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Review: “Garrow’s Law” – Mr. Southouse and the Joyful Molly-House #garrowslaw

“Oh my God – you’ll be a romantic at the Old Bailey! Heaven help us all!”


And heaven help me – at the rate I’m going through tissues watching this series, I’ll be broke by the end of the month.

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22 November, 2010 at 6:19 pm 9 comments

TV Tip: Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode of “Garrow’s Law” (BBC1, 9PM)

That most detestable sin…

Lyndsey Marshal, Alun Armstrong and Andrew Buchan in "Garrow's Law"

… no, not that one.

This being “The Joyful Molly“, we’ve had countless discussions through the years about  Article 28 of the Royal Navy’s Articles of War (1757 edition) and its consequences; the article which reflects the attitude of the 18th century towards homosexuality:

If any person in the fleet shall commit the unnatural and detestable sin of buggery and sodomy with man or beast, he shall be punished with death by the sentence of a court martial.

And what was true for the navy was just as true – or maybe even more so – for British society as a whole. So I’m very curious to see how “Garrow’s Law” will deal with the issue tomorrow:

SUMMARY, TRAILER AND LINKS ON THE BBC WEBSITE

Garrow defends a man accused of sodomy, a capital offence in Georgian England. But Garrow is embroiled in a simmering sexual scandal of his own – Sir Arthur Hill has accused him of adultery with his wife. In representing an accused homosexual, Garrow risks gossip and humiliation. And, it turns out, he must also perpetuate a lie.

For those interested: homosexuality in 18th century and the devastating legal consequences have also been dealt with in episode two of Channel 4’s excellent drama TV series “City of Vice”.

RELEVANT LINKS ON JOYFUL MOLLY

You can also find examples for the way some officers dealt with cases of homosexuality aboard their ships here:

Royal Navy Punishment for “Unnatural Crime”

18th Century Royal Navy – Mo(o)re on Punishment for Buggery

The review for episode two should be up by Monday evening.

20 November, 2010 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

“The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” is NOW on BBC2

Stop reading my blog and switch on the telly.

THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER

is NOW on BBC2. It will be followed by documentary “Revealing Anne Lister”.

Anne Lister, 1791–1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was also a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

What the hell, BBC! I’m a regular viewer, and I haven’t seen ONE trailer, NO promotion at all. What’s the point of such a production if you don’t promote it?! Did somebody get cold feet?

Massively Miffed Molly here!

31 May, 2010 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

TV Tip / Resource: “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” – BBC2

No, I won’t let the BBC’s choice of titles for its programmes ruin my enjoyment. The upcoming drama about the life of Anne Lister is called “The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister”. Ok, ok, probably my fault that I think of Belle de Jour now, and I shouldn’t complain, seeing how they named their new drama about “the sex lives and love affairs of twenty-something lesbians living in contemporary Glasgow” – “Lip Service”. LIP SERVICE.  Head -> desk -> rinse -> repeat.

But back to Anne Lister:

“I love and only love the fairer sex and thus beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any love but theirs.”


Portrait of Anne Lister by Joshua Horner, ca. 1830

Anne Lister, 1791–1840, was a Yorkshire landowner, industrialist, traveller and diarist. She was also a lesbian who, despite needing to keep her orientation secret from society at large, defied the conventions of her times by living with her female lover.

I’m very excited that, for a change, focus of a period drama is on a lesbian character. Anne Lister is not the product of an author’s fantasy, but an actual historical personality, and this makes this twice as interesting. I don’t think we can really, from our modern point of view, fully appreciate how exceptional Anne Lister’s life and achievements were. Well done, BBC – I’m looking very much forward to this drama.

Maxine Peake stars in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, a bold and passionate new drama for BBC Two, written by Jane English and directed by James Kent. Cast: Anna Madeley; Susan Lynch; Christine Bottomley; Gemma Jones; Dean Lennox Kelly and Tina O’Brien.

“The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister” is a 90-min. drama. No date available yet.

If you’d like to know more, here are some links:

Wikipedia on Anne Lister

Anne Lister on The Isle of Lesbos

Anne Lister on History to Herstory

24 March, 2010 at 1:16 pm 6 comments

Amazon’s on an anti-GLBT crusade again. The evil text books!

It must be very difficult to run an enterprise the size of Amazon of you have your head and your Kindle stuck up your arse that far:

AMAZON has yanked the sales ratings (and limited the searchability
of a great number of GLBT books –
no matter if they have erotic content or not.
(Read all about it here on Meta Writer)

In a reply to author Mark Probst’s request, Amazon sent the following reply:

In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude “adult” material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists. Since these lists are generated using sales ranks, adult materials must also be excluded from that feature.Hence, if you have further questions, kindly write back to us.

Best regards,

Ashlyn D
Member Services
Amazon.com Advantage

Let’s rock it like it’s 1699!

While I’m not a victim myself – I sell and distribute my books myself – many of my fellow friends and authors have been spat on by Amazon here, among them Alex Beecroft, Marquesat, Lee Rowan, Erastes and many others.

Being the curious George that I am, I took the liberty to check the text books I’ve reviewed in the past to see if they still show a ranking on Amazon or not. Do they? Well, have a wild guess…

The following books show no sales rankings anymore:

  • Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830 by Rictor Norton
  • Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean by Prof. B.R. Burg
  • Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson’s Navy by Prof. B.R. Burg
  • Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity by Hans Turley


Text books, folks. FRIGGIN’ TEXT BOOKS. Yanked to protect the innocent.

FEAR THE DANGERS OF EDUCATION!

So, what can you do about it? Well, I know what I will do:

  • I’ll adjust my list of recommended books to other shops than Amazon.
  • I’m not going to buy from them anymore, obviously.
  • I’ll let them know where they can stick their Kindle.

There are plenty of other ways to buy books; yes, it will take longer and it’s less convenient, but enough’s enough. Amazon is the 600 pound gorilla, and publishers of GLBT are forced to put up with its prejudices and antics because there’s no alternative for them to sell their goods.

Only – that’s not quite true. There are alternatives. Buy from other companies. Buy directly from the publishers and the authors. At the end of the day, it’s our laziness as readers that enables Amazon. Maybe give that a thought…?

12 April, 2009 at 9:17 pm 2 comments


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