except i’ll drop this here before i run away again. hey @chippon, how’s your morning going.
Neil wakes him up with a few quiet calls of his name.
He learned early on that touching Andrew in his sleep usually ends in bruises or broken lips. Muttering angrily and taking the cigarette Neil’s already lit for him, Neil coaxes him into dressing warmly, taking his keys, and following the moron outside to the car.
The night before, Neil said he wanted to show Andrew something and soon they were driving out out town, away from Palmetto and to the outskirts of the city. They find a wooded wildlife area and after parking, the pair are trudging along a trail in the early dawn, the sky above slowly turning from the black of night to the dark blues of sunrise.
The 102-story Art Deco’s masterpiece, Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931). Night view looking south of the Empire State Building from Rockefeller Center’s R.C.A. Building in early, 1961, showing the “Freedom Ligths”, beacons atop the bulding’s tower.
Source: “Deluxe Picture Book. New York City” (New York, Manhattan Post Card, Co-Dexter Press, Inc. 1968. 1971 Edition).
I hereby retract any and all Moffat hate that I have ever uttered, written or otherwise engaged in.
And you probably want to know why, so I’ll explain. It harkens back to my childhood, textured by my older sister.
In the early 1990s there was a series on British children’s television called Press Gang. It was about a junior newspaper set up through a school, staffed by a collection of the best and, to their mutual frustration, most troublesome pupils. In those days the premise made good sense, given the absence of IT.
The first series/season was made when I was 7 and I thought that it was BOR-RING but my 14 year old sister loved it. Lucky for me it was rerun later, during my own teens. Then old enough to appreciate it, it made a deep impression.
It starred Julia Sawalha as Linda, an independent young woman with good principles and great force of will, but definitely still a teenager beset by the troubles of her age. She was a deep and well rounded character, as were the others in the ensemble (including Dexter Fletcher as Spike, the American Bad Boy. I’ve always wondered if it was broadcast in the US.)
The series dealt with a lot of heavy subject matter, befitting the serious newspaper that Linda ran and not limited to the tribulations of happy white teenagers. It handled, with intelligence and compassion, such things as racism, sexism, child abuse, drug abuse, and abandonment. Every character saw development over the years, everyone had something to contribute.
Over the years I’ve occasionally rewatched the odd episode, because it was so good and so powerful. Today I did so again. Today I watched the credits.
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Yes, Moffat was writing for, was closely involved with, this gem of early nineties childrens’ television with prominent girls and women, as well as prominent POC. Whatever his mistakes since, THIS is enough for him to have my respect.
I even wonder whether Moffat has really been the problem in his more recent projects, or whether we’ve been misdirecting our frustrations. I’ll never deny that those projects have problems, but with this retrospective realisation my perspective is changed.
Midtown Manhattan looking northeast from Empire State Building, in late Summer, 1972.
At left is the modern 59-story octogonal Pan Am Building (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963), and Lincoln Building (James Edwin Ruthver Carpenter, 1930). At center is the 77-story Art Deco’s masterpiece Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930) with the 55-story Chanin Building (Sloan & Robertson, 1928-29). The modern skyscraper behind Chrysler is the new 50-story One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (Emery Roth & Sons, 1972). Modern skyscrapers at right are the Mobil Building (Harrison & Abramovitz, 1956), the new 38-story Blue Cross Building (622 Third Avenue. Emery Roth & Sons, 1973), the Daily News (Hood & Howells, 1930), Continental Can (Harrison & Abramovitz, 1961), the new 50-story 600 Third Avenue (Emery Roth & Sons, 1971) and the Burroughs (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963) building with the United Nations’ Secretariat Building (Wallace K. Harrison, 1950) at background.
Photo: James Doane.
Source: “New York City. International Edition Five Languages”. New York, N.Y. Manhattan Post Card Pub. Co., Dexter Press, Inc. 1975.