Statues of Richard II (top) and Anne of Bohemia (middle) in the Palace of Westminster.

(Poor quality as photography banned in this part of the Palace so had to take sneakily.)



Forty seconds of a truly impressive thunderstorm, which passed over Minneapolis earlier this week.

I could watch this for hours. Amazing job, benjoyment!



Forty seconds of a truly impressive thunderstorm, which passed over Minneapolis earlier this week.

I could watch this for hours. Amazing job, benjoyment!

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site that you can type in the definition of a word and get the word

site for when you can only remember part of a word/its definition 

site that gives you words that rhyme with a word

site that gives you synonyms and antonyms


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[trigger warning: childhood sexual abuse] “In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.”
― Lundy Bancroft (via toxicwinner)

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Malachites Richard II review-type thing (in notes form)

St Leonard’s Church is a fascinating place, it’s the oldest church in London and the church Shakespeare himself is believed to have worshiped in. The actor Richard Burbage is buried here. It is the perfect place to stage a play such as Richard II, and the production makes full use of the space, placing actors around the church and its different levels.

I didn’t gel with the actor playing Richard at first as he was not regal and far too fidgety. However as his character developed it became more clear this was an intentional choice. Richard is acting childish and not conducting himself in a regal manner to show his attitude and arrogance.

Blatant homo-eroticism, where are you?? Not here.

John of Gaunt’s speech was delivered (to the Duke of York, not the audience) from a bath chair, with lap blanket and slippers, very quietly and as an old man reminiscing. The same actor later returned as the gardener.

Duchess of Gloucester’s speech seemed to have been removed, though I don’t recall seeing a Duchess of Gloucester at all but one is credited, so perhaps the actress was off and they had to cut that scene for that one performance due to a lack of understudy?

The scene with Bolingbroke and Harry Percy was staged as to be in a privy, with Harry unlacing his breeches and pissing (mimed) next to his father, then getting embarrassed and rushing to re-lace himself when Northumberland comes in. It was an effective way of establishing the close relationship between father and son, given Harry Percy barely appears in the play.

Unfortunately an understudy was playing the Duke of York, now he was the most fantastic actor (the strongest in the production, I felt) but looked to be mid-20s and just far too young for the role. I love the comedy in the RSC’s portrayal of the Yorks, but this Duke of York was played in a very serious way - he is fully aware and remorseful about what’s happening to Richard, and his part in it.

"Your heart is up, this high at least" was staged with Richard placing a paper crown on Bolingbroke’s head.

Richard was clad in a loin cloth in the prison scene (oh hai homo-eroticism, nice of you to show up finally!). The prison scene was played in almost complete darkness, Richard holding a single candle. This was vry effective, the only problem was he was holding the candle at his waist, so all the audience could see was his midriff, his face was entirely in darkness. It is slightly disconcerting to hear such lines coming from a vividly illuminated nipple. The darkness also means you never see Piers Exton as more than a dark shadow, which is highly effective. Richard’s dead and bloody body was dragged in front of Bolingbroke at the end.






Hey Tumblr I am doing my first college project about “Who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays” if you have any suggestions about how I should start it or just…

I was introduced to a new (to me) theory a couple of weeks ago: Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays, but he agreed to put his name on them because women weren’t allowed to write plays.

Gracepoint article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly



Let’s all hug David!!

Featuring Doctor Who behind-the-scenes hugs from Russell T. Davies, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke, Matt Smith, John Barrowman, Julie Gardner, Mark Gatiss, director Charles Palmer, and producer Susie Liggat

He looks seriously like the best hugger ever.


if they make a blooper reel for gracepoint (which i doubt is going to happen) its basically going to be a compilation of freezing cold actors pretending to be in california~

#gracepoint #not to mention all of the times the weather was like hahahahah JK HOW WOULD YOU LIKE SOME SNOW #bts #and that one time david couldn’t pronounce bullshit in an american accent and anna laughed at him #that was gold


There are several really good reasons for them making and us watching  Gracepoint, aka the American Broadchurch.

1) Not very many Americans saw Broadchurch when it aired on BBC America. So it’s brand new to the vast majority of people here.

2) Although both countries speak English, British English and American English sound very different. We aren’t stupid because it’s difficult to understand the various British accents. That doesn’t mean we don’t like the accent or we think the British are saying things improperly. It’s just different from how we speak and can be difficult to understand. You don’t want to sit and watch a program and struggle to understand what is being said.

3) Not only can accents be difficult to understand, there are lots of British colloquialisms that Americans don’t use and might not understand. For example, we don’t say bins, we say garbage or trash cans. We don’t say queue, we say line. We don’t say rubbish, lorries, or petrol, we say trash or garbage, diesel trucks, and gas/gasoline. So, little things like this can be distracting when you’re trying to follow the storyline.

4) Broadchurch is a wonderful story and should be shared.

5) Yes, imagining other actors doing as fine a job as the Broadchurch cast did is a big ask, but it IS possible to appreciate another’s performance just as much. How many actors have played Hamlet? Does it mean that we are only allowed to like one actor and one production of the play?

6) We American David Tennant fans are thrilled to have him on American TV. British folks have no idea how lucky they are to have him on radio programs, tv talk shows, movies, and plays. We will take anything we can get!

7) A “successful” American accent is one that can be understood. All Americans sound different from each other. So David Tennant’s American accent will be good if we can understand him. (For the record, I can understand his Scottish and British accents just fine…but I’m a huge fan and have listened to him enough to get it). I can promise you the typical American who watches Gracepoint and hasn’t seen David before will not think twice about his accent.

8) They have promised us that the ending will be different so just because you’ve seen Broadchurch doesn’t mean you will know who the killer is.

9) David Tennant. (he’s all the reason I need to want to watch, but that’s just me…)