James Norton recently said this about Life in Squares and his character Duncan Grant:
The main thing that seemed to unite the Bloomsbury group was wanting to have sex with Duncan Grant.
And so I found reason to do some research, because I’m not very well-versed in the Bloomsbury group. I looked briefly into Duncan Grant, who was a painter and also openly gay, and who’s playing who in the series (and who they are in the group photo above).
Duncan was, for a while, lovers with his cousin, the writer Lytton Strachey. In the series, he’s played by Ed Birch. He’s the guy with the impressive beard in the photo.
Duncan also had a long relationship with economist John Maynard Keynes, played by Edmund Kingsley (sitting in a chair, far left).
Duncan also had a relationship with Adrian Stephen, brother of Vanessa and Virginia. He’s played by James Northcote (who, coincidentally, is supposed to play Benjamin Britten in the upcoming Tell Me the Truth About Love, against James Norton as Britten’s lover Peter Pears. In the ‘trailer’ for this film, Britten was played by Ben Lloyd-Hughes who’s also in Life in Squares but I don’t know who he plays. Ben’s sitting to the right of James Norton. Mr Northcote is not pictured.)
Duncan also had a relationship with writer David Garnett, played by Jack Davenport. (Duncan also had a relationship of sorts with Vanessa and they had a child together, Angelica Bell who later married David Garnett… Jack is not in this photo either, obviously.)
Virginia was married to Leonard Woolf who is played by Al Weaver who otherwise plays Leonard the gay curate in Grantchester. It’s a very small world. (Al Is in the back of the photo, in a beige coat.)
(In the group photo is also Phoebe Fox as Vanessa Bell, Lydia Leonard as Viriginia Woolf, Sam Hoare as Clive Bell - sitting far right. And Jerome Finch as Saxon Sydney-Turner in the back, to the right. )
I think this mini-series (which probably will be aired during the summer) will be brilliant. It has this official synopsis:
Life In Squares tells the story of the Bloomsbury group over 40 years, from the death of Queen Victoria to the Second World War, as they attempted to forge a life free from the constraints of the past. Their pursuit of freedom and beauty was always passionate, often impossible and ultimately devastating, yet their legacy is still felt today. The series dramatises the exceptionally close, often fraught relationship of sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa’s enduring, sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant.
No way out by Beverley Goodwin Via Flickr: This is the back entrance to Rice Lane City Farm which is usually kept locked. In the background is Walton Gaol which was built in 1855. It has had a varied history and some famous inmates including Charles Bronson and Lady Constance Bulwer-Lytton.
During the Liverpool Blitz of World War II, on 18 September 1940, German high explosive bombs falling on a wing of the prison partially demolished it, killing 22 inmates. The body of one was not found until 11 years later when rubble was finally cleared.
The prison was also the site of 62 judicial executions, from 1887 to 1964. The last execution at the prison was that of Peter Anthony Allen. These days the prison holds around 1,100 inmates.
This is a repost of my trip to Australia in 2014 (part 3). I wanted to make sure I included this on DavsAddiction.com since this blog is, in part, a record of accomplishing the things on my bucket list. Enjoy! (See: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5)
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I failed to mention dinner last night. This was the perfect end to a perfect day! I can now officially say I’ve had an Australian meat pie! When I ate at Pie Face the other day, that was technically official, but that’s something that I could find at my local grocery store, in the states. No offense to Pie Face, but it wasn’t anything special- in fact it wasn’t the best tasting meat pie I’ve had.
Arron, Brendan and I walked to a nearby tavern to order some dinner. My dinner was extremely delicious! Not only did this one taste much better than my last experience, but it was topped with mushy peas! I’m pretty sure this came from the United Kingdom because I remember eating mushy peas there. All I can say is that it was a great dinner!
The next morning (4.5) we went to some sort of nature preserve called Walkabout Creek. This was a nice spot that had a little bird enclosure, a couple kangaroos and pademelons, which is like a mini-kangaroo of sorts. I would have loved to pick one of them up, but they weren’t accessible. I don’t think they would have appreciated my jumping into their pen to grab one.
After this, we headed up the mountain to take a look at the D’Aguilar National Park. I took a short video of the singing Bell Birds. At first I thought something was squeaking in the trees, but Brendan told me about these birds. The birds down here are so different. Even the birds at the house have the most interesting calls.
We drove to the nearby Mt Glorious (I think that’s what it is called) and walked down this long trail that led us to a scenic (but small) waterfall. This was one of my favorite hikes that I’ve been on in a long time! I don’t think Arron or Brendan could even comprehend how much I love being outside and how much I love hiking! There’s a lot of hiking I’d like to do in the future, and this was just what I needed!
We were hiking and all-of-a-sudden, Brendan stops and looks into the thick growth near the boardwalk. He said he caught it moving out of the corner of his eye. Brendan is a regular Man vs. Wild type.
Later that evening we made it back to the house and it started pouring down rain. It didn’t rain for very long, and thank goodness we weren’t still hiking. They had some friends over for dinner in my honor… to be honest it may not have been in my honor, but I was honored that they would have this while I was in town. A great group of guys! This was the first time (or at least the first time I can remember) that I’d ever eating a kangaroo. It tasted like beef, but more gamey. Not too gamey, mind you- just a tad. It was very good! One of their friends made a delicious dessert from scratch. I need to learn to cook… or bake… or whatever it was.
The next morning I went for a walk by myself. The guys had to work, even though I asked several times if they’d just quite their jobs- they wouldn’t. On my walk I decided that I would go see a matinee at the cinema but first needed to find some grub. I found a diner called Denim Co. and ordered waffles. First off- they were so small that there was hardly any waffle to eat- I’m so trained to eat like an American (i.e. gluttony)… secondly they were served with ice cream! I guess that makes up for the small size. Small but worth it!
While I dined, the birds finished up the food that was left on the table next to me. It was cute, but it dawned on me that they may be as clean as a rodent. It was gross, but cool.
I later grabbed lunch at Vapiano again. This is the Italian restaurant where Arron had brought me on my first day. I ordered the exact same thing as before. It was a great pasta dish called chicken spinaci and I was craving. Arron gave me a hard time for not venturing out and trying something new.
I met Arron in front of the city hall and we walked back to the plaza so I could try one of the brownies at Pie Face. He told me that most “American” brownies here are more cakie and less like an actually brownie. After knocking the Pie Face meat pie, I feel that I need to let you know that they totally redeemed themselves on the brownie side of things. Not as good as my mom’s recipe, but a good treat still.
We went to see historical Ft Lytton, which is a fort that is near where the Brisbane River empties into the Moreton Bay. We walked around but I have to admit that Arron and I weren’t as into it as my dad would have been, if he were visiting. My dad is a history buff and would have no doubt imparted tons of random facts about Ft Lytton, I’m sure.
We met Brendan and one of their friends for some laser tag and I kinda suck at it. It was a fun game, however and we all got a great workout. This is funny because one of the activities that Arron and I did on one of our “Dav Night’s” in Baltimore was laser tag. This is how I’ve managed to not work out over the last week or so- how I justify or rationalize or whichever of those words I’m talking about.
Brendan and one of their friends joined us for dinner and we went to Bird’s Nest Yakitori and Bar. This is a Japanese restaurant where we all ordered 6 rounds of skewered, charcoal-cooked chicken. I didn’t know you could have chicken so many different ways. But the meal was good and the company was great!
The next morning, Arron took me out to a late breakfast at a great restaurant atop a cliff that overlooked downtown. I had some french toast and Arron had some kind of pea-fritter with sausage… if that’s what it was. It looked disgusting, but I’m guessing that it was good. We had a good walk along the cliff top afterward and a really great chat. Even though I would have liked to stay longer, I knew that he had to get to work and I had to go catch a plane to Sydney.
i sort of want to give u lyttle lytton sentences except all the names are replaced with asoiaf characters
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