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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
7:24 pm
Sad News...
...about Paul Quarrington today. Whale Music was a seminal part of modern Canadian culture, but, unsurprisingly, my fannish connections with him are through the other Paul: Whale Music of course, PQ's behind the scenes articles about Men With Brooms (most memorably when he got 'fired' by PG for not actually doing anything, and so just played around with the stuff in PG's office), not to mention their obvious connections on Due South. In many ways the two men's careers have been intertwined from the beginning, and so they proved to the end as the two men apparently spent Paul Q's final night playing Scrabble online. It seems an oddly fitting tribute to their friendship in many ways.
Saturday, January 16th, 2010
10:08 am
Hee!
He's having fun with this - completely tongue-in-cheek interview here about the TSO/Mozart thing:

http://www.kelowna.com/2010/01/15/peter-paul-merriment-the-toronto-symphony-orchestra-calls-in-a-famous-face-to-narrate-a-mozart-piano-concerto/


Bits I like:

1. "Peter is responsible for the deeper background information," Gross explains, "and I get all the punchlines … we're just in the process of rehearsing now. It's going to be seamless, professional and absolutely Earth-shattering."
- SNORT!


2. When pressed for details on the roles he'll be enacting, Gross won't give any clues, but says, "I intend to improvise quite a lot. I have some things I'm just going to come up with on the spot. Some interpretive dance."

Oundjian looks at him cautiously and adds: "And I have the controls to his microphone."

:)

In other news: We've been hibernating over here due to the weather, winter and wine excess. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Once present we received from a fellow living-history buff was a 'Merlin' DVD - I'm now utterly obsessed with it. Colin Morgan? Best young actor I have seen for years and years, and the show's brightest asset by far. Must be something in Irish genes...
Thursday, December 10th, 2009
7:17 pm
Saturday, November 21st, 2009
9:02 am
Sorry
Apologies for being away for so long.

Back in September my husband was diagnosed with cancer, which has just made things awful for the last few weeks. He seems to be on the road to recovery again now, so I'm starting to regain my fandom spirit a little. So what better way to come back than to see pictures like this?

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So rather like Sam, I have to ask: What have I missed? Hope you are all ok.
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
9:33 am
Well this is odd
I'm reading some unofficial stuff about Men With Brooms being picked up as a sit-com by CBC, and Paul is involved in some way both behind and infront of the scenes. Is this just internet chatter, or a real thing?

ETA: Oh wait, it looks real: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/world/news/e3i537b1397c7b1ba3ec8aa6e85aa03cab3
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
7:06 pm
I'm hearing...
...that The Gross has been nominated in the Directors Guild of Canada Awards - anyone else hearing this? I can't find much on it. I think Pass. may also have a couple of more nominations up its sleeve, but if the nominations have been announced, the story hasn't been picked up yet.

Ah wait:

http://www.dgc.ca/page.php?id=400

ETA: More Articles:

http://www.winnipegsun.com/entertainment/movies/2009/08/04/10359456.html

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/08/04/directors-guild.html





Hurrah!
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
11:33 am
Oh Dear
I just watched Sideways for the first time. This is a film which had a significant cult status, changed people's drinking habits and won quite a few major awards. Here are my deep and meaningful thoughts:

"Hey, it's Sandra Oh!"
"Hey, isn't the woman playing Sandra's mother the older waitress that Paul slept with in Tales of the City?"
"Wait a minute, wasn't the bartender guy in a later episode of Due South, playing some kind of bad-guy?"



The answer to the two bottom questions was 'Yes' by the way. Can-Con inbreeding is alive and well, it seems. :)
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
7:59 pm
Dear Paul
I admire you a great deal, I hope you know. I love the way that you have single-handedly revolutionised Canadian arts, are so intelligent, sparky and outspoken it makes my brain vibrate with joy, have rightfully reminded an entire nation of their history and their patrotic roots and have produced and appeared in complex, intelligent, fascinating productions which are beyond worthy of the medium.

But please remember this: You are also an incandescent actor. So when you are sitting next to your co-stars and think they are speaking complete and utter drivel, it may be an idea to cover up your facial expressions, so that it appears that you don't think they are complete ninnies. It may just help a little to do this now, so once you take over the production in a couple of years, things will run smoother.

That said, I thought you were hilarious in this video, without even saying a word.


Monday, July 27th, 2009
10:42 am
Sunday, July 12th, 2009
8:18 am
D'awhh
from Belgium, Nov 2007...presumably just after that interview where the woman asked Paul a dodgy question about keeping his marriage fresh (or something) and his mind swerved into the inevitable...tongue action happened, I'm telling you. No wonder Martha looks smug.


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Pinched from Flickr - the other people are the ET folk.
Saturday, July 4th, 2009
9:14 pm
You Know...
...What the most depressing thing is about re-entering this world? Being immediately drawn into people's personal politics and agendas without asking for it. I had forgotten how ...unnecessary the whole thing is. I'm now off to search for Happy-Fraser-in-the-North fics, because that character understands my pain. As does Geoffrey Tennant I suspect, even if his solitude may be more mental than physical.


So...are there any good fic recommendations from any of you that I can wallow in?
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
7:23 pm
Well I'm back!
....after a month of pure bliss, we had to cut our escape from reality short, due to a serious family illness. So I'm bummed on a few levels.

So how are all of you? Any crucial wig/Gross updates to cheer me up? :)


ETA: The hell? Michael Jackson died?!
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
8:32 pm
I'm leaving on a jet plane
...ok, it's not so much a Jet-plane as the East Midlands railway, eventually getting to rural Wales. From tomorrow Mr Bjohan and I are going off to live as wood-land people do for a month or so, we'll probably frolik about naked in the sunshine, eat what mother nature provides, become children of the soil...and we'll have no electricity.

So this means that not only can I not read you all, I'll also miss the ever-crucial bad wig updates until the end of June or early July.

And to be fair, Gunless is set in 1895. But I do like that picture for any decade.


Bye Bye!
Saturday, May 16th, 2009
11:18 am
Eastwick's been picked up
and that's all I have to say about that.
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
8:20 pm
NASA geeks unite
Well this is just a little bit awesome - tweeting from space during the current STS-125 mission!

http://twitter.com/astro_mike

If I were just that much braver, fitter and intelligent, I would have loved to have been an astronaut. Also, NASA has a fantastic website. I watch all the shuttle landings and cry my eyes out.
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
9:11 pm
And just because...
...no-one has posted a pic from this photoshoot for about 2 hours:

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6:59 pm
Canadian Media fail
Seriously, nothing about the GG awards? Did noone bother to turn up? The GG's site hasn't been updated yet so I'm expectig something there, but come on, not one report about it? Pfff.
9:54 am
Ahem...look what I founds!
The photographer only had a couple of the photos up, but they're slightly less grainy than the scanned versions:

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Saturday, May 9th, 2009
8:36 pm
I completely forgot...

...to post this little blog article about Paul/Pass from a former G&M and Toronto Star TV critic. It's not an interview, but very brief recollections of this guy meeting Paul at several points in his career - starting with Chasing Rainbows (of all things) and ending with a little (and fair-minded) review of Pass.

http://jamesbawden.blogspot.com/2009/02/paul-gross-and-passchendaele.html

Friday, May 8th, 2009
6:06 am
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