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Finally Got That Job Done [Aug. 7th, 2009|10:00 am]
Tony Grist
We bought the electric hedge-trimmer specifically so we could trim my father-in-law's hedge. (Fair-dos, he lent us one that died in our custody). But that was weeks- even months- ago. Ever since then it's been raining- and I didn't fancy taking an electric machine to sodden vegetation in case something shorted out or I got electocuted. Finally, yesterday, we had a free afternoon and a dry afternoon all at once- and we went over and did it.

When I say "we" I mean Odi and Peter mainly.

(Ailz looked after Fabrizio)

The hedge- which I'd been picturing as wild privet, turned out to be an overgrown ivy tod behind the garage. There was room in there- in the corridor between garage and fence-  for only one person, so I handed Peter- as alpha male- the trimmer and let him get stuck in. I raked up the detritus and Odi put it in bags. Afterwards Eric and Dot served up refreshments, Odi ate her own weight in chocolate biscuits and Fabrizio got to meet the dog. He's never met a dog before.

Fabrizio is eight months old and can walk round the room unaided as long as there's furniture to hang onto.

I've been riding an energy wave since we came back off holiday and last night I dropped off it.  Bother.  By evening all I was fit for was an episode of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (Thor Bridge- with Daniel Massey going head to head with Jeremy Brett in a contest of eye-flashing theatricality) followed by an early night.
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From: mamadar
2009-08-07 10:50 am (UTC)
I've never been a Holmes fan or read any of the stories, but I've become very very fond of the Brett adaptations. Holmes is obviously the spiritual forefather of Spock and Snape: He's smarter than you and he doesn't bother to hide it. *g*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-07 11:43 am (UTC)
The Brett adaptions- the early ones anyway- are very faithful to the original stories. As the series drew to an end- and they found themselves dramatizing the sweepings of Conan Doyle's workshop- they began to take liberties.

Brett, for me, is the definitive Holmes. The theatricality entirely suits the character.
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From: amritarosa
2009-08-07 08:21 pm (UTC)
Total agreement- Brett was the best Holmes. The trailers for the new movie make me very sad. Action-hero Sherlock Holmes? Blecch.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-07 08:36 pm (UTC)
I suppose every generation is entitled to its own Holmes, just as it's entitled to its own Hamlet, but everything I've seen and heard about the Guy Richie movie suggests it'll be crass.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2009-08-07 04:01 pm (UTC)
so I handed Peter- as alpha male- the trimmer and let him get stuck in.

Better to be clever, IMHO, than alpha.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-08-07 04:40 pm (UTC)
It can be a real boon to have fit young people around.
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