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Fantastic Friday

A couple of days ago, I was reading this story in the morning paper about an international gang of criminals defrauding people by posing as a Florida-based travel agency and phoning unsuspecting members of the public in this country, telling them they'd won an all expenses paid holiday in the Caribbean. All anyone needed to do to claim their prize was to punch in the numbers of their credit card on their phone. Apparently, they'd made quite a number of victims in the east of the country already. The article ended by reiterating that no one, not even employees of credit card companies or people purporting to be such, would ever have any valid reason for asking anyone for their credit card numbers/details. I shook my head, folded the paper, and forgot all about the story. So I was a bit surprised, and greatly amused, when not half an hour ago, I answered the phone and a recording of a distinctly American-sounding woman's voice said "Congratulations! You have won a free and all inclusive cruise in the Caribbean!" Apparently, not even with the police hot on their heels will these fraudsters stop their scamming.

I woke up feeling more tired than when I went to bed, and a little queasy, too. Maybe I shouldn't have finished that 2-day old curry last night...I got to the bus stop and dozed a little, until I finally came to realise that no bus had come in ages. Other people had arrived and muttered, then grumbled, and finally moved off to find other means of going in to work. I sat there debating the matter for all of 2 minutes, then got up and went straight home and to bed. From whence I was called to answer the door a few hours later. Yay! My Amazon order had come, and so I spent the afternoon reliving personal television memories watching Robin of Sherwood.

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It's been more than twenty years since I last saw it, but it was amazing how little of it I'd forgotten. It's still a great, magical story: beautifully shot, wonderfully scripted, well acted...and yeah, a bit dated, but now that only adds to the charm of it; and it's still powerful television drama. I cried every bit as much at Michael Praed's Robin's death this afternoon as I did all those years ago. And that's where I stopped watching. I thought I'd only ordered the first two series, but must not have paid attention because what I have here is The Complete Collection, and so there are 13 more episodes featuring Jason Connery in the principal role still to get through. I didn't take to him, back in the day; and frankly, I've done my best to forget all about him, so I don't know if I will watch the rest yet. For today though, getting reacquainted with the first Robin has been a genuine pleasure.

And I may be clutching at straws here, but this morning when I went to check up on Leila, instead of hiding behind the washing machine, she was sitting in front of it. I've left the door open so she can venture out if she pleases, but she hasn't moved from her spot yet. Still, she hasn't gone back into hiding, either; surely, that's a good sign? I'm not taking her to Best Friend's now, that's for sure; if I just let her be, with the bathroom door ajar, next week or the week after, she may come out on her own, mayn't she?

Oh, and 2 Imodium later, I feel absolutely fantastic.



( 14 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Aug. 12th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
I didn't take to Jason Connery either, but I have seen some of his eps recently, and I actually don't think it's etirely his fault. The production values of the whole series fell, imo.

It's odd. In RL everyone seems to say was better, or that they liked Angel best. But online it's just the opposite...
Aug. 12th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
The production values of the whole series fell, imo

That may very well have been the case. I only ever saw the first 2, I think, and I remember thinking at the time that they should have just let it die with the first Robin.

Any road, did you know that the guy who wrote the script for Robin of Sherwood was the same as who'd written the script for Catweazle and Black Beauty? Though you were probably a little young to remember the first -- I don't think you were even born then! Forget I mentioned it.
Aug. 12th, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'm not quite that young!

I know both shows. I was hosey, of course I watched Black Beauty (And Champion the Wonder Horse!). I knew Richard Carpenter wrote Catweazle and Dick Turpin (I used to love that), but I never realised he wrote Black Beauty. He's interviewed on the DVD and is lovely.
Aug. 12th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
I have only the vaguest of memories of Catweazle, but I know my sister and used to love that show. He was so horribly filthy it used to make us itch just watching him, but he was also very funny the way he used to talk to his frog? toad, was it? Ticker...or at least, we thought so.

I think I liked Black Beauty at first, but then it sort of became repetetiveand I soon lost interest. Dick Turpin, OTOH, was a firm favourite again.
Aug. 13th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
I don't really remember Dick Turpin all that well, but I remember I liked it.
Aug. 13th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
Well, all I remember was that the actor who played Dick Turpin was the same as who'd played Robin in Man About The House, he had a sidekick who in order to escape from the law, pretended to be an idiot a lot, and there were horses and pistols and smoke. So really, not a lot either! ;-)
Aug. 13th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
I remember the sidekick was Swiftnick and he had curly blonde hair.
Aug. 13th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Wow! You remembered the sidekick's name as well as his hair colour -- respect!
Aug. 13th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
I probably fancied him (though I was 6).
Aug. 13th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Glad you're feeling better, and I'm happy to hear that Leila is doing a little better as well. Hope she continues to improve.
Aug. 13th, 2005 08:35 am (UTC)
I hope so, too. But I think it's going to take a looooooong time for her to get back to any semblance of normality...
Aug. 13th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC)
Baby steps. Or kitty steps in her case. I'll continue to keep my fingers crossed. Maybe she'll have an epiphany...
Aug. 13th, 2005 01:31 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous face that actor has! *swoons*

I've been keeping your kitty sitch in mind and in my prayers, if that's not too irreverent.
Aug. 13th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
Of course it's not too irreverent! All thoughts and prayers gratefully received here!

What a gorgeous face that actor has!

When it came to the casting of Robin Hood, the production team decided they needed someone with something of "a fey, woodland quality". They spotted Michael Praed in The Pirates of Penxance, and looked no further.

After having done the first two series of Robin of Sherwood, Michael Praed went on to play in The Three Musketeers on Broadway, and then a vaguely European prince on Dynasty.
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