Archive for December, 2010
I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful time; I will be back in the new year with knitted officers, regency boxers and 18th century multi-purpose furniture. And book reviews. And this and that and then some more. Thanks for yet another funny and interesting year!
With that out of the way – “Garrow’s Law” has come to an end. For now. And what a finale it’s been; I can’t rule out that I might have thrown the remote control at Sir Arthur Hill (Rupert Graves) halfway through the episode…
It all starts with an all too common situation: the gentlemen of the press are not investigating the business of villains as the population prefers to see decent people being dragged through the mud:
To my great pleasure, Mr. Garrow (Andrew Buchan) sends the rag a-flying to land just there, where it belongs:
I’d like to express my great love for this wonderful prop. What a lovely detail!
Somebody got themselves a very expensive gift of French lingerie: Napoleon’s stockings!
The pair, made of ivory-coloured silk and embroidered with the imperial crown and an “N”, was auctioned off for EUR 31’250 (about £ 26’500) by French auctioneers Orsenat in Fontainebleu. A bargain! The stockings are 72.5cm long and the length of the foot is 27cm.
Pretty big feet for his time… well, we better not get into that discussion.
Edited to add: WE HAVE A WINNER! It’s Meredith in the USA, and I hope she’ll receive everything in time for Christmas. 🙂
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It’s as much part of winter as the common cold, but much more fun –
Molly Joyful’s Yuletide Contest!
And this year, your Yuletide parcel will be extra joyful:
~°~ DVD! BOOK! CHOCOLATE! ~°~
You can win the DVD of the first series of “Garrow’s Law”, the Age of Sail ghost story collection “The Radiant Boy” plus a selection of excellent chocolate (dark, milk, white – your choice).
All you have to do is sending a mail to joyful_molly at yahoo.co.uk and answering the following question:
“What century is “Garrow’s Law” set in?”
A) 17th Century
B) 18th Century
C) 19th Century
Deadline: 10th December, 2010, midnight GMT.
Please read the following rules before you send off your mail:
1. By participating in this contest, you confirm that you have read, understood and accepted the rules.
2. You have to be at least 18 years old to participate.
3. Please be fair: only send in one mail per person.
4. No cash pay-out of your prize.
5. No correspondence will be held over the outcome of the contest.
6. If you are the winner, you’ll have to provide us with your name and address.
7. We’ll send your prize out asap, but have no influence on postal services.
8. Should, for any reason beyond our control, one of the prizes not be available, we’ll replace it with a different prize of the same value.
9. We accept entries from all over the world. If, however, your country does not allow the import of chocolate, you’ll “only” get the book and the DVD (sorry about that). Please also keep in mind that this is a PAL/REGION 2 DVD, which might not be viewable outside of Europe.
By the way, there’s good news for you good folks across the pond:
How unfair, your version looks prettier than ours!
Ooops… how did that date slip under my radar? Maybe because the BBC didn’t bother to update their website? Or because they expect us all to read their blog? If I hadn’t found the date on Amanda Vickery’s Twitter by accident, I’d missed this programme, and I’d been mightily miffed if that had been the case!
We are all familiar with the splendours of Georgian architecture, but we know less of what went on At Home With The Georgians in the 18th century. In a new three-part series, Amanda Vickery will bring the Georgian home back to life and open a fascinating window on the soul of an age.
Using artefacts, letters, criminal trial records and diaries, Amanda will make viewers look afresh at a world we thought we were familiar with through costume dramas but which only now offers up its secrets.
She will shed light on the full spectrum of Georgian society from the richest to the poorest to the intriguing world of the “middling” classes.
The first of the three episodes is titled “A Man’s Place”.
She [Amanda Vickery] uncovers some surprising truths about the lives of spinsters and bachelors, about how the home became crucial to the success or otherwise of a marriage, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all – that setting up home in the 18th century was not driven by women as you might expect, but by men.
Which reminds me that I still have two of her books to review...
And just in time for Christmas!
Written by Emma Collingwood
Illustrations by Amandine de Villeneuve
Edited by Timothy T. Tarbottom
At the annual meeting of the “Young Bucks Club”, four officers serving in the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail share ghostly naval tales.
- “THE RADIANT BOY”
- “CRAWFORD’S CASKET”
- “THE LAST JOURNEY OF HMS DOVER”
- “LAST SERVICE”
The second book in Emma Collingwood’s and Amandine de Villeneuve’s “Penny, Dreadful and Tarbottom”-series, “The Radiant Boy” is an eerie and touching tribute to the classic English ghost story and the Royal Navy.
“The Radiant Boy” contains four stories, one b/w sketch, 10 colour drawings by the wonderful Amandine de Villeneuve and “Author’s Notes for the Curious”.
Oh, and a book curse. That one is included for free…