Thursday, 30 April 2009

Meat to Please You - Carl Field - ADULTS ONLY

This set definitely stirs memories of a young Brad Pitt in "Thelma and Louise", don't you think?

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Meat to Please You - Drake Diamond - ADULTS ONLY

A favourite bluecollar set from a few years back. Does anyone know if the link represents the full version, as I'm sure there were a few more 'modest' ones!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Meat to Please You - Mark Murano - ADULTS ONLY

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre do "Planet of the Dead"

Hilarious as always - manages to point out even more plot-holes than I'd realised.

The Socks look to have also pushed the budget and gone for a sandy location ...

Meanwhile, you can still catch them on tour as detailed below:

2 May 2009 13:00
Island Arts Lisburn - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Northern Ireland
7 May 2009 13:00
Mercury Theatre Colchester - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Colchester
9 May 2009 13:00
Courtyard Hereford - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Hereford
11 May 2009 1:00
Leicester Square Theatre London - SOCKS TOUR 2009 London
17 May 2009 13:00
Komedia Brighton - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Brighton
20 May 2009 13:00
Chelmsford Civic Theatre - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Chelmsford
21 May 2009 13:00
Blackwood Miners Institute - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Wales
23 May 2009 13:00
South Shields Custom House - SOCKS TOUR 2009 South Shields
24 May 2009 12:00
Folkestone - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Folkestone
12 Jun 2009 13:00
St Albans Maltings - SOCKS TOUR 2009 St Albans
13 Jun 2009 13:00
Jesterlarf Cambridge - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Cambridge
20 Jun 2009 1:00
Hawth Theatre, Crawley - SOCKS TOUR 2009 Crawley
1 Jul 2009 11:00
Leicester Looking Glass - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Leicester
11 Jul 2009 11:00
Madcap Arts, Milton Keynes - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Milton Keynes
19 Jul 2009 11:00
The Comedy Box, Bristol - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Bristol
24 Jul 2009 1:00
Bedfringe - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Bedford
30 Jul 2009 12:00
Widcombe Social Club, Bath - EDINBURGH PREVIEW Bath
5 Aug 2009 18:00
Edinburgh Fringe - Gilded Balloon 5-30 Aug 22.15 Edinburgh Fringe

Sunday Joint - 26 April 2009 - ADULTS ONLY

Here's Adam and Kyle up to after-hours activities in the dorm ...

3 x The Specials

Performing "Too Much Too Young" on "The Old Grey Whistle Test". Despite everything. this became a UK No1 single in January 1980.

A two-tone photo montage accompanies "Stereotype" from the second album, "More Specials".

Another single from the second album - "Rat Race". This was out just as I was sitting my first set of important exams, but I think I managed to block the message!

Great video, with most of the band dressed up as a schoolmaster of one subject or other.

The Specials have just reformed (minus Jerry Dammers unfortunately) and are currently on a sold-out tour. They guested recently on Jools Holland's "Later" show on BBC2.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Meat to Please You - Adam @ - ADULTS ONLY

Sorry that this is not the full set of Adam.

Crieff in the Spring

I forgot to post these efforts from last Sunday, when we went on a quick trip to sunny Crieff. These were all taken in McRosty Park around lunchtime.

I'm rather pleased with the bandstand one!

Friday, 24 April 2009

Meat to Please You - Kurt Rogers - ADULTS ONLY

You can't have enough of MenAtPlay, well I can't anyway, so we end the working week as we started with another of my favourite MAP regulars. This is Kurt Rogers, adopted as the studio's 'tailor' enjoying a private 'dress-down Friday'. Hope you do too ...

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Meat Polls ...

In true blog fashion I have finally got around to creating the first two polls to rate my (almost) daily "Meat to Please You" models. I'm a little behind, so I've had to start with two, which you should easily find in the right-hand column, near the top. The first has 10 contenders, as I started on a Wednesday, but the second is in the weekly form that will be my default. Both polls close on 1st May, as will this week's when it appears. (Next week's will close on 8th May and so on ...)

I've already voted, but have noticed no-one else has yet cast one, so consider this a reminder.

I will continue to post a variety of types as far as possible, but there may be the possibility of return appearances for popular models (where further sets exist).

Feedback on any of the guys continues to be welcome!

Meat to Please You - Everett Anderson - ADULTS ONLY

Today, one of Bel Ami's impossibly western-sounding East-European rosebuds. I'm not really a fan of their film output, which I find far too production-line bland, but the models are undeniably cute (possibly too cute?)

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Dunfermline in the Spring

Technically, it might actually have been the last day of winter, as I snapped them on the Saturday before the clocks went forward this year. They are mainly taken around the Abbey and the adjacent Pittencrieff Park ("The Glen").

... if you are so inclined ;-)

Planet of The Dead etc

I was reminded on Twitter yesterday that I hadn't posted any thoughts post-"Planet of the Dead", the first Easter special in "Doctor Who" history. Well, some may have noted I rather gave up doing formal reviews since around season three in 2007, but here goes ...

My overview was that it didn't quite gel together, but it was a rollicking good adventure and it's a tribute to the team it got made at all. The fact was there was less then three months from the start of filming until broadcast, and that's before the damaged bus and desert sandstorm crises.

Anyhow, the bits I liked:

The location filming in Dubai. Although actually a minimal part of the finished episode (the bus interiors were all in studio) this really added to the epic feel. Kudos to director James Strong for making the best of the desert landscapes in a tight schedule.

References to the recession - the first to do so, possibly the first able to. Christina's family fortunes had gone down with the Icelandic banks, and young Nathan has just lost his job. Can anyone see Tegan mentioning the 80s recession?

Michelle Ryan. I had some doubts about casting Ryan as what is, basically the co-lead. Any doubts were banished and then some by her performance here in a well-written character. Special credit for her carrying out all those stunts - both the character and actress are game girls! Were Lady Christina to return I'd have no problems.

Carmel and her second-sight. It's not something that's really explained (is she channelling the universe, in all dimensions and times?), and probably the better for it, but this was the heart of the story for me. All through the episode Carmel is giving extra insight, culminating in the tantalizing warning to the Doctor that 'your song is nearly over', eerily echoing a similar message from the Ood last year. Again, great performance from Ellen Thomas.

Capt Magambo pulls a gun on Malcolm. With one move we see how different this UNIT is from the cuddly days of the 70s, as the Captain seems quite willing to shoot a colleague at near point blank range for the greater good, yet we can sympathise with both their positions under great pressure.

The swarm. Fucking terrifying! Great CGI creation, a sort of flying metallic piranha/stingray thing that literally lives to eat. Possibly a bit similar in some respects to the Vashta Nerada, but very effective at giving me the requisite scares, especially when skulking around the Tritovore ship. Another contender for a return ?

The flying bus. Brought out my inner-10 year old, so not much more analysis needed.

In two minds about:

Malcolm. Or should I say Malcolm as played by Lee Evans. There were some rumours circulating that the role was originally earmarked for Martin Clunes, and Evans certainly confirmed he was signed at very short notice. However, if the slapstick scene in the van was in the original script it's probably better suited to Lee Evans. It just jarred in tone for me with the ongoing tension - you just wanted to give him a slap! I'm certain though that 'the kids' loved this and the character and they are an important part of the audience if you want to consider long-term. I did giggle at his however-many Malcolms-to-the-Bernard scale though.

The Tritovore. Sorry, as previously stated, from the neck-down these were a poor design. In the finished programme I warmed to them a little, but not much. Enough to be sad when they were killed by the swarm.

The pre-publicity. Not strictly a part of the episode, but very important in pre-perception. I was disappointed by season three and four's trickle of pre-broadcast photos for specific episodes. Even then they appeared to be generic shots, not photographed anywhere near the location - the Doctor and companion shots all looked like they'd been done in the same studio on the same day, just changing the hair and costumes where necessary, then photoshopping in an episode specific background. It got to be very boring, especially as there were rarely 'new' photos added after the episode had broadcast (as had happened in the first two series)

For "Planet of the Dead" the BBC did the opposite - everything came out in advance. Can anyone name me one feature of the episode that hadn't had its photo taken and published about a fortnight before? Even the swarm was in the BBC trailer. I think this helped dampen my anticipation, as I couldn't see what more could be in the finished story. I was right. Please BBC, go back to the correct balance that was struck in 2005 and 2006 - don't starve or swamp us. I think DWM would welcome that too - they didn't appear to have any photo exclusives for PotD.

I didn't like:

As said, it somehow didn't all quite gel together, but I can't tell you why.

The McGuffin resolution. Though tempered by the slightly less predictable trashing of a priceless artifact, RTD is once more relying on a deux-ex-machina to save the situation. It was one too many times for me.

And normally, that would be it. But then there was the trailer for the next special, revealed as "The Waters of Mars" (hands up anyone who hasn't yet heard some sad loon tell you this is an anagram of "The Master Wars" ... or something) and this takes me into the wider future, so you may want to avoid the speculation/rumours/photographic evidence/official release information or, as generally lumped together - spoilers. They follow after this screenshot from the WoM trailer...

Like most people who've commented, I'm very impressed with the 30 seconds we saw which looked like a really claustrophobic and creepy episode. Hence I must also interject the thought, in response to official/RTD claims that this will air 'November-ish', that isn't it obvious people will check their calendars and notice which day of the week Hallowe'en is on this year?

Anyway, what was hinted at in the trailer and has since been expounded upon by "The Sun", is that the creature/baddie are 'hydrants' who skoosh water from their hands in a rather fatal looking way. The trailer also infers that the Doctor and cohorts are about to be flooded and drowned as 'water always wins'. We also know that Lindsay Duncan is companion Adelaide (who sadly only keeps her 'oldest companion ever' record until the next special) and that guest star Peter O'Brien is touted as a baddie, who may even be the glowing eyed 'hydrant' in the trailer. It's still not 100% that the story is set on Mars, but I think it's highly likely.

Interestingly, those Swansea location pics we saw of Tennant and Duncan with a Wall-E type robot in snowy surroundings, would appear to be from the close of the episode and on a festive Earth - neatly linking to the two-part finale. I saw some YouTube recordings from the same shoot and a further two characters we see in the WoM screenshot follow out of the TARDIS to join the Doctor and Adelaide. I can't be sure which guy it is (though it's not Peter O'Brien) but the girl is dressed in red. The girl appears a little spooked and runs off, followed by the guy. Adelaide herself appears to go towards a Victorian terraced house and enters alone. Around the time of this location filming there were also pictures taken of Ood Sigma on set and reports of a MASSIVE TARDIS explosion that was rather hard to keep wraps on. It has been assumed these were for "Waters of Mars" but I wouldn't be too sure.

So to the finale itself, currently still filming. The title "Beautiful Chaos" has been quoted, but I'd still expect two titles, and this has been used before on an audio adventure featuring the Mandragora Helix. What does seem to be irrefutable is who have been seen on set, in character. We definitely have Donna, Wilf, Sylvia, Sarah-Jane and Luke (who the Doctor meets for the first time) but other returning 'regulars' have been rumoured. There's also been the flurry of excitement over someone who appeared to be a blonded John Simm on location. Having seen the one piece of photographic evidence for this, I'd say it's a non-starter and people are trying to make the facts fit their fantasies a bit too much. Also definitely on board as guest cast are Jessica Hynes (as 'Verity Newman' successfully flogging John Smith's Journal of Impossible Things ... hmmmm), David Harewood, Barry Howard, Karl Collins and June Whitfield (re-united with Bernard Cribbens for probably the umpteenth time!

Locations include a night shoot last week at Wookey Hole (as used for Voga in "Revenge of the Cybermen") and Cardiff city centre tarted up for the third time as a Christmassy Oxford Street, complete with tree and Sally Army Band (the pics below were taken earlier this week - notice Euros Lyn and Edward Thomas in the second one)

(Courtesy of Combom's blog)

Lastly, to my own speculations. I actually don't think the knocking four times is the Master, that's just too obvious for even the most junior of fanboys. I think the foe is bigger than that and Carmen's predictions took me back to those tricksy ones made by The Beast in "The Satan Pit'. My guess is he's coming through the darkness for revenge on the Doctor. I also predict a very unusual/radical regeneration, possibly one that people will see as denying them one ...

I think each 'knock' may be the death/murder of a loved one, perhaps with the Doctor himself as the fourth.

Health warning - I actually KNOW nothing, just in case this gets repeated as fact.

Meat to Please You -"The Woodsman" - ADULTS ONLY

Something a little different - dunno the model's name, but the set looks a bit Playgirl-ish. If anyone can identify, I'll amend the post to reflect.

Doggy Style

Just a batch of shots I took at my sister's last Sunday, where three imposing dogs rule the roost these days. Having been set upon as I arrived by all three together, just for a bit of ballplay, I can vouch for this. I just know some of you will love them, while others will yawn. C'est la vie ...

(The spotty dog hardly stays still long enough for a photo, but the other two are posers!)

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