26 October 2010
25 October 2010
Captions for Roger Morton photos
Green Stripe at Chateau Hautefort where friends invited us to visit on La journee de Patrimoine (19 September) We had a picnic by the river and it still felt like summer. Unisex loo – cute. The Sphynx at Chateau Hauteforte still had something to smile about.
Re-visited Andernos. Walked down the longest pier in France with our hosts Maggie and Jacques, admired the oyster-framed bike outside the beach restaurant where Jacques insisted we have huitres and vin blanc. Longed to be able to afford to buy the cepes (since we never seem to find them) Sunset over the boats at Port Betey. Took in the immensity and beauty of Cap Ferret (including powerful yoga in isolated splendour).
Finally made it to the scene ouverte at La Gavotte. Thankfully 7 Sons were there in full musical force. They certainly can pump it out. There’s talk of them going professional in the New Year. Do it and regrette rien. My wish would be that hopefully Freddy will play fiddle as well as harmonica. For me all that is missing is a sexy sax. But they’re pretty damn good all the same. In fact if Keith Jones was a footballer, he’d probably be called the Boot – in 7 Sons he’s the Voice.
Chez nous, the hibiscus flowered one last bloom – a radiant red and a tarty party pink.
On our way back from Jules’ favourite Chinese restaurant, he took us to Source de la Tourve. To our astonishment, 3 divers were emerging. Very Russian, very James Bond, very non-here! (ed)
The following poem The Storm arrived in my possession via a woman (Margaret Harvey)who visited a friend of ours (Gordon Martyn) in Paris. It was published in the Otago Girls High School magazine some years ago and was written by me. I guess I was around 14 or 15 years old (because my lovely English teacher in my last two years at school, couldn't stand the sight of me.) Bizarre to read it again after all these years.The Storm
It's always a pleasure for us to be able to clear the rights and schedule an acclaimed archive drama which has left a lasting impression on listeners and which sparks requests for transmission on Radio 7. One such drama is God's Revolution, written by the late, brilliant writer, director and producer, Don Taylor. This memorable 12 part serial proved to be very much appreciated, earning such listener feedback as:
"At last, after nearly twenty two years in abeyance, the BBC are broadcasting the late Don Taylor's magnificent 12 part drama series…"
"It was one of the best historical dramas the BBC ever put out, with a stellar cast… this is a real treat for lovers of good drama"
"This was Don Taylor's masterpiece. And I can’t thank him enough for it"
You can read the full feedback on:
The final episode of the drama went out last Tuesday - and that afternoon I received an e-mail from Ellen Dryden, the widow of Don Taylor.
I was very touched by Ellen's message in which she shared some background to this particular work by her husband, so I thought you might be interested to read what she said.
(My special thanks to Ellen for giving us permission to include a shortened version in my newsletter.)
" Don had a lifelong obsession with the Civil War and he - rightly! - regarded God's Revolution as some of his best work. He was thrilled when Richard Imison gave him the unimaginable luxury of twelve hours to tell the story - and what a wonderful job Ronald Mason and Shaun Macloughlin made of it!. All members of the cast were also absolutely brilliant. In 1988 after the broadcast, Don said rather ruefully. Well I suppose that's it then.
He would have been so delighted that people remembered it after all these years and that it now has been given another airing. He was working on his novel, God's Revolution , based on the plays, until a few weeks before his death in 2003, refusing morphine to keep his brain clear - typing, writing dictating to us (his family) for as long as he was able. It was a hugely important part of his life's work. I was moved, very impressed by it. And very proud to have been a small part of it....
Once again, thank you.
From me, and on his behalf, from Don
Ellen collaborated with Don on several projects, and she is also an established author and producer in her own right.
One of her best-known radio dramas, The Lake, a dark and brooding thriller, was broadcast on Radio 7 earlier this month.
I hope to broadcast more of Don and Ellen's work early next year.
Recently we heard the sad news of the death of the Scottish actor, Graham Crowden.
Graham's acting career on stage, screen and radio spanned more than fifty years and he was well-known for his roles in popular BBC sit-coms such as A Very Peculiar Practice and Waiting for God.
In 1974, when Jon Pertwee left the Doctor Who series, Graham was offered the role of the fourth Doctor, but turned it down as he did not want to commit himself to the part for 3 years.
Tom Baker became the next Time Lord.
In 2005, Graham starred in the Radio 4 Sci-fi comedy, Nebulous, the first series of which is currently being aired on Radio 7.
The second and third series (new to Radio 7) will follow later on in the year.
Graham has left a legacy of wonderfully entertaining performances which, fortunately, we can still enjoy.
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