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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Brit a Day [#431]

My post today is my favorite picture from the wedding of Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. For more on why I am so fond of this picture and the whole royal spectacle, go here:

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Brit a Day [#430]

Eddie Argos and Dyan Valdes moved away from London just in time to miss Royal Wedding Fever.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Brit a Day [#429]

Ready for the royal wedding? Michael Emerson, Daniel Dae Kim, and Ian Cusick look like they've been there--actually, this shot is from last summer's Emmy after-party.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Brit a Day [#428]

This post is for Wednesday.

Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys wrap themselves in the mantle of the modern British Invasion circa 2006. That would make Alex [second from left] about 20 in this picture of the band.

A Brit a Day [#427]

You can't get much cuter than when you're twenty-something and you are sporting some scruff, Dan Radcliffe.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Another change to the menu

Christian Bale will be on a well-earned sabbatical as we introduce some new/old Brits to Mondays: beginning next week--James Blunt.

A Brit a Day [#426]

In this vintage photo from photographer Henry Diltz, Davy Jones brings a friend to a Monkees sound check--Jack Nicholson, circa 'Five Easy Pieces'.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Brit a Day [#425]

Alan Rickman, speaking about the imperfect instruments that actors are.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Brit a Day [#424]

My brit today is Chef Paul Courtney, head of the McVities test kitchen, seen here sampling a trial run of Prince William's groom's cake, a McVities chocolate biscuit cake. There are so many things to love about this picture. Love it some more yourself at this link to an article about the royal wedding cakes.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Brit a Day [#423]

Jasper Future and Eddie Argos of Art Brut.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Brit a Day [#422]

This post is for Thursday.

Henry Ian Cusick played Jesus in 'The Gospel of John,' and I recently re-watched the 3 hour version on DVD. Its script is simply word for word John's book of the New Testament. The storytelling is good, the film is beautiful, and watching it this time of year, I'm compelled to reflect on my own touchy relationship with Christianity. Christianity, or Xianity as I called it when I had to write it dozens of times in college history notes, is my culture, not my religion.

If you are interested on hearing my thoughts on being a non-religious admirer of Jesus, go here:

A Brit a Day [#421]

Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys, a bright-eyed bandmate, and some serious architecture.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Brit a Day [#420]

I've been saving this picture of Dan Radcliffe for the warmer weather of spring. It would have been almost cruel to have posted this in winter.....Stay just as hot as you are, Dan!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Brit a Day [#419]

It's always a pleasure to see images of Christian Bale from 'American Psycho'--as long as I'm the one picking them out.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Brit a Day [#418]

Alan Rickman--in this photo, part casual gentleman, part wary statesman.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Brit a Day [#417]

Today's Brit is an honorary Brit band. The Blood Arm is adored in Europe, especially the UK, even though the members are from California. Keyboardist Dyan Valdes, center, is now a resident of Berlin. Why have unofficial Brits in the post? Because this picture is so bloody cool.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Brit a Day [#416]

I had a brief electronic chat with someone recently who said he'd like to speak a song some day. I think the first example that comes to most people's minds is William Shatner's cover of 'Common People'. Not wanting my friend to follow THAT particular path, I recommended he listen to some Art Brut to get a feel for that style of song delivery from the Jarvis Cocker of sing-speakers, Eddie Argos [above].

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Brit a Day [#415]

Henry Ian Cusick's birthday is this Sunday. This could be the expression on his face as he reads all the birthday greetings from his fans.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Brit a Day [#414]

We welcome Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys to Wednesdays. AT is the one holding the styrofoam cup. Their new album should be out soon....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Brit a Day [#413]

Another photo of Dan Radcliffe from the set of 'The Woman in Black', very similar to one I posted a while ago. All the pictures with that little guy in knee pants are so cute.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Brit a Day [#412]

Having Christian Bale show up in little more than his birthday suit is greatly appreciated today. And in case you feel like you are missing something because of the sweatpants, see below.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Brit a Day [#411]

I snagged this wonderful picture of Alan Rickman from a friend's blog. She ran a poll this week to see who her friends thought was the sexiest man, in which Rickman came in 3rd out of 10 behind Ian Cusick [1st] and Terry O'Quinn [2nd].

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Brit a Day [#410]

My daughter returned from her trip last night, and I asked her if she recognized much of the Champs Elysees from all the times I've drawn her into watching the final stage of the Tour de France. She said of course! It would be hard not to have memorized every one of those hallowed cobbles--the final stage always ends in Paris with humpteen circuits of the famous course.

Last year, my favorite Manx Missile, Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the Tour. Ooooohhhh is it July yet?.....

Friday, April 8, 2011

And when in Rome....

This video is from a few years back--it came out with Art Brut's second album. It is, of course, their nod to 'I, Claudius'.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Brit a Day [#409]

My daughter is in Rome today on her last full day of her European adventure. I can't BELIEVE she is coming home tomorrow. We planned for this trip for her for soooo long.....

Here's Ian Cusick in Rome in 2007 for the Roma Fiction Festival.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Brit a Day [#408]

We all know this scene will end badly....but hopefully not this post. For the sake of keeping Wednesdays as fresh and exhilarating as every other day of the week, I need to give Jason Isaacs a wee break. I'm sure as the opening of HP 7.2 approaches, there will be photos galore of luscious Lucius, and my files will overflow. So we'll give Jason a few weeks off to get out there and make trouble for the Boy Who Wouldn't Die....and hopefully someone will get pictures of it.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Brit a Day [#407]

Above, a lovely shot of Dan Radcliffe I've been holding on to for a special occasion, for example a Broadway opening.

Here is the link to the New York Times review of "How to Succeed...," which opened 3/27.

The photograph I posted is far more favorable than the review, but things are what they are. I congratulate Dan on the opening of his show!

Monday, April 4, 2011

A Brit a Day [#406]

I've had this picture of Christian Bale in my file for a long time and have never known what to say about it. Here, he certainly seems to be a 19th-century sort of young gentleman, perhaps Irish, definitely innocent enough be mislead about the restorative powers of Guinness. He reminds me of the caricatures and old photographs of bar patrons in the opening credits of "Cheers."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Brit a Day [#405]

Here is a picture of Alan Rickman in Paris. It would be fun to know what they are all looking at in this photo. Is the woman near him someone he knows, or is she about to look over her shoulder at this handsome man and faint?

My daughter is traveling on the Eurostar train today from London to Paris via the Chunnel. I can't believe the London leg of her journey is already over. I bet she can't believe it either. We haven't heard a peep out of her, but in this family no news is good news, so we can live with that.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

A Brit a Day [#404]

I was hurling down the highway in the passenger seat of my own car, my husband was driving, my son and sis-in-law were in the backseat, and we were having a lively conversation--this picture flashed in my brain. Brit du jour is Ian Cusick as Desmond, from the final season of LOST.

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Brit a Day [#403]

A picture of Eddie Argos with a long-ago Art Brut, probably when he was a resident of New Cross, London.

I closely followed the progress of my daughter's flight to London yesterday on the airline's website. They landed at Heathrow at about 11 AM their time this morning. Fingers crossed, she'll make it through that always awful transition from pseudo-night on the plane to a new day in a strange city without even a teeny meltdown.