Archive for August 4, 2017

StephSteb Returns

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2017 by themaresnest

One of last year’s irregulars has come back after a prolonged absence.

And when you have Rflong7/13 to greet you, there can only be one other question…

You forgot to give Becca puppy dog eyes when you asked it!

So we’ll do it.

On second thoughts, this calls for a professional:

‘Rflong7/13’s not made a new world? Oh no, now I’m gonna have to make my eyes real big and hyperventilate and stuffs!’

Becca, don’t let Willow from Buffy The Vampire Slayer get bored.

You wouldn’t like her when she gets bored.

 

Sad, Sad (And Mad) Day – The Loss Of Two Different Potter Actors And The Trumping Of A Test Tube Baby

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2017 by themaresnest

Robert Hardy

Shame to think for too many he’ll only be known for Harry Potter.

One of the greatest actors of his generation, Robert Hardy ought to also be remembered not only for All Creatures Great And Small but for his role as Terence ‘Twiggy’ Rathbone in the legendary TV series Hot Metal – a parody of tabloid journalism based on the true story of the left wing Daily Herald‘s rescue from bankruptcy (despite having a large circulation) by Rupert Murdoch and its dreadful rebranding as the gutter journalism Sun.

(Go here if interested, don’t blame us if you lose your weekend in the process)

He was also responsible jointly with Professor Matthew Strickland (Cambridge University and Glasgow University) for ‘The Great Warbow’ the definitive book on the effect of bows on warfare, grab a copy if you can get the chance (and don’t blame us if you spend the next year playing dozens of computer games as an archer, joining your local archery club, etc. as a result – it is that good).

Hywel Bennett

Like Hardy, he ought to have become a worldwide star (despite his fondness for the bottle), but similarly became best known in the film industry for thought provoking cult classics such as the controversial Twisted Nerve (with that whistle tune…) and Endless Night (both with Hayley Mills – that other classical British ‘ought to have been’).  Instead, he became a regular in the TV and film dramatisations of the works of Dennis Potter and as intellectual layabout Shelley (ask Rflong7/13 about this!) – here he is with a certain Alan Rickman.

Peter And The Test Tube Babies

We of course mentioned this lot way back in 2010:

Considering their history for bad luck, the current bully boy antics of the current resident at the White House, and punk rock’s tendency for back biting and sabotaging those they saw as their ‘competitors’, it’s not beyond reality that someone due to take part at the same festival as the Test Tubes decided to tip off America’s customs and excise at San Francisco airport in order to get the band barred from entry – in the end it was only their lead singer who was stopped because the band came into the country individually.

A more cynical soul however would argue that Peter Bywaters was trying to avoid having to pay the $325 cost for a P1 visa (that for temporary employment) for those entering the U.S. as musicians on tour.

The only difficulty with that is that the U.S. Embassy’s own London website categorically states that entering the U.S. for business reasons from the U.K. does not require a visa if travelling from the UK.

So unlikely and absurd as it sounds, it seems that Peter Bywaters is telling the truth and that U.S. Customs prevented him entering the country out of politically motivated petty spite.

Just when you caught your President couldn’t get any more stupid!