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Music Monday - how much do I love this track? It's the Breaking The Wall music from Heaven Sent, and used on the menu screen for the DVDs and Blu-Rays, and is the most evidence that we need a series 9 soundtrack asap.

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That was a fun week and a half. There were some early teething troubles, with cooking equipment not working, and stuff like that, and getting my foot sunburnt to extent that from the Wednesday on it was so bandaged that I couldn't wear my good suede garb boots for fighting was annoying.

Things got better as the week went on, however, and some really cool stuff happened, some of which was also thought-provoking to me. For example, I did go in some tournaments - basically all the fencing ones except the Ladies Tourney (for obvious reasons) and the Brighthelm one (as when I did one of those at Coronet I found there was basically no fencing involved in it) – and they were fun. I debated with myself (and a couple of others) a lot about whether to do the “novices” one (for those who haven't won an SCA tourney or been Princess's Champion) as, being far from a nbovie, I worried that it'd either be unfair to anyone I beat, and/or embarrassing to not win. The format seemed interesting too – score one of each of six body parts to win. So I was the most experienced fencer there and I came last (could I get a right leg? Could I buggery? I'm in this to kill people!)... But it showed me something interesting internally:

All I could think of was it being like school sports day, and how I'd always be last picked for the team, and come last in every race. So I try to be conservative, and it's not really my style, since I come from choreography and HEMA as a background. Then, as soon as it's announced that two people have made their six parts and won... I turn into fucking (Prequel) Obi-Wan or something, and am chasing people around the field to saw parts off, and pulling Matrix-style horizontal-from-the-knees-while-cutting-the-throat-of-the-person-nailing-me-into-the-grass moves... Translation: I have no tournament head; instead I have a put-o-a-good-show-for-the-audience head, even in unchoreographed contests.

Several people said throughout the week that I'd be better just sticking to that more showy and aggressive style, as it both is more entertaining and works better for me. Which I know it does. (It's also been suggested that I ought to do well in a Princess's Champion tourney).

Elsewhere in tournaments, it was cool to fight ni-ten-ichi with both katanas against the only other fencer who uses a Japanese style with a tachi – both of us doing the correct form too. Oh, mustn't forget, I was given a token from HH Catriona for good deaths, in the form of a coin to pay the ferryman... I'm going to have that sewn into my fencing jacket. I also forgot to mention my amusement at Lynette and myself working together as "horrific, like a gang." Oh, and directly following from that, my confusion at the bizarre comedy rules that meant the two of us killing everybody mean somebody else won the team thing, rather than Lynette - I think I was fencing too sober.

The other fun fencing bits were in the Castle Melees at either end of the week, which I'll come to in a minute, and the Prize Plays. The first one, Katherne's Free Scholar, I did left-handed for practice, and also I did most of the two Prefect plays at the end left handed too (Though had to drop out of the last fifteen minutes of that, as when I reached for the water bottle my hand was trembling, suggesting low blood sugar. So, trying to not be stupid with this diabetic thing, I decided I was out and sought sandwiches.) In between I went right-handed for Lynette's Provost play, as our styles suit that better, though again I stepped out of that a few minutes from the end.

I also unexpectedly found myself authing in stick and shield on the Friday morning, after the Oxford Rolls. Having not expected to be doing that, I hadn't eaten for armoured combat, but had enough in me after the auth to stick around and take part in the armoured Brighthelm tourney, which was more fun for me than the fencing version at Coronet. Having not eaten for it I dropped out halfway through, though.

Elsewhere I found the time to buy a ship, and Letter Of Marque And Reprisal, so Wolfram is now Captain Wolfram of the Privateer Aerys. (Captain Wolfram sounds cooler than Captain von Falkenstein, who probably needs to be played by Conrad Veidt in a greatcoat and monocle.) I also sung pirate metal songs to too many people... I just realised after getting home that, though I have the Barbossa costume, and most of my SCA garb is kind of piratey, this kind of relates to a different area of my life in which I swore I wouldn't be Will fucking Turner, and now it's weighing me towards being Will fucking Turner.... Bollocks.

Um, what else? Hung around with lots of cool friends, caught up with my cowriter about a thing, and... Oh, yeah, the second fencing castle melee. There was a movie moment if ever there was one: ended up on my knees with a rapier in the left hand and katana in the right, fending off multiple opponents all using case of rapiers, while Master of Defence Cernac led Baron Antonio, Lynette, and others in chanting “Wolf-Ram! Wolf-Ram!” I was boned anyway, but could at least choose my way out, and I'm going to remember that chant for a long time.

Other thoughts: A lot of people commented on how I was looking much better – healthier – this year than last, and I felt better too, despite being Night Steward twice, and lack of sleep. I had no coffee on several days and didn't actually notice a difference, TBH. I found upon returning that I felt a certain weird sense of closure- I mean, the disasters of the last year really started in April, but the full on health crap manifested from the allergy incident at last year's Raglan onwards, and here I've been back and in one piece, managing the glucose numbers despite more carbs and buggered up food routine while camping... I dunno, it did feel like a good and successful conclusion to a year or a season-arc.

Now I'm back, and I need to get on with moving on, getting work done, making the new house my home... So, yeah, those are my thoughts for the moment on my summer holiday at Ffair Rhaglen XII.
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Day 31 - Scene that made you stand up and cheer.

Two spring to mind. One is in Superman II, after Supes has removed his powers, the villains take over, and Clark goes back to the Fortress of Solitude to find a piece of Kryptonite... At which point there's a sequence where we start hearing a muted rumble of the theme, newspapers on the street are blown around by something passing over, people look up - and that was enough to get the whole cinema audience cheering.

This is the other one, though it was only myself and one othr Scottish guy in a Leeds cinema who were actually cheering...


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Day 30 - Saddest death scene

Oh, I’m not really sure. My default go-to here would be Spock in Wrath Of Khan, but I don’t want to do the obvious, and my other most likely pick - Arwen’s vision of an Aragron-less future in The Two Towers - isn’t really a death scene.

Tracy in OHMSS is more of a shock moment, (and my reaction to Vesper’s in Casino Royale has nothing to do with the character and everything to do with mmory)...Sirius Black’s is too fumbled and WTF....

This is really another category where most of my feels would come from TV shows rather than movies. That said, I’m always affected by a good self-sacrifice blaze of glory, so Katsumoto in Last Samurai, Stoick in How To Train Your Dragon 2, V in V For Vendetta.... Any of those kind of suicidal charge into impossible odds thigs.

Which, I suppose, ultimately brings me back, after all other attempts have failed, to:

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Day 29 - Movie you have watched more than ten times. Well, trying to avoid anything with the words Star Wars or James Bond involved...
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Day 28 - Most over-hyped movie.

Usually the latest one. Especially if it involves superheroes.
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Day 27 - Best villain

Well, there are a lot of great villains I really love for various reasons: Hans Gruber, Keyser Soze, Guy of Gisburn, Francisco Scaramanga, etc - in fact I may have to make or find a villains’ month meme for October.

But, for those of us of a certain age, there is one figure more iconically villainous than any other... Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith...


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Day 26 - Freakishly weird movie ending.

Well, neither freakish nor weird means necessarily bad, so this is a favourite....


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Day 25 - A movie you plan on watching (old or new).

I could list a top 250 movies old and new that I plan on watching, but a semi-random choice from the shelf I can see from here, which I hope will be a work-related watch, would include this


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Day 23 - Best explosion or action scene

I have lots of favourite action scenes, but this is probably my favourite explosion. Yippee-ki-ay…








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Day 22 - Favourite final scene/line

Well, since I already used the end scene of The Usual Suspects as an answer, I’ll pick a final line here.

“This may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
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Day 21 - Favourite romantic couple.

Oh. Here we have a problem, in that most of my favourite ships are from TV shows, not movies. Tempted though I am to say Rick Blaine and Louis Renault...

But then I realised the question doesn’t say “characters” and so the answer became a lot easier!

Who else, but Bogie and Bacall.
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Day 20 - Favourite kiss. Oh, easily that one I had at the end of the first Nine Worlds with-

Oh, wait, favourite kiss in a *movie*? Right....

I'm going to cheat a bit, and interpret this as the favourite kissing *scene*, and go a bit different, with (spoilers here, but it's been 28 fucking years, come on) the end of Cinema Paradiso, in which, as the cinema is sold to be demolished and replaced by a car park, the now-adult who used to be the kid helping the old blind projectionist finally sees the reel of screen kisses that the village priest had cut out of all the classics shown there back in the day...

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Day 19 - Best cast.

Hm. I’m tempted to go with Casablanca again here, or The Blues Brothers. But both of those had been previous answers this month, and I want a different one each time. So...

Either version of Ocean’s 11 is tempting, as is The Expendables, and I very very nearly plumped for Heat... but I’m going to go a little bit more old school....

Almost tied with The Longest Day, but Steve McQueen wins it for this one. Wander down the bit parts and you’ve got David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, even Ian fucking Chesterton from Dr Who is in it.

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Day 18 - favourite title sequence
Well, I’m going to offer up a podium finish of three contenders here.
In third place, because it;s the most recent, and so may be stuck in my head to an unfair degree: Deadpool. In second place, Casino Royale (2006) - aside from loving the song, I like the ay the animation style is both modern but also reflects an aesthetic of the time when the original novel was published. I love how the various kills Bond makes in the movie are prefigured in the titles too.

But the winner is Watchmen here. (Be warned, the video has a cover version of the song, and so overwrites the sound effects, but is the most complete version of the visuals I could find on Youtube.) It does offer a big problem for the film, actually - especially if you know your history and the graphic novel - because it's such a great sequence, almost an arthouse movie in its own right, that nothing else in the film can or does quite live up to it... But that still makes it my favourite title sequence.

(Insert shoutout to the Pink Panther movies here...)


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I'm going to be busy tomorrow, so let's do the movie meme day 17 now...
Day 17 - Favourite series of related movies. Are you fucking kidding me? Does anybody who follows this blog not know *exactly* what this answer's going to be...?

Well, you know the name... You know the number.


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Day 16 - your guilty pleasure movie. Well, lots - often featuring cheesy action or comedy. But today, and just because it's so ill-regarded, I'll go with this...


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