Straddling International Day of Happiness and International Day of Forests
On this day…
Dykket was released (Norway, 1989).
George Briggs’s story of the oleander tree on International Picnic Day.
Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
Lest, growing ruinous, the building fall
And leave no memory of what it was!
– The Two Gentlemen of Verona
|Latest study finds that several cups of coffee
each day is good for one’s health.
Our intelligence agencies and their partners must be having one heck of a day thanks to the loose cannon occupying the White House.
[Trump] is thus the all-time record-holder of the Dunning-Kruger effect, the phenomenon in which the incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence. – “When the World is Led by a Child“, David Brooks.
A spoof ad featuring voice impressions of all six James Bonds plus Michael Caine, Edward Fox, and Michael Kitchen. 🙂
Found the ad posted on the MI6Community.com forum where another member posted about meeting Michael Kitchen:
Michael Kitchen lived very close to where I grew up in the UK. I was awestruck when he visited my fathers farm one day on business. He was incredibly nice and signed my making of Goldeneye book for me. He did seem genuinely shocked to be recognised. This was before he become more well known in Foyles War.
Michael Kitchen visiting your family’s farm? How does one get so lucky?!
Seems that whenever I come across a mention of Michael Kitchen in the Bond franchise, there is agreement that he was a brilliant Tanner. Again from the MI6community forum, a comment that amused me:
Kitchen’s Tanner is the closest we’ve ever seen of the character being properly portrayed…
Now if I worked for MI6 and was sitting around doing bugger all I can imagine Kitchen giving me a bollocking…
A shame Michael Kitchen had only brief appearances in two Bond films.
Poetry in motion.
Enchanted April received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, and Best Costume Design in 1993.
An interesting NYTimes article on the 30th anniversary this Sunday of the assassination of Olof Palme. No mention of a handsome hired British hitman. 🙄
Just finished reading Circling the Sun, Paula McLain’s historical novel about the remarkable Beryl Markham. The book makes an interesting companion piece to Out of Africa given Markham’s close friendship with the film’s protagonists.
I’ve watched Out of Africa so many times, that I had to deliberately shove Meryl Streep out of my head to write Karen Blixen, and Robert Redford out of my head to write Finch Hatton, but Michael Kitchen—who played Berkeley Cole so memorably in the film, wouldn’t leave. I had his face and voice hovering in every scene in which he appears.