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PostPosted: 19-01-2014 10:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silly girls; you cannot eat lego...

(Says she who was a brownie once, and is still traumatised by the experience...)
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 09:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remembering Under Milk Wood at 60
By Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent, BBC World Service

Sixty years ago this week, the actor Richard Burton starred in what many think the best radio play ever written - Under Milk Wood. In 1954 Burton was just starting a dazzling career as a movie star - but for the rest of his life he looked back on Under Milk Wood as one of his great achievements.

Sunday 24 January 1954 should have been a day of rest for Richard Burton.
The actor was in the middle of a long season starring at the Old Vic theatre in London. The previous evening he'd done Twelfth Night and the company was busy rehearsing Coriolanus, with Burton in the central role.
The coming week involved three performances as Hamlet.

Yet Burton hadn't hesitated to take part in a Sunday night tribute at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud) to his fellow Welshman Dylan Thomas.
The poet had died in New York 11 weeks earlier at the age of 39.

Burton, a decade younger, had been shocked at the loss of his friend. At the Globe he read Thomas' poems including the famous Fern Hill.

The rest of Sunday was also taken up with Thomas's unique gifts as a writer.
Burton and an all-Welsh cast spent the day in studio 6A at Broadcasting House rehearsing and recording Under Milk Wood.

It was a radio script which BBC producer Douglas Cleverdon had been coaxing for years from Thomas and which was finally delivered in October 1953, a month before the writer's death.
Burton's role as narrator had been intended for Thomas but he died before the recording could be made.

With time tight, that day the play was recorded almost as live, with little editing or mixing possible.
It was broadcast the next evening on the BBC Third Programme. It proved an immediate hit with critics and audiences (though some suspected too many blue jokes lurked amid the torrent of language). Cool

To this day you can hear technical faults with Cleverdon's production which were never fixed. But Burton's narration (shared with Richard Bebb) had a rawness which gripped listeners: his unforgettable baritone voice was at its finest.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25877064

You can listen to the opening of it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22769700
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 10:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

The BBC recording was issued on records and proved a best-seller in the Spoken Word category for years. Less celebrated, perhaps, were the records of a trial read-through in Greenwich Village in which Thomas himself took the rôle of Narrator. The accents are not exactly Welsh but it is a fascinating document, preserved, almost accidentally by an amateur recordist. The text departs from the familiar version in many details.

Youtube has the first hour of this production. It is possible to track down the missing portion too. Smile
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 10:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rynner as Captain Cat. Smile
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Oh, hes not that decrept??

I read the book, it is indeed a bit blue.
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 12:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kondoru wrote:
I read the book, it is indeed a bit blue.

The name of the village, Llareggub, hints at what's to come! Wink
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Bugger all! Smile
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PostPosted: 25-01-2014 22:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you watch the movie version you can see Gladys from Hi-De-Hi! naked in it.
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PostPosted: 26-01-2014 19:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

[Video]
Mounted greeting for Stoke Climsland Post Office

A post office in Cornwall has celebrated 175 years of continuous trading.
Villagers in Stoke Climsland gathered to see a special birthday message delivered in style when a messenger on horseback from the Post Office rode into town to deliver greetings to staff from the branch on Sunday.

The community also marked the day with special events, including a church service and the issuing of a special commemorative envelope designed by local schoolchildren.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25906225
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Hera shipwreck centenary marked with series of events

Sailors buried in what historians believe is Britain's longest grave will be remembered in a series of events in a Cornish village.
The German barque Hera, which hit rocks off the Roseland 100 years ago, was 90 days into a voyage from Chile.
It was carrying a cargo of nitrates when it hit thick fog, striking a reef that runs out from Nare Head.

The vessel had a crew of 24, only five survived, and the bodies which were recovered are buried in Veryan.
The grave itself is more than 30m (98ft) long.

The crew of the Hera are being honoured, 100 years on, with an exhibition, concert and requiem service.
Father Doug Robbins, the vicar of Veryan, said: "It was 31 January into 1 February, it was cold and wet.
"They were clinging to the mast and rigging as best they could. Gradually one by one, apart from five of them, [they] fell off."

A Maltese sailor, Joseph Cauchi, was almost missed by rescuers.
Father Robbins said: "When the lifeboat did get there, they took four off, but didn't realise he was there. He had to call out that there was one more."

Everyone in the parish went to the funerals which were held in Veryan.
Christine Edwards, a villager who used to work at the County Records Office, said: "It was a young crew, possibly not as experienced as they might have been.
"People on the shore could see and hear them but they couldn't reach them. I think that was the tragedy of it."

A series of events, which include an exhibition, and a requiem service on Sunday, will be held throughout the weekend.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-25975405
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PostPosted: 02-02-2014 23:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the 35th anniversary of Sid Vicious's fatal heroin overdose, and the very same day another celeb seems to have died the same way. Coincidence, fate, I dunno.
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PostPosted: 03-02-2014 00:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drug-addicted celebrities aren't exactly thin on the ground though. Sad
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Happy 40th birthday, Bagpuss!
Bagpuss turns 40 today. Charlotte Runcie speaks to co-creator Oliver Postgate's son, Daniel, about a much-loved cloth cat and the possibilities for new episodes
By Charlotte Runcie, Arts writer
7:00AM GMT 12 Feb 2014

Bagpuss is just an old, saggy cloth cat – baggy and a bit loose at the seams. But Emily loved him.

And so have generations of children since Bagpuss was first shown on British screens in 1974, 40 years ago today. The gentle stories always began in sepia with a little girl called Emily placing broken objects in front of Bagpuss, a pink and white toy cat in the window of a shop. When Emily left, the toys came to life, with the broken object mended and a story told.

Although only 13 episodes were ever made, they were so popular that they have been frequently repeated and have become a part of British cultural identity (in 1999 Bagpuss was voted the best children's TV show of all time in a BBC poll, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary, the Royal Mail has commissioned a limited edition Bagpuss stamp). Very Happy

Recently there have been murmurings that some brand new episodes of Bagpuss might be in the works, perhaps with CGI characters replacing the stop-frame animation style of the original.

Co-creator Oliver Postgate died in 2008, but his son Daniel, who inherited the rights to the format alongside the other original co-creator Peter Firmin, wouldn't want to see that. He told me: "It wouldn't be an easy programme to copy, because it was one of their [Postgate and Firmin's] more idiosyncratic shows.

"It relied so much on my dad, the voices and the characters as they are – certainly in this country." The combination of the talents of Firmin and Postgate, and the homespun feel of the show (Firmin's wife, Joan, made some of the characters) are the programme's most distinguishing characteristics.

But there has been some interest in America, and Daniel Postgate can imagine the possibilities for a New England style re-interpretation, with the woodpecker Professor Yaffle – based on Bertrand Russell in the British version – instead bearing a closer resemblance to US native Noam Chomsky. But he's determined that whatever happens, a new Bagpuss would not be rendered in CGI.

Firmin, who still has a 1974 copy of The Radio Times containing the original listing for the first Bagpuss episode, is said to be a little more resistant to new episodes. Postgate can see some potential benefits of an update: "It's a magazine show in a way. It's a bit like The One Show, with stories inside the episodes. If it was done again, it would be a good opportunity for small animation studios to be involved and do little bits."

But for now, both Postgate and Firmin are concentrating on new episodes of another much-loved and missed children's series, the Clangers.

In the meantime, how can Bagpuss fans celebrate four decades of Bagpuss, Madeleine, Gabriel the toad and the mice on the mouse organ? The episodes have been remastered into new versions, which will be screened in cinemas later this year and available on DVD. "They're clearer than they've ever been," says Postgate. "But it's just nice that it's had such longevity and that everyone still finds Bagpuss such a warm character."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10631604/Happy-40th-birthday-Bagpuss.html
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PostPosted: 12-02-2014 20:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! All those fond childhood memories of Bagpuss have to be fitted into the stern calendar of reality.

My voice had certainly broken several years earlier! Embarassed
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Aww, I love Bagpuss too.

Who could resist him?, he works in a curio shop, for a start.
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