Thursday, October 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Confined to her room with a cup of tea and treated by Carson as though she was a visiting tradesperson during her visit to Downton Abbey? The real Dame Nellie Melba wouldn’t have tolerated such treatment for a nanosecond. In 1922, she had enjoyed 30 years of being received as a social equal by crowned heads and aristocrats throughout Europe, and she would only have sung at a private party as a personal favour to her host. Melba was nobody’s hireling: she called all the shots, and the Granthams and their staff would have quaked at her approach. - Rupert Christiansen, Opera Critic
The Telegraph, 7th October
So very glad that someone pointed out how bloody wrong this portrayal of Dame Nellie Melba was. The Poms always like to sneer down at the Aussies as though we were second rate beings, and will even adjust history accordingly to show us as mild, dim and willing servants of the Empire. Fuck that. Nellie (who you might’ve seen on the $100 note) was the biggest star on the planet at the time. She had the most perfect opera voice ever. She would not have taken tea by herself because some jumped up little pommie waiter told her to. This portray just ripped up Nellie’s legacy with the kind of respect you’d expect from the English.
Yes, Downton Abbey a work of fiction, I know, but there’s a massive difference between taking minor liberties and blatant character assassination.
Friday, March 30, 2012
what the fuckety fuck just happened here??
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Fuck ‘all the feels’ of Castiel’s return.
And the horror of the Hunger Games.
Arthur banishing Gwen.
Mr Bates going to gaol.
The death of Ned Stark.
Ron leaving Hermione.
The ‘Lonely Angel’.
And The Reichenbach Fall.
I have never felt such cold, hollowing sadness as I did as I watched Troy and Abed fall apart and go to war.
Please … make it right …
My friend had a beautiful dream.
“I had a dream that Moriarty hired the Master to help him take over Downton Abbey. During the chaos, he thanked Mrs. Patmore and Anna said ‘You think she would help you?!’ And it turned out that Mrs. Patmore had hired Moriarty because she wanted Daisy and William to get together and nothing brings people together like fear. Carson did not approve.”