stories, some that are still being formed, some that went over the transom in the last century
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.
After last night's opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games, my head is spinning with Brits I'd like to humbly thank/honor/kneel down to for the emotionally charged spectacle they laid before my watering eyes: Danny Boyle, J K Rowling, Sir Paul McCartney, Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys [for that awesome cover of 'Come Together.' I remember when Alex Turner was too young to drink in the clubs he played in--he finally looks like a grown up man.]
But for the sheer happiness his appearance brought me, I have to pick Sir Kenneth Branagh in a stovepipe hat......
....followed at a respectable distance by Daniel Craig transforming the Queen of England into a Bond girl.
As another viewer wrote on Tumblr, "Anyone know where I can download an app that turns me into a Brit?"
You know, I've come to realize that a static photograph of Matt Smith barely does him justice. Like so many of the men I love, you don't see the real Matt until you see him in charmingly fluid motion. Thank heaven for GIFs and the fans who make them.
Mark Cavendish stormed to his 22nd Tour de France stage win as Bradley Wiggins remained on course for overall victory....the world champion claimed his second victory of this year's Tour on stage 18 as the peloton caught an escape group inside the final 1.5km.
Cavendish powered away in the final 500m to draw level with Lance Armstrong and Andre Darrigade in all-time wins.
"I just knew I was going to go for it," said the 27-year-old. "I have done nothing all Tour so I have saved so much energy.
"I knew I would be able to go from a long way out, and no-one would get past me today. I felt really good.
"It would have been easy for the guys to cruise into Paris and Sean [Yates, Team Sky's sporting director] was saying 'just take it easy' but I was pleading for a chance in the team meeting.
"But then Brad [Wiggins] said 'we are going to ride today' and Froomie [Chris Froome] committed to my cause and I'll always be grateful for that. We have got a great group of guys. It has been an emotional three weeks but I have enjoyed it."
The Tour de France ends tomorrow, but the Olympic cycling road race is a week from today. Can't wait.
When I see these two screen caps from 'Henry IV, part 2,' the third installment of the BBC's 'The Hollow Crown,' a little voice in my head says, prayerfully, 'thank you....Shakespeare never wrote stage directions that this scene is set in a sauna, so someone....oh good lord, thank you....'
He may have taken a very close second to Tom Hiddleston's first in the BBC Anglo Fans Favorite, but I guarantee you, next year is Benedict Cumberbatch's year, if not at the BBC, then in the greater world. It may not be Shakespeare, but one more season of 'Sherlock' will cement his place in history.
Breathtaking man, breathtaking bookcase. I could live here....with him....oh yes I could. Presumably some of those books are in languages I do not speak, therefore Severus would have to read them to me.
And speaking of Comic Con [as I was in the previous post] this gem of a figurine which I have seen so much about on the web, looks even better in person [not my photo btw]. If you are there, check it out at the Sideshow Collectibles booth. I wish Mr. Hiddleston were here to see it. I don't suppose they'll be making one for Henry V.
A video bite from an interview, a cute fan photo, a sighting of Henry Ian Cusick at an airport....with a little imagination, couldn't all these be signs that HIC is at Comic Con promoting one of his new indie movies?....but alas, he's not. I really hope he will be some day.
This is me at about 11 this morning. My clock is gradually turning upside down. The gif is part of a larger gif set found on tumblr, somewhat inspired by the Anglophenia showdown for sexiest male brit and definitely fueled by images from the BBC's 'The Hollow Crown.'
British actors can get away with touching themselves about the face, neck, shoulders and chest in a way that American actors just can't pull off. I think because we have the expectation that proper Brits will not be sensual they come across as quite sensual when they show any sensuality at all. Or something like that.
"I feel like one who has suddenly awakened out of a feverish delirium, or like a shipwrecked man who has for many days battled with the waves that momentarily threatened to devour him and finally has found a safe shore."
It has been a memorable week: All of the color and whimsy of Anime Expo interwoven with fleeting glimpses of the X Games...a day at LACMA with my daughter...but the most vivid memory is that of seeing 'War Horse' on stage. It was just as amazing as you would imagine a production with life-size anatomical puppets of horses to be. And given all that, it is probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I would love to see Henry Ian Cusick in WWI officer's attire [a look that certainly works for every man I've ever seen in it]. I have read a fantastic, sweeping fan-fic that put most of the characters from LOST in the trenches, but as of today, this is as close as I can get with a picture. We do love our RoyalScot!Des, though.