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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

Sometimes an alternative definition pops into my head and won’t leave me alone until I write it down, so if this one doesn’t tickle your funny bones, blame my subconscious.

“Tinted” – A robotic stuffed bear.

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#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas…

Ok, I admit it, the “U” post in this year’s #atozchallenge has got me stumped, so I’m having to really scrape the most tenuous link from the bottom of of my B to Z of Twin Peaks barrel.

But I found something.

After rejecting Undercover as being too generic, (despite Dale and Ed’s excursion as a pair of vacationing “oral surgeons”) and Uncle (which is what Maddy Ferguson called Leland Palmer) because, well, that’s just a bit too tenuous, even by my standards, I decided the best I could do was Umbrellas.

Why umbrellas, you ask?

Because, during the Miss Twin Peaks beauty pageant, the town’s prospective beauty queens perform a dance routine with, you guessed it, twirling umbrellas.

(Thanks to Christian Hartleben for help sourcing a decent screen shot)

As a bonus and because I’ve already made the link to Miss Twin Peaks, here’s a minor subplot character, Lana Budding-Milford, played by Robyn Lively, performing a dance of “contortionistic jazz exotica”, whatever that is.

#atozchallenge: U is for Umbrellas.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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#atozchallenge: T is for Teresa and Thomas…

The final full week of this year’s #atozchallenge starts off with another double header in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, taking one character from each end of the story so far, chronologically speaking.

Teresa Banks only appears in the prequel movie, Fire Walk With Me, but she is the reason Special Agent Dale Cooper comes to Twin Peaks in the first place.
Cooper is convinced Teresa and Laura Palmer are both victims of the same killer and thinks his insights into the mind of Teresa’s murderer will helps direct his investigation, while searching for Laura’s.

Thomas Eckhardt, on the other hand, doesn’t arrive in town until the second half of season two and his appearance sets off a chain of events that we will only really find out the full extent of when the show returns, in a little less than a month’s time.

Eckhardt is a South African tycoon who was in business with Andrew Packard, before Andrew’s mysterious death in a boating accident. He comes to Twin Peaks in search of his “property”, Josie Packard, whom he claims to have rescued from a life of poverty on the streets of Hong Kong.

Here he is, sporting a rather fetching Woolhouse Boys scarf.

#atozchallenge: T is for Teresa and Thomas.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

For this week’s installment of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, K’lee chose the theme and he suggested; Mirror mirror.

I decided to go for an artistic twist, using two different types of kaleidoscopic optical devices to capture some spangly images.

The first one is a homemade version of the conventional kaleidoscope; a tube containing two angled mirrors, with a glass tube of glitter and foil shapes at the end of it, which produced these…

…and the second one is of a similar design, except it has a domed lens on the end, giving multiple, fish eyed images of whatever you point it at.

Here is what it looks like when you point it at cauliflower and carrots, ceramic tiles and an LED display.

You can check out K’lee’s post HERE.

Now let’s see what you reflected on over the weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

 

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Stream of consciousness Sunday: The Accumulator, part thirty one…

On my 54th consecutive day of blogging, another SoCS post uses Linda G Hill‘s prompt of the week to continue this story, so let’s see what she’s given us to play with today;

” “spell.” Use the word “spell” any way you’d like. Bonus points if you use it in the first sentence. “

First sentence, eh? Ok then…

The Accumulator, part thirty one.

Scene: Interior of a windowless black van, which, due to the unusually hot spell of weather, is already an unbearable ninety degrees by ten o’clock in the morning. 

The six man assault squad, dressed in black fatigues and rolled up ski masks, have been sitting in the sweltering heat for over an hour, following a report from the overnight surveillance shift that Carlisle hasn’t been seen since entering the target residence, nearly eight hours earlier. They are getting restless and beginning to grumble irritably, tired of waiting for the order to go in.

Carlisle had always refused to wear the combined bugging and tracking devices The Department issued to its field agents; he claimed it made him feel uncomfortable, mostly because the targets often started begging for mercy and he didn’t like the idea of the monitors eavesdropping on that, it seemed…undignified.

So, because Carlisle’s spotless record and impeccable loyalty allowed him a certain amount of flexibility, the powers that be granted him this small idiosyncracy; the compromise being that a covert surveillance team was despatched to all of his jobs. Without his knowledge, of course.

They were told never to interfere, (The Department needed to retain its facade of plausible deniability, after all) but were to report back on any deviation from his established routine, just in case damage limitation was required. Up until now there had never been a problem, but Carlisle was well known for his quick turnaround on this type of critical operation, so the assumption was that he’d been compromised and the big guns had been called in.

The man closest to the sliding side door of the van, designated “Alpha One”, wipes the sweat from his eyes and looks at his watch, raising a hand to silence his muttering colleagues as he pulls a mobile phone from his pocket and punches a speed dial button.

“Hello, this is Alpha One, the area is clear. I repeat; the area is clear, you are green to proceed.”

The squad leader ends the call and nods to his men, watching as they pull down their masks and perform a final equipment check, then he climbs over into the driver’s seat and opens the window, letting in a mercifully cool breeze in the process, and listens for sirens; his cue to begin the attack.

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Now our POV drifts over Alpha One’s head and out through the window, (the director has just got himself a new drone camera) where it speeds down the street; past Patrick and Cathy’s innocuous suburban house and dozens of others exactly like it, until it reaches the main road, where it glides smoothly to a stop and rotates, to show us a line of four police cars, parked just around the corner.

Policemen with their sleeves rolled up and collars undone lean against the cars, chatting quietly and smoking in the heat, then a phone rings and a few seconds later the order comes;

“Ok you lot, let’s make this look convincing. Remember, we’re only here as window dressing for the spooks, so I don’t want you putting yourselves in harm’s way, but any nosey neighbours are supposed to think tomorrow’s Daily Mail is right when it comes out with some bollocks about an “Islamic Terrorist cell in shootout with Home Counties police”, you get my drift?”

There is a chorus of replies, on a variation of “Yes, sarge”, as cigarettes are flicked into gutters, doors slam and engines roar into life.

The cars pull away from the kerb, turn the corner, and accelerate rapidly; sirens blaring, lights flashing, followed by the drone camera, filming from overhead, before screeching impressively to a halt, sideways, blocking the street with two positioned on either side of Patrick’s house, just as the anonymous black van swings into his driveway.

This is the moment the assault squad have been waiting for and, as the police officers set about conspicuously “securing the area” for the benefit of any curious members of the public, the door of the van slides open and the six heavily armed men pile out.

The camera zooms down to get us right in amongst the action.

Two of the team disappear around the rear of the house and another two make for the back wall of the garage and station themselves by the connecting door that opens into the kitchen, while Alpha One takes up position at the front door with Alpha Two, who carries a compact steel battering ram.

Raising three fingers to his second in command, Alpha One nods and silently counts down;

Three. Two. One.

He drops his clenched fist in a chopping motion and Alpha Two swings the ram, splintering the wooden frame and smashing open the door in a single impact.

Without hesitation, the squad leader charges headlong into the darkened hallway and the camera follows him, as the screen..

fades to black.

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To be continued (using next week’s prompt)…

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#atozchallenge: S is for Shelley…

For my “S” post in the #atozchallenge, I’m inducting another regular character into my B to Z of Twin Peaks, one who seems to be universally liked by fans, possibly because of her damsel in distress storyline.

Shelley Johnson is a waitress at the Double R Diner (purveyors of Twin Peaks’ justly famous damn fine coffee and cherry pie) and is unhappily married to everyone’s favourite rent-a-thug, Leo.

Having said that, the first time we see Shelley, she appears to be involved with Bobby Briggs, Laura’s boyfriend, a dangerous game to be playing, considering Leo’s fiery temper.

Shelley dropped out of high school to marry Leo; a bad move as it turns out, since, according to her, all he wanted was “a maid he didn’t have to pay” and she is regularly a victim of domestic abuse.

Not surprising then, that she chooses to hook up with Bobby behind Leo’s back, leading to a series of events that intersect with several strands of the larger story, via Leo’s involvement with the drug trade and Ben Horne.

Here is a very cute scene, with David Lynch’s character, Gordon Cole chatting up Shelley in the Double R, (the chemistry between Lynch and Madchen Amick is obvious) much to the displeasure of Bobby.

And here are a couple of my Woolhouse Boys pictures, an official Showtime TV promo…

…and one I did at the request of founder Woolhouse Boy, Joel Peacock (with the promise of a yet-to-appear reward…) of Madchen in a rather fetching woolkini;

#atozchallenge: S is for Shelley.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2017 in A - Z challenge, TV, Twin Peaks

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

It’s another Saturday prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, because K’lee got blacked out by a power cut until late last night and couldn’t post, but here is his theme for the week, better late than never; Mirror mirror.

So get creative and show us some reflective images for Monday’s post.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.
Alternatively, add a link to your blog or photo in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your contribution.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

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