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Mar. 25th, 2012 07:46 pm
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Yeah, been a while. Personal stuff (nobody died) I am not at liberty to discuss in a public forum, etc. New glasses I'm not sure I like. Tax refund. Lots of books. Finding out I don't care for the Blade Runner soundtrack, such as it is. Having to temporarily move two offices' worth of paperwork--my ex-boss has a Francis Crick book autographed to him*, and it looks like he left it in a puddle at some point. *sigh*

The quirkiest thing that has happened lately is that I purchased (among other things, thanks for the birthday presents [personal profile] cincoflex!) two CDs. One is a re-press from a vinyl album, Cleo Laine's and James Galway's Sometimes When We Touch. This is an album I grew up with. It includes the fantastic Anyone Can Whistle, which is something of a personal joke for me. It also includes How, Where, When?, which is an interpretation of Pachelbel's Canon & Gigue in D (yes, that one).

The other is Pachelbel's Greatest Hit, which I got in part because the Mutts illustrations amused me. It's a collection of different versions of that canon. Guess what one of them is...

It's almost as good a conjunction as the time I was recording Blake's 7 episodes over old Doctor Who eps, missed the one where Colin Baker guest-starred and left a space for it, then realised/realized/ahscrewiti'mwritingtoomuchHPfic that the Doctor Who ep left in the space was the Colin Baker one that Paul Darrow guest-starred in. 

Also, high blood pressure makes my dreams much more vivid and long, but makes it hard to sleep deeply. 

This concludes the random update for the evening. 



*Not that Crick wasn't involved in dodgy research, but it's still a bit lust-inducing, at least for a science bibliophile.

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I am suddenly envisioning the cast of Blake's 7 in the roles of Inception.  

Blake as Dom, of course, and Avon as Arthur.  The tormented hero and the cynical, organized companion. 

Servalan as Mal; she was even a mother in canon, if briefly. 

Cally as Ariadne, I think; the outsider introduced to a new culture, a bit innocent, but possessing skills the others don't have or can't match.  Dayna is more a fit in age, but she's just too single-minded. 

And, inevitably, Vila as Eames, though he hasn't a noticeable talent for disguise.  Still, he'd supply the witticisms and the cool interest, the necessary foil to the intensity and the pragmatism. 

Alas, there's no place to put the others--Jenna and Zen and Orac and Gan and Dayna and Tarrant and Soolin, though Travis could easily play a Cobol thug.  Nor is there an immediate match for Miles or Saito.  Or are there?  It's been so long since I watched the series... 

"Other people's property comes naturally to me."  Tell me you can't hear that coming out of Eames' mouth. 

*snerrrrk*

Jan. 10th, 2007 10:59 pm
vr_trakowski: (Avon calling)
Tonight, I have seen a Blake's 7 outtake.  Now if only I could find the legendary Blake's 7 blooper reel...

*snerrrrk*

Jan. 10th, 2007 10:59 pm
vr_trakowski: (Avon calling)
Tonight, I have seen a Blake's 7 outtake.  Now if only I could find the legendary Blake's 7 blooper reel...
vr_trakowski: (Avon calling)
I'll not bother with the chain of interest that led to me looking this up, but apparently it's hard to find a copy of Paul Darrow's Avon: A Terrible Aspect for anything under $50. This doesn't surprise me; it's a collector's item for Blake's 7 fans, and out of print; it's also written by one of the show's stars. It makes me smug, because $50 is the paperback price, and I got my hardcover years ago, rather randomly, for much less. It's not in great condition, at least as regards the dust jacket, but I can't complain (and that's a yummy picture of Avon on there, too).

But this also amuses me no end, because it's a terrible book. *snerk* I admire Mr. Darrow greatly, but he really needed a ghostwriter; his skills lie in the dramatic arts, not the literary ones. The plot is poor, the characterizations laughable and often unpleasant; it fits a certain time and genre, to a degree, but it's by no means a decent read. I keep it because I'm a B7 fan, and have ambitions of having it autographed someday, though now I'm tempted to put it on eBay and see what happens.

Never mind, Mr. Darrow. We cherish you as the irritating, irresistable Avon, among your other roles, and always will. "I have never understood why it is necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care, or why it should be necessary to prove it at all."
vr_trakowski: (Avon calling)
I'll not bother with the chain of interest that led to me looking this up, but apparently it's hard to find a copy of Paul Darrow's Avon: A Terrible Aspect for anything under $50. This doesn't surprise me; it's a collector's item for Blake's 7 fans, and out of print; it's also written by one of the show's stars. It makes me smug, because $50 is the paperback price, and I got my hardcover years ago, rather randomly, for much less. It's not in great condition, at least as regards the dust jacket, but I can't complain (and that's a yummy picture of Avon on there, too).

But this also amuses me no end, because it's a terrible book. *snerk* I admire Mr. Darrow greatly, but he really needed a ghostwriter; his skills lie in the dramatic arts, not the literary ones. The plot is poor, the characterizations laughable and often unpleasant; it fits a certain time and genre, to a degree, but it's by no means a decent read. I keep it because I'm a B7 fan, and have ambitions of having it autographed someday, though now I'm tempted to put it on eBay and see what happens.

Never mind, Mr. Darrow. We cherish you as the irritating, irresistable Avon, among your other roles, and always will. "I have never understood why it is necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care, or why it should be necessary to prove it at all."

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