Is it thy will, thy image should keep open
My heavy eyelids to the weary night?
Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken,
While shadows like to thee do mock my sight?
Is it thy spirit that thou send'st from thee
So far from home into my deeds to pry,
To find out shames and idle hours in me,
The scope and tenor of thy jealousy?
O, no! thy love, though much, is not so great:
It is my love that keeps mine eye awake:
Mine own true love that doth my rest defeat,
To play the watchman ever for thy sake:
For thee watch I, whilst thou dost wake elsewhere,
From me far off, with others all too near.



Is anyone afraid of Virginia Woolf? Whatever became of Baby Jane? These are just some things you won't find out here.


Book: 'The Seven Against Thebes' - Aeschylus.
Sounds: Synaulia.
TV: Up the Women.
Subject: Russian (Unit 4).
Site: The Ministry of Burlesque.
Wiki: Ancient Rome.
Project: Sequin Studio.
Dailies: Arkadina | Pepys | Chaucer | Bronte | MedievalSoc.
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The Forsyte Saga

Bart: Election next month. Your Labour friends can start lying Michael.
Michael: Do you think they'll get in?
Bart: Not this time, Bonar Law's got it all tied up. Wouldn't be a bad thing if they did: taste of office might help them grow up .... Suppose they did get in? What could they do? Cure unemployment?
Michael: They might, Bart.
Bart: I doubt it, and what else? Would they abolish the cinema? teach English women to cook? make us grow our own food? will they hang all dabblers in poison gas? destroy all bombing aeroplanes and submarines?
Michael: They could try.
Bart: And what about the possesive principle that you disapprove of? Would they abolish that? No, not on your life m'boy. No! All party politics are top dressing. We're ruled by inventors and by human nature.
Michael: Oh-hoo you have got it bad guv'ner.
Bart: But seriously, do you find reality in politics now?
Michael: Oh-hoo, do you find reality in anything now?
Bart: Income Tax, perhaps.
Michael: Such simple faith, it touches me.
Bart: Everything fine and splendid is off: no big schemes; no great principles; no far-sighted views; no great religion; no great art. Just a lot of little men in little hats.


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Here is a record of all the fanlistings I have joined, subjects of which I am a connoisseur ;)

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Alan Rickman

Subject: Alan Rickman
Reason: A talented actor and director who's been on my radar for so long I've forgotten when I first saw his work. Oh and it doesn't hurt that he's sex on legs, either ;)

Alan Rickman's Voice

Subject: Alan Rickman's Voice
Reason: Alan Rickman's Voice.


Subject: Alexandrite

Ancient Rome

Subject: Ancient Rome

Anne Bancroft

Subject: Anne Bancroft
Reason: The late, great Anne Bancroft was an Oscar-winning American actress.

Anton Du Beke

Subject: Anton Du Beke
Reason: Star of the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing. Simply the best dancer the UK has ever produced. Stylish, elegant, techincally adept; a rival to Fred Astaire.

Arthur Miller

Subject: Arthur Miller
Reason: Miller's emotional exploration of the realities of the 'American dream' are a searing indictment on 20th century life and open a window on how industrialisation and capitalism affect the human condition. This comment on humanity ensure he is frighteningling still relevant to modernity and it makes him, in my mind, the greatest playwright since Shakespeare.

As Time Goes By

Subject: As Time Goes By


Subject: Aslan

Asta Nielsen

Subject: Asta Nielsen

Bleak House

Subject: Bleak House
Reason: The BBC's 2005 adaptation.


Subject: Burlesque
Reason: Beautiful, artistic and risque art form.

Burmese Cats

Subject: Burmese Cats

Charles Dickens

Subject: Charles Dickens

Charlotte Bronte

Subject: Charlotte Bronte
Reason: Jane Eyre, need I say more?

Covent Garden

Subject: Covent Garden

Dame Judi Dench

Subject: Dame Judi Dench

Dame Maggie Smith

Subject: Dame Maggie Smith


Subject: Dancers
Reason: People I love.

Daphne Du Maurier

Subject: Daphne Du Maurier
Reason: Graphic will follow.

David Bowie

Subject: David Bowie

Denis Quilley

Subject: Denis Quilley
Reason: The late Denis Quilley was a marvellous British actor. Known mainly for his stage work, he created the role of 'Sweeney Todd' in London.

Dirk Benedict

Subject: Dirk Benedict

Dr Who

Subject: Dr Who


Subject: Ducks
Reason: Beauty.

Emily Bronte

Subject: Emily Bronte
Reason: 19th Century author of, to my mind, the greatest novel ever written: Wuthering Heights. Emily Brotne lived a tragically short life but left us with some of the most passionate and uncompormising characters ever created.

European History

Subject: European History
Reason: A fascinating and wide-ranging subject. Who could fail to be enthralled?

Fawlty Towers

Subject: Fawlty Towers
Reason: Arguably the greatest British sitcom of all time.

Fiona Shaw

Subject: Fiona Shaw
Reason: Irish actress.


Subject: Hamlet
Reason: William Shakespeare's iconic play is one of my all-time favourties. A masterpiece of drama, emotion, poetry and action.

Ice Dancing

Subject: Ice Dancing
Reason: Ice Skating is something I've always wanted to be able to do, but never had the courage to try. Fast, dangerous, graceful and beautiful.


Subject: Impressionism.

Jane Eyre

Subject: Jane Eyre
Reason: First broadcast by the BBC in 2006, this adaptation starred Ruth Wilson and the delectable Toby Stephens. With a simmering passion running throughout the series, it's the most faithful version I've seen.

John Galsworthy

Subject: John Galsworthy
Reason: One of the most beautful of all 20th Century authors, John Galsworthy is generally remembered for 'The Forsyte Saga' adapted most successfully for television in 1967.

Lava Lamps

Subject: Lava Lamps
Reason: I'd lusted after Lava Lamps for years before I was given one for 21st birthday. I still love watching it, so kitsch and so peaceful. And each one has its own personality.

Lily Evans (Potter) and Severus Snape

Subject: Lily Evans (Potter) and Severus Snape

Love Actually

Subject: Love Actually
Reason: This star-studded UK feel-good film is one of my favourites. It features some beautiful, touching performances and so many plot lines I dare anyone to get bored. A modern classic.

Margaret Atwood

Subject: Margaret Atwood

Marlene Dietrich

Subject: Marlene Dietrich
Reason: German actress and Icon of classic Hollywood.

Martina Navratilova

Subject: Martina Navratilova
Reason: Martina Navratilova is, arguably, the greatest ever female Tennis player. She won her first tennis title in 1974 and her 176th in 2006.

Meryl Streep

Subject: Meryl Streep


Subject: Ophelia
Reason: Imagining of Ophelia's death scene by John Everett Millais.


Subject: Poirot
Reason: I used to watch these adaptations of Agatha Christie's books when they were first broadcast and adored the authentic period atmosphere combined with the mystery of a murder or two. David Suchet is Poirot to me.

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

Subject: Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Reason: Beautiful tale of passion love and redemption.

Remus Lupin

Subject: Remus Lupin


Subject: Scrat
Reason: The prehistoric squirrel in the 'Ice Age' films. Hilarious, poignant and utterly cute. I have been known to have 'Scrat' days.

Sense and Sensibility

Subject: Sense and Sensibility

Sir Laurence Olivier

Subject: Sir Laurence Olivier
Reason: British actor Sir Laurence Olivier was one of the greats of world Theatre.


Subject: Spooks
Reason: The BBC's slick spy series. Fast, intriguing and (until recently) intelligent telly. Beautifully shot.

Stephen Fry

Subject: Stephen Fry

Stephen Poliakoff

Subject: Stephen Poliakoff

Sweeney Todd

Subject: Sweeney Todd
Reason: For me, this is one of the finest examples of musical theatre ever written. Sondheim's powerful score underpins the terrifying plot and provides some excellent roles for performers. From the moment I heard the first refrain of the title song I was hooked. I just wish the film had the voices to do that score justice.

The A-Team

Subject: The A-Team
Reason: I used to watch this series as a child and remember it with nostalgia. Pure, unadulterated entertainment. Fast, furious and fun.

The Banlges

Subject: The Banlges
Reason: The Bangles were the first group I ever adored. I listened to all their songs over and over again on vinyl.

The Catherine Tate Show

Subject: The Catherine Tate Show
Reason: Am I bovvered? What a fucking liberty! 'Course I am: it's brilliant. Or rather, I should say, Catherine Tate is brilliant.

The Edwardian Era

Subject: The Edwardian Era

The relationship between Anton Du Beke and Lesley Garrett.

Subject: The relationship between Anton Du Beke and Lesley Garrett.
Reason: The relationship between Anton Du Beke and Lesley Garrett from the BBCs Strictly Come Dancing.

The Relationship between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester

Subject: The Relationship between Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester
Reason: As a child I wanted to posses Jane Eyre's qualities; as an adult I just want Rochester. Pure loveliness.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Subject: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Reason: I first stumbled across this essential, explicit rite-of-passage musical on stage when I was 15 and fell in love with its aura: it has rock, classic cinema and erotica all rolled into one giant fun-filled package. Plus being in the audience at a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the friendliest, most welcoming places I've ever been.

The Scream

Subject: The Scream
Reason: Iconic painting by Edvard Munch.

The Witches of Eastwick - The Musical.

Subject: The Witches of Eastwick - The Musical.
Reason: The Witches of Eastwick - The Musical.

The Worst Witch

Subject: The Worst Witch
Reason: TV Film of my favourite book as a child. I remember waiting for this films first broadcast at Hallowe'en and loving it.

Theory of Evolution

Subject: Theory of Evolution
Reason: Darwin's natural selection seems the only logical and scientifically sound theory to me.

Tim Curry

Subject: Tim Curry
Reason: A marvellous UK actor, I first saw his work when I was still a small child and I've followed his films ever since. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a fine example of his acting skill and great voice ;)

Toby Stephens

Subject: Toby Stephens
Reason: Actor Toby Stephens has been in my 'top 10' list of UK talent since I saw him play Kim Philby Cambridge Spies. It's enthralling to watch his work, and the eye candy status isn't too bad either ;)

Velma Kelly

Subject: Velma Kelly
Reason: The Character of Velma Kelly from the stage musical Chicago.

William Shakespeare

Subject: William Shakespeare
Reason: The greatest writer ever to have graced the earth. William Shakespeare has never been, and will never be, equalled. Is there anything else to say?

Wuthering Heights: All Characters

Subject: Wuthering Heights: All Characters
Reason: All the characters of Wuthering Heights.

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