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A bit of a result

As it is Christmas I thought I would bring a touch of Victorian Britain to our humble abode. So out with the face topiary cutters and trim the full set I sport to look less like Gabriel Oak madding3.jpg
and aim more for the Sgt Troy look:
(With Mrs Englishman playing the Bathsheba Everdene role).
She did spot the slight resemblance but said I looked more like a very gone to seed Terence Stamp, or scruffy pork butcher from Oldham. She has asked me not to go out like it and embarrass her... so no being dragged round the sales then!
A quick twirl of the moustache and I'm off to The Pub, If I don't write again, have a very Happy Christmas.

(And shame on you if you don't know the film - partly filmed in Devizes - I am referring to.)


Great film, but an even better book.

"When Farmer Oak smiled, the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears, his eyes were reduced to chinks, and diverging wrinkles appeared round them, extending upon his countenance like the rays in a rudimentary sketch of the rising sun."

Merry Christmas--(and I haven't seen that film, but I'm exempt since I live in the U.S....right?)

Nah, Alan Bates' look is better. He looks rugged, the other bloke looks like a ponce.

But the ponce is wrestling with Julie Christie. No accounting for taste.

Well in an ideal world Alan Bates would wrestle with Julie Christie and Terrence Stamp could have the sheep. Of course the greatest English pop song of all time would have turned out slightly differently. "Terry and Mint Sauce meet at Waterloo Underground"...

"And Troy's deformities lay deep down from a woman's vision, whilst his embellishments were upon the very surface; thus contrasting with homely Oak, whose defects were patent to the blindest, and whose virtues were as metals in a mine."

Yet certainly, ponces have their way with women.

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