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Can you tell us more about awesome con?if you have time I'm really curious :)
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Of course! Below is a random list of tidbits I gleaned from Billie’s two Q&As, her photo op, and her autograph signing — just off the top of my head. I didn’t attend any non-Billie parts of the con, which I’m sure is shocking to no one. 

  • She said Doomsday was extremely emotional to film because it truly felt like the end, and because she felt like she was speaking the words not only as Rose to the Doctor but to David as a friend.
  • Her features were much more striking/severe/gorgeous in person than in photos. 
  • Her favorite of Rose’s outfits was the dress in The Idiot’s Lantern because she got to lose the jeans and tees and “feel girly.”
  • Tooth and Claw was one of the few episode names she knew, and she said that was a laugh to film because they got to watch a guy in a bright green lycra suit run around in place of the CGI werewolf.
  • She and Matt Smith had drinks the other night and got very drunk.
  • She was stressed when speaking about Penny Dreadful because it’s a “spoiler minefield,” but said she loved working with all of the esteemed actors in the cast and thinks the show has staying power for years to come. 
  • She chose David over Chris as the better kisser because, ”I think I’ve kissed David more and so I think we are more well practiced, well versed and, therefore, our technique is somewhat better.” Mmhmm.
  • She’s very excited for Peter Capaldi’s Doctor and loves Jenna as Clara.
  • She took Winston into a TARDIS once and told him it flies and he got really scared and started crying.
  • She is finding theater work the most rewarding at the moment and would happily act at the National for the rest of her life if they’d let her.
  • Someone asked about the duality of Hannah vs. Belle (in SDOACG) and Billie said she thought Hannah chose the Belle side of her personality over love/happiness because her profession defined her so much, and that she related to that aspect of the character. (Whoring aside ofc.)
  • She popped in a stick of gum halfway through each Q&A and proceeded to fiddle with the wrapper for the rest of the session.
  • She said she liked the subtlety of her Doomsday send off and ruminated on how that subtlety would have been lost had Moffat written Rose’s goodbye.
  • She also talked about how she finds Moffat’s Who really confusing and said David had to help her figure out the 50th script. She sidestepped a question asking if she was disappointed to come back as The Moment and not Rose, but said David, Matt, John Hurt, etc helped her with that role in the 50th.
  • If she could write an episode of Doctor who it would only be about the Doctor and “companion” (I felt it was pretty clear she meant Rose) just having a chat, finally answering the big “are they or aren’t they?” question. She later was asked about a Rose/Tentoo spin off and was like, yes that’s the sort of episode I’d want to write! 
  • She said she hates being asked favorites because she’s indecisive and doesn’t like to have to choose between friends (aka Matt/David), but that didn’t stop people from asking those questions. She did get very animated about her favorite London restaurants though — two were a pair of posh sister restaurants and one was The Chicken Shop in Kentish Town.
  • She reaaaaalllllyyyyyy wants to do a play in New York.
  • The Goonies and The Lost Boys are her favorite fandoms. 
  • She talked about how David genuinely loves and cares about the character of The Doctor and she admires that so much.
  • She’d like to play a mum in the future and move away from sexy roles and do more jeans and t-shirt stuff, though she then made a comment about how that’s not happening any time soon. (Which I took to mean as a hint at upcoming Penny Dreadful sexytimes.)
  • She brought her mum (Mandy!) to the con/DC.
  • She was drinking a soy latte, which I know thanks to some investigative reporting done by tkross.
  • She gave Winston a Doctor Who book that shows photos of Rose running away from some monsters and he was like “mummy that must have been awful!” so she doesn’t think he can make that distinction between his mum and her roles yet. She joked that she should probably take the book away for that reason.
  • John Barrowman would try to distract people during their closeups with “trouser-dropping antics.”
  • Every once in a while she would use a British term and then ask the crowd if they knew what it meant, getting a resounding “yes!” in response each time. 
  • Someone asked to film her giving a hard time to their friend who couldn’t make it to the con and she gave them a hysterical guilt trip ending with “you better check yourself.”
  • She never had a nightmare about any Who villains but she has had nightmares about the Doctor, namely David yelling “this is the end!”
  • She was far far FAR more lovely, charming, funny, kind, and gracious than I ever imagined.


Turned on the news this morning to find out that there was a train robbery. A legit train robbery. Like Old West style. Everyone that got interviewed just burst out laughing. What century is this, really?

There was a bank robbery nearly directly opposite my house a few weeks ago. I stayed up like till 3am watching it like it was a Netflix marathon.

I haven’t read any of his memoirs yet and you’d think I would have by now because of my interest in the 18th Century…

I have to admit I’ve had the memoirs on my bookshelves for about five years and haven’t yet finished it.

For Casanova fans - a friend of mine recently published the first English translation of Casanova’s book ‘The Story of my Escape.’ Casanova’s memoirs have been available in English translation for ages, but for some reason this one of his books, telling the story of his escape from prison, has never been before. Excuse the promo but it’s a cracking read, and the ebook is only £2.18.

There’s like three posts of French Toast on my dash right now. It’s okay to make French Toast at 3am, right?









Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the 18th century.”

They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

Oops, turns out piracy is pretty much always a term like terrorist that gets slapped on whatever we don’t like despite being a general reaction to the status quo. And nothing’s really changed.

And when african pirates were captured by the British they were forced into the slave trade.

Horrible Histories taught me about pirates

They were generally democratic, disciplined, communal - they even had pensions! If you wanted out of the pirate life, you would be taken to a destination of your choice (anywhere in the world) and given a lump sum to help you with your new life.


Honor among thieves.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YES i’ve spent like two years studying piracy (back when i had time to devote to reading and research) and yes pirates are actually all very interesting and democratic and great

Reblogging since someone recently sent me an ask on this topic (although now it appears to be lost somewhere in my inbox).

The thing that annoys me the most about conversations on piracy is the Eurocentrism. African pirates feature as ‘side characters’ on white western ships and that’s about it. This TOTALLY ignores the many other pirate communities out there. Like, why are there no documentaries, movies and novels about Chinese pirates? They outnumbered pirate ships of European origin by a large margin and were very succesful. They formed massive fleets and regularily kicked ass against European naval fleets.

Chinese ‘Pirate kings’ often had a fleet of over 200 ships and the Japanese-Chinese pirate king Cheng Chih-Lung had over a thousand. He fought wars against rival pirate kings and often saw the European fleets as minor nuances. After 1635 you couldn’t sail the Taiwan Strait without a permit issued by Cheng Chih-Lung. He then went on to become a navy commander of the Ming dynasty. He kicked the Dutch VOC out of Taiwan and might have become king of Taiwan if he hadn’t died shortly after.

How is he not the most famous pirate in the history of piracy? Oh yeah.. wait.. he wasn’t white.

Actually, the most successful pirate in history was Ching Shih, a Chinese woman who commanded over 300 junks manned by 20,000 to 40,000 pirates.


It also looks like they’re going to make a TV Series based on her life Starring Maggie Q:

Deadline is reporting that one of our favorite historical ladies may be coming to a television screen near you: Ching Shih, a pirate’s widow who, at the dawn of the 1800′s, began a career that would make her one of the most notorious pirates in the world, the terror of the Chinese, British, and Portugese navies, so unstoppable that the only way to end her naval empire wound up being to offer her complete amnesty and a nice retirement.


Maggie Q, late of Nikita, Mission: Impossible III, and Young Justice, is”set to headline a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), and Fred Fuchs (Transporter). Titled Red Flag, the series is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.”

Little is known of Ching Shih’s early life, so our accounts of her usually begin with pirate leader Zheng Yi taking a cantonese prostitute for his wife. During their marriage, Ching Shih was fully a part of her husband’s profession. After his death, she maneuvered and politicked her way into the lead position of his fleet, taking as a lover and new husband a man she could trust to take care of (and I might be reading a little too far into Wikipedia here) all the boring administrative stuff. Under Ching Shih, her fleet adopted a strict code of conduct governing loyalty and the distribution of loot and stolen goods, as well as personal conduct.

Ching Shih was also remarkable for being one of the only famous pirates to retire and die of natural causes. Giving up on defeating her, the Chinese government offered complete amnesty to all pirates, and she accepted, taking her ill-gotten gains and opening a gambling house, eventually dying at the age of 69.

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There is a word for the thing the llama is doing. It is the best possible word for this phenomenon.  When an animal moves by moving all four feet like this at once it’s called… PRONKING.
I can’t make stuff like this up.

Okay. I’ve seen various antelope do this. I had NO idea llamas did, too!

I half expected that llama to jump on top of the other one.






There is a word for the thing the llama is doing. It is the best possible word for this phenomenon.  When an animal moves by moving all four feet like this at once it’s called… PRONKING.

I can’t make stuff like this up.

Okay. I’ve seen various antelope do this. I had NO idea llamas did, too!

I half expected that llama to jump on top of the other one.


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Asker Anonymous Asks:
What Province is this in?
hamsterfur hamsterfur Said:

What does this refer to, nonnie?