Friday, 25 May 2012

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Maybe you had seen the above. 23 million people have. I hadn't until today. (Thank you, AH.)

How much do you know about Sharpe author Bernard Cornwell? I really enjoyed this interview with him. From his Wikipedia page:

Cornwell was born in London in 1944. His father was a Canadian airman, and his mother was British, a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force. He was adopted and brought up in Thundersley, Essex by the Wiggins family, who were members of the Peculiar People,* a strict sect who were pacifists, banned frivolity of all kinds and even medicine. After he left them, he changed his name to his mother's maiden name, Cornwell.

If you are one of my regular readers, you very unlikely to have heard of Tim Duncan. He's an all-time great basketballer who seems to be this really decent, quiet, backgroundy kind of guy. (Think Paul Scholes, if you're a football fan.) Why might you find this fun? Because of the line on his Wikipedia page which reads, 'Duncan loves Renaissance fairs, Larping** and the fantasy role playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. ' Renaissance fairs!

Grantland is excellent on the upcoming blockbuster season. The piece anatomises MiBIII and all the compromises and duff decisions that go into spending a quarter of a billion dollars on something meh.***

I totally agree with Martin Robbins. There is a massive difference between dressing as a pretty girl and being a pretty girl. There are analogies with books.

* “Joe was angry,” says Cornwell. “He was not a sadist. He genuinely thought he could beat God into me.” 
** Live Action Role Playing 
*** Of Will Smith: “He's become very enamored with aspects of screenwriting," an anonymous source told The Hollywood Reporter, adding, poignantly, that the actor’s process "takes a long time." (Parlor game: Try to guess, while watching Men in Black III, which additions are Smith’s. Shot in the dark: “You look like you come from the Planet Damn!”) 

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