Saturday, March 17, 2018

How to rid your Garden of Escargot 🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌

Had a conversation about gross tasting food and wandered onto the topic of escargot

In case I ever get banished from twitter, the linked video:

Again, the linked video on how to rid your garden of unwanted snails:

In case link from the clip "The Man Who Knew Too Much" breaks:

Friday, March 16, 2018

"From Whence These Dire Portents Around" from #TheManWhoKnewTooMuch

Hitchcock had the Ambrose Chapel sing the hymn "From Whence These Dire Portents Around" in "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

1 From whence these dire Portents around,
That Earth and Heav'n amaze?
Wherefore do Earthquakes cleave the Ground,
Why hides the sun his Rays?

6 Let Sin no more my Soul inslave!
Break, Lord, the Tyrant's Chain!
O save me, whom thou cam'st to save,
Nor bleed nor die in vain!

Hymn based on the Bufford tune:

In case the link breaks - a kludgy recording

I love how the composer for the film's soundtrack, Bernard Herrmann, or at least his name, made a cameo in the film:

And a dissertation on how Hitchcock employed music in his films:

The above video explains why my joke about the cymbal player was rather pedantic:

Notice the pages and pages of rests on the cymbal player's sheet music:

In case I'm excommunicated from twitter, the video:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

#OperationalSecurity lesson from Doris Day

In case link breaks:


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Doris Day - "Que Sera Sera" from #TheManWhoKnewTooMuch

Here's Doris Day singing with her movie son in "The Man Who Knew Too Much"

Doris Day reprieves "Que Sera Sera" at the end of the film to try and find her kidnapped son who is being held hostage at an unnamed embassy:

Doris Day 's fortissimo performance:

is a bit reminiscent of Carol Burnett's performance of the song "Shy" in "Once Upon a Mattress", or vice versa since this film was produced in 1956 and Burnett's Broadway show was in 1964. 

The embassy guests' raised eyebrow 🤨 reaction shots to Doris Day's lead piercing performance:

Is a très sophistiqué 🧐 low key version of the audience's  bowled over 🎳 reaction to Carol Burnett's earsplitting singing:


Doris Day's stratagem works, and her son hears his mother singing and tries to send a reply to her by whistling back the same tune:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#Grantchester smoking cigarettes in hospital 🚬🏥

From Grantchester Series 1 : Episode 6

In case tweet breaks:

Love how patients & visitors both smoke cigarettes in the hospital 🚬🏥 on #Grantchester #MysteryPBS

Sidney Chambers: So we found him, but he killed himself.

Geordie Keating: Coward's way out.  

Sidney: It was the war.  He couldn't forget.  

Geordie: That's no excuse.  

Sidney:  Isn't it? 

Geordie: We all have that cross to bear.  

In case tweet breaks:

A less suboptimal triage solution is to administer morphine 💉 to wounded troops and radio in for a medic 👨‍⚕️vs just shooting them #DeathPanels #Grantchester #MysteryPBS

Sidney: I killed one of my own men.  I said, "all clear." 

[cuts from hospital room to a flashback to WWII battlefield]

Sidney: We're clear!

[ cuts back to hospital]

Sidney: I told them it was all clear....but we missed the German.  I told them to stay down....but he was already on his feet, and the bullets they just....I put my hand on his stomach....but there was....  

[cuts back to a flashback to WWII battlefield]

Injured soldier: I want to go home 

Sidney: I know you do, Sandy [pulls out pistol and shoots injured soldier dead]

[ cuts back to hospital]

Sidney: I had no choice.  He'd written a letter to his sweetheart, but I never sent it because it was covered in his blood...and I thought that no one should see that.  

Geordie: You did what you had to do, Sidney. It's all any of us did.

I'm not the only person who thought Sidney over reacted to an injured soldier in his command. From Howse, Christopher. “Grantchester, episode 6, review: 'undemanding'.The Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 10 Nov. 2014,

"Later we found out that Sid was woozy on the Ten Commandments. Simply because a man in his wartime platoon had been dying painfully of a wound, he had shot him dead. I see that the Rt Rev Mark Santer, the nice old former Bishop of Birmingham, was “Church Adviser” to the series, but I expect they only asked him about cassocks and hassocks, which seemed flawless. James Runcie needed no adviser to create Sidney Chambers, who had much in common with his father, the Archbishop of Canterbury (Scots Guards, tanks, MC, Belsen). But I don’t think he murdered any of his men, even out of kindness."

Monday, February 12, 2018

#Grantchester museum paintings 🖼️

There a couple paintings at the beginning of "Grantchester" Season 1: Episode 6 that the characters Sydney and Amanda admire:

The first:

Appears to be a fuzzy version of Philips Wouwerman on Polish-Swedish "Deluge" from Dariusz caballeros's SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011 post "Baroque painting - Philips Wouwerman"

Guard: Morning, Miss Kendall

Amanda: Morning, Albert

Sidney: Do you work here?

Amanda: Restoration. And you? Look at you! 

Sidney: Who'd of thought it, eh?

Amanda: Who'd of thought? [ referring to Wouwerman painting] It's a dreary old thing, isn't it? 

Sidney: No, it's not dreary. It's....[ laughing] It's desperately dreary! 

The second painting Sidney and Amanda comment on:

appears to be a painting by Jan Gossart of "An Elderly Couple" painted in 1520 from "Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance" Metropolitan slideshow 

Sidney: [referring to Gossart painting] She's down in the dumps 

Amanda: So would he be if he were married to him

Sidney: I think he forgot to put his teeth in this morning

Amanda: I think she knows where they are but she has no intention of telling him [both laugh] 

[an onlooker stares at them both]

Sidney: [addressing the man glaring at them] It's alright, she works here [man shakes his head] 

And as Bob Ross says, "Every day is a good day when you paint!"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Triangle Factory Fire

I vaguely recall this 1979 made for TV film featuring "Happy Days" Dad Bosley and "Facts of Life" matron Charlotte Rae "The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal"

TCM is annoyed with the length of the film and its historical inaccuracies:

"The real-life catastrophe took a mere eleven minutes; the movie, with its soap opera plots and assorted inaccuracies (like several key references by some of the ladies to the popularity of Charlie Chaplin who at the time was totally unknown and did not make his first American movie until three years later), took two agonizing hours to unreel."

Tweet storm on the Triangle Fire:

Reference book included in tweet storm  Marrin, Albert. Flesh And Blood So Cheap. Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

#LawAndOrder Writers Hates #TeaParty

A couple of episodes of "Law and Order" strongly imply, if not explicitly state that Tea Party members, aka people who believe in limited Constitutional government, are domestic terrorists.

From the 2009 "Fed" episode:

 Jerry Gans [ Tea Party member] Trespassing

Lupo : We'll be out of your hair in a minute.  Did you talk to this guy yesterday? 

Gans: No

Bernard: Weird, because he hit the four houses on this side of the street right before yours.

Gans: Get it straight....I don't have to submit to interrogations by Big Brother. 

Lupo: Uhuh. Mr. Gans, this man turned up dead shortly after paying you a visit.  A few minutes, and we'll be out of here.

Gans: You have five seconds to get off my property.

Lupo: That rat poison? 

Gans: Yeah

Lupo: You can kill a lot of people with that. In the hands of an anti government activist, possession of that amount of toxin falls under terrorism laws.

Gans: Who do you think you are?

Bernard: Big Brother. You're under arrest....Your problems with authority goes back aways.  In 1999 [during Democrat Bill Clinton administration ] you assaulted an EPA inspector who was trying to run a ground water test on your property.

Gans: He was trespassing, same as you

Lupo: Just give us an alibi, and you can get back to the fortress of solitude

Gans: I don't answer to a couple of Obamabots

Bernard: Obamabots?

Lupo: Hold on [putting his finger to his forehead] It's a message from the boss.  After we book you for possession of a chemical weapon [the rat poison] we'll get a warrant and go through all your personals.

Gans: I spoke to the guy, OK! I told him voting is an endorsement of the system that violates our freed [this presumably was a psyops campaign by leftist writers to suppress the vote of conservatives and or wishful thinking on their part that the tea party wouldn't show up at the polls].

Bernard: And what did Mr. Landy have to say to that?

Gans: He started arguing with me - usual liberal clap trap.  Then he dropped his bag - his video camera tumbles out - red light was on.

Lupo: He was video taping you?

Gans: So I got my gun - he grabbed his stuff and beat it.

Bernard: And then what did you do?

Gans: I made dinner for my wife. Now can I go?

Lupo: [opens door - put finger to forehead] Uh, no

van Buren: So Landy was making secret videos?

Bernard: Of the wrong people

Bernard: Mr. Gans is a member of Patriot Rangers [ a thinly veiled reference to the Tea Party ] A libertarian group, active in those tea parties last summer.

van Buren: Do we know if Landy actually owned a camera?

Lupo: We found a manual for one at his place, but no camera

Bernard: What do you want us to do with Mr. Gans?

van Buren: Kick him back to Staten Island. Let them hold him for the terrorism charge [ again, terrorism being defined as protesting against a Democrat administration] As for Mr. Landy, see if the Rights Alliance knows that he was moonlighting as Michael Moore.

Bernard: Courtney Owens at the Rights Alliance said she didn't know about Landy's video tape.  But check this out.  Milford, Delaware police faxed over his disorderly conduct arrest report from 2004.

Lupo: This doesn't make any sense

Bernard: Yeah, that's what I thought

van Buren: I want everyone outside. Grab your vests. We got a situation.

Bernard: Lieutenant, we got something on Landy.

van Buren: Later. Come with me.

Tea Party Protesters: Free Jerry!

Bernard: Looks like Jerry's kids brought their pop guns

Lupo: What do you want us to do? Arrest them?

van Buren: This prisoner is being transferred into Staten Island.  Anyone who interferes will be arrested.  Anyone who so much reaches for a weapon, will be a dead man.  Now, for those of you carrying a weapon, you are in violation of administrative code 10-303.  You've got 30 seconds to get them back in their carrying cases and into your vehicles or you will be booked for reckless endangerment.

van Buren : What is that about Mr. Landy? 

Bernard: He was arrested in 2004 for picketing outside a poverty law clinic [probably a fictionalized reference to the Orwellian named SPLC ] in Delaware. 

Bernard: Arresting report says he was co chairman of his campus Bush re election committee [the horror!!! Obviously all GOP must be sent to Gitmo] 

Lupo: From militant conservative to bleeding heart community organizer. Sounds like a stretch.

van Buren: Well, if we can figure out which one he really was, it might tell us who killed him.

In another 2009 episode, "Zebras", a murderous psychotic character chose the Gadsden "Don't Treat on Me" Tea Party flag as his avatar and hung out with 911 Truthers online:

Benson: Now all we got  to do is find him.

Stabler: Patrol said he didn't go home

Tutuola: What about friends and family?

Benson: Oh, those are words this guy doesn't understand.  To Harrison, everyone else is the enemy.  

Stuckey: Except online. We searched his place and found his computer logged onto this website.

Stabler: Persecute the online university that helps you fight back.

Munch: Our guy got out of jail - offed his second victim - went online and bragged to his friends about it: "How I finally stopped NYPD harassment." 

Benson: He tells how he neutralized the operative in Central Park "defeated our NYPD mind control" 

Stabler: And the rest of the wing dings are egging him on.  "hang tough, man" "fight the power"

Benson: But how could Harrison post all of this when he's on the run?

Tutuola: He was on his phone at Coney Island. We thought he was texting.

Stabler: Here's his last message that he posted before he lost you and killed Annie May Lawson. "Keep the faith going off grid"

Stuckey: Yeah, but then he pulled the SIM card from his cell phone so he isn't trackable

Benson: Hold on - unless another board member knows where he is.  Look. Someone named "Gwendolyn of the Shadows" wrote "Good luck, P.H. if you need anything, you know where to contact me."

Munch: So do I.

Benson: You know Gwendolyn? 

Munch: From another site, She has some great pictures of the grassy knoll that I've shared with her.

Gwendolyn, the anarchist character who was simpatico to the tea party character, liked to log onto the internet from "Overthrow Bookstore"

Whose has walls filled with posters of Communist icons and commie flags:

Smearing libertarians as murderous anarchists was toeing the Obama administration's DHS party line, from Nixon, Ron. “Homeland Security Looked Past Antigovernment Movement, Ex-Analyst Says.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 8 Jan. 2016,

"In 2009, the former analyst wrote a report that warned of a growing antigovernment movement and the possible recruitment of returning military veterans that could 'lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.'"

Apparently, Democrats only think Americans are patriotic if they protest a GOP POTUS, as per Hillary Clinton's screeching rant:

Conversely, leftists seem to believe that if fellow Americans are uppity enough to protest a Democrat POTUS, they should be considered a terrorist and get railroaded into prison on bogus "terrorism" charges juts for breathing oxygen.

Of course, there was bipartisan reach across the aisle hatred from the proponents of the permanent bureaucratic state against the Tea Party which advocates limiting such power: