Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I know it's terribly wrong but...
I cannot help but love this:
















I know.

It's so wrong.

But I can't help it.

Anyone else with a soft spot for Sebastion and his teddy?

mtc

Bec

ps - playing on the Ovation Channel. Heaven in non-ratings season.
pps - oh crap, last edit, I promise for those with bloglines: it's Brideshead Revisited in case the pic doesn't do it for you - Evelyn Waugh's second best book (after Scoop).


32 Comments:

Blogger Joke said...

You're so tasteful, you are.

(I was admiring the raiments, myself.)

-J.

Anonymous shula said...

Would you believe me if I told you I've never seen it?

Blogger Emma said...

I remember Mum enjoying it, and I saw the ad a couple of days agoo, and thought I need to catch that one. I'll certainly be reading the book, it's on my 100 list that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Blogger Stomper Girl said...

Aloysius! Oh yes!! I wasn't even put off by that scene when Sebastian vomits copiously into the window boxes, and I'm pretty squeamish. Always loved Anthony Andrews since then although he was never quite as beautiful post Brideshead.

Thought the gear would do it for you, Joke. It's not just what they wear, it's the way they wear it...

Shula - I would, but that's ok. I understand. Poor girl.

Emma - I used to watch it with my mum, and, being a mum myself now, I can promise you there's a lot in it for the Escapist Mum Brigade. And the book is great. But you should read Scoop first if you haven't already!

Stomper - dude, the episode last night had the trip to Venice, and the "Marquis's son unused to wine" episode, and introduced Rex Mottram - heaven.
And I agree, neither Anthony nor Jeremy has ever been so beautiful since, and in fact Jeremy went quite weird (did you see that awful gynaecologist twin thing?)

Blogger Surfing Free said...

Oh my God! I love Brideshead Revisited. When I first saw it as an impressionable 10-ish year old it started a whole lot of fantasies about me being a English noblewoman of gentle birth. I was a little bit crazy, a lot refined, and of course beautiful. I had ooodles of money, a stonking big palace in the windswept countryside, and massive amounts of loyal servants. Ah, how times have changed ;)

Blogger Surfing Free said...

And I saw that terrible gynaecologist twin movie with Jeremy! Yikes, I wouldn't uncross my legs for months. And there was a movie where he was shagging poor old Juliette Binoche all over the place and he was dead creepy in it!

Blogger My float said...

I loved the book but haven't seen the flick. But I'm a dead sucker for anything with period costume. Am hankering after Mr Darcy myself, being in the midst of the novel. You're right about escapist mum brigade - have read five or six books in the last week just because I was so resentful about having to work through the hols.

Glad to see you're relaxing so effectively!!

Hi SF - I was about 13 or so when I saw BR, and read the Mitford sisters straight afterwards so wallowed in Hon fantasies until - er- well - this morning?


Now that's odd: I just got the same word verif ("smenita") twice in a row...

Hi MF - and guess what? Same word verif AGAIN - is this happening to anyone else or is someone called Smenita trying to tell me something?

Blogger telfair said...

I LOVED Brideshead Revisited...I am one of the many who saw it when I was an impressionable youth and had it forever after alter my view of the class system.

Word verification -- wait for it -- smenita!!

Oooh - spooky! Or could it be that the Bloggertechs have 'fixed' the comment problem earlier today by fiddling with the WV?

This time it's dcmdw

Blogger meggie said...

I thought I was going mad this am, when trying to post comments- just kept getting rejected, & also got smenita many times.

Just when I think things are fixed, I have further trouble.

Er to get to the point.. the clothes are very elegant.

Blogger nutmeg said...

I have been umming and ahhing over the purchase of this series on DVD. But I do so like reading the book first. So, Bec, you've put me even further behind because I now have to read Scoop, then read Brideshead Revisited, and THEN watch the show. But I'm sure it's worth it :-)

Sorry, no smenita for me.

Blogger Stomper Girl said...

I had to come back to add that I had smenita all morning too! Also, didn't see the gynae movie, but I have just read the Nancy Mitfords and am determined to find a copy of the series with Judi Dench. Hoping my local library will have it. Also will now have to borrow Scoop. Blogging is giving me such a long list of books-to-read.

Blogger Suse said...

I don't care what you all say, Jeremy is still beautiful.

I fell in love with him in Brideshead all those years ago, and it's still going strong.

By the way, did anyone ever hear the hiliarous Australian radio series called Brunswick Heads Revisited, set in the Brunswick Heads caravan park?

Smenita snubs me.

Blogger Suse said...

Um, *hilarious*.

Cough.

Blogger julia said...

I LOVED Brideshead Revisited and his teddt, Aloyisious.

I have, Stomper, recently been contemplating the irony of just what you say: blogging gives you such a long list of books to read, simultaneously robbing you of some of the time you could have spent reading them...

Yes, Suse - we used to listen to Brunswick Heads Revisited while waiting for the school bus to come down the hill in the morning!

Anonymous Uli said...

Count me in as another lover of BR, both the book and the series. I recently bought the series on DVD, which is well worth it Nutmeg. The most recent version has a bunch of recent commentaries with Jeremy, Diana Quick etc.

Blogger Jane Henry said...

Ooohh Bec, You've taken me right back to being 17, sitting English A Level and swooning every week (along with my mates) over Anthony Andrews. My bro was actually at Christ Church (the Oxford college where it was filmed) at the time, and I reckon the percentage of girls who applied to Oxford that year must have been higher then normal. Sadly, though I did spend a fun couple of days there, they wouldn't have me. Still my sister lives in Oxford now, so got to visit Christ Church again last summer. Bliss.

And I liked the teddy too.

Did you know there's going to be a new film version?
Janex

Blogger Jane Henry said...

Actually I think Jeremy has aged better then Anthony (last seen on British TV in a dire Agatha Christie). I agree the twins movie Dead Ringers by David Cronenberg if you're interested, is really creepy (as a woman and a twin you can see I have double the reason for being creeped out) but it's a great horror film. And the one with Juliett Binoche was also a wonderful dark psychological thriller. BUT Jeremy is something else in The Mission, and as Aramis in The Man in the Iron Mask he is fab.

He is also quite creepy in the film about Claus von Bulow, but that's what makes him such a fantastic actor. He lights up the screen every time he enters the room and is eminently watchable even when creeping you out.

Oh and he played Robert Dudley to Helen Mirren's Elizabeth in a tv mini series you Ozzie lot may not have seen, recently. He won an Emmie, for that one. AND I would definitely have rooted him!

love Jx

Blogger Joke said...

There is an advantage to being a shallow bon vivant. You get all these excellent book suggestions and then you pass them on to other people.

"Have you read Broken For You?" I'll pipe up helpfully. All I have to do is glean the blizzard of suggestions for books that are REALLY funny and let the other books, the charming books, the heart-warming books, the heartbreak books, go on to better persons.

-J.

Blogger Jane Henry said...

Bec, I also love Decline and Fall though it is painfully hard to read at times. But I agree Scoop is brilliant. The journo who it is supposed to be based on is WF Deedes (He of the Dear Bill letters featured in Private Eye) and get this he is STILL ALIVE, about 90 something and writing in the Daily Telegraph. His wit and wisdom are one of life's joys. It will be a sad day when he goes to the great press room in the sky.

love Janex

Blogger Sarah Louise said...

Have never read or watched BHR.

But this is a burning question...what does mtc mean? You seem to put it at the close of your posts....

Blogger Sarah Louise said...

oooh, oh, is it more to come?

Yes, it's that insane blogger from Pittsburgh, answering her own burning questions. I love your new digs btw. Haven't visited for awhile.

Blogger velcro said...

I wondered what that meant as well!

Haven't seen BHR either but will do one day. Love the Mitford books though, and PG Wodehouse too.

Anonymous another picky peerson said...

Am also watching BR on the Foxtel. It is brilliantly done and very true to the book, but strikes me now as even more dated and passe than when I first watched it all those years ago. A most self-indulgent piece, I reflected while watching the last episode, but quite gorgeous in its way.
I thought Jeremy Irons was brilliant in Julia - a movie I love. Almost as wonderful as Annette Bening. he seems to be making quite a comeback. His BR character become very cold and loathsome as the series progresses.

Blogger Nic said...

I was also an impressionable teenager when I first saw and fell in love with it. Grew up just outside Oxford, so although I ezcaped it's rarified atmophere for a degree in Liverpool, I did spend summer holiday Sundays wandering Christchurch Meadow with boyf, Moet and champagne flutes...

As an interesting aside, do you remember when Sebastians drives off to lunch with the larger slimy guy (whose name temporarily escapes me and I can't be bothered to go upstairs to find the book)? I can't remember if they actually say where they were going, but in the book it names the hotel - the Spread Eagle in Thame. They filmed it there too and my claim to fame? I grew up in that town (with the one horse...) and my wedding reception was there....

God, I'm sad...

Hi there Picky Peerson, O Mysterious Commenter. I agree he gets steely towards the end of the series but the book makes more sense of that with the whole dumb-first-marriage thing, and he does warm up with Julia at the end, yes?

And Nic, there can never be too much trivia in the world. And now I 'know' someone who got married where...

Blogger Dr Nic said...

Sorry, randomly found this post when searching for "Bunswick Heads Revisited" – I was beginning to believe I'd made the damn thing up in my head and was relieved to see that, no, other people recall it too.

Blogger Dee said...

still a fan - bought the DVD last year and watched with my sons - who watched when young - we all laughed but still enjoyed it. Have my Brunswick Heads Revisited tape and can't play it as no tape machine, but cannot throw it either. A true Brit Classic as only the Poms can make. It was all so serious!

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