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Let Me Introduce You To Someone Named Eglantine Price.

The lead character from 1963′s Bedknobs And Broomsticks and the book series by Mary Norton it was based on, Miss Eglantine Price is an apprentice witch from a fictional village in England who wants to complete her studies so she can bring an end to World War II. And while doing this she has to look after three war evacuees who she has to persuade to keep her magic a secret with a transportation spell on a bed for them to travel on. When the college that has been sending her the spells closes she and the evacuees travel on the enchanted bed to find the college head Professor Emelius Browne and convince him to give her the last spell.

Miss Price is headstrong and absent minded but also patriotic, practical, kind, smart, brave, witty, motherly,  She refuses to put up with Mr Browne’s crap. Or anyone else’s crap for that matter. Her main goal from this witch training is to end frigging WW2. AND she’s played by Angela Lansbury. There’s just so much to like about her

Next Time: A look at one of my favorite female superheroes

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Lisa and I made a few changes to my house since she moved in. One of them was to take the trash out of the closet it’s been in for 16+ years and put it under the sink. Since then, I open the closet 100 times a day looking for the trash can and then say oh yeah, the trash isn’t in there anymore

  • Since I gave up my bedroom to Lisa’s son, we needed a new place to sleep so I am building a new room in the basement. We have a makeshift setup down there until I complete it in early 2016. The one thing I never thought about was how we were going to get the furniture down there. Specifically, how I was going to get the box spring down there. It didn’t fit down the stairs and it didn’t fit down the bulkhead.

  • You know what’s great about the internet? I just type cut a box spring in half and I get a million different instructional videos and guides on how to do it. So yeah, I cut the box spring in half and got it downstairs. I re-braced it and re-stapled the fabric and it looks better than it did before we started.

  • I also had to fold the mattress in half to get it down there. We tied it with load straps and it’s in the basement. We slept in a bed last night for the first time since Lisa got here.

  • I mailed out the postcards to everyone who asked for one. If you didn’t ask for one but want one, put your address in my askbox

  • This was probably the most boring thing I have ever written. I’m sorry if you made it this far.


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I was going to just post this picture of Angela Lansbury…but I decided I’d post about all the best witches. I was hesitant to even do that because I knew I’d leave some good ones out but here are the ones that came to mind that really sort of…take the cake.

Angela Lansbury as Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Favorite Disney movie… she does a fantastic job fighting the Nazis.

Angela Lansbury again as Mommy Fortuna in The Last Unicorn. A witch woman who captures meek animals and makes them appear to be mythical creatures. Another underrated movie.

Ursula the seawitch…obviously I wasn’t going to leave her out

Anjelica Huston as The Grand High Witch in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. She speaks with this hilariously fake french accent “Ze child is no longer a child. Ze child IS A MOUSAH”

Everyone loves this…or was afraid of it. These three woman are so comically inclined. The Dog, The One with the Teeth, The Slut

The Black Cauldron, one of Disney’s lost treasures. They’re somewhat comparable to the witches in Hocus Pocus but…they’re a little grosser. I’m totally into the one on the left because she was so sweet…and her hair is the reddest. I just hate the grey color of their skin

Yubaba from Spirited away. Re dubbed by Susan Pleshette, the master of a bathhouse for ghosts steals the name of the protagonist and forces her to work for her. She also has a baby who’s about twice as big as she is. And she’s pretty fuckin huge.

The Witches of Eastwick. From Left to right, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher. If that doesn’t get you to watch this movie I don’t know what will.

Faintly Macabre the Not-So-Wicked-Witch from the Phantom Tollbooth. She’s like, hardly a witch but she is anyway… She’s just really the sweetest thing and she’s voiced by June Foray who voiced Granny in the Tweety Bird cartoons

Grandmama Addams. This is a picture of Carole Kane who played her in the Addams Family Values. She replaced Judith Malina who played her in the first film but I think she’s just funnier.

Morticia: Do you think that when a new baby arrives, one of the other children has to die?

Pugsley, Wednesday: Yes.

Grandmama: Well that’s just not true. Not anymore.

I really wasn’t going to. I knew everyone would be like…okay where’s The Wizard of Oz. No I’m not including Margaret Hamilton. She was good but Billie Burke was enchanting. I’m sure Vaseline was used somewhere but Billie was 54 years old when she played Glinda. She looks pretty good to me…


The Age of Not Believing (from Bedknobs and Broomsticks in which Angela plays Miss Eglantine Price, a practicing witch who inspires some children, kinda like a 70s version of Mary Poppins)

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When you rush around in hopeless circles
Searching ev'rywhere for something true
You’re a t the age of not believing
When all the “make believe” is through

When you set aside your childhood heroes
And your dreams are lost up on a shelf
You’re a t the age of not believing
And worst of all you doubt yourself

You’re a castaway where no one hears you
On a barren isle in a lonely sea
Where did all the happy endings go?
Where can all the good times be?

You must face the age of not believing
Doubting ev'rything you ever knew
Until at last you start believing
There’s something wonderful in you.