sally_maria: (Moria)
As I'd put this together for somewhere else, I thought I might as well share it here. If you have any links to add to it, I'd love to know about them.

To start with, a 2 hour authorised documentary that was originally released on VHS, but I haven't seen it on sale on DVD at all.

Michael D. C. Drout on How to Read Tolkien

How THE HOBBIT Came to Milwaukee: Dr. John D. Rateliff speaking at Marquette University

Tolkien and Doctor Who by Joel Cornah
is one of quite a few interesting talks on the Tolkien Society YouTube Channel.

And there's also the Mythgard institute - which has talks on a number of Tolkien related subjects.

Oxford University has a number of talks as well.

A conference for the 60th anniversary of Return of the King in 2005 Tolkien's Legacy
Patrick Curry
Dimitra Fimi
Andy Orchard

Middle Earth and Tolkien's Digital Afterlives | Stuart Lee

And various podcasts


Sep. 12th, 2016 04:45 pm
sally_maria: (TS Sleep)
Oxonmoot is the Tolkien Society's annual social/academic event, held in Oxford in September for over 40 years. (This was my 19th, but I know there are those on my flist who've been going rather longer.)

It's been a highlight of my year almost from the beginning - a chance to spend the weekend with friends, to learn, to relax and to stay up far too late and try unusual alcohol. :-)

Danish Ent Beer, Finnish Cloudberry Liqueur and Pudding Vodkas )

There were many interesting papers given on a wide range of Tolkien-related topics, and I didn't manage to get to anything like all of them.

These were some of my favourites )

What made this year even better than usual, though, was a special performance of Leaf by Niggle, by Richard Medrington and the Puppet State Theatre Company, just for us. The work involved in getting the dining hall set up as a theatre space (and taking it down afterwards) was considerable, but it was so worth it. It was a lovely, moving, and thought-provoking version, one actor, some family heirlooms and Tolkien's text presented almost complete. Another speaker, Joel Cornah, had talked earlier in the day about the importance of getting the "voice" right in any Tolkien adaptation, and this very much did.

If you get the chance to see it (and at the moment it seems to be touring mostly in Scotland), I'd say you really should - it's just wonderful, both as an adaptation and a piece of theatre.

Slow Train

Jul. 12th, 2016 09:26 pm
sally_maria: (Foremarke Hall)
I love this video to one of my favourite Flanders and Swann songs, an elegy for the passing age of the branch line railway.

Not all of these stations closed in the end - St Erth to St Ives is still a beautiful run, and you can't beat the view from St Ives station, even on a cloudy day.

Read more... )


Feb. 14th, 2016 08:15 pm
sally_maria: cartoon image of Peter Capaldi doctor (Doctor 12 Rebel)
Every year the vidding version of Yuletide produces a wonderful crop of vids for rare/unvidded fandoms.

The vidders were revealed this weekend, so it was the perfect prompt to share some on my favourites.

The first one I have to share is for An Adventure in Time and Space, the drama about the early days of Doctor Who that was made for the 50th Anniversary. This emphasises the story of Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, the original producer and director, making something wonderful happen.

It was made by purplefringe, who posts here about why she found the drama so inspiring.

Some others I also really liked included: )
sally_maria: (Santa penguin)
And for anyone who I haven't already linked this to, my favourite video of this Christmas - the Postmodern Jukebox and their Andrews Sisters-style version of Last Christmas. :-)

Oxonmoot +

Sep. 23rd, 2015 09:26 pm
sally_maria: (TS Sleep)
I've always been useless at writing up my weekends, even when most people were here to read it, and again I've failed to do so.

So, rather than me droning on, have some videos. :-)

Author Joel Cornah on
Tolkien and Doctor Who

Eminent Tolkien scholar Doctor Dimitra Fimi on
Constructions of Childhood in Tolkien's Legendarium

And a short video covering the whole event by the Sci fi Fantasy Network (yes, you can see me, or at least my back, for a few seconds. ;-D)

And in case you've seen them all already, have a link to some fun icons - Cats and Books, by oraclegreen.
sally_maria: (Brig)
A wonderfully happy companion vid - "Who needs the Doctor?" ;-)

by nancyblackett

I really liked the range of companions, old and new, and the ways they work together, with or without the Doctor.


Nov. 11th, 2014 07:36 pm
sally_maria: (Remembrance Poppy)
For this Remembrance Day, I wanted to share this song by Gloucestershire song-writer Martin Graebe, both for the local connection, and the reminder that it wasn't only men who went to war.

Day 4

Sep. 26th, 2014 08:21 pm
sally_maria: (Foremarke Hall)
My 3 good things for today:

1. Mishap, Before and After, a very British, very 1950s BR training film, filmed in this area (interspersed with clips of what the scene looks like now).

What should the railway do if a train goes into a tunnel and doesn't come out again? - it involved lots of detonators, and making sure that cups of tea were available for the injured. ;-)

2. Seeing a old friend of my parents', who claimed I hadn't changed since the last time he saw me, which must be nearly 20 years ago. An exaggeration, I'm sure, but flattering, all the same. :-)

3. Being on the bus on the way home from work, where one passenger helped an elderly gentleman off the bus, and made sure he had his bags safe to carry, while the bus driver waited for him to get back on. Living out here has its disadvantages, of course, but that kind of caring for each other makes up for a lot.
sally_maria: (Enterprise)
who haven't already seen it - a wonderful vid, celebrating all the shows and the characters. :-)

Long Live by cosmic_llin - original entry here

sally_maria: Ichabod looking over Abbie's shoulder. (Sleepy Hollow)
I've found since Merlin finished that I don't currently have one all-encompassing fandom, but various TV shows I enjoy watching, and haven't really got into the fandom for.

One of them is Sleepy Hollow - gothic, man out of time, demon-fighting, sometimes light-hearted horror, with very pretty people and not caring in the slightest about historical or theological accuracy.

Ichabod Crane is British. :-)

I also love the relationship between the other main character Abbie Mills and her sister Jenny. They've had good reasons to be estranged, but now they are overcoming their differences to save the world. This is Jenny's story.

Made by Trelkez for Festivids and posted here


Feb. 2nd, 2014 03:07 pm
sally_maria: (Lego me)
This year's small fandom vid exchange was released last Sunday, and, as usual, there are lots of great vids in a wide range of fandoms. In particular, if you're looking for vids for Agents of SHIELD and Sleepy Hollow, the master list is a great place to start.

After last year's Hollow Crown vid, the Shakespeare vid this year is L.O.V.E (Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing) Great comedy and chemistry between Alexis Denisof's Benedick and Amy Acker's Beatrice.

My icon is in honour of two highly entertaining Lego vids this year.

All Star (Lego Lord of the Rings)
The story told in three and a half minutes, great fun, and with some baffling humorous touches - why was Boromir killed with a banana?

9-5 (Lego Star Wars) "It's a tough life for a stormtrooper." Did you ever doubt that Darth Vader was employee of the month?

Another joyful vid was You Always Make Me Smile (Sarah Jane Adventures) Sarah Jane and family she found, including some old friends. :-)

Finally, one of my favourite vids this year was for a show I've never really watched, though if you live in the UK it's difficult to avoid knowing about it altogether. Black Flowers (Call the Midwife) A very well edited tale of a personal journey, a struggle where there were no easy right answers and no one was the bad guy. Feel-good TV it may be, but this vid at least makes it feel earned. Happy lumps in the throat for this one as well.
sally_maria: (Amy Hot Fuzz)
I'm planning on doing a Festivids rec post in the next couple of days, but in the meantime a fun Doctor Who vid I hope you might enjoy.

sally_maria: (Arthur - Nothing Useful)
that I haven't been got by the anti-hero of a 1970s TV show. :-)

A farewell to Matt Smith's Doctor (with plenty of references to his past selves) that I really liked.

Also, one final Christmas present I got today under the cut. )

Lego Gandalf and Frodo! Some fireworks, and a random carrot. :-)
sally_maria: (Dreamsheep Doctor Who)
If you haven't, I strongly recommend doing so as soon as possible - both because it's brilliant, and because you really want to see it unspoilt if you can. I'm squeeing pretty loudly here. :-)

Embedded under the cut - SPOILER WARNING )
sally_maria: Split icon - top half Captain America, bottom Iron Man (Captain America-Iron Man)
For MCU fans eagerly awaiting Thor 2 - a brilliant new Avengers vid.

Raise Your Glass by such_heights

sally_maria: Why aren't we kissing? (Sterek - Kiss)
So this isn't the only reason I've started following Teen Wolf, lots of excellent fanfic is also a big draw, but it doesn't hurt. :-) If only there was more Stiles in it.

This isn't a fandom vid, it's part of the marketing of the show, as somebody in US TV has finally realised what the Merlin producers discovered years ago - confiscate your stars' shirts and you'll have a lot of happy fangirls (and fanboys, I'm sure ;-D). I don't suppose they can be persuaded to give Bradley a job?
sally_maria: (Doctor 11 - With Box)
There have, as usual, been a lot of great vids coming out of last weekend's VividCon. :-)

Two of my favourites include obsessive24's fun Merlin/Arthur vid Va Va Voom. As the vidder said, "I kept vidding the meaningful heart-eyes and cursing the fact that you couldn't get pantsless Arthur into the same vid."

The other is greensilver's Take On Me a Doctor and companions vid, from Barbara to Amy. A great take on the Doctor&companion relationship through the years. :-) His face may change but the friendships don't.
sally_maria: (Rodney - Evil Genius)
I've been putting some of my favourite SGA stories on my Kobo, and was reminded of this vid, which I really rather enjoyed.

Call Me Al - Rodney McKay and friends. :-)

sally_maria: (Space Gate)
Just in case anyone hasn't seen this elsewhere - filmed on the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield singing David Bowie's song.

To me he's been a credit and an inspiration, making living in space real to the social media generation, and I wish him all the best in his return to Earth. (How long before someone starts a campaign to get him a knighthood? I know I'd support it. :-D)


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