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To everyone effected by the storm

Stay warm this weekend, cousins! Follow the cats...


A Timely Reminder, Blood Moon

Especially for our Canadian cousins and pigshitpoet in particular!
Following on from an entry I made July 27th, 2018 - a Blood Moon (weather conditions permitting) should be visible in Vancouver Sunday 20th, from about 18:30 at it's maximum effect around 21:00 approx (according to web-site).

An interesting article

My Secret Life: Robert Vaughn

My parents were... always on the road. They were actors, so I was raised predominantly by grandparents in Minnesota. I spent holidays with my mother and stepfather but lived in my grandparents' house.

When I was a child I wanted to... There was absolutely no question in my mind – from the first moment I was conscious of it, when I was about six, I wanted to be an actor. It was so thrilling to watch people on stage saying lines and making people happy – even when I didn't know what it was, I could see what a pleasure it was for the actors and what a pleasure it was for the audience.

If I could change one thing about myself... I think I appear to people who don't know me as distant, cool, but I'm none of those things – when you get to know me I'm a lot of fun! I'm more of a listener than a talker; I can't change it but I would if I could.

You may not know it but I'm very good at... sports. Throughout school I was very active; I was captain of the track team and played basketball and football.

You wouldn't know it but I'm no good at... There is something I desperately want to be good at but I'm not – I would love to have learnt to sing.

At night I dream of... Marilyn Monroe. I did have occasion to meet Marilyn once, when I was very young. I had a job escorting interviewees at a television studio. This girl came in, her name was Norma, and she had dark glasses, very pretty. She stopped to drink from a water fountain and she was really struggling, I had to hold her head and help her drink!

I wish I'd never worn... During The Man From UNCLE I got into a gorilla suit. (us, too, Robert, us, too - SG)

I drive... a 1962 Lincoln Continental convertible. It looks very much like the car Kennedy was assassinated in. She's called LC – her initials – but I call her Elsie.

The person who really makes me laugh... My best friend of almost 50 years, an actor and colleague of mine, Sherwood Price. I know that when I put my hand on the doorknob, that within 15 minutes of being inside I'll be screaming with laughter. He's what's called an insult comedian – he insults you and makes you laugh at the same time.

My secret crush is... Marilyn Monroe – but it's not a secret!

Movie heaven... My favorite movies are Gone with the Wind and Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, directed by Elia Kazan. No matter whether I look at it once a week or once a year it still stands out as the best directed and acted film in American cinema. (His favorite movie was made by a guy named Elia. Ha! SG)

My greatest regret... That I never got the opportunity to have one of the Hamlets I did photographed. I didn't think about it at the time, but I wish I could give that to my children as a memory of their pop.

My real-life villains... Such a long list, starting with Mao Tse-Tung, Hitler, Stalin – all the 20th-century villains involved.

You may not know it but I'm very good at...
sports. Throughout school I was very active; I was captain of the track team and played basketball and football.

You wouldn't know it but I'm no good at... There is something I desperately want to be good at but I'm not – I would love to have learnt to sing.

The last time I cried... When my dog died about two or three years ago. I was here filming Hustle but I thought I'd get back to see him before he died. I didn't, but his ashes are on my mantelpiece.

My five-year plan... Well, to stay vertical and stay articulate.

What's the point? I'm not a person to dwell on the meaning of life; I go from day to day. My grandmother said: "Live for today, for tomorrow may be as yesterday". Live each day, for you can only control the present.

A life in brief

Robert Vaughn was born in New York in 1932. He has appeared in over 150 films, including The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt. In 1959, Vaughn was Oscar-nominated for his role in The Young Philadelphians. He went on to star in the Sixties TV series The Man from UNCLE and then The Protectors in 1972. Vaughn wrote a PhD on blacklisting in Hollywood, published as Only Victims. Since 2004, he has appeared in BBC1's Hustle; the new series begins on 6 January and the DVD of season seven is out on 9 January

I thought I was terrible at proofreading

I'm halfway through the MFU novel 'The Cross of Gold Affair', and the amount of typos in it is staggering. Here are just two of them.

My favourite has to be the misspelling of Thrush because this came, ironically, in a passage where Illya had noticed the acronym of the name of an amusement park was 'Thrush'.

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I Love Illya When He's a Little Rumpled

Shared from MFU Inner Circle on Facebook.

This is quite good...

And that is a phrase whose meaning when spoken depends entirely on how you say it, but if written... it only has one meaning for a Brit. 

See if you agree with any of this because I'm not sure if it's true.



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