Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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02/15/2005: ManChild

Had to do a write up of the most FAB BBC show called Manchild. This one is from: Episode Two; Season 2

...have you ever seen it? It stars Nigel Havers and Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy) and two other Brits as four middle aged friends. It's a dramatic comedy storyline of each man, at different points in their lives (divorced, never married, currently married, etc.) , and how they are dealing with their lives.

This one I just watched (but I haven't seen them all...very few in fact...cause I forget about it so very often...but with my TIVO set on "Season Pass" I can capture them more often) is about a situation like "Fatal Attraction" between the Anthony Stewart Head character and his interior designer. The action is his "benign decription" interspersed with "actual events as they took place." His friends are trying to sort out...where it all went "wrong" and whether they can help him. It is extremely funny....you should give it a try...LOL (FYI taping or TIVO is a MUST for British programs...cause their accents can be muuurder, plus the slang takes a once-over...maybe twice, till ya get it.)

Sent Len a tape of this brilliant, witty and well written episode - should get there in a day or so - It's a SCREAM...let me know if ya catch any of these episodes.

Just as an aside: used to know a guy, Alex, who was a salesman and worked for a parts supplier of ours...looked liked Nigel Havers twin, or at least like his younger brother. We were all on a Cruise ship in Cancun one year (compliments of said supplier...Alex riding shot-gun as host/planner of event) and many Brits were on board that particular cruise. In the casino they pissed Alex off mightily cause they kept calling him "Nigel." As in, "Ya gonna place yer bet, Nigel?" or "Ya having a run-'o' luck there, Nigel"...and everywhere he went...'Hey, Nigel, how's it going mate?"

Alex was annoyed and kept repeating, "Who the f**k is Nigel???" for most of the trip. So, I had to send a tape of a 1992 PBS, Masterpiece Theater Series: A Perfect Hero

("About Hugh Fleming, a World World II pilot, who is horrifically burned in a Battle of Britain dogfight. Intelligent, privileged and a lady-killer with a boyish charm, Fleming has led a golden life until the skirmish turns his Spitfire cockpit into a fireball. "A Perfect Hero" tells the story of how Fleming must learn to come to terms with not only his disfigurement and the effect it has on everyone him, but also the crippling sense of despair he feels--an emotion far more debilitating than his wounds.")

just to prove that Alex did, indeed, look like Nigel Havers.

Karen on 02.15.05 @ 06:16 AM CST

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