A Brit a Day [#915]

OK, I got all kindsa things to say about this picture.  1] Spoiler Alert!  Henry V dies!  But an even bolder choice on the part of the BBC production was to open the play with a sequence from King Henry’s funeral, thus making the whole of the action a flashback–brilliant.  2] Seeing Tom Hiddleston playing […]

A Brit a Day [#888]

Meet Lauren Fox, author of at least 2 novels and this brilliant short story that I stumbled upon on Salon.com the other day: http://www.salon.com/2012/09/08/fiction_ongry_by_lauren_fox/ Now here’s a huuuuuge stretch–Lauren gets to be Brit of the Day by virtue of being married to a guy from Dublin.  I know that’s beyond suspect as Britishness goes, but […]

A Brit a Day [#860]

Cassandra Austen was Jane Austen’s sister, and I made her acquaintance through the wonderfully disturbing movie ‘Miss Austen Regrets.’  Here is Cassandra’s rendering of Henry IV for her sister’s manuscript “The History of England.”  If you are wondering why Prince Hal’s dad looks so ill-suited for life in the 14th century, read on– The two […]

A Brit a Day [#817]

Tom Hiddleston from BBC’s ‘The Hollow Crown’. “I feel like one who has suddenly awakened out of a feverish delirium, or like a shipwrecked man who has for many days battled with the waves that momentarily threatened to devour him and finally has found a safe shore.”            –Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, […]

A Brit a Day [#692]

I just finished reading Beryl Bainbridge’s novel, The Birthday Boys, an account of Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic march to the South Pole told in turns from the point of view of the five men who died there.  Here is an excerpt from the final section, the words of Captain Titus Oates as Bainbridge imagines them– […]