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‘Vera’ Season 10 On ‘BritBox’ Stays True To Form & As Such Is ‘Must Watch’.

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‘Vera’ has become one of our FAVORITE British shows — with ‘Downton‘ & ‘Shetland‘ the only others in that very top echelon. Teischan loves the show. She is re-watching all of the earlier seasons and I think she has watched some of the episodes more than twice — already.

She was so happy that there is a Season 10. I am glad too.

We watched the first half of episode 1 today. We didn’t notice any obvious changes from the last two seasons. The same main characters and they don’t seem to have aged or changed. They are sticking, faithfully, to the tried, tested and proven formula. Nothing wrong with that. We love it like that. Can’t comment on the story as yet since we haven’t seen all of it. So far, so good. The usual twists and surprises.

Well, just wanted to make sure you knew that ‘Vera’ was BACK.


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‘The Current War’ (2017/2019) Movie — It Was ‘OK’, But Far From ‘Great’.

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It (i.e., the DC vs AC ‘war’) is a subject that fascinates I, and one I would love to learn more about IF (alak) I had the time. Plus Nikola Tesla just has me in awe (and it has nothing to do with me having been an early investor in Tesla car stock). I have seen a couple of documentaries on the subject but they always left me wanting to know more. So, when I saw the trailers for this movie — on CNN & MSNBC — I sure wanted to see it — plus I wanted to take my 13-year old because I had taught her about Tesla as part of her homeschooling. We enjoyed going to the opening night of ‘Downton Abbey‘ last month and I thought we would do a rerun of that — especially given that this too was opening on a Friday.

Of course it is a difficult subject to cover in a movie. I knew that going in. Not sure they did the greatest job getting the story across in a cognet form. Yes, I knew that Thomas Edison had made a HUGE deal that AC will KILL whereas his DC current was ‘benign’ but the movie really went to town on what I consider a (crowd-pleasing) aside, i.e., the invention of the electric chair. Yes, it added drama and helped keep some of the audience awake though I did see a gentleman (kind of my age) fast asleep long after the movie had finished.

Sure, I learnt a TON. For that I am glad and appreciative. What the trailer had NOT made clear was that this was the war between Edison and Westinghouse and NOT between Edison and Tesla. After the movie I realize that that was the real war but that was never fully made clear at the beginning — which did show Tesla arriving in the US by ship. So, that was confusing.

Definitely a movie for the subject enthusiast! If you have no interest in AC/DC (outside of its sexual connotations) this movie will leave you cold and badly in need of a jolt of something.

If you want to see it, my recommendation is that you wait until it is available on ‘TV’, e.g., Amazon Prime, and I am sure that this will be within the next 3-months.

Don’t get me wrong. It is not a bad movie. Very well put together. Some nice, compelling shots. But, it is long, i.e., 2-hours, and for at least 40% of the time you are going to be desperately trying to figure out ‘what is happening’ or ‘what just happened’. Would be much easier if you had REWIND and Playback. SMILE.

Also, and I can’t stress this enough, a movie for ‘the buff’. SMILE.



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Selfies My Way — Since It Is Obligatory When I Visit ‘Cinemagic’ In Portsmouth; October 25, 2019.

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We were back at the ‘Cinemagic‘ and taking ‘a selfie my way’ is de rigueur. I don’t think I have ever been to Cinemagic and left without taking a selfie. They have such great mirrors. Tailor made for my needs. I am sure I have taken more ‘selfies my way’ at Cinemagic than anywhere else. SMILE.


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Selfies My Way — Since It Is Obligatory When I Am In Portsmouth, September 20, 2019.

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Well it always seems to happen when I am in Portsmouth. The top one was at ‘Cinemagic‘ when we were there for the ‘Downton Abbey‘ movie. I don’t think I have ever been to Cinemagic and left without taking a selfie. They have such great mirrors. Tailor made for my needs.

The second, later in the evening, was at this Japanese/Chinese restaurant we discovered. Everything about it was good. I will write about it later tonight.



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‘Downton Abbey’ THE MOVIE — Shameless, Gleeful Pandering To The Adoring Fanbase.

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When we got there 30-minutes ahead of the start.


At the end.
It was in their largest theater. It was NOT full. Maybe not even 1/2 full.
Maybe 120 people.


I am at a loss as to how you could be critical or even objective about this movie.

It gave the punters 120% EXACTLY what they were hoping, what they were expecting, what they were salivating about.

It was entertaining, amusing and, per the ‘Downton’ trademark, beautifully crafted.

How can you complain.

The audience loved it and there was (near thunderous) applause at the end (– which I was expecting & at the same time dreading).

Our 3 tickets cost just over $33 (mainly because I get a STEEP senior discount). $11 for 2-hours of escapism? You can’t beat that.

It was British Bollywood.

It was shallow, superficial and ‘they’ (i.e., Julian Fellowes & his fellow writers & producers) were having FUN with the audience. They actually were taking the mickey out of the audience — in particular the Americans. But, ‘taking the mickey’ is a popular British (contact) sport. So, it is fair game.

That message in the trailer said it all.

It was British pantomime. They gave the audience the punch lines they wanted. The audience loved it — and that is ALL THAT MATTERS.

This a movie, unashamedly, for ‘Downton’ fans like US. Teischan loved it, though she said that some parts were boring!

It is not a movie for those that are not already fans. They will be confused.

Yes, the sequel is already in the works and will star Branson — the Irish ‘republican’.

IF you are a ‘Downton’ fan you have NO CHOICE. You have to see it.

IF you are NOT a ‘Downton’ fan go see ‘Hustler’ instead. SMILE.




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‘Downton Abbey’ THE MOVIE Will Be At ‘Cinemagic’, Portsmouth, N.H. As Of Friday, September 20, 2019.

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Of course we are definitely going to see it. That is a given.

That it is at ‘Cinemagic‘, Portsmouth is GOOD. That is our favorite movie theater. Not the closest. That would be Gilford or Concord. But, they do not hold a candle to ‘Cinemagic‘.

I was just checking today. So, this is exciting though I already have a pretty good idea what the movie is all about. I saw an interview on British ‘Sky News’ earlier today. SMILE.

I am sure it is showing in Manchester, Nashua etc. But, Portsmouth is good. I am cool.


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‘Downton Abbey’ T-Shirt From The UK, Not From ‘The Exhibition’.

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T-shirt sold at ‘Downton Abbey — The Exhibition’


Saying that Teischan (13) is a ‘Downton‘ aficionado and devotee doesn’t still quite get to her relationship with this show. We quite like it too, but not to the extent she has. She has watched all of it — i.e., all the seasons and all the episodes — at least twice (and I am glad that we have unlimited access to the shows thanks to Amazon Prime).

Yes, of course, we went to ‘The Exhibition‘ in Boston, last month. Yes, I got her a T-shirt and some other stuff. Luckily I did not have to get her any of the books since I had already got them for her over the last two Christmases.

By the MAGIC of Facebook an Ad. for the black T-shirt appeared on my timeline the day after we went to ‘The Exhibition’. It is scary. It quoted quite an attractive “can’t go wrong” price. Well, that was just a bait-and-switch price. In the end with shipping it was twice as much.

It looks classy. She likes it.

Came from the U.K. UPS. Took a few weeks.

So, if you are into ‘Downton‘ and want a T-shirt to coincide with the movie (next week) you will have to get one of these.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 2) + 6 Also-Rans — September 11, 2019.

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‘Downton Abbey — The Exhibition’, Boston — In 42 Pictures.

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It was good, in the end I would even say ‘very good’. Definitely exceeded my expectations. The dining room recreation blew me and Teischan away. That was impressive. The kitchen had been good (though the eggs were outlandishly big), Mr. Carson’s pantry evocative and the costumes quite exquisite. But, to us it was the dining room that stole the show and made it truly memorable.

It was well done. Kudos for those that pulled this off. This required a lot of planning, imagination, creativity, hard work, graft and funds. Not sure how long it took them to get all the ducks lined up.

I knew better than to go on a weekend. I gather last weekend was packed and that they had 3,000 people go through it, with 1,700 on Sunday. The mind boggles.

I had picked the 1:30pm timeslot on Monday, August 26, 2019. It was still busier than I anticipated. But, not bad. At the start, when we were all in the main, static display area it was a bit crowded. But, then we all fanned away into different exhibit areas. It was good. We enjoyed it.

The Castle — a real 19th century castle at that was impressive. It was hard to find! We walked by it without realizing that it was the venue.

If you like ‘Downton‘ you should go. The $35 (or $33 if you are a senior like I) isn’t too bad — but I realize that it is all relative. Kids under 14 are FREE. That said, other than Teischan there wsa only one other kid, a young boy of say 4. He was not impressed or happy. Teischan, a ‘Downton‘ aficionado loved it. That made me happy.

We bought $80 (I think) of souvenirs. Prices were what you would expect. Some, like the pens and pencils, were decent.

So, all-in-all, good experience. We enjoyed it.


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I Finally Subscribed To ‘BritBox’, In Addition To ‘Acorn’ — Primarily For ‘Vera’.

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Yes, we have all become very fond of ‘Vera’ — but Teischan (13, as of yesterday) just ADORES the series. She gets like that … “Downton Abbey“, “Mr. Selfridge”, “Victoria“, “Place to Call Home” etc.

So, when I discovered that Britbox had more ‘Vera‘ episodes I really couldn’t deprive her. So, this was my birthday present to her — though she says that I am just saying that, and I wanted it too. {She, as usual, may have a point.} At $6/month it isn’t as if it will break the bank.

Just watched one episode of ‘Vera’. No problems. Basically the same quality as ‘Acorn‘. So, that is good.

Lot of stuff. Haven’t really browsed all of it. But, will keep you posted.

God save the Queen.


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