Welcome to the world of the Vincent D'Onofrio obsessed - and a bit of real life thrown in.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Just like the British, be prepared.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
It arrived on the 22nd, complete with a letter begging for 5 stars in my feedback. The label clearly showed that it hadn't been sent till January 8th - 10 days after I ordered it. I wrote again quoting the real reason for its lateness, but received no further correspondance. So I left feedback that reflected the actual situation, not the one the seller wanted me to.
Today I've received an email from them (the boss? I wonder, really) saying they are sorry, and will give me 33% discount if I delete my comments.
It isn't that much money, and I don't like being manipulated. If I follow their link and their instructions (funny how they have it off pat) there's no guarantee they'll then refund me anything.
What do YOU think I should do?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Evans and his wife were lodgers in the house of John Reginald Christie.
Three years later Christie was hanged for the murders of several women whose bodies were found in the house after he moved out. One of them was his own wife.
Even though he confessed to killing Beryl Evans, Timothy's wife, the authorities found it easier to believe there were two multiple murderers operating separately in one house at the same time, than that they had made a mistake and Evans was innocent. He had confessed, after all, but he was easily manipulated by Christie and by the police. Christie made him believe that he would be held equally liable for the death, having persuaded him that she died as a result of an abortion Evans had agreed Christie could perform. (In fact she had been strangled.) The police took advantage of his suggestibility and weak-mindedness to get him to sign a series of confessions. But Evans had given himself up, thus opening up the original investigation that resulted in his execution.
John Reginald Christie
Richard Attenborough as Christie. Doesn't he do a great line in slimey villains?
It took the powers that be years to pardon Evans for the murder of his daughter, but they maintained that he had actually killed his wife, even though he had not been charged with it, and had therefore been legitimately executed. He was not granted a full pardon till 1966. The case is extrememly involved, and I may not have done justice to the facts. But after reading about it or seeing the film, no-one could ever support the death penalty again. What use is a pardon to a dead person?
There's quite a detailed account at this address: http://www.parmaq.com/truecrime/Rillington.htm
"10 Rillington Place" is showing in TCM in the UK at various times over the next week or two.
Rillington Place was later demolished and the new development renamed, probably Bartle Road, and is tucked alongside the A40(M) in west London.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
She'd taken her husband (also a vet) with her, in case she had to operate. Rio did her thing and enslaved him on the spot, so that the husband immediately wanted one just like her. His wife told him to wait till Rio used her voice. When she did, he suddenly went off the idea!
Rio is home and raring to get on with life. She has some supplements, and I haven't yet ruled out her having "the op" later, but for now she has a new egg to ignore.
The vet had put some steamy water in her cage hoping that the warmth would help her have some contractions. "Oh," I said, "new-laid boiled egg." I just couldn't help myself...
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