much help as I saw it when I was 9 or 10 years old (I enjoyed it then, though; it and Whispering Mountain are my two favourite overlooked Aikens). My paperback copy has photos from it (Anna-Maria trapped in burning building on the front, assorted period urchins on the back) and I remember singing Denzil's song while wandering the playground, to what your link confirms is their setting.

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[personal profile] conuly 2017-06-01 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
P.S. Has anybody on this friendlist seen the 1977–78 ITV adaptation of Joan Aiken's Midnight Is a Place (1976)? I just discovered it exists

What. I have got to see this!

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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-06-01 07:23 am (UTC)(link)
Sapphire and Steel! (That is all I have to say at this level of caffeination.)

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[personal profile] questioncurl 2017-06-01 08:28 am (UTC)(link)
I'd completely forgotten about Midnight Is a Place till I read this, though it was my first Aiken, and I even wrote a continuation of the song for an English class. Somehow I can't imagine it being filmed though. Please do review it if you get around to watching the movie...
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[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-06-01 10:02 am (UTC)(link)
Hello!! You just subscribed to me, so I came over to see if I should friend back, and saw the words Sapphire & Steel and rushed off to press the friend button without further thought. Now I also see Joan Aiken, David Collings, and my name getting bandied about everywhere, so I'm hopeful that wasn't a rash move. ;-)

I have the DVD of MiaP. I got it years ago, I think quite cheaply, via Amazon marketplace, but I am in the UK. It is very much a children's production and frustrating in places, because it irons out a lot of Joan Aiken's AU-ness. Anna-Marie is a teenager, as Lucas, I suppose for practical purposes, as it would be far more complicated to make with a younger child. It's hard to say what someone else would make of it - it's pretty much all on a level with S&S A1, only sadly not S&S.

(In my defence, I'd like to say that I'm hardly the first person to point out that Mr Collings does have rather amazing hair. And a tendency to die frequently and in endearingly improbable circumstances. My favourite is the one where he gets eaten by hyenas in Victorian London, but he spent a lot of the 60s and 70s weeping, disintegrating and occasionally murdering people, and usually dying before the end. *embarrassed*)
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-06-01 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)
(In my defence, I'd like to say that I'm hardly the first person to point out that Mr Collings does have rather amazing hair. And a tendency to die frequently and in endearingly improbable circumstances. My favourite is the one where he gets eaten by hyenas in Victorian London, but he spent a lot of the 60s and 70s weeping, disintegrating and occasionally murdering people, and usually dying before the end. *embarrassed*)

I see zero need for embarrassment. I only know him from Sapphire and Steel (and B7), but that sounds like a delightful television oeuvre, and one that should be appropriately celebrated!

(... and Wikipedia tells me there's a highly-acclaimed recording of him reading the ghost stories of M. R. James. I may need to acquire this.)

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[personal profile] davidgillon 2017-06-01 10:42 am (UTC)(link)
Sapphire and Steel have been assigned! That's taking me back to my childhood :)

And that's a good David Perry article to link to, while the seiðr stuff is very interesting, it's an aspect of Norse myth I wasn't really aware of.
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[personal profile] rydra_wong 2017-06-01 07:42 pm (UTC)(link)
Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life!

(That show is one of my favourite examples of the power of not info-dumping at all.)

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[personal profile] ashlyme 2017-06-01 07:08 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't know Midnight Is A Place in any form. I looked it up on IMDB but it won't tell me if Collings plays an evil uncle. It's good to see the DC-love in the comments. And more S&S aficionados than I thought existed....

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[personal profile] 17catherines 2017-06-02 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
Commenting just to say you have earwormed me with Dandy now, and I hope you feel pleased with yourself!

Also, I do love Sapphire and Steel. It takes something special in the way of acting to make a spotlight moving across the floor into a menacing, nightmarish thing, but they managed it.

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