Therapy for all those who say they miss Lucas North most:(
Perhaps it would help to think of him getting a little R&R somewhere on a tropical island, after all the emotional angst suffered - not only for 8yrs in prison - but also during the last 3 series of Spooks...
Maybe he decided to look up his cafe hostess friend in Moscow - to extend his gratitude for her enthusiastic help and warming lapdance:)...temps can get brrrrr in that corner of the world...
There's been a great deal of ruminating about the sad moments..
Coolest donkey ever...
Couldn't find a British Redcoat...sooooo...Following history is from the Williamsburg website:At Christmas play and make cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year
Good bread and good drink, a good fire in the hall
Brawn, pudding and souse, and good mustard withall:
Beef, mutton and pork, shred pies of the best:
Pig, veal, goose and capon and turkey well drest:
Cheese, apples and nuts, jolly carols to hear,
As then in the country is counted good cheer.
Thomas Tusser (c. 1520-1587)
Christmas is come, hang on the pot,
Let spits turn round, and ovens be hot;
Beef, pork, and poultry, now provide
To feast thy neighbors at this tide;
Then wash all down with good wine and beer,
And so with mirth conclude the Year.
Virginia Almanac (Royle) 1765
The two poems, written about 200 years and 3,000 miles apart, demonstrate that Christmas was kept much the same in mid-18th-century Virginia as it was in late 16th-century England.
Englishmen who came to the American colonies brought along their cultural traditions. In dress, manners, and social behavior, Virginia settlers tried to recreate the ambiance they had known back home. Their Christmas, like the English manors', evolved as an interval of leisure to enjoy feasting, visiting, dancing, and games. Even in Virginia's critical early days, the settlers did not forget Christmas. Captain John Smith wrote in 1609 that he kept “Christmas amongst the Savages: where wee were never more merrie, nor fedde on more plentie of good oysters, fish, flesh, wild fowle, and good bread, nor better fires in England then in the drie warme smokie houses of Kecoughtan.” Kecoughtan is now part of Hampton.
Not all English settlers celebrated Christmas. The New England Puritans declared the observation of Christmas illegal. Throughout the Christian world, ways of keeping Christmas have varied over the years and from place to place.
Harold Gill, a retired Colonial Williamsburg historian and consulting editor, contributes frequent stories to the Foundation's journal, "Colonial Williamsburg."
Cheating a wee bit again:) I started to follow 'realhughjackman' on twitter..he hasn't tweeted since May, but the photo alone is worth it. IMO, he really has a strong resemblance to RA in this one...the strong jawline, delectable stubble(hehe..as if there could be a wide divergence;), sexy gaze into the camera..we need to practice that look for our family photos - haha...might not be appropriate...but maybe for special pix for our special someone...o.k. everyone lower your eyes and start smoldering...what must they think to themselves in order to emote that much heat ...perhaps "if I could get my hands on that camera..oh what I'd like to do to it...hold it in my hot li'l hands, and slowly peel off that lens cap and then...*censored* :) Hugh could take seduction lessons from Richard...not as much intense heat travelling between his eyes and the camera...
it's the most wonderful time of the year...a season that encourages expressing eternal truths ;)
Following is a new vid which I hesitated briefly to post here - not that it's not very well done...it is in fact very skillful videography. Why the hesitation then?
Well, you see some of it focuses on my least fav scene of all in the last 3 series of Spooks - the one in S7 showing Lucas being water boarded. Why would that bother me you might ask. The answer is...because it was used as a propaganda tool by foolhardy liberal journalists(the vast majority) - those who foolishly criticize the brave souls willing to place their lives on the line for our protection. The hyped, hysterical rhetoric was used by liberal reporters on both sides of the Atlantic in articles that quite frankly often contained errors or were filled with misinformation. They only succeeded with their hysteric articles to help those radical factions in the world who couldn't care less if innocents are harmed, as they wage their ruthless, blood-thirsty war against the West.
I'm not, of course, saying that this well-made, dramatic, interesting vid has the above intentions - only that the waterboarding story when originally published was an over-the-top exaggeration for propaganda purposes - in order to metaphorically club over the head those with the courage and wisdom to keep the rest of us safe from the very real and ruthlessly fanatic terrorists in the world.
This is a great video entitled 'The Water' by JulietD001 - [Warning:) viewing it might make the gloomy Lucas memories come rushing back - your decision] It's a very well coordinated musical background for this one...