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Topic: Croix Parler

  1. Moonstruck
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    2 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Thanks. No the screen version would be a waste!

    You can take my word for it, I speak on good authority here....that the stage is the only place for that one....hilarious. (esp when you're on the other side of the footlights)....ah, Dear old Doctor Footlights. (you've heard of him I expect?) Just what I need at the moment actually.....better than any pill or counselling. don't ask me how it works, it just does!

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    3 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    As far as I know -please correct me if I'm wrong- Dr Footlights is that merciful state of being that takes one from a shivering forgetful tongue-tied jelly and makes one overcome nerves and everything else and give a performance Gielgud would be jealous of.

    I'd imagine it applies to bowlers too.

    Croix
  3. Moonstruck
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    3 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Well.....almost that Croix... I was using it in its more literal form........like an actual "Doctor" referring to any ailments, physical or otherwise a performer may have unrelated to the show - flu, headache, sprained ankle, and hopefully- depression, grief, sadness, suffering through a break-up....whatever!!!

    the person is feeling lousy but Doctor Footlights works his magic and he/she performs brilliantly...despite their ailment. Aren't they lucky? Because I don't think I could bowl with a sore elbow. I don't think there is a Doctor Bowling Green is there?

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    5 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al~

    Well I guess your doctor is more versatile than my doctor, I thought it was just the gift of courage unexpected.

    Now, to reply to your rather down Billy quote:

    O excellent! I love long life better than figs.

    Actually I used to really like figs as a lad, they came in little wooden boats with pictures of palm trees and camels on them. If you were lucky a little wooden spear was included to help you eat said figs.

    You 'ello 'ello 'ello quote I heard for the 1st time from PC Plod in a Punch & Judy on Hastings beach in the 50's. Most notable for shingle, wind and drizzle. They must have been hardened performers to carry on in that venue.

    I was most surprised in your other thread to learn that you felt affinity with the arts and also had to tone yourself down to deal with conservatives, or that you ended up in a field that was not "normal, mediocre, conservative". Actually I'd think any mother would have appreciated a daughter's talent. I'm sure the sight and sound of you bowling would hold all enthralled.

    Did you find a movie to watch? Or anyone to drum with?

    Croix

  5. Moonstruck
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    5 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hail Sir Croix

    "I pray thee gentle mortal - sing again!" I have never seen a Punch & Judy - I am obviously far too young!

    I think my poor mother would have been somewhat "enthralled" to see me turn into a scarecrow (outstanding in my field) although so terrified that people would "look at me" (quelle horreur) and I would fail....(after all, how on earth could one of HER daughters be brilliant at anything (she had a huge inferiority complex) so her staying around would have altered the course of my life I believe.....(for the worse actually) sorry I know it sounds awful, but I never grieved for my mother - I didn't like my mother - she was stifling.

    I can always find some movie to watch but too shy to put myself out there and go drumming in public..where people could see me! Bowling however, holds no fear for me - I can hide beneath my uniform so no-one can see me!!

    (You are such a funny funny man Croix - chuckle chuckle, fall about)......have a lovely day....luv , Miss Invisible

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    8 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    I am obviously far too young! that's all very well for you to say.

    To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.

    Stuck with being old I suppose:)

    It doesn't sound awful at all. Some people's legacies are pretty poor. I think I recounted my relationship with my parents, so I can exactly related to your saying the burden lifted and freedom seemed to come when your mother departed, I guess there are a fair few like us.

    It's a pity the drummers don't wear a 'uniform', drumming could be quite therapeutic.

    Your 'Miss Invisible' reminded me of the Marie Digby song"Miss Always Invisible" which has some rather poignant lyrics, which are probably better than her singing deserves.

    You have a pretty good day too

    Croix

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    9 July 2017 in reply to Just Sara

    Dear Sara et all.~

    Thank you for telling me about the Intouchables, I'd never have seen it otherwise.

    The first thing to say is I was impressed with the verisimilitude, everything from the tracheotomy scar though to the 'white gloves' and stockings, though I don't think spilling the hot tea would have had as little effect long term. In fact i don't think a mainstream movie could have had much more detail about quads and still attract the general public.

    I also saw in the credits 5% of the nett goes to a disabled charity.

    As a story it was fine, a romance with an ending full of happy possibilities, just what I like:) Moon if you are listening it's a 'feel good' movie I can recommend. Driss' good humor and sense of fun is infectious.

    I also like that real life problems were there -like the nephew and the French version of the goodfellows, and Driss' auntie's job, but understated.

    Any more?

    Croix

  8. Moonstruck
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    9 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    OK I'll have a look for the Intouchables. I thought of a couple of my fave "feel good" movies.....

    The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Jude Law......and Love Actually...with Hugh Grant, Colin Firth etc...which is on TV EVERY Christmas Without Fail....sometimes more than once!!!!

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    10 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi Croix and Moon....

    I can share a few feel good movies seeing as my family made me sit down and watch a few and remind myself I'm a hopeless romantic who loves fairy tales and happy endings...

    Mirror Mirror (I love Julia Roberts in this and it's silly and gorgeous and funny).

    The Princess Bride (all time favourite movie ever!)

    Beauty and the Beast (loved the new one... the Beast actually gets given a personality for once!)

    Pride and Prejudice (Any version but I do quite like the one with Kiera Knightly because of the scene at the end where Mr Darcy is walking with the sun rising behind him.... Never fails to give me goosebumps).

    I have more but these just make me feel happy at the moment.

  10. Moonstruck
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    11 July 2017 in reply to Quercus

    Hello Quercus...I am glad these movies make you feel good. I don't think we have talked much have we?

    Hey Croix, if you're reading this and I assume you do check in occasionally....after all it's your thread isn't it?

    Remember your spot-on comment recently about wishing that "life would leave me alone for a minute?".....Guess what? On top of my last horrible grief-stricken loss (you know what I am referring to) I was looking forward with some hope of salvation to a nice thing happening for me that could help me heal......and yep you guessed it! Lost it too last night.....gone! ......I am becoming more and more convinced that life is indeed meaningless, pointless, as Shakespeare said "A tale told by an idiot".....nothing to believe in , nothing to strive for, nothing to hope for, nothing to dream of, nothing to work towards, nothing to wish for.

    the best I can aim for just now to keep myself breathing is escape...pure escape...into movies...where I can "watch" others without their watching me. Be part of their lives, however imaginary for a couple of hours, where they don't talk to me, don't attack me, don't rip things away from me....

  11. Croix
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    12 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    Can you tell me what is wrong? A bowling opportunity? Something else?

    You do have more than your fair share of grief and I really wish life was kinder.

    I know it is a trivial thing but I've taken your advice and found The Holiday s/hand on eBay. I do find escapism is a very necessary part of my life.

    Croix

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    12 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi Moonstruck,

    No we haven't talked yet sorry about that! I'm slowly working my way through threads and getting to know the regulars but I haven't read your thread yet. Slowly but surely I will get there 😊.

    You sound very low today I'm sorry I'm not up to speed with your story to offer anything useful other than say I hope this feeling passes and tomorrow is a brighter day for you.

    I loved The Holiday too. Not usually much of a Cameron Diaz fan but it was a lovely movie. Have you seen The Wedding Date? I liked that as well 😊. Nothing better than escaping in someone else's fantasy world (whether in a book or on screen) when you're own world seems grey.

    Take care Moon (and Croix too of course 😊).

  13. Croix
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    12 July 2017 in reply to Quercus

    Dear Quercus et al.~

    “Inconceivable!" The Princess Bride is one of my favorites too, as is Love at first Bite and Young Frankenstein, which had one of the best throwaway lines comedy ever (featuring door fittings)

    I too thought the new Beauty and the Beast was excellent, much better than the old movies, or the TV series with Ron Perlman -have not seen the new TV series.

    Croix

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    12 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Oh hi again Moon and Croix...

    My sister showed me a music clip on YouTube which I loved and had to tell you both about.

    It's George Ezra "Listen to the Man". The video clip has Sir Ian McKellen lip syncing the song and then George stops and chews him out. So then they take turns "singing". It is sweet and funny and then there is George Ezra's voice which is just gorgeous!

    Hope this gives you a smile too 😊

  15. Moonstruck
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    12 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    You're not as silly as you look, are you Croix?.....much love and thank you for being there......big hugs.....

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    13 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    Thought it might be something like that. I do know the bowling scene is full of aspiring people who have setbacks, hopefully there will be other opportunities as time goes on. Bowling is an ever-popular pastime after all.

    Did you ever think any more about Miss Moon's Bowling Academy for young ladies and gentlemen? You could coach the Stanislavsky method of bowling where students put themselves in the mental shoes of Cara Honeychurch and thus bowl to perfection?

    Yes I know I'm being silly, I guess you have to make allowances for marine mammals.

    Hang in there Moon.

    Croix

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  17. Moonstruck
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    13 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Good Morning Mr Walrus

    of course there'll be another along soon Croix....I guess I had placed so much importance on it, seeing it as salvation from what I was going through with the pet situation; just what I needed etc etc. And it would have been - the perfect healing medicine. But was not to be. I have to get thru this alone. Literally I have no-one I can turn to for help. Of course I have friends, family members, concerned members of the public who care about missing pets etc.....but when it comes down to it, I have to grieve this thing alone. Scary stuff.

    there's another similar bowls club social/game outing thing that happens various weekends that I am going to join....at least will keep me in touch with the game , its players, and give me somewhere to go on a weekend....weekends are becoming a living hell for me - having no partner at the moment....

    (oh well, some time back, I did have 2 at the same time....so it did occur to me that like a Greek or Shakespearian tragedy - (where you can predict the inevitable outcome) I would end up without either of them eventually!!

  18. Guest_3712
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    14 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Hi Moon, Croix, Quercus,

    Just passing on my way to the circle and saw the lights on and thought I'd pop in.

    I was reading about all time Fav movies so just thought I'd share.

    Top of the list is Shawshank Redemption- it has everything- injustice, friendship, overcoming adversity and best of all the bad guys get their just desserts and their is a happy ending

    Second is Ghost 👻 What can I say about Patrick Swayze that hasnt been said. Tragedy,romance,humour and a pottery lesson as well.

    See you in the circle- maybe we should have a movie night ?

    Stressless

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  19. Moonstruck
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    14 July 2017 in reply to Guest_3712

    Evening All...... One of my favourites is on TV as we speak...The Holiday with Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black.

    I love this movie.........have a wonderful peaceful night, whether you are with a person, people, or just like me.

    Alone Again....Naturally....( Oh that's right, Gilbert O'Sullivan already sang that one!)

  20. Croix
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    15 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    Well The Holiday is on it's way and I'm watching Love Actually in bits and pieces between other things (bit frantic at the moment).

    I must confess I prefer Gilbert and Sullivan, works like Pirates and Mikado go on for ever

    You are not completely alone you know Moon, there's a delay between post and answer true, but we are there nevertheless.

    Good luck with the other bowling organization.

    Croix

  21. Moonstruck
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    15 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix

    the other social get togethers will be fun. Several bowlers I know take part also....and they are keen for me to join. It's easy stress free stuff and I need something to occupy myself in between "big tournaments" particularly now as I wasn't chosen for the last one.

    "You are the very model of a modern Major General".......Poor Wandering One!!

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    15 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    I'm really pleased there are those social gathers, not in the same league as a full on evening's bowling, but at least a little of the atmosphere with friendly people.

    We seemed to have switched to G&S quotes so...

    When you are lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, I conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety.

    Croix (who never did make Major General - modern version or otherwise:)


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    15 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hello Croix

    Love that quote "When you are lying awake with a dismal headache, and repose is tabooed by anxiety, I conceive you may use any language you choose to indulge in without impropriety"

    Just about to have a cuppa whilst listening to Electric Light Orchestra some Brian Cadd and Glen Campbell

    Just a 30 second commercial for the people in the Croix Parlor from 1970.....47 very long years ago ;-)

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=edZxhGo2Be0

  24. Moonstruck
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    17 July 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi there Croix....one of the reasons G & S seem to go on forever...is because they literally do. Royalty-free.....it costs nothing for any amateur group, community theatre, school etc to present a G & S show....free!!

    Some are quite expensive to present, copyright etc........ I was writing about a G & S production once and needed to know the correct theatrical term for what it was eg. musical, opera, light opera etc

    I asked a G & S expert who said the term is "Comic Opera"..it used to annoy him when people got it wrong!

  25. Croix
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    30 July 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    That's fascinating but does explain something I thought unusual

    I took the grandson to watch the kids' movie Despicable Me 3 and guess what, the minions were singing I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General!

    Culture with a capital K I guess

    Croix

  26. Moonstruck
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    2 August 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hello Croix

    don't think I told you my son (a Beatlemaniac fan since a child)...has tickets to Paul McCartney in December. I am sure he will savour the moment and live it fully, seeing his idol for the first time....as I did years ago with my own "celebrity crush", with my son right beside me.

    No I won't be at the Paul McCartney concert with him...his own kids will be though...Let It Be........

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    3 August 2017 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    So who was your Celebrity Crush? I'm not sure I had one, perhaps if I did it would be Ms Dietrich (now that shows my age). Perhaps I'd have liked to emulate Patrick McNee as John Wickham Gascoyne Beresford Steed come to think of it.

    Croix

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    3 August 2017 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix,

    Just passing thought I'd drop in for a minute- celebrity crush umm music wise , has to be the King - Elvis of course. Oh he made me swoon. Those movies, on a Saturday avo - heaven ! And the live concerts , oh if only he had come to Australia . Movie wise, Tony Curtis comes to mind , loved Cary Grant too .

    Cheers

    Stressless

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    3 August 2017 in reply to Guest_3712

    Dear SL~

    I rather liked Cary Grant too, he did an amazing variety of stuff from Madame Butterfly, though Cole Porter to Arsenic and Old Lace. He's the same era as another of my favorites, Gregory Peck, who did one of the psychological dramas I like best -12 O'Clock High.

    I liked The King, but his music, (Always On My Mind is pretty good) not so much the movies - it's probably heresy to say so but I always though he looked a little too pleased with himself.

    Croix

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    3 August 2017 in reply to Croix

    Oh my goodness Croix you made me laugh!

    Elvis looked a little too pleased with himself !

    I guess that was because he had a squillion dollars, millions of fans, gorgeous wife and house etc etc .

    Unfortunately as we know none of that meant squat in the end, but I prefer to leave him in that time warp when he was a smouldering sex symbol in black leather pants, unattainable to mere mortals - forever young !

    Cheers

    Stressless

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