Wednesday, May 24, 2017
In memory of Roger Moore, who died yesterday aged 89.
"My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised."
"Of course I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying."
"I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets."
"I used to work for a living. Then I became an actor."
"I've never received a nomination for an Academy Award – and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions."
"When I was a young actor at RADA, Noël Coward was in the audience one night. He said to me after the play, 'Young man, with your devastating good looks and your disastrous lack of talent, you should take any job ever offered you. In the event that you're offered two jobs simultaneously, take the one that offers the most money.' Here I am."
"You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both."
"The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don't work as well, you can't run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can't lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn't feel any different."
"Most of my friends are now 'in the other room'. I miss David Niven the most. I still can’t watch his films without shedding a tear."
"If you don't have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now."
"You could say he has a 'License to Grill'."
– Speaking about his son's restaurant, Hush.
On being Bond:
"To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred. What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? It's outrageous. So you have to treat the humor outrageously as well. My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I'm not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs."
"I’d imagine his private life to be rather limited as he’s seemingly always on the job."
“I think a little bit behind George Lazenby I suppose"
– speaking to Fox411 in 2015. Lazenby, who only played 007 once, is widely considered the worst of the eight Bond actors.
"I mean, for the last three I was getting a little restless. But I had an absolute splendid time doing the Bond films. I played a lot of backgammon, managed to steal a lot of wardrobe, and got well paid. Nothing could beat it!"
"When I first took on the part, I read Fleming’s books. There was little offered in them about the character. However, I remember reading one line that said Bond had just completed a mission – meaning a kill. He didn’t particularly enjoy killing but took pride in doing his job well. That was the key to the role as far as I was concerned."
"The positive aspects of Bond? A bigger paycheck. The negative aspects? A coward having to pretend he is brave, and trying not to blink when explosions go off."
Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent.
"I always said Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover. I think that Daniel Craig is even more of a killer. He has this superb intensity; he’s a glorious actor."
"I'm a Conservative. I always have been. Most young people that were brought up with parents who were in jobs like the police force are Conservative in their thinking. You don't have to be rich, wealthy, high income to be Conservative. I just think that Conservatism is the way to run a country."
On sex and women:
"I think I’ve finally worked them out. I always make sure I have the last word. That word is 'yes'."
"I was not very self-confident with them. I got lucky occasionally, but with a lack of confidence."
"I don’t think I learnt too much, otherwise I wouldn’t have been married four times."
"Those [Bond] love scenes were usually done when the studios were freezing cold. So you’d say to the leading lady: 'Keep your socks on, darling'. And socks in bed are never romantic."
"I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor."
"Not only am I a spender, I have had a couple of business people in the past who have been spending my money quite happily."
"I don't think I've ever made any good financial decisions."
On living contentedly:
"I've learnt that through life you just get on with it. You're going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies."
"Food has always been a passion of mine – see the waistline for proof."
On his work as a Unicef ambassador:
"Of course I am frustrated with regard to extreme poverty, to violence that never seems to cease."
"I've not planned my funeral. I'm not the Queen. A procession through the streets of Stockwell would be nice, I suppose. But when I go, I'd just like everyone to say: 'He lived longer than anyone I knew.'"
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney, 1855
Australian Museum, c 1900
King Street, Newtown, 1910, looking towards Missenden Road.
Women in George Street, Sydney, 1890. GPO behind them.
Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park, Sydney, 1930’s
King Street, Sydney, 1899
Parramatta Road, 1920
Dismantling the GPO clock tower during World War 11 to prevent it being used as a ranging marker for enemy aircraft or warships. It was restored in the 1960s.
Hansom cabs, Pitt Street, Sydney, 1892
Horse-drawn fire appliances outside the city fire station in Castlereagh Street, c 1897
Shoeshine men, Park Street, Sydney c 1900
The Esplanade, Coogee, 1904
Children of The Rocks, 1912
Bus, Sydney, 1898
Nurse in horse drawn ambulance, date unknown.
Parramatta Road, Lidcombe, looking west.
Creating the Sydney University Gargoyles and Grotesques, 1857 and as they appear now (2016), main quadrangle.
Victoria Park looking towards Sydney University 1930's and 2015.
Monday, May 22, 2017
The following are some examples of strange, bizarre, unusual or just plain sloppy will drafting.
For the most part this post does not look at whether the beneficiaries or persons disentitled had rights to challenge the wills, or whether they did in fact challenge, it simply looks at the wills and effects.
What does your will provide?
In 1928, an anonymous testator left an amount of £500,000 to the British Government to assist the government in clearing its national debt. The donor attached a condition that the money could not be touched until the government could clear the debt as a whole. That £500,000 is now worth £350m, but it remains untouched. That is because the whole national debt now stands at £1.2 trillion.
Students studying the law of Succession will be familiar with a case which dealt with what the presiding judge referred to as “probably the shortest will ever known”. It also resulted in a reported decision, Thorn v Dickens  WN 54.
The will made by the testator simply said “All for mother”, giving rise to a dispute between the testator’s wife and the testator’s mother as to entitlement to his estate.
Evidence was allowed to establish that the testator was in the habit of referring to his wife as “Mother”. Mum missed out.
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) made a Will in which he left his “second-best bed” to his wife Anne Hathaway, while the vast bulk of his estate went to his daughter Susanna. It has been suggested by scholars that the late addition to his will about the bed proved that he truly loved his wife and was anxious to see she would be provided for after his death. His ‘best’ bed would have stayed with the house, which was inherited by his daughter Susanna. Don’t see it myself, I would have thought that the best bed deserved to go to the woman who shared it.
German poet Heinrich “Henry” Heine, who was also a qualified lawyer but deserted law for literature, left his estate to his wife, Matilda, in 1856, on the condition that she remarry, so that “there will be at least one man to regret my death”.
Michigan millionaire Wellington Burt died in 1919, leaving a will with what is known as a “spite clause”. Estranged from his family by reason of a feud, the will provided that his estate would not be distributed until 21 years after the death of his last surviving grandchild. She died in 1989 and the 21-year period ended in 2010. The beneficiaries were 12 descendants who suddenly discovered they were sharing an estate worth $110m.
T M Zink, an Iowa lawyer who died in 1930, left his daughter $5 in his will and nothing to his wife. The rest of his $100,000 estate was to be put in a trust for 75 years, then used to create the Zink Womanless Library. The Will provided that:
- “No woman shall at any time, under any pretence or for any purpose, be allowed inside the library, or upon the premises or have any say about anything concerned therewith, nor appoint any person or persons to perform any act connected therewith.”
- “No book, work of art, chart, magazine, picture, unless some production by a man, shall be allowed inside or outside the building, or upon the premises, and this shall include all decorations for inside and outside the building.”
- “There shall be over each entrance to the premises and building a sign in these words: ‘No Woman Admitted.'”
- “It is my intention to forever exclude all women from the premises and having anything to say or do with the trust estate and library. …”
Zink explained his reasons in his will, thus:
“My intense hatred of women is not of recent origin or development nor based upon any personal differences I ever had with them but is the result of my experiences with women, observations of them, and study of all literatures and philosophical works within my limited knowledge relating thereto.”
The library didn’t eventuate. His daughter had him declared of unsound mind when the will was made and she received the lot. In the ultimate irony, his estate went to: a woman.
Among hundreds of volumes of wills filed at the Surrogate Court in the District of Kerrobert, Canada, sits an unlikely “document” – a fender cut from a farm tractor.
In Canada in 1948, George Harris was pinned by a tractor as a result of an accident. Although Harris’s hands were free, the lower part of his leg was caught and bleeding profusely. He was found nine hours later and rushed to the hospital but died shortly after. A few days later it was discovered that the fender of Harris’s tractor had scratched into it “In case I die in this mess, I leave all to the wife. – Cecil George Harris.” The fender was removed from the tractor, admitted to probate and filed with the registrar of wills as the Last Will and Testament of George Harris. The etched fender remained in the registry with all the other wills until 1996 when it was given to the University of Saskatchewan for public display.
Friday, May 19, 2017
I recently posted pics of 1920’s women's headwear, lovely. Below are some pics of 1920’s women’s swimwear, not so lovely when compared to today’s swimsuits and bikinis.
The comparison between then and now brings to mind the cartoon comparing a woman wearing a burqa and a woman wearing a bikini:
And while on that theme . . .
1920’s swimsuits varied from dowdy to sexy, from modest to brief. In addition, styles varied from country to country and within different parts of the decade . . .
A bold style that was known as the tank suit, considered somewhat shocking in its day. Some more examples below ;
Women arrested, Chicago 1922, for swimsuits that were too brief,
Chicago 1922 arrest, same women as above.
The evolving Jantzen logo
Another 1920's ad
1920's swimwear could still be elegant and sexy . . .
French design and model
Loretta Young, 1920's ad for Jantzen
Norma Shearer, 1928
Joan Crawford 1920's