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The next morning, Arina came to pick us up and drive us to the airport -- we made good time and got there around noon. The place was swamped with security and police armed with some serious looking guns. All to do with Bush's visit, although I wasn't aware that he'd chosen to land at Luton ;-)...We checked in and then spent the next 40 minutes duty free shopping. Apart from the usual cosmetics and perfumes, I picked up a floppy hat from Accessorize and a book detailing the medical history/pathology of the British kings and queens from Harold Godwinsson to George VI...nice and morbid! Of course, I already knew that Edward II died from the insertion of a red-hot poker up his bum, but I hadn't really thought about the method required to get that poker there, and what it did to his rectum.

At Schiphol, Anneke and I went our separate ways. The cats were beside themselves with joy when I crossed my own threshold again, and I soon felt right at home.

Went back to work the next day, and from that moment on it was the same old, same old...Holland beat Scotland 6-0 in the play-offs, which means football mania will hit again next summer, Wednesday's anti-Bush rally brought a record 70,000 protesters to London on a weekday, and two more bombs exploded in Istanbul. Saturday's bombings had left us reeling when we were informed that they had claimed the life of a friend of one of Bobby's business partners' sister; this just made everything worse. I spent some time in Istanbul back in 1986; I can't imagine what devastation the bombings have created.

On a cheerier note, if there's one film you're going to see this Christmas, make it Love Actually. I went to see it yesterday and I have never laughed so loud. It's the ultimate feel good-movie this year, and the cast is awesome. When I woke up this morning, I was still smiling...

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julchek
Nov. 22nd, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC)
On a cheerier note, if there's one film you're going to see this Christmas, make it Love Actually. I went to see it yesterday and I have never laughed so loud. It's the ultimate feel good-movie this year, and the cast is awesome. When I woke up this morning, I was still smiling...

Good to hear, G - I was thinking about going to see this, as it is playing at the theater around the corner from my house. And the cast did sound pretty awesome.

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Jules
gamiila
Nov. 23rd, 2003 05:00 am (UTC)
Go! Go, it's really funny. I think Bill Nighy's character is my favourite, or possibly the little boy's...Emma Thompson made the tears well up, and Hugh Grant was back to the form he displayed in Four Weddings.

The sondtrack's great, too -- think I might actually go and get it.
bogwitch
Nov. 22nd, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
I hadn't really thought about the method required to get that poker there, and what it did to his rectum.

I really don't want to ask (yet I do!).
gamiila
Nov. 23rd, 2003 04:54 am (UTC)
Well - you can imagine some force had to be used. It's not as if poor Edward bent over willingly, seeing them advance on him with that red hot metal rod in their hands. In the end, they had to restrain him by squashing the top half of his person under a heavy oak door that they took off its hinges, and two guards sitting on either side. Then, they took a cow's horn and shoved that in place, and only after having done him this gross indignity, did they proceed to shove the poker up through it. The poor man died in agony of acute peritonitis, caused by the perforation of his rectum and bowel, though I would imagine the treatment left him in a state of severe shock, too.

Charles II died in agony as well, but his came from the fact that he was attended by no less than 7 'doctors' on his deathbed.

And one of the Georges died on the loo from a sudden rupture of the aorta (aneurysm).

In fact, Victoria was the first of your monarchs to die peacefully and of old age.
bogwitch
Nov. 23rd, 2003 05:14 am (UTC)
I think you enjoyed writing that.

The cow horn sounds familiar now. There's a programme here called Spilt Blood which delves into all this stuff. It's rather good.

It's not just us! I've been to the torture museum in Amsterdam. There's some gruesome objects in there.
gamiila
Nov. 25th, 2003 04:40 am (UTC)
The cow horn was used so as not to leave an outward mark on his royal behind, so no one would suspect foul play...strange that the story of his ordeal has become so public then, but there you go. Anyway - amazing how inventive people can be when it comes to thinking up methods of torture, eh? Much more effective than say, holding a vampire under water repeatedly (yep, still watching S7 on BBC2, even if the edits are driving me up the wall).
bogwitch
Nov. 25th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think I have heard about the cow horn before, it's all coming back to me now...

I've only managed to catch Beneath You on BBC2. They have some strange choices as for what to cut.
gamiila
Nov. 27th, 2003 02:30 am (UTC)
Don't they? Their cuts ruined Beneath You to the point where the whole of Spike's ramblings in the church became jumbled, disjointed, and even less informative than was written in the script.

And they cut the neck-roll from BotN (or whatever episode it was that had Spike hunting again), that sexy neck-roll he does shortly before BuffyNot!Buffy tells him to "go ahead, you know you want to"!...And Anya didn't make the "halfway to Happyland"-comment...and numerous other arbitrary decisions that are seriously interfering with my enjoyment. So much so that I'm not even minding the fact that this week they've decided to give us snooker instead of Buffy.
bogwitch
Nov. 27th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)
That was Sleeper. That's the one I wanted to see most as it's my favourite S7 ep. I'm glad I forgot about it. I'll hold out for the DVD instead.
gamiila
Nov. 27th, 2003 05:46 am (UTC)
Of course, 'Sleeper'.

I don't know what's wrong with me; I keep having trouble naming the eps in S7. Do you think I might be brain-damaged through focussing on Spike too much?
bogwitch
Nov. 27th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
Possibly, he's seared onto my eyeballs (and that's defintely not a bad thing)
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