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I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

November 12th, 2020 Comments off

Rewatching I, Claudius long after our first viewing 20+ years ago,  I found this quote to be highly appropriate to a large number of situations — from family to work to politics.

I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

Sejanus: There’ll be no trial. I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt.

Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed.

I have watched your career with fascination, Sejanus. It’s been a revelation it’s been to me! I

‘ve never fully realised before how a small mind, allied to unlimited ambition and without scruple, can destroy a country full of clever men.

I’ve seen how frail is the structure of a civilisation before the onslaught of a gust of really bad breath!

Yes… But I suppose you are not really the destroyer. No, we must look elsewhere for that. You are merely the putrefaction that spreads after death – the outward and visible sign of its presence!

You’re a lesson in history to me, Sejanus, proving that, above all, Mankind needs its sense of smell.

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Home School: Divine Caesar Augustus, Master of Propaganda – January 1, 2020 via TimeGhost on YouTube [Video]

April 21st, 2020 Comments off

Some of our favorite things to watch on Netflix and YouTube

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TV Worth Watching: Linotype: Revolutionizing Printing and Society – A Documentary

December 28th, 2017 Comments off

TV Worth Watching: Linotype: Revolutionizing Printing and Society – A Documentary

TV Worth Watching: Linotype: Revolutionizing Printing and Society - A Documentary

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Linotype: The Film Trailer

An amazingly interesting piece of history. Linotype machines changed every part of the modern publishing world, but they were eventually supplanted by photographic and computerized typesetting methods. There is something visceral about the physical nature of these machines — turning keyboard input into hot metal type with real molten lead.

Yes, this is perhaps a bit geeky for the average viewer, but I love stories about technology and history and Linotype is certainly one of the most important pieces of technology ever to appear.

I watched Linotype using the free Kanopy service via my local library. You may be able to do that, too. Their website and apps are well produced and function well, including Chromecast and Airplay support for viewing on your TV.

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TV Worth Watching: The Doctor Blake Mysteries

October 18th, 2017 Comments off

TV Worth Watching: The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Another in a long line of mystery shows I love, The Doctor Blake Mysteries comes from Australia. The show follows the life of Dr. Lucian Blake, recently returned to Australia after living — and working in intelligence in Shanghai during World War II. His life there was thrown into turmoil when he was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned, losing touch with this his Chinese wife and young daughter.

Dr. Blake is a bit unconventional for the small, Gold Rush town of Ballarat in the 1950s. He works as a police surgeon for the local force, but find himself often in conflict with his coworkers and townspeople. The stories, acting,  writing, and production are top-notch.

Season 5 of the series (its last)  is currently airing in Australia, but Seasons 1-3 are available via Netflix and 1-4  available for sale on Amazon. The Dr. Blake Mysteries also airs on many public television stations in the US.

On YouTube: Gardeners’ World 2017 – Episode 1 (HD)

March 12th, 2017 Comments off

I make time to watch Gardeners’ Word from the BBC any time I get the chance. They just started their 50th Season this week. One great segment they’ve added for this season is an interview with a major influence in gardening each episode. Garderners’ World is my brief respite from the “real world” each week. — Douglas

On YouTube: Gardeners' World 2017 - Episode 1 (HD)

Watch YouTube: Gardeners’ World 2017 – Episode 1 (HD)

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TV Worth Watching: Autumnwatch 2015 from the BBC

November 4th, 2015 Comments off

Autumnwatch (web site) is one iteration of an annual series from BBC2 in the UK and I absolutely love it. You can find clips of the series from past years on YouTube (See this YouTube search for Autumnwatch and Springwatch). I would love to do something like this here in the US. There is so much diversity in the US that there are possibilities for regional editions in hundreds of places across the US, each with the own unique flora and fauna.

Most of the video on the site is “region-locked” to only be viewable in the UK/Europe, but there is a lot of other great information there.

Autumnwatch 2015 from the BBC

Here is a silly clip from this year’s Autumwatch

…and an episode of Springwatch 2015 to give you a sense of the format of the series.

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TV Worth Watching: Slings and Arrows – Canada

January 4th, 2015 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


Slings and Arrows – Canada

In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the artistic directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming general manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet — the play that drove him mad.

Rosanne and I discovered this Canadian series when it was mentioned in the review of the new Mozarts in the Jungle series being produced by Amazon. Perhaps it is because of our history (and love) of the theater and our experiences there, but we have adored the show. We are currently watching the final 2006 season. WE have been laughing so hard at points that our son has asked us “What crazy show are you watching?” several times.

It seems to us that the writers know a but of out the craziness that surrounds live theater, actors and especially productions of Shakespeare. Add in the machinations of arts funding, sponsors and crazy directors and you have a fine mix of craziness and art. We are greatly enjoying the show and will be sad to complete this final season of episodes. It will be like the closing night of productions we have been involved with, I am sure.

TV Worth Watching: Slings and Arrows - Canada

 
 
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TV Worth Watching: The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour from BBC4

October 23rd, 2014 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour from BBC4

Another excellent series from the BBC. I love these “deep dives” into particular areas of history, literature and art. While I am basically familiar with most of the works mentioned in the series, it is seeing them laid out in a clear timeline and analyzed for the very specific aspects they brought to world culture and how they effected culture everywhere. Graham-Dixon delves into all aspects of Gothic including architecture, literature, the politics and culture of the era — which included the amazing changes being wrought by the Industrial Revolution in Britain. These types of documentaries are some of my most favorite viewing from the BBC (along with Doctor Who, of course) and I am constantly seeking out new series almost regardless of the topics then cover. I would certainly add this series to My Own Personal Master’s Degree notes and playlist.

The Art of Gothic: Britain's Midnight Hour from BBC4

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Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how a group of 19th-century architects and artists spurned the modern age and turned to Britain’s medieval past to create iconic works and buildings.

In the middle of the 18th century – in England – an entirely surprising thing happened. Out of the Age of Enlightenment and Reason a monster was born – a Gothic obsession with monsters, ghouls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. From restrained aristocratic beginnings to pornographic excesses, the Gothic revival came to influence popular art, architecture and literature.

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TV Worth Watching: Murdoch Mysteries (Canada)

July 19th, 2014 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas


Murdoch Mysteries (CBC Canada)

TV Worth Watching: Murdoch Mysteries

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A fun romp through turn of the century Toronto, Canada, Murdoch Mysteries was a great find for Rosanne and myself. We love history, we love mysteries and the show is pretty darn good. I know some people will discount television from Canada (and any other country) but we are alway pleasantly surprised when we go looking for something new. I enjoy Murdoch Mysteries more than many American shows. The writing is good, the acting well done and it makes a great hour of entertainment each episode. We love the way they include historical figures and incidents in the story including people like Arthur Conan Doyle and Nicola tesla, technology of the time like Zepplins and the beginnings of forensic science and deal with modern issues in the context of their times like the rights of women and First Nations people. 

Be aware, Season 1, Episode 1 is a bit stiff, but the cast and crew soon hit their stride and the later episode and seasons improve with each episode.

We are working our way though the first three seasons, which we discovered via Netflix and Murdoch has become our standard dinnertime/evening viewing along with our other favorites like Miss Fisher’s Mysteries from Australia and All Creatures Great and Small from the BBC. 

From the CBC web site…

Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.

Murdoch’s circle of associates includes Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), Murdoch’s eager and often naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch’s skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; feisty pathologist Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly, The L.A. Complex); and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. All are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian-turned-Edwardian society.

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