Dec. 1st, 2010

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 The snow. The ice. THE SNOW. I am amazed by it. This evening, I am being a failcake by myself in London, wearing three jumpers and watching youtube clips of Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell.

[ profile] immoralilly  WON Nanowrimo! which if you are not familiar with it means she wrote 50,000 words of her MAGNUM OPUS in thirty days. GO HER. She also informed me about the recent episode of awesome 18th century lawyer drama Garrow's Law that had JIM MORIARTY i.e. Andrew Scott in it as a tormented Molly accused of sexually assaulting a cobbler, which you can watch on iPlayer. I love that whenever anyone does 18th century stuff now they have to work in a Molly-house - hands up if you remember City Of Vice! Now that was a hot mess of a show. Garrow's Law is sometimes crazily written ([ profile] immoralilly  in her description of this episode referred to the writing as "whack", fact fans!) but I do think it works; I am also very caught up in the epically noble love between Garrow and Lady Sarah, they are in looooove, they keep talking about having sex, they are accused of adultery but are TOO NOBLE to have actually Done It. (I should point out that the real life Garrow and Sarah had two children together in the 1780s - before they were married. I like that better even than the suppressed!passion story we're getting, actually.)

(Are you interested in 18th century homosexual practices and the law regarding them? You so are. Hie thee hence to read up on it - link goes to a smorgasbord of court transcripts, newspaper editorials, letters to the press, satirical ballads and so on. Also: here, if you scroll down, is the show's historical researcher on the real cases that are referenced in the show.)

OHHHH CRAP I am freaking out a bit, CHECK THIS OUT: Sherlock screening at Clapham picturehouse! with Q&A with Moffat & Gatiss! oh god, it's my local-ish as well. excuse me while i suppress my hyperventilating enough to buy a ticket.

UGGGGH there we go then, that's today's unnecessary splurging. Aha I get to use my complicated acronym tag once again, it stands for 'all the gay there is: no really there is quite a lot" in case you could not guess.

ETA for more reasons to watch Garrow's Law:
- Liz White aka ANNIE from Life On Mars as the cobbler's vengeful wife!
- the immortal line, "I think you'll agree that a hand on another man's shoulder is anatomically and by degree some distance from SODOMY!"
- the immortal dialogue: "Let us suppose.... that a man is of the sodomitical tendency." - and after a long pause - "Why would we do that." - "LET US SUPPOSE IT."
- the show actually dealing with the fact that a woman's property and even her child is at this stage legally her husband's property, that Lady Sarah cannot even get a change of clothes from her house without his permission.
- freaking LESTRADE himself, Rupert Graves, as the jealous husband of Lady Sarah who won't believe she has actually been faithful to him

moar ETA for: EDWARDIAN FARM! How could I forget, god I love it so much. Yes, I do have a massively inappropriate Lord King Bad Ship for this - Alex and Peter, the historical reenactors! There was an episode where one of them started feeling up the other one's ears? I forget why, something to do with sheep. And then tried to cover it by feeling up his own, ha, subtle.


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