Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

2,386 Excellent

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. The original, crafty Baldrick / stupid Blackadder dynamic was dropped because it didn’t seem to work. The best candidate I can think of for Nobby is Christopher Fairbank (Moxey from Auf Wiedersehen Pet). Leaving aside the red hair, my nominations for Carrot would be Brendan Fraser (George of the Jungle, Dudley Do-Right), Pierce Brosnan (who can be quite a good deadpan comic actor) or maybe Daniel Day Lewis. Colin Firth’s self-referential performance in the St Trinians remake would be pretty close, too. another possible Vetinari would be the older Kenneth Cranham or Michael Caine, as seen in the recent Hatton Garden? A younger Stephanie Coleman or Judi Dench would be scene-stealers as Sybil Vimes, but I see her as younger than Vimes, so Ruth Jones or Dawn French?
  2. Stephanie Cole, like it, like it. Maybe June Brown? I could see Timothy West as Ridcully, but not Brian Blessed. Ridcully is quite a subtle character in some ways. Vimes is hard to cast, because he needs gravitas. The Eastwood thing isn’t my idea, he is drawn that way in some illustrations and the “Fabricati Diem” joke is an obvious Eastwood reference. I don’t know what Eastwood would be like as a comic drunk, though, hence Lee Marvin. Tommy Lee Jones is another obvious candidate. Nobby Nobbs COULD be Tony Robinson, but he often shows himself smarter than Fred Colon so I’m not convinced. Telly Savalas as Chrysoprase.. Carrot is another hard one to cast and I don’t really have any suggestions.
  3. One thing I do notice repeatedly with European colleagues, is that they are accustomed to a much looser attitude to legal obligations and liabilities than in the U.K., sometimes to the point of outright negligence by U.K. standards. I’ve recently been riding shotgun (driving, mostly) for an American colleague who is astonished by the panoply of flashing lights, cones and the rest which deface UK highways, every time any activity takes place and often when no activity is visible at all. If a litigious country like the US doesn’t need all this, and they don’t on my experience, why do we? I suspect that its because we have an adversarial legal system. Most European countries (and Scotland, for that matter) have an official called the Inspecting Magistrate whose role is to examine the evidence and determine whether an offence has taken place, and a court case is warranted. Often they don’t, and the case never proceeds, or is settled out of court. Our transatlantic cousins have a system like ours but they are great believers in plea bargaining and settling out of court. They also don’t bother with niceties like “no man shall be fined to his utter ruin” (or however it is phrased) which engenders a healthy caution in respect to the civil law.
  4. They do say that you get better pictures on the radio, and I could never see Pete Postlethwaite as Vimes. I always saw him as starting out as Lee Marvin (in his Cat Ballou and Paint Your Wagon days) and morphing into Clint Eastwood as he sobered up. The “Fabricati Diem” joke only makes sense in that context (along with the added “to protect and serve” throwaway line) Vetinari, absolutely Alan Rickman. Alec Guinness doesn’t have that undertone of someone who would have people shot in a cellar of absolutely necessary, which Vetinari needs to be convincing. Hugh Laurie in his “House” persona comes close, though. moving on, Ronnie Barker would have made a wonderful Mustrum Ridcully, especially playing the nostalgic old fool against Maggie Smith as Granny Weatherwax. Nanny Ogg is alive and well, currently appearing in Mrs Brown’ s Boys... Ronnie Barker again as Fred Colon, in fact the whole Colon/Nobbs running joke sometimes appears to be a Two Ronnies script.. Last but not least, Kate Winslet as Sacharissa Cripslock...
  5. Not for the first time, my mental map of Cambridge is significantly out of phase... I would never have pictured the Huntingdon Road end of Victoria Road as the W end, but it is so described...
  6. The main thing I remember about Hills Road to Mill Road via the Station, is the periodic controversies over the War Memorial resulting from the ongoing reconstruction of the Station Road / Hills Road junction. Even now, the preferred design of this busy junction seems unresolved! From recollection, Mill Road crossed the railway S of the Station, near the coaling tower. Turning left into Devonshire Road (past the then-unmade road to the short row of houses there) led to the footbridge over the loco shed roads, into the area outside the Station (this whole area was cleared in the 1960s, a process I found quite fascinating from the viewpoint of Mill Road Bridge). Hills Road Bridge was in view but obstructed by the goods yard(?) and Spillers the Millers; turn right up Station Road and you came to Hills Road. Cambridge station always seemed to me, to have been designed by someone with no clear idea of its purpose. The various ticket windows and gates seemed laid out to obstruct each other, and the enormous single platform (the longest such in the U.K., I believe) was home at busy times to ill-tempered crowds, trying to push past each other in opposite directions or around the trestle tables of Ian Allan books which formed a sort of chicane outside W H Smith’s. I used to find expeditions by train quite entertaining but my mother hated them.
  7. Number 239, if memory serves? I tried to find a picture of it, but couldn’t. These days it’s probsbly subsumed into the “vibrant, quirky international scene” described by the Cambridge Evening News, which presumably means ludicrously tattooed hipsters serving small, overpriced portions of bizarre food like beetroot couscous and coffee in jam jars ... One thing I do remember about Mill Road was that the Broadway had the Polska Sklep, a Polish shop catering to the small community of refugees and their descendants who lived around the area S of Mill Road Bridge in the 1950s and 1960s.
  8. Interesting comment about “Mantua being more S than HO”, S scale was definitely prominent on the US modelling scene for a while. I seem to remember that there was a diesel loco based on a US body on the Craig and Mertonford - is this the same one?
  9. Wouldn’t mind being a contemporary of his bank balance....
  10. Sapristi nuckoes! Garkon? (FX ACCORDIONS)....
  11. Given how common the practice was, it must have been well understood by those who executed it, and offered realistic expectation of some defined return to those who authorised it?
  12. That’s an odd-looking Pacific, with its trailing truck way behind the firebox; makes you wonder what purpose it serves?
  13. I’ve just spent a night in a Best Western in Skegness. Apart from the question of why I’m so far from home on a cold, wet Bank Holiday, it was quite pleasant. I quite like Best Westerns, although they can be unpredictable. They are often converted from older buildings, which tends to result in small rooms, odd layouts, creaky floorboards and weak WiFi, and their inadequate carparking (often gravel) is unwelcome in the wet, but they are usually comfy and the food is usually quite good. At least, a change from the sometimes over-priced chain blandness of Premier Inn, or the coach-party trade which was a disadvantage of Southview. There is a BW in York we used to stay at when No 2 Son was studying there.
  14. rockershovel


    Just discovered, or re-discovered this and what a gem! One thing I particularly like, is the sense of space which really adds to the impression - especially the photos.
  15. I knew of this, but not ABOUT it. You learn something every day on here!
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.