Interview with James Norton

James Norton talks about the new series 3 of Grantchester

Q: How does it feel when the first Grantchester script of a new series arrives?

“It is a bit of a homecoming for me every time. I get little teasers from writer Daisy Coulam, producer Emma Kingsman-‐Lloyd and executive producer Diederick Santer because we’re friends now. So when I know it’s being written I start to try and sneakily get some glimmers. Then when it arrives it’s lovely. Grantchester is always beautifully balanced between being familiar and welcoming, both for us and the audience, and having that sense of nostalgia and affection. But also it always has that bite in the stories.

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16 Days of Outlander - Day #11 The Devil’s Mark

So this episode has actually grown on me with repeated viewings though I find the witch trial part of both the show and book to be a hassle to get through personally having studied witch trials for a class in college there are lots of little things that just… I don’t know. I understand including people who said Geillis used witchcraft to get back at them for things but I will never understand the disconnect of having Laoghaire admit that she approached Claire to procure a potion - it doesn’t make sense for her to implicate herself in that way. I mean, she almost got beat in the hall for “loose behavior” but doesn’t bat an eyelash at the possible consequences of confessing to seeking someone she suspects has knowledge of the dark arts? Makes me think the show might choose to have Laoghaire be there at least in part because Colum pushed her to get involved… but we’ll have to wait and see. I go back and forth on whether I like the alterations to how Father Baine helps damn Claire (I kind of like the book version and knowing that he will die because he won’t let Claire help and the poetic justice in that). Anyway, onto my favorites.

Favorite “That’s not in the book” Part: Claire explains the birds and she and Geillis bond. I loved the title card for the episode and the way that Claire brings it up later in the episode finding hope where and when she can and that she’s able to forgive Geillis for her naïveté and role in whatever’s happened - she and Geillis aren’t quite so close at this point in the books and Geillis is fond of Dougal but it’s pretty clear that book Geillis and love aren’t familiar with one another. I kind of like the shift they went for in the show more than I did the first time or two. The pair of them joking about how if they were witches, now would be the time to come clean and get them both out of the thieve’s hole and that Claire seeks out Geillis’ baby-bump where earlier she pulled her hand away when Geillis wanted her to feel the baby kick. It makes the rest of the trial and Geillis’ confession/sacrifice/distraction more powerful. 

Favorite Location: the church/court. The setting for the trial itself is visually stunning. While the book has everything take place in a courtyard outside, the fact that the proceedings unfold in a church (at least, I’m pretty sure it’s a church) is chilling - bringing such evil and hatred into a house of God, no matter which side of the trial you’re on… And the camera angles they used throughout, reinforcing the isolation of Claire and Geillis from the people and the examiners is just gorgeous.

Favorite Minor Character: Ned Gowan (one last time). I love, love, love Ned Gowan and Bill Patterson’s portrayal of the lawyer never lets up. From his first appearance in the proceedings, clutching his books and papers to his chest, to the moment when he whips out his pistol in a last ditch effort to protect Claire (he’s clearly there for Claire and if he can save Geillis it will be a mark of how skilled he really is because he knows from the beginning she’s beyond saving). His distress as Claire digs herself a nice little hole from sheer indignation is so NED. I really hope we get to see some of him in Season 2 (even if he wasn’t really a presence in Dragonfly in Amber, I’m sure there are a few places they could work him in and I would not mind one bit just please don’t make me wait until Voyager and Season 3 to see him on screen again).

Favorite Costume: Geillis’ dress. There’s probably a better shot of it at the end of By the Pricking of My Thumbs as she and Claire are being arrested but the stark black and white ruffles of her dress, the lacey choker thing she wears, she’s even wearing her red shoes underneath (there’s a picture of those a little bit further down). The textures are wonderful and add to the frayed and disheveled appearance after they’ve been in the thieve’s hole for a while. 

Favorite Performance: Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan. This was Lotte’s episode as far as I’m concerned. The slow dawning of realization when Claire tells her that Dougal won’t be coming, her passionate questioning of Claire before she realizes that Claire really did end up there accidentally, the amusement at the ridiculous townsfolk, and the pain as she watches Claire throw away her only chance at saving herself because she won’t betray her friend. 

Favorite Music Moment: Jamie to the rescue, Geillis’ confession. There’s tension in the music as Claire is being struck and it shifts but doesn’t quite break when Jamie bursts through and stands over her with his sword and dirk held out to keep the well-armed crowd at bay. But when Geillis begins her confession the music and attention shift again and it’s more of a lament as Geillis details the things she’s done, creating quite the distraction so that Jamie and Claire can slip away. (Also, there are Geillis’ red shoes! There’s another shot of them when the townsfolk are carrying her through the streets, but this one with that bit of her black skirt struck me as particularly reminiscent of the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet sticking out from beneath Dorothy’s house; just missing the striped stockings).

Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptation: Claire comes clean to Jamie. This is such a difficult scene to capture well on film because it’s practically a monologue and they’re not doing anything except sitting around in the woods. But the emotions they manage to portray throughout - Claire’s desperation and relief at being believed, Jamie’s anger and sorrow as he stares at her marred back and then at himself as he realizes that she had merely been trying to go home to her “real” husband and he’d beat her for it… it’s all just so much better than I ever expected them to do for this scene. 

Honorable Mention for Music Moment: Jamie and Claire by the fire. I don’t think too much needs to be said here. The music underscores the tenderness of the moment as Jamie knows their time together is limited and Claire is simply enjoying the moment. I guess a second honorable mention should go to the closing shots as Claire wakes Jamie by the fire (not in quite the same manner but with just as much joy) and their theme plays as their choices are made once and for all and their kiss fades into the closing credits. It was one of my favorite episodes musically.

Favorite Jamie and Claire Moment: last kiss before spotting the stones. So while it isn’t written out in a voice over in the show, I love that they managed to display one of my favorite aspects of Jamie bringing Claire back to the stones. Claire has no idea that Jamie is planning to bring her back to the stones. In the show, he’s more facetious about it than in the book. In the book, Jamie thought Claire had realized that he was bringing her back to the stones all along; he’s surprised when she is shocked to see the stones (he thought that her relief was in part due to the fact that she’d be going home and that she knew he’d been essentially saying his goodbyes to her the whole time). In the show, he’s been telling her all about Lallybroch and what their life there would be like so it makes sense for Claire to believe that’s where they’re headed. Jamie’s sorrow at seeing her go is evident throughout this sequence as he’s constantly putting on a brave face, not wanting her to feel guilty about him but also savoring every moment he has left with her. And Claire is blindsided when she sees the stones and understands why he’s brought her there. She goes from happy, ready to see Lallybroch to shell-shocked, confused, denial, devestation - pick an adjective, any adjective. Neither of them wants to be there doing what they’re there to do.

Favorite Line: “I wasna ready.” This bit kills me every time. When she’s about to touch the stones and he just reaches out and pulls her back because he can’t let her go just yet (and the pained way he says her name as he does it). He’s been building himself up to it for days but there will never be enough time for him to prepare himself. He can’t watch her go; he has to turn and walk away because if he’s there when she goes to touch the stone, I think he’d just keep pulling her back and he doesn’t ever what to hold her back from the things he feels she deserves (safety, her own life in her own time, Frank if that’s what she wants). 

anonymous asked:

I don't think that Ross should give Dem a hard time regarding her affair because he didn't tell her that he kissed Elz at the church. He courted, flirted, had sex with Elz, treated Dem like she didn't exist so Dem's affair should not bother him. I hope she says something like that when he starts to give her a hard time. Do you agree? Michael

I do agree and in a way so does Ross because he basically stands aside when Hugh appears on the scene, clearly smitten with Demelza. Demelza tells Ross that she is touched by Hugh and it frightens her.  Ross sees it, tells her it bothers him but instead of making a move to stop it or tell Demelza he doesn’t like it, it puts the burden on her to use her good sense to handle it herself.  For a multitude of reasons, she finds it hard to put off Hugh–as she did McNeil and the other skirt chasers–and so, after assuming that Ross has taken up with Elizabeth again, in whatever way, she falls.  

However, unlike Ross,  and this is where I think Demelza will get the bad rap, she doesn’t show much remorse.  She is able to contain the event, whatever it might have been, in a bubble, isolated from her love for Ross and move on. I think that is also why she able to show her sadness and mourning for Hugh when he dies because to her he wasn’t a lover as Ross tagged Elizabeth, but a person who came into her life for a reason and who left.  She says herself she wanted to show and share with him some of the love she had found with Ross.  A noble idea, naive even, to think it won’t have the same lasting effects as Ross’s infidelity with Elizabeth. In his eyes, what Demelza did was worse because it was more emotional than physical and that was the one thing he felt he had exclusively.  Even if it wasn’t true in reverse.

The Four Swans, where all this happens doesn’t have Demelza saying to Ross that he should understand this but she does mention something to this end in The Angry Tide.  So hopefully we will get that.


At the Russian Court || (1/?) T h e  C e r e m o n y  o f  t h e  T s a r ’ s  O a t h 

For the ruling house itself, one extremely important ceremony was the swearing of an oath to the throne by the heir. Paul I established a law of succession which declared the heir - the Tsesarevich - to be age at sixteen. His son Nicholas I published a manifesto by which he made the oath an official state document and ordered its inclusion in the next volume of the Code of Laws to be published : ’ On the ceremonial declaration of the majority of each and every individual belonging to Us, they shall be sworn in the presence of the Sovereign Himself both as a sign of allegiance to the Ruler and to the Fatherland, and equally to observation both of the rights of inheritance and to this family order, and shall affirm this in writing, which oath shall be preserved in the State Archive together with documents belonging to the Family. ’ The oath sworn by the Emperor’s sons had as its purpose the further reinforcement of the autocracy.

The holy rite of oath of His Imperial Highness the Sovereign Heir and Tsesarevich Grand Duke Alexander Nikolaevich (future Alexander II) took place on 22 april (4 may) 1834, Easter Sunday, which gave particular resonance and meaning to this secular state event. The ceremony commenced at 11.30 in the morning with a ‘great appearance’ in which the participants were 'members of the Most Holy Synod, court ranks, notable individuals of both sexes and foreign ministers. Detachments of Life Guards regiments stood with banners in the rooms from the Concert Hall to the Portrait Gallery; the Company of Palace Grenadiers in the Portrait Gallery itself.’ The first part of the ceremony was to oath sworn by the heir to the throne in the Large Church in the Winter Palace. Metropolitan Seraphim and the court clergy greeted the imperial family with a cross and holy water The imperial regalia - sceptre, orb and crown - 'were ceremonially moved on gold brocade cushions carried by the first ranks of the Court from the Diamond Room to the Great Court Church and laid on the table made ready there, to the left of the lectern placed by the Royal Gates for the Life-giving Cross and the Holy Gospels’ Nicholas I himself led his son to the lectern where lay the life-giving Cross and the Gospels. Raising his right hand, Alexander pronounced the oath, 'composed especially for him’. Quoting Peter the Great that he would ’not spare his belly’ for Russia, he swore to observe all the rules of the throne and all the laws of the imperial house. The ceremony was halted by the heir’s tears, after which he was embraced by his parents. Then the heir signed the oath and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Karl Nesselrode took charge of the document, to place it in the state archive. The first part of the ceremony ended with the prayer 'We praise Thee, oh Lord’, a salute of 301 cannon in the Peter and Paul Fortress and the ringing of the bells in all the churches of the capital.

The second part of the ceremony was the swearing of the officer’s oath, which took place in the St George Hall in the Winter Palace before a larger audience than the first. The imperial procession passed between rows of Guards officers towards the St George Hall, where the cadets of various military colleges - future ‘defenders of the fatherland” - were lined up. Generals, dignitaries and the diplomatic corps stood in hierarchical order around the throne. On the two lower steps of the throne were Guards officers holding the regimental standards. In front of the throne stood a lectern with the life-giving cross and the Gospels and the standard of the Don Regiment, of which the heir was commander. To the sounds of he new anthem, God save the Tsar, the Emperor, Empress and Tsesarevich entedred, mounted the throne and greeted the troops. Then Nicholas I led Alexander to ‘the lectern sheltered by the Ataman standard’ and the Tsesarevich ‘swore an oath of allegiance in service to the Sovereign Emperor and the Fatherland’. The troops saluted, the standards were lowered before the throne and the procession back commenced. 

Source {At the Russian Court, Hermitage Amsterdam}

It wasn’t like he had never wanted anyone before. Desire wasn’t really a new concept but being ALLOWED to do so was. Even then, it was different. He never really wanted a person in particular, mostly he was driven by hormones and the small connection he had made with another person. Those connections were always lies though. Fake names, fake backgrounds, fake hair, fake eyes, even a fake personality. Those people didn’t know HIM. It was fine for the moment, he could live this lie for a few minutes, could make himself believe this was who he was, let himself connect to another human. But it only ever lasted a day, a few hours, before he or his mother came crashing in with life’s reality.

He was fine with being nothing until he met the foxes. They gave him a life, a reason, a dream, a person. He fought hard against it but still, they burrowed themselves into him. And then there was Andrew. He stirred in him something he couldn’t even comprehend. He wanted him, not just intimately but on a carnal level he didn’t even realize he had. He desired him, needed him, skin to skin. He wanted to touch every inch of him, burrow himself in the places no one has been in. He. Wanted. Him. So. Badly.

When he had him, things changed again. He wanted to keep him. This was a new novelty to him because he never kept much, it was all so disposable, so easily lost. But Andrew? He was willing to go back for him. Willing to wait. Willing to stay. This wasn’t some foreign girl with a soft smile, wasn’t some pretty boy at a bar he happen to stop into. Here was someone who knew him, someone who SAW him. Andrew kneeled in front of his burnt, broken body and said “you’re at one hundred.” He touched him and took care of him and kissed him and made him come and loved him. Even if he never said it, Neil could feel it. He saw it in Andrew’s touch, in his stares, in his day to day little gestures. He wasn’t easy but neither was Neil.

The first time he was allowed to push, to take, to lead, Neil nearly collapsed. Who could ever trust him this much? Who could ever know him this well? Why would they want HIM of all people? It was overwhelming and anxious and terrifying and Neil took it all. He was careful and he was excited and he was aware and he always asked until Andrew said ‘Yes. It’s always yes.’ That’s when he knew. This was long term. This was permanent. This was love. When he finally let himself settle into that, he smiled. And not long after, Andrew smiled too.

Hera Gamêlia, Goddess of marriage,

Walk now with your children, 

Into churches and court houses, down aisles and lines.

White dresses, black suits, blue jeans and work uniforms,

Guide these newly weds into fulfilling unions.

Aphrodite Nymphia, Aphrodite Areia,

Hold these peoples’ hands now,

Down crowded streets, in restaurants, at work and home.

Bless them with praise and love from those around them,

Arm them with strength and conviction against those who would harm them.

Dionysus Eleuthereus, who brings us this freedom,

Dwell among your people now,

In celebration, in receptions, in speeches and loving embraces.

Let no one take this from them, let no one break their joy,

Let them revel in this victory so they may prepare for the next battle.

Vista del patio, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, calle Francisco I. Madero entre Ignacio Allende y Nicolás Bravo, Centro, Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacán, México 1968

Arq. Carlos Mijares

Foto. Carlos González Lobo

View of the court yard, Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, calle Francisco I Madero between Ignacio Allende and Nicolas Bravo, Centro, Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico 1968


May 30th 1593: Christopher Marlowe killed

On this day in 1593, playwright Christopher Marlowe was murdered in London. Born in Canterbury in 1564, Marlowe went on to study at Cambridge University. There is some speculation as to what he did during university, but it is believed that he worked for the government in some secret capacity, potentially as a spy in the intelligence service. Nonetheless, it is known that Marlowe completed a master’s degree and moved to London to work as a writer. During this time he wrote a number of plays, the most famous of which include The Jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus. Marlowe’s work was controversial in its day for its criticism of the Church and the royal court. Marlowe greatly influenced contemporary playwright William Shakespeare, whose The Merchant of Venice is said to have been partly inspired by The Jew of Malta. In May 1593, Marlowe was arrested for the crime of heresy/athiesm, but he was soon released. However, on May 30th, Marlowe was killed by Ingram Frizer after a fight in a lodging house over the bill. Some speculate that Marlowe’s death was actually linked to his alleged spy work, but these rumours are unsubstantiated. Despite the confusion over the details of Christopher Marlowe’s life and death, his literary talent and significance cannot be denied. 

Keeping it Classy

Hello, everyone.

We have little to zero tolerance for drama in <First Light>.  Many of our senior members have been participating in online roleplaying since long before World of Warcraft existed, and we have always emphasized the importance of our embrace for the fundamental etiquette that we consider to be essential for ‘open’ RP to thrive. I am confident that our reputation for honest and quality roleplay among the server community has gone untarnished in the time that we have been a part of it, save for scant accusations by a single isolated party that have been propped up on the flimsiest of stilts due to personal and unwarranted OOC hatred and intolerance.

Over the past few days, we were unfortunately caught up in a bit of inter-guild drama with some people who don’t especially like us OOC.  Please read on, if you would like to have a full understanding of the events that have unfolded in the past few days.

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A very silly chat fic about girl scouts and trans Will and girl scout trans Will

a very small faun: (whispers tiny girl scouts having to knock on the door of the big scary garbage court church)

Not a Professor: the local troop dares each other to go up until one of them finally does, standing defiant on the threshold with a cookie order form clutched tightly in her hands

a very small faun: like a teeny tiny human sacrifice to terrifying gods

a very small faun: theres a loud crashing noise inisde. all the other girls are like half a street away in a second

Not a Professor: peering around the corner

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Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has no faith in Catholic Church reforms under Pope Francis, she told Billboard in an interview for the August 16 issue.

“I find it quite laughable that they’re talking about revolutionizing the church when, in fact, they’re equating female ordination and pedophilia,“ the singer said. “When you consider that, it shows you how little they think of children and the rape of children.”

In July 2010 the Vatican added a provision to what was intended to be a sweeping reform that would once and for all address the ongoing sex abuses in the church. The new rules included procedures for defrocking priests for sex abuses under canon law and extended the period during which trials could take place in a church court from 10 to 20 years after the 18th birthday of his victim.

Much to the dismay of many Catholics, the Vatican added a provision to the document that made the “attempted ordination” of women one of the “gravest offenses a priest can commit” – essentially putting it on par with sexual abuse.

O'Connor has criticized the Catholic Church over the years for sex abuses and coverups, but she said she doesn’t blame the incumbent pope personally.

“[The pope’s] not a guy that I would associate with either the abuse or the cover-ups, so I lost interest,” she told Billboard.

Regarding the Supreme Court Decision

There is a difference between being allowed to do something and forcing others to accommodate you.

There were no SWAT teams coming in to break up gay weddings. There were no police arresting two men or two women for living together. Nobody gets arrested for simply attending a pride parade.

If states are forced to accept gay marriage, that means taxpayers are forced to pay for something many of them don’t support and don’t want to support. Right now they’ll have to pay for the massive costs of overhauling forms and systems to accommodate couples that don’t include both a husband and a wife. In the future, they’ll be paying for government workers to process license applications, marriage certificates, and eventually divorce proceedings, as well as officiating same-sex ceremonies.

That’s the immediate problem. Long-term, we face problems with anti-discrimination laws. Adoption agencies will be prevented from discriminating against same-sex couples. Officiants will be told they can’t pick and choose which couples they want to marry. Churches will be told they can’t host ceremonies just for heterosexual couples.

If you don’t believe me, look at the abortion issue. The decision today is the Roe v. Wade of the marriage debate. With the abortion debate, allowing abortion was only the first step. California’s legislature has a bill coming through that would require pro-life pregnancy help centers to refer for abortions. Not very pro-choice, is it?

Tolerance is not the end-goal either for pro-choice people or for pro-gay marriage people (who often tend to be the same people). The end goal is acceptance and accommodation from everyone, including those with sincerely held religious and moral beliefs that contradict what they’re promoting.

Today was not about freedom. It was about forcing states to accommodate a worldview the citizens there have rejected, and forcing citizens to pay for something that goes against their morals (which, for many of us, is already happening through other government programs such as the funding of Planned Parenthood).

But I believe there is good news. Ever since Roe v. Wade, pro-lifers have been winning. Most young people today believe abortion is morally wrong. Current legislation is paving the way to an abortion-free America. Maybe Roe v. Wade was the turning point, because it forced pro-life Americans to sit up and pay attention and to finally speak out for the preborn.

I believe the same thing is possible for the marriage debate if traditional marriage activists stand up today and say the Supreme Court has gone too far.

Take it seriously, because it is serious. Learn to defend your position with reason, not rhetoric. Train young people to defend their values. Train them to go out and talk to their friends, their pastors, and even total strangers. Teach them about sexuality and the help and support available to those struggling with same-sex attraction.

We don’t treat pregnant or post-abortive mothers as the enemy in the pro-life movement, so we shouldn’t treat people with same-sex attractions or in same-sex relationships as the enemy. They are captive to a culture that devalues life and devalues family. It’s our job to offer them another way.

When we approach this issue with a combination of reason, truth, and compassion, that is the day we will start winning again.