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Moffat’s favorite writer used “Redbeard” as a random plot device 20 years ago.

Ready for a little background that will blow your mind? @squirrelwithoutparentingskills dropped by my inbox just now to share some juicy information.

One of Moffat’s favorite screenwriters is William Goldman. He wrote The Princess Bride. Moffat always tells you to read Goldman if you want to learn anything about writing.

Well, in 1996 William Goldman adapted a book called “The Ghost and the Darkness” into a movie.

And in this story, he had a little problem. He needed to make the hero seem brave. He needed a way to boost esteem of that main character.

So he invented a side character and called him “Redbeard”.

Redbeard was to be killed off – he was a plot device.

What I’m saying is Moffat’s favorite writer took a book and turned it into a screenplay but added a character called Redbeard that wasn’t in the originals in order to teach the audience more about the hero.

Also the story is set in the late 1800s with a focus on trains.

Neat. isn’t it?


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How was your day?
I dunno. Fine. Inarticulably grim.
What happened?
I saw Ty for lunch. He’s fine, he says hello. I had a very boring meeting about search engine optimization. And Braden died. Braden is dead. So that’s a thing that happened.


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Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page met with Russian officials in 2016
Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, told House investigators he met with Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip to Moscow. He has long denied doing so.
By Mark Mazzetti and Adam Goldman

Mark Mazzetti and Adam Goldman at NYT:

WASHINGTON — Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump presidential campaign, met Russian government officials during a July 2016 trip he took to Moscow, according to testimony he gave on Thursday to the House Intelligence Committee.

Shortly after the trip, Mr. Page sent an email to at least one Trump campaign aide describing insights he had after conversations with government officials, legislators and business executives during his time in Moscow, according to one person familiar with the contents of the message. The email was read aloud during the closed-door testimony.

The new details of the trip present a different picture than the account Mr. Page has given during numerous appearances in the news media in recent months and are yet another example of a Trump adviser meeting with Russians officials during the 2016 campaign. In multiple interviews with The New York Times, he had either denied meeting with any Russian government officials during the July 2016 visit or sidestepped the question, saying he met with “mostly scholars.”

Mr. Page confirmed the meetings in an interview on Friday evening, but played down their significance.

“I had a very brief hello to a couple of people. That was it,” he said. He said one of the people he met was a “senior person,” but would not confirm the person’s identity.

He confirmed that an email he had written to the campaign after that trip to Moscow was presented to him during Thursday’s appearance before the House Intelligence Committee.

Mr. Page acknowledged his meeting with Russian government officials during sharp questioning by Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the committee, according to a congressional official familiar with the exchange.

During another part of the testimony, Mr. Page was questioned about a trip to Budapest, although it was not immediately clear why. Mr. Page told The Times earlier this year that he had taken that trip around Labor Day weekend last year, but he said he had not met with any Russians.

“It was a short four-day trip over a long holiday weekend at the end of the summer,” Mr. Page said at the time. “I had a nice trip up the Danube, to the Visegrad castle, did a lot of sightseeing and went to a jazz club. Not much to report.”

Court records unsealed on Monday revealed that another campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, met with Russian officials in 2016 and was offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.” The court records were released by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian attempts to disrupt the presidential election last year and whether any of President Trump’s associates helped in that effort.

Mr. Page was questioned by the F.B.I. earlier this year and has also appeared before the grand jury as part of the special counsel’s inquiry.

The House Intelligence Committee is one of three congressional investigations that are also examining these issues.

Mr. Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016 was never a secret, and during the trip, he gave a speech at a graduation ceremony at the New Economic School, a university there. But the trip was one of the triggers of a counterintelligence investigation begun by the F.B.I. later that month.


Following my post about the Starkid Women Appreciation Day, there was an idea that it should be for an entire week. Whilst I think this is a great idea, I think a week might drag on too long for some people. So, Starkid Women Appreciation will begin on the 20th of April and end on the 24th. 


20th: Favourite Female Character 

21st: Favourite Female Song (Solo or group) 

22nd: StarKid Female Friendships (Selfies, quotes, cute convos between them etc)

23rd: Favourite Female StarKid 

24th: General StarKid Women Appreciation

Can’t wait to see who takes part! Love y’all. 

- thewalkerqueen 



Summary: Irene Adler was dead. And my friend Sherlock Holmes refused to eat, sleep, speak, or do anything at all besides stand by the window and compose. Until Molly Hooper braved the steps of our flat, bringing the one thing no one thought he needed: a fairytale. (A Scandal in Belgravia AU - John’s POV).

Rating: K+.

Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & Molly Hooper.

No words could be able to describe the perfection of this Fanfiction. The depiction of the characters is the most accurate you could ever wish for, the plot is subtle, delicate, utterly beautiful and incredibly clever. I have read many fanworks, from many fandoms. Among them were some great pieces of art. Some made me cry, or laugh, or both. And I often think about the best ones, the ones which haven’t left me even after I closed my laptop. In my opinion, “As You Wish” surpasses them all. If you need comfort, if you wish to find some peace after a rough day, do not hesitate any longer.

Feel free to give reviews to the author, she deserves it. 


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