Sawston Hall, Cambridgeshire. This Tudor house is just down the road from here, and is currently up for sale with its 60 acres of land (asking price £4.75 million). Whoever buys it will become the owner of a place that is riddled with priest holes and is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Queen Mary I, who is believed to have slept here. The walls of the current building were constructed with stone from the ruins of Cambridge Castle. Within the grounds of the Hall is a colony of the very rare Cambridge Milk Parsley- so there is plenty of botanical interest as well as historical!
Maybe I should begin a kickstarter campaign to raise money so I can buy back the family estate. That’s just weird and esoteric enough to work, right?
a very limited defense of Anakin Skywalker
In my head, this post has always been the natural follow up to my Death Star rant, aka “why Luke was totally justified in blowing up the Death Star and certainly not a mass murderer.” Actually I’m not sure they have anything to do with each other, but anyway.
It’s not canon so it’s more interesting than relevant to this discussion, but I feel it worth noting that in the NPR radio drama of Star Wars Vader actually does actively protest the Death Star being used on Alderaan. He tells Tarkin that Alderaan’s importance means they should at least consult the Emperor before blowing it sky high (and maybe Palps would have okayed that so it doesn’t really matter.) Tarkin pulls rank on Vader, effectively saying that “the Emperor put me in charge, Ani, back off” and that ends the argument.
I always got the sense that Vader found the DS distasteful and the expanded scene was stuck in to reinforce the implicit.
I don’t think I can really get excited about Star Wars: Rebels until that Darth Vader character model gets unveiled, I’m not going to lie.
"From the moment I met you, all those years ago, not a day has gone by when I haven’t thought of you. And now that I’m with you again… I’m in agony. The closer I get to you, the worse it gets. The thought of not being with you—I can’t breathe. I’m haunted by the kiss that you should never have given me. My heart is beating, hoping that kiss will not become a scar. You are in my very soul, tormenting me…"
(Source: sonata-for-a-popcorn, via anakinspadme)
"We, amnesiacs all, condemned to live in an eternally fleeting present, have created the most elaborate of human constructions, memory, to buffer ourselves against the intolerable knowledge of the irreversible passage of time and the irretrieveability of its moments and events."
Geoffrey Sonnabend, from Obliscence: Theories of Forgetting and The Problem of Matter.
What people don’t realize about The Three Musketeers is that it was kinda the original Downton Abbey
Seriously though, the four main characters’ valets all have their own agendas and defined personalities and are featured pretty heavily
Like, Aramis’s man Bazin is the Jeeves of 17th century France, he wants to get his boy ordained because he thinks being the servant of a cardinal would be awesome but he has to keep the guy’s mind off of women for two seconds to pull it off