discovering hamlet

context: our DM didn’t name shit, so names were made up on the fly

DM: and so you enter the town of…

half-orc paladin: bulgium, founded after greg, the guy with a magnificent bulge

rest of the table (myself (a elf wizard), a human druid, and a half-elf monk) break out into laughter, quickly followed by the DM and the paladin.

and later, we discovered there was a hamlet quickly named by our monk, ‘dimsdale’

and yorkshire, the next town over, you can’t forget that

and later the DM drew us a map, that the half-orc paladin and I added things to, we now have an inland sea called ‘the sea of doom’ near 'the trail of doom’, with a fishing village of 'ills of the forgotten’, along with 'the pit of death’ which is a desert 


Sapphire Brooch given to Queen Elizabeth II commemorating her Sapphire Jubilee from The Canadian people, July 19, 2017.

The Sapphire Jubilee Brooch was made in Canada by Hillberg & Berk. The design is a snowflake shaped like the North Star

  • 48 Canadian sapphires of varying color and shape, totaling 10.19 carats
  • More than 400 diamonds of varying size, including Maple Leaf certified diamonds, totaling 4.39 carats
  • Certified 18K Canadian white gold
  • The brooch is 61mm tall and 66mm wide

This distinctive piece will be added to the Queen’s collection of sapphire jewelry.
The sapphires are unique Canadian beluga sapphires from Baffin Island, Canada’s only known sapphires, discovered near the hamlet of Kimmirut on Baffin Island. 

Started packing up my books to take them home this weekend. Wahh

I’m still leaving a few paperbacks for finals week, but my dorm room is going to feel so sparse!! 

Character And Conundrum

by Rory Kinnear

When I was very little I didn’t want to be an actor. I wanted to be a butcher. Or a goalkeeper. Early in my adolescent years I took the risk of appearing as Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist and Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida and then, finding to my young astonishment that I was getting attention and some praise for my performances, I began to think that acting might be a better fit. My father had been an actor, but he had died when I was ten, and so in lots of ways I had to discover it for myself.

One of the things that I discovered, and which became clear especially when I was at university and working on Buckingham in Richard III and Petruchio in The Taming Of The Shrew, was that what I got most excited by was the rehearsal process. It seemed to require identifying the particular conundrums that a play and character threw up, the various forks in the road ahead, examining them thoroughly, and then making a decision. There wasn’t necessarily a right decision – especially, as I discovered to my delight, with Shakespeare – but there had to be a decision. I tend to approach parts initially just by thinking about them, and then afterwards I try to figure out what works well in the doing – they’re two different disciplines really, for me – and then I try to marry them up to get a wholly successful and coherent performance, which then needs to fit in with the design, direction, other actors, and all the other aspects of a production which must combine so that everything is working together and everyone is trying to tell the same story.

Rest of the essay under the cut. Beware: a long damned read.

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New SkyArts programme Discovering Hamlet with David Tennant will be on Sky Arts 2 HD, 15th April at 9.40pm.

Playing the Prince of Denmark is said to be like climbing Mount Everest, calling on brilliance, great stamina and huge vocal resources from the performer. And, like a giant theatrical magnet, the play and its title character have enticed top directors and actors from around the world to bring the drama to life for more than 400 years.

Hamlet is possibly one of the most interpreted roles in theatre history. Through some of William Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquies we watch a man stricken with grief, disgust, and anger battle with his inner demons. But his inaction for revenge is seen as both cunning and cowardly; his madness both genuine and part of a clever plan. So who is Hamlet? And why does the famously introspective character attract such keen attention in the arts world?

“There is just something eternal about it and there is something eternal about Hamlet himself. That people keep coming back to it. People are fascinated by it.” - David Tennant

In Discovering Hamlet we show how the popular tragedy has soaked up change and custom over the last four centuries and remains as powerful today as on its opening night, and why the great and the good want a shot at acting a man unable to make up his mind.

Explored through the experiences of the major actors and directors who have brought the play to life, those sharing their insights include Christopher Plummer, David Tennant, John Simm, Franco Zeffirelli, Sir Johnathan Miller, Michael Radford, Sir Trevor Nunn and more.

“Everyone great bad or indifferent wants to play Hamlet.” - Christopher Plummer

(Illustration by Matt Lubchansky, via The Toast)

I JUST discovered Dirtbag Hamlet. Here’s one of the only excerpts that’s SFW:

GHOST: hamlet you must avenge my death
HAMLET: i dont have to do anything
youre not even my real dad
GHOST: yes i am
HAMLET: whatever

Also: “im going to the cemetery to touch skulls”

Check out the rest (with more illustrations!) over at The Toast. But before you do, it’s the return of warning puppy!

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(Petra adds: Messing around with Hamlet is not a new phenomenon, and I am never happier than when I have an opportunity to inflict the immortal Skinhead Hamlet – written by Blackadder co-creator Richard Curtis! – on an unsuspecting public.  NOTE: WARNING PUPPY STILL APPLIES)