I have read some books over and over. Other books?
I wish I’d never cracked the cover.
Case in point — Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.
This book was published way back in 1979 — when I was young and impressionable — and its harrowing tale of child abandonment, abuse, and eventual incest between siblings imprisoned in an attic for other two years made me nauseous.
(An attic? Let’s add claustrophobia to the mix as well.)
Flowers in the Attic was the first in a five-book series by Andrews, but I couldn’t stomach reading anymore. And in 1987, the original book was made into a movie. I’ll admit I watched it; I just had to see if it was going to ‘go there’…and luckily it didn’t.
Well, that luck has run out.
A new Lifetime movie adaptation is scheduled to air in January, and they have promised to be faithful to the book.
Luckily, I’ll be busy watching Downton Abbey.
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When I shared yesterday’s post on Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein — my castle-hotel near Frankfurt that evokes Downton Abbey — my sister asked, “Have you seen a Matthew look-a-like?”
But there is a prince living here.
Alois Konstantin is the ninth Prince of Löwenstein. He and his wife Anastasia, Princess of Prussia, occupy one wing of the castle.
The Prince works in the financial services industry in Frankfurt and manages the family’s assets.
And while I have not seen him during my stay, I must say –
Doesn’t he look a bit like Mr. Carson?
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When I travel for business, I often go from the airport to the hotel and back again, which doesn’t guarantee much of a view.
Of course, my hotels don’t often look like this –
This is where I’m staying today: the Chateauform Schloss Löwenstein, located 45 minutes from the center of Frankfurt, Germany.
It’s part of a chain, if you can believe it — one of a collection of properties set in a private parkland well outside the city. The castle has been fully renovated, somehow maintaining its period details while being outfitted with all the bells and whistles you need at a conference center.
It has its own winery and spa. Two serve-yourself-anytime bars. Archery. There’s even a resident chocolate lab in the lounge named Easy.
It’s all so…Downton Abbey, don’t you think?
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Did you know the Internet was international? Seems obvious, right?
Apparently not to some.
Today several UK-based celebs have been wishing their mums Happy Mother’s Day.
Dan Stevens, who played the recently deceased Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaid and Girls fame. But they were quickly corrected by pushy, ethnocentric Americans that “Mother’s Day is still a couple of months away.”
I was at once embarrassed and entertained.
Cable television and the Internet may make programming and actors from other countries available to us here in America, but it doesn’t mean we’re necessarily going learn anything.
Well…at least we’re predictable.
Posted in Commentary, Family, Holiday, Humor, Internet, Relationships
Tagged Bridesmaids, cable television, Chris O'Dowd, Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey, England, enthocentric, family, Girls tv show, holidays, Humor, Internet, Matthew Crawley, mother's day, mothering day, mothers, mums, mums the word, Relationships, Twitter, UK
Is Downton Abbey the one public TV program that will convert viewers into contributors?
PBS sure thinks so.
And a lot of folks agree.
But PBS viewers in the U.S. have to wait a full four months after their counterparts in the U.K…which means spoilers, and lots of them.
I assumed the time lag was laid down by the producers. The Brits would appreciate a slower pace, right?
Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame wants American audiences in on the first viewing! In an interview in Vulture, he was quoted as saying, “If I were PBS and I had the biggest drama I’d ever had in my entire 40-year history, I would be sorting my schedules out to make sure I was airing it more quickly.”
So what gives, PBS?
Are you scared to put Downton Abbey head-to-head with other new programming that comes out in the fall? I would think its strong showing against The Walking Dead this spring would ease your mind on that score. I know marketing DA might be a bit more challenging — since the actors will be committed on both continents — but a divide-and-conquer approach could be adopted.
Or perhaps the U.S. viewers will continue to vote with their checkbooks…and then the cartoon will look something like this:
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Tagged British, comics, commentary, Downton Abbey, entertainment, fall television premiere, Gareth Neame, Humor, PBS, pledge drive, public television, Television, the special relationship, The Walking Dead, TV, U.K. spoilers, Vulture
Remember the very first scene of Downton Abbey in Season 1, when the operator learns the Titanic has sunk by reading the telegraph machine’s paper tape?
Is reading Twitter really all that different?
On Sunday evening, I was one of maybe 10 people on the planet who wasn’t watching the Grammys.
(Doing so would only highlight how little I know about music. Plus, Downton Abbey was on. Please.)
Of course, I was checking Twitter while I was watching PBS. And by evening’s end, it felt like I had watched the Grammys…because every news outlets, friend and celebrity I follow had blabbed all the details from the ceremony.
The Twitter version, that is — 140 characters or less. So I had been reading a kind of modern version of the telegraph tape.
Look how far we’ve come in 100 years!
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Tagged awards ceremony, commentary, Downton Abbey, entertainment, Grammy Awards, Grammys, history, Internet, Music, telegraph, telegraph machine, telegraph operator, telegraph tape, Television, Titanic, TV, tweet, Twitter
They say knowledge is power.
Sometimes it can be almost painful!
Case in point: I received the Downton Abbey Season 3 DVD on Tuesday — I pre-ordered it on Amazon.
By the end of the day, I had watched all of the four remaining episodes.
I know all the secrets of Season 3…and I can’t talk to anyone about them!
But I will not spoil the season for anyone, I swear. I just plan to re-watch the entire season again this week.
And probably a couple more times after that.
Fasten your seat belts, everyone — you are in for an amazing ride!!
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Life, Television
Tagged Amazon, Downton Abbey, DVDs, entertainment, Humor, knowledge is power, life, Television, tv episodes, tv season
Much has already been written — for and against — Jodie Foster’s speech on last night’s Golden Globes telecast.
In accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Foster touched on many topics she had previously refused to discuss publicly — her sexuality being one of them.
Which made the underlying theme of her speech even more pointed:
“If you had been a public figure from the time that you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe then you, too, might value privacy above all else…
I hear you, Jodie. And I respect you. In fact, when you were speaking last night, LIVE, in front of millions of people across the globe –
I had turned the channel to watch Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classics.
Your secrets are safe with me.
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It’s been a mere two days since “hashtag” was declared 2012′s Word of the Year, and we already have a frontrunner in this year’s competition:
“Lady Edith, have you done something jolly with your hair?”
In a Downton Abbey premiere episode chock full of plot twists and memorable one-liners, Sir Anthony’s clever compliment of the youngest Crawley sister’s coiff was, quite simply, the bee’s knees.
I hereby declare ‘jolly’ to be the Word of the Year for 2013…and heretofore plan to incorporate it into my day-to-day conversation whenever appropriate (and even when it’s not).
Isn’t that a jolly idea?
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Tagged coiffure, commentary, Crawley sisters, Downton Abbey, entertainment, hashtag, have you done somthing jolly with your hair, Humor, Lady Edith Crawley, life, one-liners, plot twists, Sir Anthony, Television, the bee's knees, TV, word of the year, writing