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10 April 2007 @ 12:27 pm
Okay, so.... First entry.....  
What follows is a list of some things that are probably useful to know about me. I really don't want any of it to come off as annoying, ranty semi-bragging, so please don't take it as such. And, above all I shall endeavour to keep to the point.

*I've been to see Paul McCartney in concert twice--once in October 2002 and again in November 2005.
*I also saw Ringo Starr in September 2003.
*At a Donovan concert I attended in November 2005, my friends and I got third-row-centre seats. Because we were sort of crazed Donovan fans (and possibly the youngest willing attendees of said Donovan concert), Donovan had a repartee going with us throughout the show and, at the very end, CAME BACK to shake our hands. That was pretty bloody awesome.
*In March 2006, I went to see Elton John's show in Las Vegas. I was wearing a John Lennon shirt and he acknowledged me, which was also pretty bloody awesome.
*The same pack of friends I went to the Donovan concert with also joined me at a Queen + Paul Rodgers concert (yeah, I know--it's not the same without Freddie, but still....), where Paul Rodgers waved at us, laughed at our manic fan-girl antics, and at one point even imitated our jumping-along to Hammer to Fall; Roger Taylor saluted us after Radio GaGa, and we're pretty sure Brian May noticed us a few times.... Again, pretty bloody awesome.
*My mum and I went to Europe in November 2006, and I got to go see Tim Curry in the West End production of Spamalot. However, the highlight of our trip easily was at the premiere of Ecce Cor Meum (Macca's new classical piece) when he and his daughter Mary smiled and waved at me. I thoroughly impressed myself by not dying or screaming. At one point, I think I was close enough to reach out and touch him, but my nerves got the better of me. By the way, he's about a kajillion times more adorable in person.
*On spring break this year, we went to Las Vegas again to see LOVE (the Beatles Cirque Du Soleil show), which was INCREDIBLE. When we got to the airport to head home, who do you suppose moseyed into our gate but John Cleese? No one else seemed to notice him, so I mustered my courage and asked him for an autograph. He complied and was extremely kind to me. Another life-making moment, as he's one of my comedic icons.

So that's all the cool stuff that's happened to me in fifteen years. The only really horrible thing is that my dad died of pancreatic cancer when I was eleven--up to that point I was a massive daddy's girl (he introduced me to history, writing, The Beatles, Monty Python--all that good stuff), which made it all the more dreadful. But that's basically who I am and what I've done..... Cheers!
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royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 11th, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)
*emits piercing Dono-fangirl squeal* Donovan icons!!!! Thank you soooo much!!!! He's just so adorable and Scottish! And did you know that on Mellow Yellow, there are quite a few occasions where one can hear our Paul quite clearly on the backing vocals? I was wearing a Beatles T-shirt at the concert (another important thing about me--I have an epic collection of Beatles T-shirts), and every time Donovan would go on a rambly 60s story, he would look at me and add "...and the Beatles!" *sigh*

And hey, LOVE is pretty bloody awesome, you've gotta admit. Plus, Paul in all likelihood will be touring for a looooooooong time to come (that's what he says, anyway); you've got plenty of opportunities! Maybe he'll tour the US again to support his new album.... THAT would be the sweetest thing. 'Twould make me sing.... *goes into happy Donovan reverie*
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screen_queen: BAFTA - soft green-orangescreen_queen on April 11th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
OMG! NO WAY!! You just randomly bumped into John Cleese!!?? How FUN!!!

I have no idea who Donovan is *bows head in shame* but the Elton John thing is WAY awesome!

It's great to get to know you a bit!!
Talk to you soon!

P.S. I'm so very sorry for you loss hon. I can't imagine...
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 11th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Donovan is pretty much the ultimate trippy-hippy 60s folk-pop guy; he's done songs like "Catch the Wind," "Colours," "Mellow Yellow," and "Sunshine Superman." He was buddies with The Beatles (easily my all-time favourite band, followed by Queen), and he's awesome and adorable and Scottish. That about sums him up--don't feel ashamed, as a LOT of people don't know him (you probably have heard some of his stuff, though).

And yeah, the whole John Cleese thing was pretty random--he was just suddenly THERE.

*HUGS!!! back*

Oh, and watch out--I've got a Helen rant coming; I just watched Mosquito Coast and Last Orders, because I'm home sick with a bloody awful sinus infection and have nothing better to do.
maggiesheridan: bringing sexy backmaggiesheridan on May 28th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hey - just thought I'd stop by and add you to my friends list. Been meaning to for awhile as I'm friends only. Stop by if you want for some HELEN!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on May 28th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am ALWAYS ready for some Helen!
maggiesheridan: Helen and Taymaggiesheridan on June 3rd, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
OH ME TOO! Bring it ON! ;)
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royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on August 20th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Feel free! More Helen-friends is always a good thing!

Hannah XO
Bettina Dawes: The Beatles-Sheet Musicmothergoddamn on April 1st, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
I was in Vegas last week and saw the Beatles advert. Being from Liverpool I'm naturally a Beatles fan, it's punishable by death not to be, but I went to see Jersey Boys instead. What's the Beatles one like? Is it the story-like a musical? Or a soundalike concert?
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 1st, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
It's super abstract... There's not really a plot per se. Just a number of colorfully-dressed people doing insane acrobatics. George Martin and his son remixed a bunch of original Beatles stuff--blending several takes of Strawberry Fields together, for example. The soundtrack is amazing and highly recommended, even if you don't go see the show. I seriously wept the first time I heard it. From the awesome.

I can imagine that it's a capital offense to be a Beatles-hating Liverpudlian. Although when I was there last time with my mum, being freaky tourists, most of the people we ran into were like, "The Beatles are all right, but you know who I really love? DONNY OSMOND." 'Twas trés bizarre.
Bettina Dawes: The Beatlesmothergoddamn on April 1st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, you know I have that album! I didn't realise it was a soundtrack!

I used to hate them and then my housemate kept playing them and then I began adding them gradually onto my I-Pod and before I knew it I loved them. My favourite is Paul although also love George! I live on Penny Lane and every time I approach the street I have to switch my music to Cher or someone in case people tut at the tourist.
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 1st, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I cannot even begin to put into words how awesome it is that you live on Penny Lane. Seriously. That rocks.

My main Penny Lane story is that the first time I was in Liverpool, I rode on one of those Magical Mystery Tour bus things and, when we got to Penny Lane, it was raining. This is where the crazed fans were differentiated from the casual tourists. The former freaked out and started jabbering about being on Penny Lane IN THE POURING RAIN. Very strange! The latter seemed mostly to want to get back on the bus.
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 1st, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
The fish shop is to die for. Although I haven't had any fish and finger pie :P

Haha! Love that! I see that bus! I've never been on though. I went to John's once. We went to them all. Except Ringo. We were tired by Ringo and he lived the furthest out!

Poor Ringo.
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 1st, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ringo is such a sad kid. Always and forever. And I'm saying that with peace and love.

The bus used to be much more fun. We went again last time we were in Liverpool (November) and the people in charge were significantly less wacky.
Bettina Dawes: Betty Boopmothergoddamn on April 3rd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Have you done the trip inside Paul and John's homes?

I watched "It's Love I'm After"! Thank you!!! I love it, Leslie Howard is SO funny in it "IRRRREE!" Definately better then The Bride Came COD.

I'm also downloading a few Bette's on Miniova, does it take long? Another Man's Poison seems to be shifting nicely though!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 3rd, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
That I have! I must admit, I died a little when I was in Paul's BEDROOM. Gah! I find John (the one who lives in Paul's house) endlessly entertaining. The first time we went, we didn't get to go inside, but he happened to be putting out his garbage so he stopped and chatted. Nice bloke.

No problem! When I have some more spare time, I'll upload some of the other stuff on my computer (maybe Phone Call From A Stranger?). I really feel like I need to share the Another Man's Poison love, because that movie is ridiculous, and therefore awesome.

What all are you downloading?

I really want to see June Bride now. Aside from the ending (which sounds frightfully sexist), I've only really heard good things about it. Bette's much funnier when they give her witty, bitchy humor rather than making her play a madcap heiress--that's Kate's forte.

It depends on how consistent your connection is, really. I use wireless, so it took absolutely bloody ages. If you have high speed and it's strong, it shouldn't be too long.

Best review of Another Man's Poison: "It is fascinating watching Bette Davis, a superb screen actress if there ever was one, play everything in a blaze of breath-taking absurdity. From beginning to end, there is not a life-like inflection, a plausible reaction. She does, in the cant phrase, The Lot [...]. No one has ever accused Bette Davis of failing to rise to a good script; what this film shows is how far she can go to meet a bad one. To anyone more interested in the extremes of film standards than the workaday average other films represent, Another Man's Poison is not to be missed; it is safe to say there are few things in the cinema like it."
Bettina Dawes: Bette Davis-Stagemothergoddamn on April 3rd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
20,000 Years in Sing Sing, Satan Met A Lady, Fog Over Frisco, Front Page Woman and Special Agent. I'm wireless too and they've moved one perfect after EIGHT hours.

I want to see June Bride too! I've seen so few light hearted Bette. Trying to think ones I haven't seen that I'm always looking out for on Ebay. Hmm, Cotton in the Cabin? Cabin in the Cotton? Why's it gone out my head? The one with "Ah'd love to kiss ya" anyway. The Man Who Played God too! The Nanny! I feel like a Bette fraud when I realise how many I still need to see.
Bettina Dawes: William Fichtner-Promomothergoddamn on April 3rd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Wow, Satan Met A Lady and 20,000 years just downloaded in the speed of light within ten minutes?!! And a William Fichtner movie (that's just for some eye candy times). This site is awesome!! Thanks!

EDIT-Ahh, no wait. Just Satan. But it's still awesome.

Edited at 2009-04-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 4th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Ah, Satan Met A Lady.... good times. And by good times, I mean, so-so times. I think this is the movie Bette was bitching about in the Dick Cavett interview, the one they had to sell dishes with to get people to come. It's like The Maltese Falcon, only not quite that good. Have fun!

And you haven't seen The Nanny? Someone just uploaded it to YouTube... Here we are! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KkjbvpkLWE

I absolutely ADORE this movie--the only thriller I've seen where Bette underplays. (Well, she doesn't go too over-the-top in Burnt Offerings or Watcher In The Woods, but... the only GOOD thriller I've seen where she underplays, let's put it that way.)

I hope the others hurry up so you can enjoy them--and tell me what you think!

Do you want me to see if I can rip and upload Phone Call from a Stranger?
Bettina Dawes: Bette Davis-Lovemothergoddamn on April 4th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
I suspected so-so. I have magic Bette vibes!

The Nanny! Yes! I have so much viewing for tomorrow night. I wish Chandler's book hadn't ruined every Bette movie by telling me the end because I remember this one. :(

That would be immense! Thank you!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 5th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm trying to rip Phone Call right now... Hopefully it'll work, as I've only done it once successfully before. Fingers crossed!

The Nanny--I kind of saw where it was going about halfway through, but knowing the ending shouldn't really alter your viewing experience much. It's pretty well constructed, I thought, and Bette is SO damn creepy! She really does do a wonderful job.
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 4th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Cabin in the Cotton! That's on my must-see list as well. They're playing it on Turner Classic Movies over here in June (at some ungodly hour, as per always). They're doing themes by director that month and on Wyler day, they have Jezebel, The Letter, and The Little Foxes on back-to-back-to-back. Heavenly! I can have the ultimate Davis/Wyler lovefest.

I NEED to find a copy of The Catered Affair. Just saw it once on TCM and fell totally in love with it, particularly Bette's performance, which is SUPERB. She was robbed of at least a nomination for that.

And.. Scream, Pretty Peggy. Don't mock me. Someone put a recap-type-thing on YouTube and it appears that Bette is beyond fabulous in it. Looking pretty fierce as well. And Lo Scopone Scientifico! There are fragments on YouTube--but no subtitles. Ack! Why don't I speak Italian?!

Just ticked one movie off my list last weekend, though--my wonderful uncle somehow rented the soap-opera-tastic Where Love Has Gone. Oh, brother...
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 4th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
I lost TCM when I moved out of my Dad's. That got my Bette count way, way up. Now I rely purely on internet-mainly Ebay. And it teases me by ALWAYS having the ones I'm after on American videos. They don't play! I haven't seen Catered Affair or Scream Peggy either (I've seen about 35 Bette's. That means I've got about 70 to watch! Although I gave up on Ex Lady-it was terrible quality- and Hell House-that was just terrible. I need to re-attempt with a strong drink)

What's your least fave? My hate of Wicked Stepmother knows no earthly bounds!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 5th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
RE: Ex-Lady--by terrible quality are you referring to the copy you found or the film in general? ;) If the former, I could give uploading mine a whirl... Bette does get a couple wonderful "Oh snap! Feminism!" moments, but otherwise, you're not missing much. Her leading man's a touch irritating.

I don't know what all you've read about Bette's breakdown scene in Catered Affair, but trust me: it is just as wonderful and heartbreaking as advertised. One of the moments I would definitely show to anyone accusing her later career of just being campy self-parody. If MGM would release it on DVD, that is.

Good Lord. I just counted and I think I've seen (counting major, not-as-herself TV appearances) 75. I don't know whether that makes me really pathetic or really awesome, seeing as I've only been a psycho fangirl for about a year-and-a-half.

I haven't had the misfortune to see Wicked Stepmother (aside from very, very small clips) yet. To be honest, I'm a little scared to. I have trouble rating a lot of her really early work, since a lot of it is SO BORING I start spacing out whenever she's not on screen. So... hmm. Probably either Burnt Offerings (hate Karen Black and Bette was totally wasted--but there's one scene where Bette is workin' it like she has Oscar #3 in her sights and it's glorious!) or Watcher in the Woods (mostly because they really underutilized Bette and no one else seemed to be particularly competent). Or Return From Witch Mountain, which is the only time I've ever seen Bette completely phone in a performance. There are a couple of glimmers of her usual sparkle, but she's mostly just running through the mannerisms, auto-piloting in a way that makes no sense.
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 5th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Both! The lead man looks like he is msade entirely from dough. If he had any more make up on he would be sponsored by MaxFactor.

Is Catered Affair the one with the school boy? That she's teaching? I've only ever seen clips!

It makes you awesome, I've been a fan same amount of time and am lagging terribly behind!

It is DREADFUL. Not only worst Bette but worst film I've ever seen. It does have ONE funny moment and that's that her husband has a picture of his first wife and it's Joan Crawford. Other then that-avoid it. She should have finished on Whales of August (sloooooow film) and had the critical success of a notable last film. Then again least she wasn't a Transformer or cartoon dog ala Orson Welles and James Stewart. I always feel guilty about finding Little Foxes almost suicidally boring. The acting, of course, is great from Bette but by God I just found it so dull. I usually need to re-attempt films though. Like All This And Heaven Too. I disliked that at first watch but liked it on second (except the murder scene. That is HILARIOUS. No, Charles! No!). I'm the same as you on earlier work. Hells House nearly finished me off. I do like Jimmy the Gent though. I also hate The Sisters. That's really dull.

I saw a huge Paul McCartney poster yesterday and thought of you :P. Did you ever hear the story of Bette meeting the Beatles?

Also anything else you'd like sent with Spada you'd like from the Pool?
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 5th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Amen. That's my qualm with a lot of Bette pictures, really. Sometimes her leading men had no bloody charisma, which makes love scenes excruciating and means that I'm extremely pleased when she does something nasty to them.

In Catered Affair, she's Debbie Reynolds's mom and Ernest Borgnine's wife. (What a family, eh?) Debbie's getting married and Bette, due to her own sad-kid past, wants to give her an epically huge wedding (a la the one real-life Bette gave BD). Only trouble--they have no money, and what they do have, Borgnine wants to use to buy his own cab. Hijinks and angst occur, culminating in this terrific scene at the end where Bette just breaks down gorgeously. (The only clips I've seen on YouTube are the trailer, a TCM thing where Borgnine talks about Bette, and someone's Bette tribute--to Viva La Vida, I think?) I think you're thinking of Storm Center, which is mainly awesome because left-wing Bette is being left-wing. Sikov's book talks about how the House Commission on Un-American Activities kept wanting to bring her in, but was apparently SCARED of her. Ha!

Oy. I shall only watch if I feel like being a completist. Ah, Whales of August. One of those lovely movies where nothing happens. At all. But it's lovely. It's always so jarring for me to see Bette post-stroke; she's so completely different in terms of spirit, and I'm never sure how much of that is her health and how much is BD. And I adore Little Foxes. Love, love, love it. But it does creep along rather slowly, so I see your point.

Was it the massive Capital of Culture one? I took, like, 6 million pictures of that because it made me so happy. Yeah, that story is one of the times when I tut and shake my head at the boys. I mean, I understand that they probably didn't go see her movies when they were younger--but really.

Not that I can think of. It's so lovely of you to do this! I wish bloody Phone Call From A Stranger would rip properly, but no luck at the moment. I'll keep trying, though.
Bettina Dawes: The Beatles-Sheet Musicmothergoddamn on April 5th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of The Corn is Green! I nearly bought Storm Center off Ebay but then was like "That's not a Bette movie! I've never heard of it!" by time I checked IMDB it had gone. Stupid!

My friend at work gets annoyed because I do my one and only Bette impression on her which is the Whales of August "SA-RAAAAH. SA-RAAAH!". Of course she's called Ellen. Boom tish! No, no...it's Sarah. Ahem.

No, that one has gone now! It's in this tacky shop on the dock that I love. I got my beloved Monroe drawers and Hepburn make up box from there and lots of Betty Boop stuff. It has aisles and aisles of Beatles magnets, t-shirts, art, bags etc

Have you see the Hard Days Night Hotel yet?
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 5th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Argh! I hate when things like that happen.

That's hilarious! Unfortunately, my friends give me few such opportunities. So I must content myself with periodically bellowing, a la Margaret Elliot, "YOU DON'T SEEM TO KNOW WHO I AM!!!" when outraged. Or just reciting lines from Bette movies for absolutely no reason.

Oooh, I know the one you mean. Is it sort of two large, connected rooms? And the one in the back has prints for sale? We went there on this quest for a Paul McCartney clock I had spotted the first time we were in Liverpool (five years previously). No luck.

Yeah! For some reason I think their logo is really cool. I'm not sure why, but it is.
Bettina Dawes: An Affair To Remembermothergoddamn on April 5th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
I remember once when drunk I got everyone to go round making Bette Skeffington faces (the hankie scene) with the mixture of disdain, amusement, bemusement and what's that funny smell. Of there are some bad pictures.

Yes! I'll keep an eye out for those clocks. I go there everytime a friend visits from home (I'm from the Lake District originally). I sneaked into Hard Days Night when they are doing a tour for tourists and walked behind them. The Lennon and McCartney suites have pianos!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 5th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sweet! We only visited the shop downstairs after we got dropped off by the Magical Mystery Tour. They have such random stuff.

I went on an epic crusade to get All About Eve for the spring play at our high school. Was shot down in flames, but at least we got to watch it (and Death On The Nile, another contender) in class. Then we watched AAE again for Film as Literature--because I continually harangued the teacher about having two Hepburn films but no Davis. My peers WILL appreciate Bette, dammit!
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 5th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
p.s Hard Days Night STINKS to high heaven of fish now. Fun fact.
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 9th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Right! Wicked Stepmother is dubbing onto DVD as we type. Do you need any of these:

Bride Came COD
AFI Tribute
Little Foxes
Old Maid
Whales Of August (terrible copy actually, it's a video on its last legs!)

Er, I also have Contact, Leon, Taxi Driver, Opperation Petticoat and Apocolypse Now on vid if you need any. Just while it's all set up like :P

royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 11th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks! Sorry about the lateness of this... busy schooldays...

If it's not too much trouble, I'd adore AFI, Little Foxes, and Whales of August. Thank you so, SO much for doing all this!

I'm still trying to sort the DVD ripping thing, to upload Phone Call from a Stranger for you... I hate technology sometimes!
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 11th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
AFI and Whales are done but I can't find Little Foxes! I'll turn house over later!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 11th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)

Don't stress too much about Little Foxes... No worries! You've done a ton for me as is!
Bettina Dawesmothergoddamn on April 12th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
I re watched AFI and began crying as she talked about her Mum. I'm such a sap!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 12th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
I get ridiculously choked up a) when Paul Henreid's talking and b) when Bette gets emotional during the epically long standing ovation. Gah!

What are your thoughts on Ruthie? I'm definitely of two minds about her...
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 12th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's me!

I've gone all control freaky and am sprucing journal up. Tell me to stop if you want me out!

But who do you like best out of Bette, Helen Mirren and McCartney?
royaltyisshe64: Gene Kellyroyaltyisshe64 on April 12th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Me as in Kelly. You haven't gone schizo!
royaltyisshe64royaltyisshe64 on April 12th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Oh my God! This is glorious and beautiful! Thank you SO much!

atm, probably Bette, but I love them all dearly....

I seriously cannot get over how fabulous this is. You are a golden goddess. Seriously.
Bettina Dawes: Bette Davis-Posturemothergoddamn on April 12th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Voila! It is done. I've added fourteen icons inc Paul, Helen etc you just need to click the scrolly thing to use. Hope you don't mind I went a lil nuts!

royaltyisshe64: Paul McCartney Screamroyaltyisshe64 on April 12th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Mind? This is awesome! Thank you so much. I have a pretty LJ now!
Bettina Dawes: Macy Gray-Smilemothergoddamn on April 12th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I kept having a little tinker here and there and then it was three hours later and I'd control freaked all over your LJ. I was like "I'm SOOO dead"

Now you need to do an update with your new mood theme! Haha!