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Ubique, by Rudyard Kipling (1903)

December 26th, 2012 (01:51 pm)

There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may –
“You bike,” “you bykwee,” “ubbikwee” – alludin’ to R. A.
It serves ‘Orse, Field, an’ Garrison as motto for a crest;
An’ when you’ve found out all it means I’ll tell you ‘alf the rest.

Ubique means the long-range Krupp be’ind the long-range ‘ill –
Ubique means you’ll pick it up an’, while you do, stand still.
Ubique means you’ve caught the flash an’ timed it by the sound.
Ubique means five gunners’ ‘ash before you’ve loosed a round.

Ubique means Blue Fuse, an’ make the ‘ole to sink the trail.
Ubique means stand up an’ take the Mauser’s ‘alf-mile ‘ail.
Ubique means the crazy team not God nor man can ‘old.
Ubique means that ‘orse’s scream which turns your innards cold!

Ubique means “Bank, ‘Olborn, Bank – a penny all the way” –
The soothin’, jingle-bump-an’-clank from day to peaceful day.
Ubique means “They’ve caught De Wet, an’ now we shan’t be long.”
Ubique means “I much regret, the beggar’s goin’ strong!”

Ubique means the tearin’ drift where, breach-block jammed with mud,
The khaki muzzles duck an’ lift across the khaki flood.
Ubique means the dancing plain that changes rocks to Boers.
Ubique means mirage again an’ shellin’ all outdoors.

Ubique means “Entrain at once for Grootdefeatfontein.”
Ubique means “Of-load your guns” – at midnight in the rain!
Ubique means “More mounted men. Return all guns to store.”
Ubique means the R.A.M.R. Infantillery Corps.

Ubique means that warnin’ grunt the perished linesman knows,
When o’er ‘is strung an’ sufferin’ front the shrapnel sprays ‘is foes;
An’ as their firin’ dies away the ‘usky whisper runs
From lips that ‘aven’t drunk all day: “The Guns! Thank Gawd, the Guns!”

Extreme, depressed, point-blank or short, end-first or any’ow,
From Colesberg Kop to Quagga’s Poort – from Ninety-Nine till now –
By what I’ve ‘eard the others tell an’ I in spots ‘ave seen,
There’s nothin’ this side ‘Eaven or ‘Ell Ubique doesn’t mean!

Explanatory notes.

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Back in the saddle

October 21st, 2012 (08:07 pm)

I've been too busy to write for the past three weeks. Which seemed like a good thing at the time, because the writing was really grinding to a halt: I was having a lot of trouble with the section I was writing.

Today I'm back at the computer and I have to decide: Go back over what I wrote a few weeks ago with fresh eyes and try to fix it, or just move on and fix that chunk later? I'm finding both options pretty intimidating.

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Killing off a character

September 10th, 2012 (04:46 pm)

Oh god, I just had to kill of my favourite character (we did at least keep him alive a bit longer than he was in the book). Now I have write the remaining third of the script without him. I'm not actually looking forward to that. I will miss him.

teflon_woman [userpic]

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

The episode with Rupert Graves.

Fantastic premise.
Written by Chris Chibnall, whose other stuff has been mediocre.
Yes another episode filmed at Dunraven Bay. Which is kind of a problem, since the story I want to write is set partly at Dunraven Bay. Though it might be novel to have an episode in which Dunraven Bay actually gets to play Dunraven Bay.
A bit on the predictable side.
Arthur Darvill's Rory is awesome.
I like the fact that at some point in Earth's future India becomes the dominant culture.

Fun episode, not brilliant.

Rupert Graves is certainly enjoyable, but it's an ensemble piece, so he doesn't get a whole lot character development, or screen time. It's certainly more than a bit part though.

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I have met someone!

September 5th, 2012 (09:51 pm)

We had our first "date" (?) this evening.

When I met him last week, I got so swoony over his being a mathematician who carries different coloured pens around with him wherever he goes that afterwards I couldn't even remember what he looked like. When I was hanging out with him this evening I realized that he looks really unnervingly like John Finnemore. Wtf?

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2009 interview with John Finnemore

September 5th, 2012 (08:08 am)

From The British Commedy Guide:

Your show is recorded in front of an audience. Did you deliberately set out to create a live audience sitcom?
Yes, I did. I think that should be the default position for writers and producers, really. I mean, there are plenty of good reasons to do a non-audience sitcom, and plenty of sitcoms that would only work that way: The Thick of It, People Like Us, Sports Night (which of course did have a laugh track at first, until they saw sense), but I think the burden of proof should always be on finding a reason not to do it in front of an audience. It's also terrific fun to record it with an audience, a great incentive when you're up in the middle of the night getting nowhere with the script - a perfect carrot and stick combination: ("If you make this good, you get to be on stage when it's performed to an audience. If you don't make it good, you have to be on stage when it's performed to an audience...")

teflon_woman [userpic]

(no subject)

September 3rd, 2012 (10:55 am)

Omg I think I ship Benedict Cumberbatch/John Finnemore.

teflon_woman [userpic]

Philip Marlowe

August 30th, 2012 (07:19 am)

Finally found a radio show that I actually enjoy listening to! It turns out Philip Marlowe (1947-1951) lives up to the hype.

teflon_woman [userpic]

Parade's End train scene?

August 27th, 2012 (08:46 pm)

OK, I admit it: I only want to watch the steamy bits. But I can't find them! Why is there no clip of the train scene on YouTube? Can somebody direct me towards a clip? Please? Thank you!

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Hartswood Films

Steven Moffat and the Vertues' production company:

http://www.hartswoodfilms.co.uk/

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