Jul. 11th, 2017 06:01 pm
bunn: (Dark Ages)
An old friend is on holiday in Cornwall, so we agreed to meet up and wander around Tintagel.
I don't normally venture to a touristic spot in July!  It was busy. (I knew it would be, so for possibly the first and last time in my life, I actually arrived somewhere first and had to hang about. Fortunately, there are lots of places to get icecream in  Tintagel, and about 999999999 friendly dogs to talk to, so I was well occupied eating icecream and petting friendly dogs.  I could have quite happily done that all day.

The tide was low, so we went and had a look in Merlin's Cave:

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bunn: (Logres)
I don't seem to have posted anything about writing, for a while.  This is not because I haven't been writing, but because I seem to have ended up writing something that by my standards is a bit long, and since I am a rather slow and terribly indecisive writer when it comes to fiction, it's taking me ages.

Over the summer, I found myself doing a bit of an 'assorted Arthuriana' re-read, and then I had a few days off, the weather was terrible, so I randomly decided to watch the BBC Merlin DVDs that I acquired a few years back, when I accidentally started watching 'Merlin' in the middle of Season 4, and ended up getting copies of the rest of it in the hope that at some point I would watch the whole thing in order, and that it would then make sense.    I can now report that it did make quite a bit more sense, watching all five seasons in order back to back (even if you watch a lot of them while painting like a loon and therefore not actually looking at the screen a lot of the time.)

But, a few things about the end of the series still niggled me a bit, and also, I noticed things that people pointed out in comments to this post which I had not previously thought of, and then I started thinking about Sleeping Heroes and Apocalyptic Beasts, and  before I knew it I started writing this modern setting followup to the very last scene,  which is now getting towards 32000 words and shows no signs of slowing down.Read more... )
bunn: (Logres)
When thinking about England*'s Hour of Greatest Need, I started considering previous Hours of Apparently Insufficient Need.  It must be admitted though, that my knowledge of anything that happened during the period between about 1485 and 1900 is pretty appalling, so I thought I'd ask for suggestions.

I thought of :
- The Viking Invasions
- The Norman Conquest
- Stephen v Matilda
-  The Wars of the Roses
- The Spanish Armada (but then dismissed that as a scary thing that basically just got blown away)
- The English Civil War
- 1916 (although if you argued that this is a lot more than England's, Britain's, or even the UK's Hour, I'd have to concede the point)
- Dunkirk

Then it occurred to me that we actually have a gadget that is supposed to specifically indicate Hours of Need just down the road at Buckland Abbey, so I looked up Drake's Drum to see what times of national emergency it had seen fit to signal.  But it seems to be a most erratic indicator, drumming for things like Lord Nelson being given the Freedom of  Plymouth, which doesn't really seem like an emergency, even in Plymouth.

Incidentally, there's an excellent list on Wikipedia of Sleeping Kings** In Mountains.   I knew there were quite a few of them, but I hadn't previously realised quite what a superb range of sleeping heroes was available in the event of emergency.

* I'm not being too picky about national definitions here, although I think 'Albion's Hour of Greatest Need' definitely has more of a ring to it than 'United Kingdom Maximum Necessity Moment' or similar.

**Although not all of them are kings.


Mar. 18th, 2014 08:43 am
bunn: (Logres)
I suspect that probably anyone who really wants to watch a three and a half hour play based on Sutcliff's Arthurian epic, Sword at Sunset has already picked up the link from http://blueremembered.blogspot.co.uk/ or http://rosemarysutcliff.com/ but just in case you didn't (and so I've got the link)

I haven't watched it yet, but am looking forward to it!

Also, muchly amused by this review: "Of the two or three weddings I have been forcibly removed from, the most memorable was in Lewes. “How can you say you don’t like Rosemary Sutcliff?” I angrily demanded of the classicist groom, “You’re getting married in the very Sussex Downs that fired her imagination.” The desk sergeant who brought me morning tea in the cells agreed."

And while I'm at it, there is this!
bunn: (dog knotwork)

Apparently so.  I imagine that such a fat (and on places, let's face it, slow) book must have needed a fair bit of pruning, but I wish I was close enough/could spare the time to go and see what they made of it! 
bunn: (dog knotwork)
Today I have seen so many shares of photographs of Nelson Mandela with inspirational captions.

I'm trying to resist the temptation to do a survey of the captions and find out how many of them should really be attributed to other people (my guess?  definitely some, probably many, and just possibly, lots).

I think all the *photos* are really Mandela - although now I say that, the temptation to see if I can slip a photo of some other bloke in, with a quote stolen from Pam Ayres is growing almost unbearable...

I guess this is what it really means to become a legend.
bunn: (dog knotwork)
 It is Sutcliff Swap time!  Can I tempt anyone to join in?  Look here is a tempting Frontier Wolf!

Here is my Sutcliff Swap Dear Creator thingymabob!
I requested:
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Basically, I like All the Sutcliff Things. So probably I'm going to be delighted with whatever you make!  But possibly more detail would help?
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bunn: (dog knotwork)
Finished it!  ) As usual it doesn't look as good as it did in my head.  Oh well. I'm sure all those faces were good practice! 
bunn: (Logres)
I've been watching the BBC's Merlin on and off, mostly on the grounds that it is Arthuriana and quite pretty.   The plots and characterisation seemed to get in a bit of a tangle from time to time, and sometimes you could only conclude that Monty Python was right about Camelot being a very silly place, but on the whole I enjoyed it.  
Full o' spoilers.  )
bunn: (Default)
Went up on Dartmoor to watch our local stage of the Tour of Britain.  It was exciting, although I have to confess my grasp of what was going on was a bit shaky.  Fortunately philmophlegm was packed with relevant knowledge.
The people! the cars! the motorbikes! Oh yes, and the cyclists...  )

Ate a huge icecream with clotted cream on top.   Was too greedy to photograph the icecream. It was a Willy's.
Willy's Ice cream van posing majestically atop Pork Hill.  )
Retrieved curtains to replace curtains rent in twain by high-velocity dog.

Watched film : Tristran & Isolde. Amusing, though Tristran and Isolde are fundamentally just quite irritating characters and the movie fails to make them less annoying.  Mark of Cornwall and Isolde's pop-eyed Irish maid much more interesting.  Ireland is played  by Ireland, but Cornwall is played, rather unconvincingly, by the Czech Republic.   Liked the overgrown Roman ruins though.

Repaired many dog toys that had been ripped into holes, tails, ears removed etc.  Briefly, our livingroom has no fluffy stuffing decorating it.

Picked blackberries with my mother. Now need to decide what to do with blackberries.  Possibly crumble.
Seem to have accidentally agreed to become vice-chair of Oldies Club.  Drat.
bunn: (Sunset hounds)
Words : 1676
Fandom: Rosemary Sutcliff's The Lantern Bearers and Sword at Sunset
Written for [livejournal.com profile] sutcliff_swap 2012 

Old Aquila's last battle : the Battle of Badon Hill, which led to forty years of peace between Saxon and Briton.

In The Lantern Bearers, we learn how the Roman British farm where Aquila grew up was burned by Saxon raiders, how Aquila was seized as a thrall, returned to Britain, escaped and became one of the High King Ambrosius's commanders against the invading Saxon threat. There he met Ambrosius's young nephew Artos - who we now know as King Arthur.

When Ambrosius died, Artos took over as the leader of the remnant of Roman Britain, and Aquila went with him to fight at the great battle of Badon Hill, as the commander of what had been the High King Ambrosius's bodyguard. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] carmarthen for last minute beta reading.

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bunn: (Default)
I am hugely enjoying watching this 70's TV series.   Brian Blessed, hamming relentlessly! Tom Baker, ditto!  Actually, lots of people all making a drama out of a crisis, apart from Arthur (Oliver Tobias), who is rather subtle and dangerous (if a bit pouty) with 70's Rock Hair and is my new Favorite TV Arthur... 

Lots of horses hammering around at top speed (I don't think people on TV ride horses as fast as that now,on the whole, it really looks dangerous).   Hilarious wigs, bizarre beards,  strange leather jackets with have a definite 1970s-not-500s vibe about them, mad battles with really-not-enough people... and yet, the plots are weirdly compelling! 

  Did people in the 70's actually have more teeth than we do now? 


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