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a while ago, as a result of my 30 days post about gareth thomas's voice, suggested i seek out 'how green was my valley' (1975) because it had gareth in it, with a welsh accent. in a typically profligate mood, i purchased the dvd after no further encouragement. later elviaprose pointed out the whole thing was on youtube. ah well - this find was useful once my dvd drive packed in.

for some reason that i'd find it difficult to put my finger on, about three episodes into the gareth series i became interested enough in the adaptation process to also purchase the kindle version (instant gratification!) of the book. and, of course, the significantly more famous film is also on youtube. so i watched that too.

in order of production, here's a quick guide to whether i think you should partake of these items of media, and then i'll talk about them (and gareth thomas's facial hair) a lot more under the cut.

the book
really good. would recommend to anyone.

the movie
really strikingly filmed; strikingly scored. despite comments from sian philips, significantly more faithful to the book than the tv show. would i recommend? well... yes, i suppose. none of the characters have any character though. they're all stereotypes, and american stereotypes at that.

the 1975 tv series
lots of very interesting character work. vv good acting from almost everyone. appallingly edited. would i recommend? if you, like me, like roj blake more than is sane or healthy then YES - watch it now. if you're not all that into roj blake, you could do worse things than to watch it. the script is often very good, the acting is uniformly good, and it's soap opera high drama at all points. the first episode is easily the worst.

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i asked elviaprose whether she would be interested in some writing for her birthday (yesterday). she gave me a list of unusual choices that were nonetheless things that i was interested in. so, i wrote her this-

Em One (and beyond) (2676 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Kerr Avon, Roj Blake, Cally (Blake's 7), Jenna Stannis, Olag Gan, Vila Restal
Additional Tags: Blake's Junction 7
Summary:

'Star One' in the Blake's Junction 7 universe.



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29 June 2014 @ 11:10 pm
i stalled out on my b/a, but fortunately my brain worked out what it could write, so i wrote that. even though 'what i could write' turned out to be 'carnell kidfic'.

Computer Chess (8671 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Carnell (Blake's 7), Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Ensemble, Orac (Blake's 7)
Additional Tags: Chess, Kid Fic
Summary:

Orac finds something for Carnell to do.



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22 June 2014 @ 12:28 am
went to historic dockyard today (involved waking up at at 6am. not appreciated) - which was again, v good. only got 5/10 on an easy battle of trafalgar quiz and had to take it again, this time acing the quiz and validating own presence at historical site. saw the warrior this time, and the museums. not much to add, except to remind everyone that....... the historic dockyard is great! you should go.

in fandom-news, i thought i might start writing the blake fanlore page tonight, but before i started that i thought i'd update fanlore as to what blake fandom has been doing with itself for the last year or so. was it right that fanlore had no record of 'avon and jaguars' being a popular (shut up, it is very popular) meme in this period? no, it was not right. fear not - i have added it. check it out in section 5.3.3.

http://fanlore.org/wiki/Blake%27s_7

but anyway - the point is that, unfortunately, rather than just merrily adding my piece about me - i mean, us - i decided to completely re-structure the entire article (which i liked before - it's given me loads of useful info - but when i started looking at it, i thought... why is this here? repeatedly. so... now it looks different)(you can tell i've been here, not only because jaguars are mentioned, but also because there are suddenly three mentions of chris boucher on a page that previously only referred to the 'sharp, political scripts' and left it at that).

so anyway that took two hours. and isn't at all finished (i want to move that star trek business to another page for a start, and re-think the pictures that are linked, although i'm strangely fond of that carnell one. i says 'blake's 7 on fanlore' to me... so i think it will probably stay). no mention at all of fanart... and obviously the websites/communities thing needs to be updated. also - if you are reading this and you aren't n the list of people associated with our era, i apologise - i am very tired after lots of walking around sailing ships and thinking about how amazing nelson was (mandatory, i'm afraid), but it's not really any excuse. feel free to add yourselves! and any other extra info that you think is necessary. if you want to move that b7/trek thing to a new page, feel free to do that too :)

oh - and i haven't started my blake page at all. if you feel like doing that, go ahead. i've been avoiding it because a) i haven't read enough gen and b) i will have to talk about how everyone hates him, but i feel he should get a page and i would like putting nice fanart of blake in amongst the text...

...i should go to sleep now.

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Ok, so maybe my expectations were set really low before 'Songs of Innocence and Experience' (by things like the reviews on Fanlore, and my own friend elviaprose who told me Panacea was the only one worth reading) but I actually enjoyed the experience of reading both zines. None of the fics rocked my world, none of them are making The List, but with only one notable exception (Pros crossover) the contents of these zines were relentlessly 'not bad' or 'quite nice'. Which I appreciated. If you too are 'semi-exhausted after a hard day of sedentary pursuits and fed up with stories about how Blake is a rapist or stories that don't bother to say they love each other, only that they're attracted to each other' then these zines could be for you!

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14 June 2014 @ 11:43 am
quick reviews*, not for big finish because they're not particularly constructive. in summary: this box-set had a lot of interesting ideas, but it doesn't play out that interestingly. except for the third one, which is interesting and very well done, but it offends my blake-loving sensibilities.

whine, whine, whine - ok, let's get this over with. but also - i don't want to dislike these.

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*I actually meant this when I began, I promise, and you can see me acting in good faith for 'President' and even to some extent for 'Sea of Iron'. Then.... we get to 'Spoils'.

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11 June 2014 @ 11:01 pm
i couldn't be bothered to write big finish thousands of words this time, because i'll just get comments along the lines of 'tl;dr but if you get so worked up you should stop buying the audios'*. so i just wrote them the below. i think it pretty much sums up what i want to say about 1x6 'caged', which came out today. (n.b. note how i explain a joke - on erin's advice - to make sure it is understood.)

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so disappointed. even though i knew i probably wouldn't like it. i feel like i have some more things to say about liberator chronicles 8 (which also does a terrible blake but in a different way), so i might come back and write about that too. but there's that, for now.

to cheer myself up, i listened to a few of the wife and blake 'next times' that i hadn't heard before. the 'city at the edge of the world' one is a bit of a classic. (she's gone off the deep end now and given 'sarcophagus' and 'children of auron' 9/10 and 8/10 respectively).

another blake thing that makes me happy (because it suggests a slightly more interesting characterisation of our eponymous hero) - this is on my fridge at the moment. a few days ago, it used to read 'roj blake likes men'. this morning it read 'roj blake likes pingu'. now it reads:

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or rather he mislead you just a little :)

*in some ways this is a good point, but you can't tell me big finish (a company i like) are making blake's 7 audios and expect me not to at least hope they get better than most of what i've already heard.

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10 June 2014 @ 10:58 pm
i don't know whether you saw this or whether you care, but - big finish is releasing another line of full-cast audios in november (because everyone who isn't me loved the first series). josette is still saying no (possibly. it seems, in a way, like they'd almost have to have her back in order to have a resolution to a series about 'finding dayna')(unless they then find blake instead... ironic), so they got in tom chadbon instead - thus the title of the this piece.

i... am actually cautiously optimistic about six episodes that put avon and del grant in close quarters/del grant and tarrant, because it could be a bit like... blake being around to give them something to do/some reason to feel things. that said, the first series wasn't very good really, and i think 'armageddon' storm blew the emotional 'del grant' arc something rotten.

also - i don't really like that they replaced a woman with a man. that's not how we do things in blake's 7.

BUT - on that note, let's have a look at the writer's list:

Trevor Baxendale, George Mann, Jacqueline Rayner, Iain McLaughlin, Steve Lyons and Justin Richards.

A WOMAN WRITER! another one! (this is in addition to una mccormack once and a while ago, and perhaps a few in the anthology, but disguised behind initials). a woman writing blake's 7. whatever next?

and i really like jac rayner, so that is A+ excellent. well done big finish.

otherwise - not that excited or un-excited about that list of writers. but will presumably give them my money to find out whether i should be.

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09 June 2014 @ 08:18 pm
Firstly - my Fire & Ice 9 review is now updated and complete, if you want to go back and read that one (and why wouldn't you? ;) ) you can now do that.

Secondly - I apologise to anyone who likes fics that aren't B/A - I assume there are plenty of you out there, but I cannot cater for you. Well, sometimes I read and write some gen, but mostly Blake and Avon-focused gen. Anyway, here's the rub:

I read all the B/A in 'Forbidden Star' 1-3. I didn't read anything else in these zines, so whether the Vila/Soolin was good or bad will go unrecorded in these (web)pages. Sorry.

Let's continue!

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08 June 2014 @ 11:08 pm
i have a massive zine-review backlog, so let's get started. i'll try and keep this brief. as brief as possible. so we're talking under 10,000 words... per zine. probably ;)

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08 June 2014 @ 08:36 pm
erin has been very keen on the idea of me posting my pictures of EPCOT - largely the ones with geckos on a train (in cinemas this summer). otherwise my pictures of EPCOT are not very interesting, but you can look at them if that sort of low-level promise of medium-excitement is enough.

i mean, isn't that why you went to EPCOT in the first place...?

;)

i'd never been to a big disney themepark before (paris ages ago. doesn't count. don't remember it). to be honest - the continued existence of EPCOT puzzles me. i'm not surprised that erin likes it (or used to like it), as she's the sort of person who tears up at the UN and the idea of international collaboration - plus, she likes nice food and the way star fleet academy looks in the TNG series. but i consider erin (in the best way) to be unusual. and indeed, when i came back to england almost everyone i spoke to of epcot, young and old, said something along the lines of 'oh, the boring one'.

so - how can it still be in business? well, partly i guess it's because people are better than you expect. and partly it's because of the ghastly commericalisation (i.e. sticking bits of the 'finding nemo' movie - not even new clips, just clips - over the top of your old 1970s ride) that upset her so much.

the food was very nice, though. they have free wifi everywhere, and i liked looking at all the fake stuff and marvelling at the prices of chocolate bars in the (numerous) gift shops (actually it's in some way a contradiction of the idea that EPCOT is the selfless, well-meant and boring one, because in a way all the different villages are little more than opportunities to sell you things. if you're lucky you might also get a ride that offers 'gentle thrills' or a 10 minute video of french scenary, but probably just a restaurant and some shops). and i did enjoy the food. EPCOT is about international collaboration, gift shops and food. we ate in morocco, and then later in mexico (though sadly this was just nachos, but i was feeling quite ill at that point).

i also find it interesting that i started my trip to the US in chicago where i went to the field's museum largely for its exhibition about the world's fair (interesting)(they also have free wifi) and ended at EPCOT. i pointed this out and was pleased with myself for the comparison - but apparently it's a very well known observation. never mind.

but ANYWAY - you came here for pictures of geckos (and other things) and not a single gecko have you seen!

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here's some other random photo i took while i was in and coming back from america. follow this cut too for excitement beyond your wildest dreams/some pictures of airline foodCollapse )

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08 June 2014 @ 11:16 am
ok, let's just finish this quickly as i have plenty of other content to post. and plenty of other blake content to post.

Day 29 - Best Voice
i was sort of thinking about making a clipshow of gareth saying things in a sexy way, but we all know how roj blake sounds. he sounds like a man who wants to be a shakesperian actor (now he sounds like colin baker, but he never used to). his voice could only be better if he actually had a welsh accent. i like a welsh accent.

other top voices in blake's 7 include stephen grief, who sounds brilliant. and who trained at the same place as gareth thomas, strangely enough ;)

i'm fond of brian croucher's voice as well, and stephen pacey's fake-tarrant voice, and dayna's voice - please come back for some audios, josette! oh, and avon i suppose. he's all right ;) i love the stupid way he says everything. it's not a sexy voice, though. it baffles me when people say it is. i mean - he is sexy and a lot of the reason he's sexy is the dialogue and the way he says things, but his voice is nasal. it's like blackadder - who is pretty sexy (second incarnation for example) and mostly because of his vocal agility, but... anyway. you get the idea. what paul darrow does on the audios now is a more typically sexy voice. but i hate it.

blake has good words, good intonation, and good tonal modulation.

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07 June 2014 @ 07:08 pm
so - i wrote a thing. but it's an unofficial AU of someone else's universe that i wrote in... about well, six hours (which is quite a long time when you think about it, but also feels a bit hurried under the circumstances. surely i should have reflected a bit more). anyway, it's not going on AO3, that's the point, until i get myself together enough to ask if it's ok to have written such a thing. BUT THEY TAUNTED ME ONE TOO MANY TIMES, YOU SEE. i had to write it or go mad.

MAD.

on a very related note, did anyone ever write the parody 'from the blog of the hellhound' where they're all fanfic writers? that'd be great.

anyway - here's a fic.

Title: Book VI part 2 (I am not in a good title-place today. The working title was 'hellhound but gay')
Pairing: Blake/Avon, with background Hellhound-canon pairings
Word count: 3,000+
Rating: PG-13 (just)
Light spoilers: For everything up until the end of book VI, but they are pretty light. I think. Also strongly references 'The Weight of a Feather' (Southern Lights 2.5), but then so does the damn non-B/A canon source material.
Notes: For all I know this is what happens in book VII. I don't know, I haven't read it. But I assume not, because reviews of book IX tell me that Blake has a 'new love' (I am guessing it is not Avon). I wanted to get something like this written when I was only breaking up one couple to do it...

There's a traditional 'story so far' business at the beginning, in case you either don't remember what happened or just don't know. I think you could definitely read this if you haven't read Hellhound, but hopefully you'll like it more if you have.

Like the last time I wrote a spin-off of someone else's fic, I haven't really written their version of the characters, I've written mine... with (this time) a bit of a Hellhound twist.

Enjoy!

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06 June 2014 @ 08:20 pm
i think everyone should go and enjoy the [community profile] unconventionalcourtship prompt generator:

http://www.seasip.info/Misc/ucrpg.html

made by [profile] johnamendall. and it is excellent :)

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05 June 2014 @ 11:12 pm
i have some more stuff to say about america (and TONNES more stuff to say about all the 1970s/80s-british-scifi-related memorabilia i consumed whilst there), but here is a very quick post just to bump the one about failure down a notch.

it would be fair to say that i am not a big travelling person. i go travelling to eat nice food, read fanzines and visit people i already know (and see plays, depending on whether i am going to edinburgh. i am going to edinburgh again in early august. hooray!). one of the things i like to do just generally is see things that i know quite well from the eyes of an outsider. unless they hate vila and think blake is a waste of time. then i have to stop reading their popular web-blog.

i do consider 'being english' to be a core part of my constructed self-identity. but i wouldn't say i love my country. i really like living in london and i wouldn't want to live anywhere else, but i'm happy for people to say it's rubbish. but if you say micheal keating (who is british) is a bad actor then i will have to stop listening to you.

this is a really long and tedious run-up to the news that while in america i photographed two different stands of typical 'british' foods available to americans. the first was in world market, the second in the UK section of disney's EPCOT. because i am a very boring person and only really interested in going abroad to see what they make of my home country, i thought this was interesting. i have some pictures below the cut. pictures. MASSIVE picturesCollapse )

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29 May 2014 @ 07:54 am
spent yesterday being driven (i did not actually do any driving, thoughi think i offered. a few days ago. when nobody would remember) from the middle of missouri to the bottom of mississippi. we have another day of driving (being driven) until we get to florida. i'm assured this is a thing that many people do and often. this country is so big. (you may think it's a long way from your house to the shops, but that's just peanuts to america).

i offered my limited experience of going on school ski trips - going from somewhere nearish london to austria or italy - in an attempt to prove i was cool too, but that was a long time ago and only once a year. since it was a long time ago though my options for entertainment have definitely increased. as i recall on the school ski trip i used to have magazines (printed matter? ha!) and whatever movie was deemed relatively acceptable by the group. as i recall thiswas more often than not Star Wars (the original series, obviously. most of the prequels hadn't come out). yesterday i finished 'unnatural death' (printed matter! lesbians!) and then used my ipad to... well, largely delete stuff i'd previously written in eniigmatic blake and then add a small amount. then when i found the outside sounds too disturbing for writing, i switched to reading on my laptop. and then when the laptop died (sigh) i switched to my iphone and the big finish audios that i had not finished on my last road trip. new slightly more awake verdict? still disappointing, although the acting is vv good in the weird PGP blake is an evil!president one they did. it's just really depressing. i will definitely be back with more thoughts on that.

shipping out again in about half an hour. we're travelling through places that are so middle of nowhere that there's no internet connections even to be locked against me. there were just no internet connections...

much like when i was on those school ski trips ;)

btw - best voice is roj blake, right? but i'll probably be back to talk about that a bit more once i get to florida.

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28 May 2014 @ 06:17 am
into the final stretch now. probably/possibly not going to post tomorrow and the day after as i'll be on a two-day drive from missouri to florida. but maybe i will. you never know.

i bought myself an ipad mini yesterday, which is fairly exciting. i sort of intended for it to replace my laptop, but unless i never want to chat while doing something else i dont think it will work. still - it's really good for carrying around, which is what i wanted really. means i should be able to write more easily on the way to and from work. and if i'm not lugging my laptop around, it should live a bit longer. which is like buying a new laptop. only cheaper :)

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26 May 2014 @ 03:11 pm
updated my avon and jaguars pinboard with... well, mainly pictures of blake. blake with lions - that works. it's not as funny as avon being like a jaguar though.

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25 May 2014 @ 07:42 pm
Crackiest moment?

i think there probably is a better answer to this question, but i am going to say ALL OF GAMBIT. i think erin had implied it was coming, but it was still a shock how crazy my space robin hood show had become. it's also very clear from sort of the first three scenes that 'gambit' is one of the best episodes of blake :)

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