The "Brit a Day" series

What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Brit a Day [#259]

It's Halloween, and everybody needs a costume. This might be Rickman's best ever--when Neville Longbottom neutralized the Snape-shaped dementor by re-imagining him in his grandmother's clothes.

And here's a little bonus vampirette from Edvard Munch. Not a brit. Not his overused 'Scream'. Just sexy. Yummmm....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Brit a Day [#258]

Keyword searches that didn't work: Eddie Argos [above], Henry Ian Cusick [below]. I think the guy in the closet scene is Joaquin Phoenix, no?

There were so many great images that didn't make the first cut for "Strangest Thing I Found When I Googled Your Name." Here are a few more of them--Dan Radcliffe [above].

Jason Isaacs holding a sconce. He's being so pleasant about it.

Dan Radcliffe as a porn star.

Alan Cumming came up when I searched "Henry Ian Cusick". I wouldn't mention it, but it happened with more than one picture.

Ian-search produced 30-Rock.

This is Jason Isaacs--not. [Steve Buscemi and friend]

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Brit a Day [#257]

This is actually a really evocative drawing of Eddie Argos, and I like so much about it, but I don't understand the green skin and the bloody mouth. The only time I've seen Eddie with a green face was on Halloween, and the bloody mouth makes me think of "Kevin got home from school today with a chipped tooth and blood on his shirt..." Maybe all of Eddie's history has been rolled here into one image. Still, for capturing one pure moment of total strangeness, perhaps the photo below is the answer to the question 'what's the strangest thing I found when I googled Eddie Argos.' But they both have to move over for the final image [bottom]. Who the hell tags a picture of Pippi Longstockings with the name of a rock star? Must have got her confused with Neville Longbottom.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Brit a Day [#256]

What's strange is the idea that Henry Ian Cusick could ever have a bad hair day [above]. I mean, he usually has phenomenal hair. See below, this is a really really sad scene, and his hair still looks amazing.

Okay....below this is the strangest thing I got when I googled his name. I have no clue what the connection could be. Is the dude powerwashing a stair well?

And then there's this--a stuffed whale. Why? He's very cute, beyond that I see no resemblance. Perhaps the whale is wearing the Hume plaid...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Brit a Day [#255]

This is the post for Wednesday.

They say there is funny/strange and funny/haha. I suppose there must be strange/funny and strange/disturbing, too. I'm not sure which is which, but I'm pretty sure I have all those bases covered with these 2 pics that surfaced when I googled 'jason isaacs'.

The portrait of Patrick Stewart may not have qualified had it not been both the wrong sexy brit as well as out of focus.

A Brit a Day [#254]

Oh my GOD, I am having fun this week.

The contest for strangest thing to surface with a search of keywords 'Daniel Radcliffe' ended in a three-way tie, including the photo at bottom from the London Wax Museum.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Brit a Day [#253]

Strangest thing I found when I searched with 'Christian Bale' as the keywords. From a website called Inverted Celebrities Pictures. I could spend a good part of this week swiping pics from there to post here, but that would be cheating, and cheating gets boring.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Brit a Day [#252]

This post is for Sunday.

I've been wanting to do a week of posts like this for some time. The theme is "Strangest Thing That I Found When I Googled Your Name."

I could have used the autographed picture of Emma Watson with no AR in sight. Or the photo of Orlando Bloom, help me here--have AR and OB ever made a movie together? But I chose this intriguing piece. Is that even Rickman's face? Aren't those blue eyes in place of the adored hazel?

This is going to be a fun week.

A Brit a Day [#251]

Once upon a time there was a lovely young lad named Alex Turner [right] who started a band with his mates called Arctic Monkeys. And their band became world famous, seemingly in the blink of an eye [a hard working, dogged, determined eye]. Despite all the acclaim, and they deserved it because they were [still are] truly amazing, when they first made for American shores, they were basically still too young to drink in the bars.

Raise your glass, then, in a toast to Youth absolutely NOT wasted upon the young!

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Brit a Day [#250]

Drinking dark beer or red wine, and playing Pong at the same time. I think Eddie Argos is on to something. Cabernet Pong, anyone?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Brit a Day [#249]

I expect that you thought Ian Cusick's contribution to the Cheers! theme would be Drunk Desmond? Too easy. Here he is, instead, enjoying the festivities--and a wine tasting--just prior to the Emmys last August.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Brit a Day [#248]

Jason Isaacs.

Strictly speaking, the picture above does not fit this week's theme--that's Perriet he's spouting, I believe--but I had to post it. I mean, look at it!

So for legality, I include this lovely scene from 'Passionada'. There is a lot of good food and drink and other things yummy in that movie.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Brit a Day [#247]

Dan Radcliffe is just 21, which makes finding/posting pictures of him imbibing a touchy subject. But his character, Harry Potter, is known to down a butterbeer occasionally, so I thought we'd look at what Harry might see if he partook too heartily. He might see his closest friends behaving strangely and wearing interesting Muggle attire. He might even see his ginger-haired friends Fred and George turn brunette.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Brit a Day [#246]

Leave it to Christian Bale to bring us a cocktail as elegant as champagne. He's quite fetching sitting there on the floor like that.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Brit a Day [#245]

This week the cast will be spreading 'Cheers.' Hopefully, I can find everyone sporting an aperitif, a refreshing g & t, or a wee dram before the camera...Here is Alan Rickman as Professor Snape with a splash of wine someone has proffered....personally, before cocktails were even served, I'd be positively giddy already to be surrounded by all those books in the company of the good [erm] professor.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Brit a Day [#244]

Jason Isaacs was absent the week we saw the cast in print. A scan of an in-depth interview would have been nice perhaps. But this item [above] will not lay down and be still; it must be seen and enjoyed. It's a French poster for the film 'Peter Pan' featuring Captain Hook, or as he is known in the local language, Capitaine Crochet. Visions of my grandma as Tinkerbell! An afghan in the shape of a crocodile! A trip to Michaels' for yarn, anyone?

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Brit a Day [#243]

Even though Eddie Argos grew up in the English beach town of Bournemouth, it took a trip to Hawaii with Dyan's family to get him on a surfboard...and on camera. Kudos to Dyan's dad for getting these great, fun photos up on his Facebook page.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Brit a Day [#242]

The week that I dedicated my posts to the cast's hands, Ian Cusick was represented in his role as the resurrected Jesus Christ. It's hard to call it 'hand porn' when you're looking at Christ's hand. So to set the record straight, and let that hand-lust flow, here are Ian's hands. Above, he wears the Black Band of the Sistahood. Below, we have both hands--I believe the right hand pushes the infamous button. And finally, bottom, if you had any doubt that these are not Jesus' hands, have a look. I don't think CPR had been invented in the first century A. D.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Brit a Day [#241]

I didn't have a picture of Jason Isaacs that showed him in his youth for the week I posted youthful pics, so I was particularly pleased to stumble across this one. Here he is, still a law student. It's clear to me from this photo that he may have been a great lawyer, but he was destined to be a sparkling performer.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Brit a Day [#240]

Dan Radcliffe missed out on the week my posts centered around the comfy and the happy. I don't know how he makes time for it these days, singing and dancing his way back to Broadway in 2011 in "How to Succeed...", but I know there was a time in his teens when Dan was as comfy and as happy as can be playing bass. He's about 16 in this picture.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Brit a Day [#239]

Christian Bale missed out the week that I posted pictures themed with the actors and their directors. Here is Christian with Michael Mann who directed and co-wrote the screenplay for 'Public Enemies'.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Brit a Day [#238]

I'm devoting this week's posts to filling in some gaps. It came to my attention that not all of the cast has participated fully in each and every theme. It has also come to my attention that some things that I thought had never been committed to still photography have in fact been not only archived for posterity but put up on the internet for all the world to see.

This first one, however, was just a silly oversight. How could I not have posted a picture of Alan Rickman that makes me happy? Perhaps it was too hard to choose just one. The scene above, when I first encountered it, made me giddy. It was enough that Kevin Smith cast "The Sound of Oil Dripping on Velvet" to be the voice of God in his black [black, black, black...] comedy "Dogma". It was enough that Smith reprised his role as Silent Bob. It was what I like to call a 'Harold-and-Maude' moment--a point in a comedy where you either have to jump in with your clothes on or leave the theatre--when Chris Rock speaks of Jesus as 'the n___r died owing me ten dollars.' But when the God Rickman was the voice of turned out to be.....well, you might not recognize her in that picture up there, and you might not want me to spoil the movie now.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Brit a Day [#237]

Based on her fabulous fashion sense alone, especially this beautiful sage-green coat, Severus Snape could have done a whole lot worse than settling down with Narcissa Malfoy. Funny, I know someone else with a blaze.....

Having Bellatrix Lestrange officiate any ceremony is just asking for trouble, though.

Click on the picture and it gets really big. All the better to see the texture of that amazing coat.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Brit a Day [#236]

Here is Eddie Argos at an intimately small gig being admired by his lovely girlfriend, Dyan Valdes. I love Dyan's face in this photo--what a candid picture of love.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Brit a Day [#235]

That's not her.

That's not her either.

Definitely not her.

Yes! There she is. Ian Cusick's beautiful wife, Annie Wood Cusick.