The thing, I suppose, is that I’ve never been very good at knowing my own mind. As a child I drove my parents half-crazy with my endless deferring of decisions about the least consequential of matters. Would I have a cornetto or a choc-ice? Would I even have an ice cream at all, actually? Or would my interests in fact be better served at this point by some kind of biscuit-based snack?
Modern day celebrities aren’t the only victims of Photoshop. Paula Byrne, a Jane Austen biographer, believes that Austen has been “airbrushed” on her £10 Bank of England note. The portrait makes her look like “a pretty doll with big doe eyes” and diminishes her reputation as an author, Byrne argues.
This could suggest that life started on the Red Planet before being transported to Earth on meteorites
Fun Fact: British radio and television presenter Alan Partridge (a fictional character played by Steve Coogan) is referenced in not one, not two, but seven entries in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oh, you cheeky Brits.
Science now confirms what’s long been suspected by people related to theater kids: “the quality of a performance does not drive the amount of applause an audience gives.”
The BBC is making a documentary about the historic sinking of the Whaleship Essex — a sinking that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick
"The first stage of television grief is rejection: when a favorite character is killed off, the desire to distance yourself from a show you love, to disown it, even, is powerful. ‘I’m done,’ you declare firmly.’ I’ve had enough of this crap. They’ve gone too far this time.’ I’ve seen it in a lot of fan communities; I’ve said it (half-heartedly) myself. In the past decade or so, I’ve developed a bad habit of falling in love with a certain type of BBC series, whose writers seem to be collectively united by slim budgets and streaks of cruelty: on one of my favorite shows, three of the five major characters are killed in the span of five episodes; on another, the entire cast of four kicks it in under a season — and it might be worth noting that most of them go violently, too."
Stages of Television Grief: On the Decline of Downton Abbey by Elizabeth Minkel