This news is so interesting that it deserves to interrupt all the unnerving eye contact pics:)
In a recent interview Graham McTavish revealed that all the actors read as Thorin - he was then asked to return to tryout for the Dwalin role. We know who ultimately won the Thorin Role -- hehehe -- wouldn't you agree that we deserve to gloat somewhat over our ability to pick winners. *wide gloating grin* ;) Here's the link and excerpt from the interview...
>Question: That’s very good. Well, how did you end up auditioning for “The Hobbit?”
Graham McTavish(Dwalin): My managers and agents had set the meeting up – the original one. And, I went in, and everybody, I believe, this is, I think pretty common in terms of other actors I’ve spoken to who went up for it, everybody read Thorin as a kind of test I suppose. And, what was interesting is that you were never aware that it was a test, which I kind of like, actually. And, you know, I read Thorin and it went pretty well. And, uh, the costume director asked me to come back almost straight away to read for Dwalin, and, um, which I did.<
Translator please:)...Lucas North Ojos Osi by Tassuett..
Spooks: Series 8, Ep 1..
Interesting information about Tolkien's Middle Earth..
Did Sean Bean make a guest appearance on Vicar of Dibley in an early series? Why is Dawn French in a wedding dress -- was it really her wedding he attended or did she have another dream as the Vicar? Look at this adorable pic of the two of them..(Update: Musa provided the explanation for the pic: "It's a dream sequence in one of the VoD episodes. SB saves her from marrying the wrong man. She had to wait for Harry after all.")
Breathed a sigh of relief today when the complete Col Sharpe boxed set arrived for DH. He'll be so surprised. We'll watch one each week -- should hold us over until Game of Thrones begins early Apr. Just noticed today that BBC-A will air The Tudors starting in Jan 2011. All in all TV content should be far improved next year. We don't watch very often, but with the promised better programming, will probably add to our brief list of shows. (Update: One below isn't the complete set but it certainly is a great photo of the Colonel...who I learned yesterday started as a Major in ep 1 of the Sharpe series)
Here's proof that compact can be gorg...err,, can't say it..not about Harry Potter;)..cute is more appropriate. Still can't believe how strong the resemblance is to RA.
Isn't this an unusual book cover for Stephen King's latest. In this wk's Ent Weekly, the writer gave the 10 Fav Books that he's read in 2010..list below..
Starting w/#10: City of Thieves(David Benioff); The Help(Kathryn Stockett); Swamplandia!(Karen Russell); Blood's a Rover(James Ellroy); Matterhorn(Karl Marlantes); Last Night in Twisted River(John Irving); Savages(Don Winslow); I'd Know You Anywhere(Laura Lippman); Freedom(Jonathan Franzen); King's #1 fav is Infinite Jest(David Foster Wallace)
Been remiss in adding Christmas market links because webcams for such events are not nearly as common as they once were. It appears the UK Guardian newspaper has been of some assistance..
Believe there are links to German markets as well at the Guardian website. It's very appropriate for so many German-type markets to have opened for the Christmas season - it was Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert of Hanover Germany, who introduced the first Christmas tree to Western Europe and of course the Saxons in the term Anglo-Saxon originally migrated from Germany.
In the US, a few earliest immigrant groups, such as the Amish/Menonites (Lancaster, PA) and Moravians (Bethlehem, PA) brought their Christmas traditions from their 'fatherland' to their new homeland (their Father Christmas - the Belsnickel - visited 'good' children with gifts on Xmas Eve--he gave a piece of coal to those reported as a bit naughty during the year:) Many late 19th century US immigrants had their origins in what was called Prussia at that time..believe it was in western Germany. Hubby's maternal ancestors came from the area called Westphalia. His paternal tree branch was from either Co Mayo or Donegal..still trying to nail that one down:) One of his ancestors belonged to the Kaiser's Army(Cavalry)--a family member has a very tattered photo of him in military uniform astride his horse. Don't believe he deserted:O but I do know he was anxious to flee the turmoil, and subsequently instilled deep love in his descendants for his newly adopted motherland.
Re-enactment of Der Belsnickel: http://www.yorkblog.com/yorktownsquare/2008/11/belsnickle-from-weekly.html
Moravians of Bethlehem, PA: http://www.centralmoravianchurch.org/music/moravianmusic.php
Instead of 'visions of sugarplums dancing in his head' on the night before Christmas, will one 'li'l boy' *cough* dream of...