christopher swan

I was so sure I’d be safe with Dunkirk. It’s Dunkirk. A World War. Sacred History. It Happened As They Said It Did.

I wouldn’t be Momento’d in a movie about Dunkirk. I wouldn’t be Inceptioned. This story is so carved in rock it can’t be muddled or convoluted. I was so confident.

But in swans Christopher ‘Fuck You’ Nolan, a man who I’m starting to believe will turn to ash and vanish on the breeze if he ever meets a simple linear narrative, to explain to me in IMAX resolution all the ways I was an idiot and a fool. All the while Cillian Murphy’s Sad Eyes watch on with a weary detachment, and Harry Styles chews with the brazenness of a man who has never seen himself chew on a screen the size of a football pitch.

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Garvock by Christopher Swan
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The bust of Marie Antoinette on the terrace at Linderhof Palace. Ludwig II was very much fascinated by the palace of Versailles and its history, which influenced the palace of Linderhof and some of Ludwig’s particular behaviours.

There is no doubt that Ludwig was now living more and more in a world of total fantasy. Sometimes he would dress up as Louis XIV, sometimes he would don his Lohengrin costume and float around the Venus Grotto in his cockleshell-shaped boat. On occasions his servants would pass the door of his dining-room and hear him carrying on a conversation with imaginary dinner guests of the French court. His veneration for Queen Marie Antoinette was so great that whenever he passed a statue of her on the terrace at Linderhof he always took off his hat and stroked the cheeks of the statue. It was in imitation of Louis XIV that he cultivated his extraordinary manner of walking. Among the many people who commented on this was Gottfried von Böhm, who described it as follows: ‘This walk was a total mockery of nature. Taking great strides he threw his long legs out in front of him as if he wanted to hurl them away from him, then he brought the front foot down as though with each step he was trying to crush a scorpion.’

Christopher McIntosh, The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria

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Good Morning from Scotland

Loch Tulla by Christopher Swan
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Stopped at another spot i’ve not been to before, the eastern end of Loch Tulla. Spent a while wandering up and the shoreline - some lovely patterns in the ice.

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A love so profound you could never be convinced it wasn’t destined before you existed? Something so real that you can taste the difference in a kiss and touch it on bare skin? If you don’t know this love then keep searching because you are meant to. 

                                                          – Leo Christopher

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChOnhxe-Vm0)

Jonny Ollivier dancing Swan Lake with Chris Marney

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Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares, and Christopher Saunders in rehearsal for Swan Lake with Sir Anthony Dowell.

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      Favorite Performances

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds, Marion Cotillard, La Môme, Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump, Russell Crowe, Gladiator, Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln, Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, Sally Field, Lincoln, Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables, James McAvoy, Atonement, Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Vivien Leigh, Gone With the Wind, Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained, Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator, Natalie Portman, Black Swan.