We are driving 8 hours to the next closest 'city' on Friday. I never thought I'd be excited about a weekend in Dubbo. Fucking Dubbo. The first time I've left Broken Hill since arriving in April.

@trregeagle I'm not sure my heart could stand a 7 hour drive through the outback without constantly being tormented by...



@mjd @trregeagle

I sort of wish you hadn't drawn this to my attention. Nightmares await

PS. Is that Donald Pleasance ?

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@andyc Yes, that is Donald Pleasance. Also, the first screen role for Jack Thompson, who lives up in the hills just behind me (saw him in town once and wondered why that old tramp looked so familiar). Also in trivia, the leading man, Gary Bond, who took second billing to Pleasance, was for some years the partner of Jeremy Brett, the definitive Sherlock Holmes, who once went on a skiing holiday with a mutual friend of @trregeagle and I. (By his own account at least. I could not bring myself to press for details; if only Ruben had been present at that revelation!) Brett was earlier married to fellow actor Anna Massey. Her name I noticed once on a post-it note stuck to a shelf in the office of a co-worker who was later to become my girlfriend of nearly a decade. It was memorable because I thought it an odd thing to make a note of in the context of a large multinational corporation, but to this day have never asked her about it. I in turn was, for reasons which shall remain lost to history, born in Broken Hill, the location for the fictional Yabba, the year after this film was shot. I have considered venturing up into the hills to greet Mr Thompson with the cry "Daddy!", in the hope of an inheritance, or at least hush money, but frankly nobody's even going to bother with a DNA test when it comes to me and a bronzed, blond-haired, blue-eyed, quintessentially Aussie bloke, even if we do both dress like tramps these days. It's all connected, though. Join the dots. The truth is out there. Well, it's certainly not in here, at any rate. There's no room for it, with all this mess.
You really should call your ex and ask her about that Anna Massey post-it note. It's bothering me. I'm sure it's the key to your paternity.
@trregeagle Oh, I've no doubt about my paternity. I am the love child of a cathode ray tube and a record turntable. My DNA is composed of strings of nucleotides like BBC, EMI, ITV, and LWT, and I'm full of hormones and neurotransmitters such as Parlophone and Granada. Whenever somebody in my street got a new TV, my parents would get a call to send me to tune it in for them. Spoke VHF like a native. It's in the wires.
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