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Part of last night’s conversation was in response to Boy #2’s suggestion that we watch The Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, and Ian McKellan, 1982). We finally bought a DVD version of this because our taped-from-my-parents’-TV VHS copy died. Hubby led off the discussion on “fictional gentlemen adventurers with secret identities”, with an eye to finding out if there was one older than Sir Percy Blakeney. I mean, the Baroness D’Orczy wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel back in 1903. There had to be somebody!

Well, we really couldn’t think of one! Zorro, whose pedigree is similar, wasn’t created until 1919 in “The Curse of Capistrano”. The Shadow, another “wealthy man about town” was 1930. Wikipedia suggests Sherlock Holmes to have or be a secret identity, but he was more a master of disguise – then again, so is Sir Percy! But, as Hubby put it, “he’s not going around under an assumed name in a more or less constant fashion”.

Tonight I brought up two old Disney favorites that I thought might be relevant. One was the Swamp Fox, who is a historical figure anyway and not at all fictional. The “old swamp fox” was a sobriquet the British gave him.

The other was the Scarecrow, or the Reverend Doctor Christopher Syn, who was a smuggler and pirate with a “secret identity” of a country vicar. Hubby brought out the fact that the man was not a hero, and a quick look at Wikipedia showed that his first appearance was 1915. Hubby mentioned a character in an operetta, that of an archeologist who had a secret identity of a freedom-fighter in Northern Africa. The operetta was The Desert Song, and was written in 1926. It was inspired both by tales of Lawrence of Arabia and a 1925 uprising in Morocco. The archeologist’s name was Pierre Birabeau and his heroic alter ego was The Red Shadow. (It had a really cool song: The Riffs.)

So, as far as I can tell, ol’ Percy is an original! Do any of my readers or friends have any candidates? (And don’t you just love our table talk?)

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I was rather hoping I’d go on doing a drabble a day until the start of NaNo, but something came up today that brought the drabble train to a screeching halt in favor of my novel. I’ll talk about it in a moment, but first, a recap of the whole drabble a day experience.

Writing time frame: September 16th through 28th.

Posting time frame: September 17th through 30th

Total writing time: 13 days

Days missed: 1, leaving 12 writing days

Drabbles written: 15, plus an alternate ending for one. Only one of these I thought was sub-par.

Drabbles posted: 14 as of today.

So, it was pretty good. I only missed one day of writing and the rest saw one or more written.

Revelations )
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I got the E Nomine album "Das Testament" today. This was their first, and it's full of Biblical themes, stories, and actual verses. In a lot of ways, it's less gritty and more upbeat than the other two albums. It starts off with Genesis 1:1 as an interlude, which I was able to understand from my admittedly rusty and limited German vocabulary. The first actual song is "Vater Unser" (the Lord's Prayer in German), and the last song is the same one, but translated into English. Truthfully, if any of the albums could be fully translated into English, this would be the one. It's not as dependent of texture as the others are. (Why, yes, music has texture. Ask me about it sometime.)

If there is anything I have against this, it's that the German is harder to tease out - which might be more a matter of my not having listened to it as often as the other albums. Definitely the Latin has more the feel of Gregorian chant in this one, and like the German, is not as crisp, I think. I have the lyric booklet; I think more study of that will help for both languages. There is also a lot of Hebrew motif in the music itself, which I like.

I'm toying with the idea of sending this to my BIL in Michigan - though I'm not sure what he would make of it. He's been brought up with the whole "rock is wrong" mindset, though he might have broken loose of that. I'm not really sure what his tastes are, but I think his wife (who is older than him and German) would be scandalized! (Perhaps all the more reason to send it? *gives shifty look*)

In any case, I'm enjoying this as much as the other two albums so far.
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Had a lovely Independence Day celebration! Went down to my Bro's house for grilled burgers and hot dogs. SIL made her potato salad and cole slaw. I brought what ended up being a rather expensive salad based on one my SIs made when we were in MA last August. It included baby spinach, romaine lettuce, blueberries, dried cranberries, raspberries (she used strawberries, I chose the other), glazed walnuts, and goat cheese, tossed in a light raspberry vinaigrette. (I saved the goat cheese on the side for those who might be turned off by it.) The salad was a big hit with most everyone - except Mr. Picky Eater Boy #2. I'll make it again sometime, I'm sure.

Then we went to Heritage Park for a concert by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, followed by a fireworks show. We'd had some rain during the day, but early enough that the grass wasn't too wet, and the temperatures were cool. The conductor, Edvard Tchivzhel, is originally from Russia and defected 20 years ago. He has a lovely accent that made some of his between-the-pieces introductions rather humorous. They did the 1812 Overture with real Civil War cannons! Wow! Hearing those go off made the fireworks sound tame by comparison.

The Girl is now at their house for a full week - she doesn't have any classes, and wants to spend some time with her cousin. It will make life around here quieter, and the boys will have to pull a little more weight around the house.

All in all it was a good day with family... kinda like these things are meant to be.


Nov. 26th, 2009 01:15 pm
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I love the Pavane by Fauré as performed by Maureen McGovern and the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York. Album is Greatest Hits of the 1900's. Hubby copied it from our album to a CD, and put it on my desktop. I can hear the little bits of album noise, but it doesn't take away from the glorious sound. If I can find this on actual professionally recorded CD (the whole album because there are several other pieces I love), it would be fab.

That is all.

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