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A rush of parakeets swarms over the garden. Hundreds of them, vividly green, rush over above us and, several minutes later, return to swoop again. They are magical and unexpected, even if several people in the backyard where the barbecue is being held have read about the escaped-and-breeding ex-pets of southern London. As sunset dies, so too do their frequency, until the skies are quiet once more.

The ITV Billy Piper Mansfield Park felt almost more like a summary of the book than a rendition of it at times. There were occasional scenes I loved - my favorite being when Fanny sits down to read Tom the racing news and Edmund pauses to look back at them. Mary Crawford was nicely acted; she was sympathetic for exactly the right reasons, completely honest about being a user. But mostly it was a fairly lightweight adaptation.

C.'s released some major new functionality for Splash of Wine - the best bit is the ability to make and use lists, as many and as varied as desired.

My newest Playmobil acquisitions seriously open up the options of recreating historic farming vignettes; also, now that I have a scythe (even better - two of them!), I can recreate classic Death personifications. Clearly these very scholarly goals are the reason I keep buying it.

I caught The Drowsy Chaperone a day before it closed in London, taking along a willing and visiting aerinah. The show was fabulous, a rich hour-and-a-half of commentary on musicals everywhere, guised as a show in its own right. A musical junkie at home in his messy apartment puts on one of his favorite records for the audience to hear, talking us through its plot as the play itself unfolds on the stage, transforming it. The Host and Underling were hilarious; so was the garden scene. Trix the Aviatrix had a wonderfully rich voice. I keep thinking about monkeys. Memories of it have been relevant to all sorts of things since, and making reference to it is nearly useful without more people who've seen it. (Thanks for the enthused endorsement, andromakie!)


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Aug. 6th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
yesterday at the flea market some people had a whole playmobil zoo, with sea lions and all sorts. i have sent all mine back to england now. when i get back , let's animate it! have you got loads and loads? we could do deaths!
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hurray! I do indeed have loads of Playmobil and am happy to show it off.
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
or we could just *cough* play with it...

No, I call for a playmobil animation day!
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of playing as a subset of showing off, actually.
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
heh heh. well i have got the ice cream and snack shop. and the school and the operating theatre.
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Um. I can't even list how much I have. It's not even all in this country, and I didn't start buying it until I started graduate school! (i.e. none as a child) My biggest ones are the previous version of the fairy tale palace and the current pirate ship.
Aug. 8th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
frick that is delicious. i want fairytale palace! do you mean this?
ive got the ferry but it's really old. It does float though. Aw.
have you got photos of it? you should if its in another country!
i think my grandma had the pirate ship on our behalf but im not sure i like pirates. Don't tell johnny depp.
Aug. 6th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
I felt the same about the ITV Mansfield Park, although I enjoyed watching it.

I think the BBC is supposed to be coming out with a new adaptation of Sense & Sensibility next spring by the same director of the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle Pride & Prejudice. For the life of me I cannot remember his name but I'm sure I heard him say something along those lines in an interview I saw with him recently.

Aug. 6th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
It's funny, yesterday I was listening to a boot of the second preview show there, and they'd added a line about how this was a recording of the London transfer and how you couldn't hear much laughter because English audiences just weren't enthused, oops. A little too priescent for their own good! I think you're the only one I know there who saw it, so I'm glad you enjoyed. I'll catch the tour when it comes through here in Oct.
Aug. 7th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That line wasn't in our version - instead we got a quip - "Remember how the show closed early?" And we laughed sympathetically.

It was fabulous!
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Playmobil is so cool, in fact that is mostly what Josie got for her birthday. More animals to go with the ark, a butchers and bakers shop, ambulance bits, fire engine and stuff and a cute camping set! I just love setting it up for her. Everyday I say to her, lets play with playmobil so she can destroy my creation and I have to do it all again.
I really hope my mum has kept all my old stuff. I used to love having pirates attending school and playing on the playground. I love it!! Playmobil is great fun for all, but especially me and my 4 year old! I want to get the gladiators arena next!
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
I have the butcher's and have been coveting the baker's. I love the attention to detail that goes into Playmobil. The area looks amazing. I looked at the box today when out shopping. I love the sculptures on it!
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